Taieri win Dunedin Premier final

Taieri produced a devastating opening 30 minutes to set up a 40-26 win against University in the club final at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.

The Eels were expected to employ a more conservative game plan but unleashed with some wonderful tries.

Veteran midfielder Kori Rupene scored in the opening minute after centre Matt Whaanga made a terrific offload.

Openside Leroy Ferguson got himself in the boot on a maul from a lineout drive and crashed over.

Taieri celebrate their impressive win over Varsity in the Dunedin Premier club rugby final at...
Taieri celebrate their impressive win over Varsity in the Dunedin Premier club rugby final at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Don Lolo grabbed an intercept and sprinted perhaps 50m before off-loading to fellow second-rower Brodie Hume to score.

The Eels led 33-0 after about half an hour.

University had seen barely any ball. It went into the break with some hope, though.

Taieri run in a try during their 40-26 win over University A. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Taieri run in a try during their 40-26 win over University A. Photo: Gregor Richardson
The team scored two late tries to trail 33-12 at halftime.

But Taieri squeezed the juice out of the game with some typically tight defence to seal its first title since 2014.

 

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