Otago Referee makes TV Debut

Second year Otago referee Fraser Hannon made his television debut on Saturday May 21st on Land Rover 1st XV Rugby, broadcast by Sky Sport. The game was contested between Dunstan High School and Waitaki Boys High School and resulted in a 48-15 victory by the Waitaki team.

Fraser represented the Association with distinction and we commend him on a great performance. He was aided by Chairman Chris Hart in the role of TMO. Hannon is in the midst of a breakthrough season in 2016 amongst the Premier Colts, Premier 2 and First XV grades and is certainly a promising prospect for the association. Well done Fraser!

Below is the Sky Sport match report:

Waitaki BHS: 48 (Bryden Skinner 3, Kieran Mcclea, Vea Mafelio, Kafa Katoa, Josh Hayward, Jacob Tuisani tries; Mason Kinzett 4 con)

Dunstan HS: 15 (Alex Redican, Robert Afan tries; Reuben Pyle 1 con, 1 pen)
Dunstan High School have suffered their first defeat of the Southern Wide Real Estate Otago First XV competition, thrashed 48-15 by Waitaki Boys’ High School. The greater size of the visitors was the most telling factor in the match. The Waitaki forwards were able to impose their physical superiority upon the gusty, but underpowered hosts.

Waitaki hooker Kafa Katoa and loose forwards Sialosi Vea and Maka Mafelio proved especially difficult to contain while centre Maka Mafelio caused hassles out wide as Dunstan simply fell off too many tackles. It was 24-8 at halftime and Waitaki doubled their score in the second-half.

It was an entertaining spectacle with some fabulous tries scored. Dunstan scored two crackers. Loose head prop Alex Redican sprinted 25-meters untouched to score on the wing and Robert Afan received a pass from a stumbling Michael Murtagh-Loader after the reserve back ran 75-meters. Willie Lose anointed the try, “the best you will see in 2016.”
Waitaki fullback Bryden Skinner scored a hat-trick. His second try when he never gave up the chase pursing a defensive clearance that rolled 60-meters was outstanding.

Waitaki halfback Kieran Mcclea was named man of the match. He helped create two tries in the first-half and scored a belter himself when he severed around the last defender and avoided the nearby touchline dashing 25-meters.

Video Source: Sky Sport (The Rugby Channel)