Rawsons backing Old Golds for victory

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North Otago Rugby Supporter’s Club’s Steve and Chris Rawson are backing the Old Golds to lift the Lochore Cup over Wanganui at the Whitestone Contracting Stadium on Sunday.
The brothers founded the supporters club in 1996 and can be seen in a wave of gold week-in-week out with fellow members at North Otago matches Heartland matches across the country.
Chris Rawson tipped North Otago to record a four point win over Wanganui while Steve predicts a wider margin between the two sides.

Chris said he expects a fast-paced encounter if the weather is fine and hopes the home fixture will offer North Otago an advantage.

“It’ll be a very close came, if it’s sunny it will be a very fast playing game, they both like playing pretty fast rugby but hopefully being a home final will give us an advantage,” he said.

North Otago secured a place in the final after a hard-fought 16-12 battle with old enemy South Canterbury in Timaru.

Steve Rawson believes the Old Golds used the elements to their advantage and were tactically savvy throughout the encounter, but will need to up their game against Sunday’s visitors.

“We actually played territory rugby and used the elements better than what South Canterbury did, second half their tactical kicking was excellent, we used the wind and we held on to the ball well,” he said.

“This week they’ve got to have their A -plus game because Wanganui will be disappointed to be down that low, just qualifying for the Lochore Cup.”

Steve recalled two danger men for Wanganui during North Otago’s 20-15 loss the last time the two side’s clashed at Cooks Gardens in week three of the season.

“I went to the Wanganui game and we had ten minutes of good rugby, which we really showed them,” he said.

“There’s only two guys that actually beat us in that team and that was two of their imports, their number eight and second five.

“I’m not sure if they’re playing this week, I’ve not seen them in the team list since but if we play our top team and our top game we should win by at least seven.”

By JAMES FORD
PHOTO: JAMES FORD – Steve and Chris Rawson are predicting a North Otago win over Wanganui on Sunday.