The Farah Palmer Cup
Luisa Togotogorua of the Auckland Storm during the Farah Palmer Cup match between the Otago Spirit and the Auckland Storm played at the University Oval in Dunedin.
The Auckland Storm have beaten the Otago Spirit in the Round 2 clash of the Farah Palmer Cup, played at the University Oval this afternoon.
Competing in the Premiership, the Auckland Storm entered the match have defeated the Bay of Plenty Volcanix 44 – 12 in their first round match the previous weekend, while the Otago Spirit went down to the Wellington Pride, 13 – 5 in Wellington.
In a tight contest for most of the match, it was the Otago Spirit who opened the scoring and eventually went into halftime only behind by 1 point as Auckland had a 13-12 lead at the break. The tight contest continued for most of the second half, however it was in the final 15 minutes when the Auckland side pulled record a 39 to 15 victory.
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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.
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Otago Spirit Defeat Tasman
The Otago Spirit have defeated Tasman in the Farah Palmer Cup Championship semi final with a 64 – 10 victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.
The win means the Otago Spirit will have home advantage for next weekends final, but it also means the Spirit have advanced through to the final unbeaten.
After a dominant first half performance which saw the Spirit take a 35 – 0 lead into the break, more tries in the second half resulted in the Spirit posting a 64 -10 victory.
Next week’s final is likely to be played on Sunday due to Sky TV scheduling but this is still to be confirmed.
Otago Spirit players Paige Church and Eilis Doyle show their club symbol and their delight at winning following the Farah Palmer Cup Championship semi final.
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It seems the Otago Spirit are having a vintage season with wins over Taranaki, Northland, Tasman, North Harbour and Hawke’s Bay. Not only have they been winning, they’ve been playing some fantastic rugby and are great to watch at the moment. Unfortunately the Farah Palmer Cup table details at allblacks.com is sadly lacking in updated information or finals details which is disappointing however no doubt the Spirit will be playing their finals footy here in Dunedin.
If you want to follow their progress you can find them on facebook: @OtagoSpirit
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The official Otago Spirit squad for the 2019 Farah Palmer Cup after being named at Vault 21 in Dunedin earlier this year.
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Otago Spirit Defeat North Harbour
The Otago Spirit have remained unbeaten in the Farah Palmer Cup with a 90 – 0 victory over North Harbour at Forsyth Barr Stadium this afternoon.
After a fast start start by both sides, it was the Otago side that struck first and opened the scoring with two quick tries and continued the attack throughout the half going into halftime with a 45 – 0 lead.
Early second half tries and strong running by the Otago backs ensured the scoreboard kept ticking over in the second half. Otago ran out 90 – 0 winners to make it a perfect 4 from 4 from start to their Farah Palmer Cup Championship campaign.
The Spirits next match will be against Hawkes Bay on Saturday, 5th October.
Trisha Hopcroft of the Otago Spirit dives over to score during the Farah Palmer Cup match between the Otago Spirit and North Harbour Hibiscus played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, on Sunday 29th September, 2019.
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