There was a time when the Ranfurly Shield stayed stubbornly with one team.
Auckland had held it for ages when they challenged North Otago and for a few glorious minutes the score line was North Otago 5 – Auckland – 0.
The former scored no more points and Auckland added 359 by the time the final whistle blew.
Then Canterbury won the shield and staved off multiple challenges.
But in recent years challengers have managed to win and the shield has had several different homes.
Today, for the second time in recent years, it has come back to Otago.
Last time the team held it for little more than a week.
This time it will stay on the right side of the Waitaki River for at least the summer, and fingers crossed, maybe a bit longer.
However, long it’s in the hands of the blue and gold team, we’ll enjoy it while it lasts.
Tonight I’m grateful to be on the winning side.