There were mixed emotions for Taieri teams in the finals of
Dunedin Metropolitan Junior Rugby, held at Forsyth Barr
Stadium on Saturday.
In the under-11 final, Taieri Blue dominated Pirates to win
Up 7-0 at halftime, Taieri scored two quick tries early in
the second half to shut the physically imposing Pirates team
out of the match.
It was a fitting end to an outstanding season for the
Unbeaten in 15 matches, Taieri scored at impressive 652
points for the year while conceding just 133.
The players were smaller in size than many of their opponents
but superior skills, fitness and some astute coaching ensured
their team was never toppled.
The under-12 final proved to be heart-ache for Taieri Blue,
which lost 26-24.
Up against the unbeaten Eastern, Taieri looked out of the
match when trailing 26-5 at halftime.
But the tenacious Eels refused to throw in the towel, instead
opting to try to run Eastern off its feet.
And it almost worked. Taieri clawed back to close the score
to 26-19 with time almost up.
Then an attack which started inside Taieri's half saw the
Eels score in the corner but a difficult conversion attempt
went wide and the match was over.