Otago put on a poor defensive display to be soundly beaten 54-24 by Wellington in a Mitre 10 Cup match in the capital.
A superb defensive effort from Otago has lifted the side into the playoff for fifth and sixth at the national under-19 championships in Taupo.
Otago in 2017, Highlanders last year, All Blacks this season. What can Josh Ioane do next season after a whirlwind couple of years?
Electric Otago winger Jona Nareki is making every post a winning one, racking up a try in nearly every game in the blue and gold jersey.
He may be oozing natural talent and picking up tries left, right and centre but Otago winger Jona Nareki is putting his good form down to hard work.
Otago have clung onto the Ranfurly Shield, holding off a challenge from Taranaki with a superb 35-27 victory.
Otago Spirit coach Scott Manson had no trouble naming his side for its season-opener against Taranaki at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Sunday.
Get it wide. That is the instruction for tonight’s Ranfurly Shield defence against Manawatu at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Two Otago referees have made the next step up the ladder, making their debuts at first-class level last weekend.