03.06.19

About Pride

The tape, the boots and the beer.

This was rugby in its purest form. With the arrival of winter and the wet greasy conditions that resulted from the wind, rain and hail that preceded Saturdays match, it was always going to be a day for the forwards. They say that rugby is a game won up front and winter playing conditions certainly test the validity of this statement here at the grassroots of the game.

Pride is a big part of what holds sides together in rugby clubs across the country, pride is part of the jersey. So when a side concedes 28 points in the first 28 minutes of a match, their pride is certainly going to be tested. That’s the position the Kaikorai side found themselves in on Saturday, 28 points down with 52 minutes left to play. Not having their line crossed or conceding any further points for the rest of the match, while posting 12 themselves, suggests there was a lot of pride left in the Kaikorai side and they weren’t giving in too easily.

In it’s purest form, rugby is played for the pride of a jersey and for a love of the game. Covered in mud and being pelted by rain, this game was all about pride. Something that both sides showed buckets of.

Taieri v Kaikorai (01.06.19)Members of the Taieri Rugby Club watch the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at Peter Johnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019.
Taieri defeated Kaikorai 28 to 12
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Taieri v Kaikorai (01.06.19)Sidney Fidow of Kaikorai catches the arm of Taieri lock Ben Morris while being supported by team mate Isimeli Tuivaga during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at PeterJohnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019.
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Taieri v Kaikorai (01.06.19)Corey McKay of Taieri celebrates scoring between the posts from a backline move during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at PeterJohnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019.  – Buy Image

Taieri v Kaikorai (01.06.19)
Sidney Fidow of Kaikorai runs to a lineout after his side was awarded a penalty during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at Peter Johnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019.  – Buy Image

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Jonah Aoina of Kaikorai reacts to a refereeing decision at a ruck during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at Peter Johnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019.  – Buy Image

Taieri v Kaikorai (01.06.19)Kurt Hammer of Taieri reacts to an opposition penalty kick drifting infield and missing  touch during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at Peter Johnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019. – Buy Image

Taieri v Kaikorai (01.06.19)The Kaikorai and Taieri forwards set a scrum during the Dunedin Premier club rugby match between Taieri and Kaikorai played at Peter Johnstone Park in Dunedin, on Saturday 1st June, 2019. – Buy Image

From The  Glory Days


Dunedin Club Rugby - Pirates Premier 2 v Brighton Premier 2 - 12th June 2010Motu Huch of Pirates runs into a gap during the Premier 2 match between Pirates and Brighton played at Hancock Park, Dunedin, 12th June 2010. – Buy


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