Moffat all ready for strong end to season

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A former St Kevin’s College 1st XV pupil currently playing for Otago in the ITM Cup was pleased to see his old school doing so well on the footy field this season.

Kieran Moffat, who was born in Oamaru, said it was fantastic to see the turnaround the school had made with rugby since he attended.

“They struggled a bit on the rugby front for a few years after I left and it’s fantastic to see the side doing so well on the paddock. They’ve been playing great rugby.”

Moffat, who is equally at home on the wing or at centre, said it had been a frustrating season to date.

“My club form with Taieri in the back half of the season I was really pleased with and was getting some good minutes under my belt, but it all hasn’t gone to plan since then.”

After suffering a popped rib in Otago’s final pre-season hit-out against Otago, Moffat spent a frustrating four weeks on the sideline and made his return to the field for the Old Golds in their disappointing loss to Wanganui a fortnight ago.

“It was really good being able to have the chance to pull on the North Otago jersey and being able to catch up with a few old faces as well as meeting some of the new boys.”

His main goal is to represent Otago and his first hit-out for them this season came in the disappointing shield loss to Hawke’s Bay last weekend.

“It was frustrating. We were just shut out of the game and they kept exploiting us down the blindside and we struggled to adapt,” he said.

Moffat was not ruling out a return to the Old Golds, who he was allowed to play for through the player of origin rule.

“I’d definitely jump at the chance to play for the boys again, but the immediate goal is to feature in the team for the Tasman game then hopefully the final two games.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES – Kieran Moffat in action for Otago against Manawatu last season.