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After a fortnight off, the Otago Country premier team is back in action today, heading to Oamaru to play a North Otago Development team.
The side will be itching to get back on to the field after the break and the team has some unfinished business to complete against North Otago opposition.
The North Otago Heartland side beat the Country boys in a match last month.
With a big match against Canterbury Country next week the Otago Country side will be eager to get back to winning ways and increase confidence levels. It has played some attractive rugby this season and deserved the results it has been getting.
Plenty of new faces have been introduced and this is crucial for the growth and development of country rugby as a whole.
Clutha halfback Jared Edwards is one of the players who has grabbed his opportunity with both hands. He has been a stand-out player for Country so far this season and has made the No9 jumper his own.
Veterans Tim O’Neill and Aidan Winter have led from the front and will look to continue this form today.
The backline has a fresh and youthful look to it. Centre Simon Lloyd is in his first season for Country and his taking his chances well. Coach Fraser Fletcher said he was happy with the team’s performances and effort in the past three games but the next two weeks are going to provide a huge challenge for them against quality opposition, particularly after a two-week break.
The North Otago development side is well drilled and will fancy its chances at home. The Country side will have to play to its strengths and trust in the game plan to get a positive result from the clash.
By Francis Parker