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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 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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Rugby review - 2016 Citizens Shield Final

RUGBY REVIEW

The pauper is now the prince.  After one hundred minutes of rugby, Maheno with a superb try in the last sixty seconds of extra time snatched a deserved 30-25 win over Old Boys in a thrilling Citizens Shield final at Whitestone stadium before a crowd estimated to be nearly two and half thousand vociferous supporters.

For Maheno captain, number eight Hayden Tisdall it was the result of two years of build-up.

"When we scored that last try it was just awesome.  It was a long 100 minutes but we got there in the end."

Maheno led 6-0 at halftime but Tisdall was not confident that it would be enough.

"You can't shut Old Boys out.  They always come back at you and as they proved in the second half they can score great tries from deep inside their half.  We had a good chat at halftime with Coaches Mark Wilson and Nic Anderson and instead of kicking as much we decided to our plan of running Old Boys wide and tire them out, and it worked.  We've got a very young team.  It's taken a couple of years or so to get confidence with each other and the ability to work off each other."

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