Tranquility week is over for Otago’s leading players.
Jeff Cheshire looks at where players from the Otago side that captured Ranfurly Shield in 2013 are now.
Otago dispatched Tasman 48-7 in Blenheim on Saturday to clinch a home semifinal in the Championship tier of the Farah Palmer Cup.
Otago went out on the prowl last night and came away with five competition points and a place in the post season.
Otago first five-eighth Josh Ioane says the side is slowly learning how to convert chances into points.
A life well travelled - Hoani Matenga has been through three passports, played for clubs in five different countries and still has time to play bass with New Zealand's hottest band.
Otago will have its captain on the wing and the return of one of its Super Rugby players when it takes on Bay of Plenty at Forsyth Barr Stadium tomorrow night.
The Otago Spirit snapped a two-game losing streak in the Farah Palmer Cup with a 65-0 drubbing of Taranaki in New Plymouth on Saturday.
The Otago Whalers’ representative campaign has come to a cruel end. Saturday’s 26-26 draw with the Northern Swords means the Whalers finished the season unbeaten.
The log o’ wood has a chance to come south in the next two weeks but it will be hard work to wrestle it off the Mooloo men.
Otago Spirit coach Scott Manson took a deep breath before methodically explaining the changes he has made to his side this week.