It was a see-saw battle, but Southland claimed the scalp of
neighbour Otago by 38-32 to take the Donald Stuart Memorial
back to Invercargill.
An 11-try spectacle has placed Tony Brown's young Otago side
back on track, the home side came out on top by 52-41 over
Manawatu in Dunedin on Friday night.
Otago have brought the Ranfurly Shield back to Dunedin after
56 years, putting in a spirited and hard-fought effort to
beat Waikato by 26-19 in Hamilton on Friday.
Otago beat Bay of Plenty 32-29 and in the process held a near
perfect kicking clinic in Dunedin on Sunday afternoon as they
opened their ITM campaign.
Following a comprehensive 47-29 drubbing by the All Blacks,
Australian turned their eyes to the coaching box, only to
remember they can no longer blame a New Zealander for their
It has been the hot topic in rugby circles around the country
for months now, but we are no closer to discovering where
Ma'a Nonu will play his rugby at franchise level next year.
The French are a lot like Auckland weather - you can research
recent patterns all you like, but you won't know what you are
getting until the day.
If every cloud has a silver lining, the Highlanders certainly
found theirs among the storm-cloud that has been their 2013
season, beating the Blues 38-28.
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