Keith Rugby Team - Scaring the Opposition Since 1978


   Keith Training will now be held at Bob Deans Fields - North Hagley Park
   on Wednesdays commencing at 6-30pm

   Training will start Wednesday 21st February 2018



Saturday, 24th March 2018   


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   Friday, 29 May 2009
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   Monday, 25 May 2009
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No game, no scores, no winners or losers, just an awful lot of wetness.

So as a result of the grounds being closed and the game being cancelled, this is the only update there is, so read some rugby news instead.
The Crusaders put in a typically courageous effort, but the Bulls deservedly won the Rebel Sport Super 14 semi-final in Pretoria this morning thanks to their impressive firepower and a red-hot first-five in Morne Steyn.

Converted tries to Adam Whitelock and Kieran Read and two penalties had put the Crusaders out to a 20-7 lead after only 24 minutes but the Bulls regathered and took advantage of a few missed tackles to strike back.

First, wing Akona Ndungane scored after slipping down the left touchline, then impressive No8 Pierre Spies collected a poor chip kick and sprinted 60m to score under the posts.

Steyn's four drop goals, two in each half, also did for the Crusaders, who were behind 20-27 at halftime. Steyn's other drop goal attempt hit a post in the second half.

The Crusaders simply couldn't get into the game in the second half, the Bulls denying them possession and territory. The defending champions also weren't helped by the sinbinning of their outstanding

No8 Thomas Waldrom late in the first half, presumably for a professional foul, and an injury to Leon MacDonald, which robbed the Crusaders of their best back in the second half.

But to just make the top four was a massive achievement from the Crusaders, who were missing a wealth of personnel from last season and were hit by injuries.

To make their 11th semi-final after their mid-table ranking in mid-season was a fine effort and a credit to the team's determination and bloody-mindedness.

The Crusaders began the match brilliantly and rocked the Bulls with their intensity. MacDonald survived a scare only 30 seconds into the match when he collided with an opponent, his jaw coming off second best, but he returned to the match after a period in the blood bin.

However, he would be replaced at halftime and his absence was keenly felt.

Waldrom almost scored after only two minutes but lost the ball over the line after good work from Adam Whitelock and Read.

But the Crusaders came away with a penalty to Stephen Brett, who took over the kicking duties in MacDonald's absence.

The Bulls struck back with a try to Bryan Habana, who used his pace expertly to squirt around a ruck in between Brad Thorn and Richie McCaw.

Whitelock hit back with his try in the left corner after good hands from Jared Payne, Ryan Crotty and Tim Bateman, and MacDonald, back on the field, kicked a difficult conversion. At 10-7 things were looking positive for the Crusaders.

MacDonald kept the score ticking over with another penalty after 20 minutes, then Read scored his try, outjumping Ndungane when following up a perfect high kick from Brett.

After that it was rather one-way traffic to the Bulls.

Ndungane scored his converted try. Waldrom was yellow carded. Steyn kicked two dropped goals and then Spies kicked the Crusaders in the guts when carving upfield for his impressive try.

After the break Andy Ellis slotted a drop goal of his own to keep the Crusaders in touch - 23-27, but a Steyn penalty with 14 minutes to go stretched the lead for the Bulls.

Two more field goals, one from halfway, rubbed salt in the wounds.

Bulls - Tries: Bryan Habana, Akona Ndungane, Pierre Spies. Cons: Morne Steyn 3. DGs: Steyne 4. Pen: Steyn.

Crusaders - Tries: Adam Whitelock, Kieran Read. Cons: Stephen Brett, Leon MacDonald. Pens: MacDonald 2. DG: Andy Ellis.

HT: Bulls 27-20.


1. Wyatt Crockett (17. Ben Franks 51 minutes)
2. Jason Macdonald
3. Owen Franks
4. Brad Thorn
5. Isaac Ross (18. Michael Paterson 69min)
6. Kieran Read
7. Richie McCaw (c)
8. Thomas Waldrom (19. George Whitelock 60min)
9. Andy Ellis (20. Kahn Fotuali'i 69min)
10. Stephen Brett (22. Hamish Gard 71min)
11. Adam Whitelock
12. Ryan Crotty
13. Tim Bateman
14. Jared Payne
15. Leon MacDonald (21. Colin Slade 40min)
Reserves not used:
16. Dan Perrin


   Wednesday, 20 May 2009
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The C.C.C. has issued a closure notice for most grounds from today, Wednesday 20th, until further notice. The torrential rain last night and the snow today has seriously degraded some grounds. If in the next two days they dry out, the grounds will possibly open, but chances are not good.

Training grounds are also closed at South Hagley, so check with Phil as to an alternative arrangement.

Further updates will be posted as soon as they come to hand.

The CRFU have not at this stage cancelled any games (from their web site 6-00pm).


   Tuesday, 19 May 2009
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We usually play Christchurch at Christchurch Park but this Saturday, we're at their reserve ground of Fendalton Park.
The game commences at 1-00pm, so you must be at Fendalton Park before 12-15pm. If you cannot make it to the game at all, or will be late, all you have to do is mention it to Phil at training on Thursday. He wont bite your head off and shit down your neck.

It's a lovely wee ground and has two access points. The main parking area is on Medbury Terrace and there is access also off Fendalton Road.


   Saturday, 16 May 2009
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You come to training, you get selected. You can't get to the game, you call the manager. Simple isn't it. But no one ever said the Keiths do things simply. Our biggest must win game of the season so far and we're sitting in the changing room waiting for boys to turn up. Luckily, we got hold of Eddie who lent us some Colts players who managed to enable us to keep 15 guys on the paddock right to the end. We thank you Tom, Richard, Craig, Jack and Logan.

Last week we opened the scoring within 2 minutes and this week it took us 22 to send Scotty over the line (see video here) but Sydenham by that stage were in the first stages of overwhelming us with 3 tries in 10 minutes. And they were all our fault. We managed to make the first tackles, but no one was there backing up to take the 2nd and 3rd. It was like we were waiting for someone else to do the job we were tasked with doiing. And as Uli or maybe Unit said at half time, it was like we were school boys who had just learnt the rules.

This is not to say there wasn't some good Keith rugby or some excellent individual episodes of play because there was, but those good moments became overshadowed by the less good moments of Keith play.

One aspect of the game that we an be proud of (to a degree) was the restraint we had in the face of the Sydenham assault. It doesn't matter which grade you play in, there's no place for punching, kicking, eye gouging and biting. But i guess some teams have a reputation for a reason.

Naturally the after match was a bit subdued but those that stayed at the club, after some banter and giggles in the shed, had a good solid time.

Next week on the web site i'll be, in conjunction with Phil, naming and shaming those Keiths who have yet to pay their subs. If you need to pay, please do so as soon as possible, and if you need to arrange a time payment,then see Phil also as soon as possible.

Details here

Photos here

Video here

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