Shield Stays In Otago

Otago defeat Waikato

The Ranfurly Shield will be staying in the south for at least another 7 days with Otago beating Waikato at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.

In Otago’s sixth successful defence of the Shield in it’s current reign, the holders went into half time with a 20 – 14 lead over  Waikato after opening a 20 – nil lead, before two late tries in the first half brought Waikato back to within 6 points of the holders.

Early points in the second half to Otago’s Aleki Morris-Lome extended Otago’s lead before Waikato came back at the holders once again to close the gap.  The tries continued from both sides throughout the half with Otago running out 45 – 35 winners when the final whistle sounded.

Otago’s next defence of the Ranfurly Shield will be against Canterbury on Saturday, 5th October.

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Vilimoni Koroi breaks through a gap during the Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Waikato played for the Ranfurly Shield at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.

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Aleki Morris-Lome dives over to score during the Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Waikato played for the Ranfurly Shield at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.

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Mitch Jacobson of Waikato breaks a tackle to score during the Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Waikato played for the Ranfurly Shield at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.

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Adam Thomson of Otago stands in a tackle during the Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Waikato played for the Ranfurly Shield at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.

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Jona Nareki of Otago puts in a step during the Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Waikato played for the Ranfurly Shield at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.

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Dwayne Sweeney of Waikato throws a pass during the Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Waikato played for the Ranfurly Shield at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.

Otago v Waikato (29.09.19)
Henry Purdy of Otago dives over to score during the Mitre 10 Cup match between Otago and Waikato played for the Ranfurly Shield at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.


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