Charter flight for Otago

Otago has gained one advantage already for tomorrow's semifinal against Hawke's Bay.

Usually, sides have to catch commercial flights to venues and a provincial city such as Napier is never a short journey.

But with tight turnarounds from last weekend and a lack of economy seats, New Zealand Rugby had chartered a flight for the Otago team to fly straight to Napier.

The Otago team will leave Dunedin mid-afternoon today and arrive in Napier a couple of hours later on its own chartered plane.

A trip of two hours is considerably shorter than usual - it can sometimes take a day to get to a city in the North Island.

Less waiting around airports should help the team get in the right frame of mind for what is yet another semifinal for Otago.

The side has made the semifinals in seven of the past eight seasons.


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