There it is: Southland has an unwanted record.
At 28-years-old, Central Southland farmer Brenton Howden has been handed the biggest rugby assignment of his life.
North Otago fell 41-22 to South Canterbury in Oamaru on Saturday and slipped out of the race for the top four.
Southland's run of Mitre 10 Cup losses has increased, but the bright side is lock Manaaki Selby-Rickit looks to be Super Rugby-bound.
North Otago will run on to the Whitestone Stadium field this afternoon knowing it has to beat South Canterbury to make the Heartland playoffs in a fortnight’s time.
No8 Lio Tosi again banged loudly on the Southland Stags selection door yesterday despite Southland B losing 57-29 to Tasman B in Nelson.
There was a period in the first half against Waikato on Saturday when the shackles looked to have finally been broken and in turn, the Southland Stags found some much-needed attacking mojo.
The Southern players pose for a photo shortly after beating Taieri 24-10 in the final of round one of the club sevens tournament at Kettle Park over the weekend.
If the script played out as first planned, Jesse MacDonald would be preparing to line up for Tasman B against Southland B in Nelson tomorrow.
A multitude of defensive errors by North Otago in the first half laid the basis for Thames Valley’s six-try 43-21 victory in the fifth round of Heartland rugby on Saturday.
Otago metro under-18 centre Giovanni Leituala is tackled by Southland under-18 hooker Morgan Riordan (left) and openside flanker Sean Withy at the University Oval on Saturday.
It is starting to get near crunch time for Heartland teams, none more so than for North Otago which takes on Thames Valley in Te Aroha today.
Southland is trying hard but it is going to take a while to turn things around, the union’s boss says.
Otago Country regained the Tri-series Trophy and will hold it until next season after a nail-biting 33-29 win over Canterbury Country in Christchurch on Saturday.