Rugby: Alhambra-Union remains unbeaten

Southern Hooker Ricky Riccitelli drives the ball up for Southern in the early stages in the clash...
Southern Hooker Ricky Riccitelli drives the ball up for Southern in the early stages in the clash between Southern and University A. Photos courtesy of Caswell Images.
Southern Centre Tei Walden makes an early break in his sides clash with University. Southern lock...
Southern Centre Tei Walden makes an early break in his sides clash with University. Southern lock Tom Franklin runs in support as University flanker Jack Wolfreys gives chase.
Southern No 8 Lafaele Faamoe makes a break through the University A backline at the University Oval.
Southern No 8 Lafaele Faamoe makes a break through the University A backline at the University Oval.
University winger Gavin Stark steps his way through several Southern tacklers.
University winger Gavin Stark steps his way through several Southern tacklers.
Sam McLachlan for University A drives into Southern defenders Lafaele Faamoe and Josh Walden...
Sam McLachlan for University A drives into Southern defenders Lafaele Faamoe and Josh Walden after regathering his own kick.
University A First Five Fletcher Smith manages to get his pass away in the tackle of Southern...
University A First Five Fletcher Smith manages to get his pass away in the tackle of Southern defenders Frae Wilson and Josh Ioane.
University A flanker Jack Wolfreys looks to get the ball alive after taking a pass from team mate...
University A flanker Jack Wolfreys looks to get the ball alive after taking a pass from team mate Fletcher Smith.
Tom Franklin takes a lineout for Southern.
Tom Franklin takes a lineout for Southern.
Frae Wilson clears the ball from a ruck for Southern.
Frae Wilson clears the ball from a ruck for Southern.

Alhambra-Union are the only unbeaten team after five rounds and lead the Dunedin premier rugby competition with 21 points.

The Marty Gray coached team drew with Dunedin 9-all at Kettle Park today and were unlucky not to win the game.

Three penalty goals by first five-eighth Greg Dyer gave Dunedin a 9-0 lead at the break.

But Alhambra-Union came back strongly in the second spell to even the scores with Peter Breen kicking two penalty goals and a dropped goal.

Alhambra-Union is followed on the points table by Taieri on 20, Kaikorai (19), Dunedin and Southern (18), University A (11), Harbour (10), Zingari-Richmond (7), Pirates (5) and Green Island (0).

Southern regained the prized Cavanagh Trophy with a commanding 24-3 win over Varsity A at the University Oval. The students had held the trophy for the past two years.

Southern was too quick and too efficient and consolidated its hold on the trophy with two quick tries after the halftime break.

Kaikorai was beaten for the first time this winter when they were comprehensively outplayed by Taieri 34-7 at Peter Johnstone Park.

Pirates gained its first win of the season with a five try 36-17 bonus point win over Green Island at Miller Park.


Southern 24 (Tei Walden, Ricky Riccitelli, Frae Wilson, Byron Dodge tries; Ben Patston 2 con), University A 3 (Fletcher Smith pen). Halftime: Southern 14-3.

Taieri 34 (Kori Rupene , Michael Collins 2, Charlie O'Connell, Mike McKee tries; Josh Casey 3 con, pen), Kaikorai 7 (Bryce Morgan try; Cam Rutherford con). Halftime: Taieri 10-0.

Alhambra-Union 9 (Peter Breen 2 pen, dropped goal), Dunedin 9 (Greg Dyer 3 pen). Halftime: Dunedin 9-0.

Pirates 36 (Adam Gavegan, Opini To'omalaitai, Solomon T-Pole, Shaun McCarroll, Hisa Sasagi tries; Craig Sneddon 4 con, pen), Green Island 17 (Mike Bennett, Simon Tupu tries; Shane McNoe 2con, pen). Halftime: Pirates 17-3.

Harbour 28 (Ratu Dawai, Joe Collins, Pete Mirrielees tries; Nick Ealey 2 con, 3 pen), Zingari-Richmond 19 (Lachie Moore try; Willie Ripia 1 con, 4 pen). Halftime: 6-all.


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