The Perfect Season
The Otago Spirit completed the perfect season by defeating Hawkes Bay in the Farah Palmer Cup Championship final with a 24 – 20 victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.
In a tight first half, Hawkes Bay took an 8 – 7 lead into the break after Spirit first five Rosie Kelly opened the scoring by converting her own try, before Hawkes Bay came back to take the lead through a try and a penalty.
The arm wrestle continued in the second half with the lead changing hands before Otago’s Kilisitina Moata’ane and Sheree Hume both grabbed tries to give Otago a nine point lead with around 5 minutes remaining. A late try to Hakes Bay closed the gap to 4 points however the Spirit hung on to the lead and took the Championship win and the 2019 title.