For some 13 is an unlucky number – but that’s how many times Kevin Lundon hopes to have seen Canterbury claim the Ranfurly Shield after his trip to Dunedin on Saturday.
Taranaki have pulled off one of the greatest Ranfurly Shield heists, coming from 24 points down to steal the Shield off Canterbury in astonishing circumstances.
A sloppy opening performance has prompted Otago coach Cory Brown to make sweeping changes for the Ranfurly Shield challenge against Canterbury in Christchurch tomorrow.
Otago's thrashing in the Ranfurly Shield challenge against Hawkes Bay was reminiscent of a challenge from yesteryear, says ODT Online rugby writer Jeff Cheshire, as he looks at this and other key points from Sunday's game.
Otago coach Tony Brown says he was hugely disappointed with his side's start and its execution let it down yesterday.
Hawkes Bay banished the bad memories of last year's brief Ranfurly Shield reign by blowing away Otago today to retain the Log o' Wood.
Forsyth Barr Stadium is to be renamed for Otago's first defence of the Ranfurly Shield against Hawkes Bay on Sunday.
Oh well, what a nine days it was. Otago relinquished the Ranfurly Shield yesterday, losing to Hawkes Bay 20-19 in a titanic battle at Forsyth Barr Stadium in front of a crowd of 18,185.
That was massive. All those years of hurt, that pain caused by those close losses. Well, those wounds have healed. They have been cleared.
Counties-Manukau have overcome a mental barrier of 24 unsuccessful Ranfurly Shield challenges - including two draws - to take the prized trophy for the first time in the union's 58-year existence.
This was an epic. The only problem was - and it was a major problem for Otago and its supporters - its ending was more Dead Man Walking than Chariots of Fire.
Otago has made just two changes to its side, both in the backline, as it gets ready to go into rare territory - a Ranfurly Shield defence.