Alpine Energy Stadium in Timaru has favoured the home side, South Canterbury, with North Otago’s successes restricted to elusive victories.
North Otago’s young guns produced a much improved effort against the pace and power of Mid Canterbury on Saturday at Hinds.
The maul in rugby is hardly an artistic amenity but it was used effectively by the South Canterbury forward pack.
North Otago will host Whanganui this Saturday after a couple of pulsating Meads Cup semifinals on Saturday.
North Otago knows it will have to be on top of its game when it hosts Wairarapa-Bush in a Meads Cup semifinal this afternoon.
North Otago ventures to Ruatoria to take on East Coast tomorrow in a vital match for the visiting team.
The North Otago-Mid Canterbury Heartland game this afternoon will be a double-barrelled contest with more than Heartland Championship points at stake.
Halfback Anthony Arty scored a late try to enable North Otago to snatch a vital bonus point against a strong Wanganui side.