N.Otago development side has second loss

The Mid Canterbury Development XV had too much pace out wide in the main game at Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Saturday, beating North Otago development 34-26.

The three Hanan Shield unions play in a tri-series and North Otago has racked up two losses.

South Canterbury has beaten North Otago and Mid Canterbury also accounted for North Otago on Saturday, and will play off with South Canterbury.

Mid Canterbury winger Tait Chisman needed only two minutes to put his side in the lead and Reuben Early added the conversion.

Early then chipped in with a try and a conversion to extend the lead to 14-0 after seven minutes.

North Otago winger Fem Bootsan put the home side on the board with an unconverted try, but Mid Canterbury speedster Brian Matoramusha used blistering pace in scoring two tries in the space of six minutes, and extended Mid Canterbury's lead to 24-5 after the first quarter.

With 17 minutes left in the first half, North Otago's lively halfback Anthony Arty wriggled over for Kayne Middleton to convert as North Otago struggled to stay in touch with the opposition.

Mid Canterbury's first five-eighth Tim Lawn added a penalty eight minutes before halftime before North Otago midfielder Tayne Russell scored for Middleton to convert and stay within eight points of Mid Canterbury.

In a more sober second half, the pace of the game slowed, with Matoramusha adding his third try which Early converted.

North Otago's Arty made it a double for North Otago, adding a converted try twelve minutes from fulltime.

Meanwhile, in the Heartland Championship, North Otago and West Coast are the only two unbeaten teams after two rounds.

North Otago beat Wairarapa-Bush 25-11 on Friday night while West Coast downed Horowhenua-Kapiti 27-21 in Levin.

King Country defeated Buller 34-12 in Taupo on Friday night. In Ruatoria, Mid Canterbury accounted for East Coast 22-15, while South Canterbury beat Poverty Bay 40-29 in Gisborne. Thames Valley edged Wanganui 36-30 in Whanganui.

 - Terry O'Neill

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