Silver Peaks Lodge farmer Gandhi Lucas takes his sheep
through line-out practice yesterday. Photo by Stephen
Be afraid, Hawkes Bay. Otago's first-up Ranfurly Shield
challenger will be shaking in its boots by the time it arrives
in Dunedin tomorrow.
Although, it may be from laughter.
The first line of defence against the northern invaders will
be a pack of parochial sheep on an East Taieri farm.
Pippa Lucas, of Silver Peaks Lodge, coloured the sheep with
fleece-marking raddle on Wednesday night and released them in
a paddock bordering State Highway 1 at East Taieri on her way
to work at 7.30am yesterday.
''We're hoping that they'll scare the Hawkes Bay team when
the come past the farm from the airport,'' she said.
It is not the first time the sheep have shown their true
Ms Lucas (22) and friend Michael Natzke painted sheep in New
Zealand, England, Italy, Argentina and Romania colours during
the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
''They got lots of attention. We had people jumping the fence
to take photos of them.''
The 2-year-old cross-bred wethers will have more at stake
than most when the match kicks off.
''We'll probably eat them if Otago loses the shield,'' Ms
Lucas' father, Silver Peaks Lodge farmer Gandhi Lucas, said.
Sunday's kickoff is 4.35pm.