After a disappointing loss last weekend to the South Canterbury Development team, North Otago Development got their Hanan Cup chances back on track with a 29-19 win over Mid-Canterbury on Saturday.
The match was played at the Ashburton Showgrounds and both sides looked to throw the ball around and play expansively.
However, North Otago’s willingness to attack paid dividends with the side managing to claim a bonus point win.
It was a crucial match for North Otago, with a loss giving them a slim chance of winning the Hanan Cup.
Development coach Kilifi Fangupo said he was pleased with the efforts of his players.
“Tyron Davies was absolutely outstanding. We moved him to first-five because Cameron Keenan was halfback and Tyron directed the team around the park beautifully and had a strong combination with Cameron.
“Matthew Vocea and Brad McKenzie had strong games in the outside backs, while Kaituu Kaufana and Chris Perry formed a dangerous midfield combination.”
Fangupo said the win was much needed by his side.
“It was a great performance to bounce back and play the way we did considering last weekends loss to South Canterbury.”
Mullins said following his side’s disappointing loss at the weekend, both sides would train together at training last night.
“We will have both teams training together because there is strong competition for places and we have a few niggles, so we won’t name our team until Thursday.”
Following their return match with Mid Canterbury on Saturday, they will wait for other results to see if they will play in the final against South Canterbury at Forsyth Barr Stadium on September 27.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
PHOTO: TETSURO MITOMO ASHBURTON GUARDIAN
HARD-WORKING: North Otago development players Callum Lines and Wade Hodgen (partly obscured) prepare to tackle Mid Canterbury development player Maukie Otukolo.