Shield On The Move

Canterbury have won the Ranfurly Shield from Otago with a 35 – 25 win at Forsyth Barr Stadium this evening.

The win under the roof in Dunedin not only gave the Canterbury team some much needed Mitre 10 Cup points but also the prize of the Ranfurly Shield to take home to Christchurch.

At the end of 80 minutes, when Otago captain Michael Collins handed over the shield to Canterbury’s Luke Whitelock it marked the end of Otago’s sixth reign with the shield which included wins over Thames Valley, North Otago, Southland, Manawatu, Taranaki and Waikato.

In keeping with Shield tradition, Canterbury reserve hooker Sebastian Siataga will be entrusted with looking after the Shield on it’s trip back to Christcurch where Canterbury’s first defence will be against North Harbour played at Orangetheory Stadium, on Sunday 13th October, 2019 at 4:35pm. 

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A jubilant Canterbury side with the Ranfurly Shield after Canterbury defeated Otago 35 – 25 this evening in Dunedin.

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Luke Whitelock of Canterbury looks for support in an attacking movement for Canterbury.

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Otago’s Sio Tomkinson makes a run on Saturday evening in Dunedin.

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Canterbury captain Luke Whitelock gathers his team together after Otago closes the gap.

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Otago captain Michael Collins  reflects on the shield match at Forsyth Barr Stadium this evening.

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Otago captain Michael Collins hands the shield over to Canterbury’s Luke Whitelock.

Otago v Canterbury (05.10.19)Otago Coach Ben Herring and Assistant Canterbury Coach Reuben Thorne following the Ranfurly Shield match in Dunedin this evening.

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