Seventh title for dominant juniors

The Southern under-13 rugby team. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

An under-13 rugby team has wrapped up a seven-year winning streak.

The Southern Rugby Club under-13 team blitzed the competition to win the under-13 grade in the Dunedin Junior Rugby competition.

The team scored 185 tries – worth 925 points – and conceded only 19 this season.

Team manager Deb Tasi-Cordtz said most of the team had been together since they started playing for the club seven years ago.

About halfway through the season, after the team had been winning by large margins, it was moved up to the under-14 grade for two games and continued its dominant winning streak.

“We were beating teams up there quite convincingly.”

It moved back down to the under-13 grade for the play-offs and finals, and won the final 118-0.

Tasi-Cordtz said the team focused on having fun and was very “mindful” of its opponents.

“We don’t have kick-offs, we give them the ball at halfway.

“These guys are still the same age and the same weight as the opposition, they’re just pretty skilled players.”

Tasi-Cordtz said the team had great coaches from an early age, including this year’s coaches, Rea Tasi-Cordtz and Dan Parkinson.

“They have just been technically taught well right from the start.”

The team, which includes one girl, “absolutely love” playing.

It will split up next year when players go to high school and many will come face to face on the field.

Some of the players were set to be the next Otago, Highlanders and All Blacks players, Tasi-Cordtz said.

“It’s just a pretty special year.

“It’s the end of an era really.”