North Otago notch first win

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North Otago’s Heartland campaign has picked up in emphatic style with a 25-23 win over East Coast in Ruatoria on Saturday.

The Old Golds had slumped to two defeats in their previous outings at the hands of Wairarapa Bush and South Canterbury and last year’s Meads Cup winners threatened to make it three losses in as many weeks, but a never-say-die attitude pushed Mike Mullins side across the line.

“The game went down to the final whistle,” he said.

“(There was) Some scrambling defence to save two tries, but overall a great effort, Ed Keohane and Willy Tahutia had outstanding games.

Mid-Canterbury and Thames Valley are the only remaining sides with 100 per cent records and the former gained further momentum with a 29-23 win over North Otago’s opening day tormentors, Wairarapa Bush on Saturday. Mullins said he is expecting another tough test when the green and yellows come to town for round four.

“We are focusing on all areas of play, as (we are) always expecting a hard battle. Especially against a side (Mid-Canterbury) coached by Glen Moore who has a good knowledge of our team, being involved with the 2010 , ’11 and to a lesser degree the 2012 North Otago team.”

Saturday September 14 fixture;

North Otago VS Mid-Canterbury

Whitestone Contracting Stadium, 2.30pm.