Otago win Ranfurly Shield

For just the second time in my lifetime Otago have won the Ranfurly Shield, taking it off Waikato.

They attacked well in the first half, and defended very well to hold out Waikato, who made some game losing mistakes on attack near the end.

So we get a home semi-final by finishing second in the Championship, and get to keep the log of wood for the summer. This means if we choose easier opponents before the competition starts next year we might get a good chance to hold it this time (we also won it off Waikato, then we were robbed in 2013 by a poor non-decision by the referee in the final seconds in the first defence3 against Hawkes Bay).

 

3 Comments

  1. chrism56

     /  October 13, 2018

    For most of those south of the Waitaki, I suspect today’s result is a lot higher priority than what is happening or around the world.
    Best thing that can happen to the competition is regular changes in shield holders. Puts a lot of interest back into the games.

  2. Zedd

     /  October 14, 2018

    O-T—A–G–O—- Yowza 🙂