Players and officials scrambled to save the life of a West Coast rugby player who suffered a heart attack on the field.
North Otago will be hoping for an improved performance in its Heartland Championship campaign when it meets Buller in the first round of the competition this afternoon.
Gypsy Day and Heartland rugby would appear to have little in common, although these important occasions occur at a time when both groups must make important decisions on their futures.
A super defensive effort and a willingness to attack at every opportunity carried North Otago to a resounding 44-22 win over the 2015 Lochore Cup winner, King Country, in Te Kuiti on Saturday.
North Otago have exacted revenge on defending champion King Country in a rematch of last year's Lochore Cup final.
North Otago will be out to add to its proud record in Heartland rugby when it meets King Country in Te Kuiti in the Lochore Cup final this afternoon.
North Otago goes into this afternoon’s Heartland game against West Coast with the knowledge that win, lose or draw, it will be in the Lochore Cup semifinals at Labour Weekend.
Neither King Country nor North Otago will be lacking motivation when the two sides meet in the sixth round of Heartland rugby this afternoon.
A well-known former All Black captain once made the comment after a test match that "it was a game of two halves" which certainly described the North Otago versus Horowhenua-Kapiti Heartland game...
North Otago held on for a 30-22 win over Thames Valley in the Heartland Championship game in Oamaru today.
An Australian loose forward and an Otago cricketer are two of the intriguing newcomers in the North Otago squad for the Heartland Championship campaign.
Two big hurdles remain for North Otago to clear before it knows whether it will progress to the playoffs in Heartland rugby.
An aggressive motivated Horowhenua-Kapiti side moved into the top four of Heartland rugby with a 26-22 win over North Otago in damp greasy conditions at the Levin Domain on Saturday.
Three changes have been made to the North Otago side to play Wanganui in Oamaru this afternoon.
North Otago made history on Saturday when it beat Wairarapa Bush to become the first New Zealand representative team to win a provincial first class match on an artificial surface.
North Otago coach Barry Stevens has made three changes to the side which beat West Coast last week, along with one positional change.
Seven players will make their first-class debuts for North Otago in the Heartland Championship opener in Oamaru today.
North Otago registered a morale boosting win over Meads Cup champion Mid Canterbury in a Heartland Championship warm up game in Oamaru on Saturday.