Otago-Wellington ‘friendly’ now on Sunday

The Otago team will have to navigate a shorter turnaround before its next competition game.

This weekend’s friendly against Wellington has been pushed back a day.

The game will kick off at 1.05pm on Sunday at Forsyth Barr Stadium, rather than on Saturday afternoon.

It gives Otago one less day to recover and prepare for its final NPC game, against Waikato in Hamilton next Friday.

That comes as a result of the flow-on effects of the postponed game between Bay of Plenty and Northland.

Originally scheduled for last Sunday, it has reportedly
been rescheduled for Wednesday next week following
the death of Bay of Plenty winger Sean Wainui.

To accommodate the tight turnaround, Northland’s game against Southland — which was to be played on Sunday — will now be played at 2.05pm on Saturday.

That was the timeslot originally set down for Otago’s game against Wellington.

The competition moves to semifinals following next weekend’s final round.

Otago is third with a seven-point buffer over Northland, leaving it likely to face Manawatu in Palmerston North in its semifinal.

It could slip to fourth, if Northland wins its final two matches and Otago loses to Waikato.

Taranaki remains unbeaten and has secured top spot in the Championship.

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