North Otago will be looking to make it three victories in row when they take to the turf in Gisborne tomorrow in their cash with Poverty Bay.
The red and whites are yet to pick up a win in this year’s Heartland campaign and sit at the foot of the table but coach Mutu Ngarimu remains positive and is relishing the opportunity to scupper North Otago’s good form.
“We’re focusing on the basics,” he said.
“North Otago have been travelling well and have had a couple of good wins but we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“There’s a couple of injuries but we won’t know until training tonight (yesterday).
“We’re obviously disappointed not to have picked up a win but we’ve reviewed where we’re going wrong and where we can improve.”
North Oatgo coach Mike Mullins has some selection woes with Dylan Winter expected to be out of action for at least another fortnight but the squad will be bolstered by the return of Matt Duff.
“Injuries are playing a part with selections each week, which is to be expected as the competition is hard,” he said.
“Matt Duff looks to have got over his injury as he played 30 minutes for us in last week’s game.
“Dylan Winter is probably a couple of weeks away still, they (Poverty Bay) are looking for a win, and after seeing their performance last week they are a big forward pack, along with quick backs. (There’s) no easy games.”
The Old Golds downed Meads Cup holders East Coast in their last trip north before taking a 19-18 win over Mid Canterbury at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium in their last outing.
Poverty Bay’s season has been less impressive, but showed some promise in their 25-21 loss to Wanganui in their round four fixture.
By James Ford