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Rugby Review Sat 22nd Oct 2016

North Otago registered its first win in Ashburton against Mid Canterbury since 2006 when in a Lochore Cup semi-final the fourth ranked team defeated the top qualifier, 36-24 at the Ashburton Showgrounds on Saturday.  The margin was wider than the final score would indicate with Mid Canterbury picking up two late converted tries in the last ten minutes after North Otago was reduced to fourteen players when experienced midfielder Lemi Masoe was yellow carded.

Mid Canterbury made the ideal start when first five eight Jared Percival got a fortuitous bounce inside the North Otago twenty two to score and convert to give the home side an 8-0 lead after two minutes.  But that was to be the only scoring for Mid Canterbury for the next seventy one minutes as North Otago's resolute and aggressive defence effectively shut Mid Canterbury out of the game.

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Rugby Review Sat 15th Oct

Rugby Review

In a sensational first forty minutes of rugby, West Coast, which had won only one of its previous seven games, piled on forty four points in the first spell to establish a margin that North Otago was unable to equal or pass in the final forty minutes with the home team holding on for a 54-42 victory.  This loss however gave North Otago a better result as far as the Lochore Cup semi-finals are concerned.  A Wairarapa-Bush win over East Coast allowed it to leapfrog Mid Canterbury and thrust Mid Canterbury back into the Lochore Cup playoffs, whereas top qualifier it will play the fourth placed qualifier, North Otago In Ashburton next Saturday.

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North Otago vs South Canterbury preview

There has always been strong, for want of a better word, competition between North Otago and South Canterbury rugby sides.  The first match between the two was in 1927 and since then the two unions have met on 132 occasions. Results favour South Canterbury which has won eighty five of the games to North Otago's, forty two with five games drawn.

The first game between the two was in 1927 and played at Waimate and resulted in a six all draw. South Canterbury went on to win five of the next six matches with North Otago's first win coming in the third game.  The years leading up to World War two were lean ones for North Otago with South Canterbury winning nineteen of the twenty four games played with one game drawn.

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North Otago Vs King Country Review

In a low scoring game played in wet conditions overhead but on a good surface North Otago and King Country fought out, often literally, a four all draw, with both side kicking penalties in both halves.  The game burst into fisticuffs early in the first half but North Otago immediately indicated to the opposition that there would be no tugging of the forelock in this game.  Consequently North Otago lost hooker Sione Vea and tighthead prop Dan Towler while King Country lost loosehead prop Carl Carmichael for ten minutes, a situation which required both teams to run on substitute players for any scrums which upset the tempo of the game.  Down to thirteen men North otago produced a gutsy defensive effort which was not lost of coach, Barry Stevens.

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