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.
We were at what was supposed to be the final test at Carisbrook when the – All Blacks played Wales last year.
However, Christchurch’s earthquake
mounted munted Jade Stadium which gave the ‘Brook a final, final test against Fiji last month.
Rfdunedin reminded me the final inter-provincial between southern rivals, Otago and Southland will be played there today and his memories of its past brought back some of mine.
My first visits were when I was a student, standing on the terrace.
It would have been a couple of decades before I went back in the early days of the Highlanders when it was stacked full of All Blacks – Taine Randell, Jeff Matheson, Tony Brown, Marc Ellis, Josh Kronfeld . . .
There were other rugby tests and some cricket matches too.
But the highlight was watching Otago win the NPC. I think that was John Leslie’s last game for Otago and he was given the ball for the last play of the game which was a kick for a penalty.
A stadium doesn’t make a team but here’s hoping the new Forsyth Barr one creates even more good memories.
For far more informed and detailed memories, Brent Edwards recorded his for the ODT last year.
Only Jim Hopkins could put Tony Brown, goats’ knees and Wall Street in the same column, and make sense.
And don’t you love the phrase, “box of hurt”?