Otaaaago!

Otago 25 – Waikato 19.

Waikato 19 (Mikkelson try; Renata 4 pen, con)

Otago 26 (Parker, Ioane try; 4 pen, 2 con)

79 mins: Waikato 19 Otago 26

The Blue & Golds have won the Ranfurly Shield for the first time since 1957.

It’s been back on the right side of the Waitaki since then, when Southland won it.

But in spite of many heart-stopping close encounters, and some very good teams, including many All Blacks amongst whom was current coach Tony Brown, it’s taken Otago 56 years to win back the log of wood.

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8 Responses to Otaaaago!

  1. Roger says:

    It’s been as long as I’ve been alive. Last fruitless visit for me was to travel to Invercargill for the season opener Southland v Otago in 2011 full of hope, hoping Otago would start the season with style and take the Log – to no avail. All’s good in the world now.

  2. Cadwallader says:

    Southland had a near 50 year drought too…but in 2 years won it twice! It would be great for the Shield to stay South of the Waitaki for the summer. Great stuff Otago! (Jamie McKay will be intolerable on Monday.)

  3. Alwyn says:

    You have a lucky draw for the next week too. You get to keepit for 8 days.
    Unfortunately the last game of the next round will see the shield heading north to it’s rightful home.
    Come on The Bay!

  4. homepaddock says:

    Care to put an electronic bottle of our province’s wine on the result, with the winner to choose exactly which drop?

  5. Alwyn says:

    Make it the winner can nominate a bottle of wine from either Otago or Hawkes Bay?
    With that proviso right. One electronic bottle of wine it is.

  6. homepaddock says:

    Consider this an electronic hand shake accepting your proviso.

  7. Gravedodger says:

    Couldn’t happen to nicer guys, said sincerely with my eyepatch still in situ.
    Enjoy it and one thing is certain we know that rugby followers south of the Waitaki will treasure it and be very supportive of the team in the very difficult rules around defending it.

    David Cull tried too hard on radio yesterday, clearly had no knowledge of the history so should have kept his remarks to simply congratulations and celebrating then his dearth of the history would have remained hidden.
    The Blue and Golds have singularly been the unluckiest challengers since that day in 1957. It is euphemistic to merely claim they have been on the wrong side of the rub of the green, victims is a word that comes to mind.

  8. homepaddock says:

    Whichever side of the Waitaki you favour, we’re both in the right island!

    We were at Lancaster Park when a last minute penalty against Otago allowed Canterbury to keep the shield. That wasn’t the only last-gasp loss.

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