Donnelly happy with Otago’s previously hit-unavailable
There was sufficient to like the extent that initially hit-outs go.
Otago will face far more grounded adversaries than the Southland outfit which took the field in Waikouaiti yesterday, albeit the two sides were missing central participants.
Be that as it may, generally, the host overwhelmed in a 34-14 pre-season win.
Beside an even beginning and a 10-minute time of Southland predominance late in the subsequent half, Otago controlled procedures.
Protectively it was strong, retaining the pressing factor Southland had the option to apply, albeit over and over again botches kept the guests from building any stages.
In the interim it showed flexibility on assault and crossed for six attempts.
It’s anything but a presentation that satisfied Otago mentor Tom Donnelly.
”I’m really content with the manner in which things went,” he said.
”Lovely day… we got past a touch of work which was acceptable.
”We had the option to give folks a run, get a couple of blends and get a glance at certain folks at an alternate level as opposed to simply club rugby.”
Winger Freedom Vahaakolo scored two attempts and gave not many indications of the injury which finished his Highlanders season.
He came into the line at a pleasant point off halfback Kayne Hammington to flee for Otago’s first attempt.
Southland reacted after Otago surrendered two punishments, which prompted Southland prostitute Talemaitoga Tuapati smashing over from a lineout drive.
It was the last time the Otago protection was penetrated for a significant length of time, despite the fact that Southland No8 Arese Poliko made two in number runs.
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Otago brought genuineness and assaulted the ball at the breakdown to drive slip-ups and win punishments.
There was a lot to like about that guarded exertion, albeit Donnelly recognized it was supported by the delicate ground.
To be sure it was some convenient breakdown work from openside flanker Slade McDowall which won Otago the punishment for Ricky Jackson to score off its very own lineout drive.
Focus Giovanni Leituala then, at that point made it 17-7 as he snaffled the ball away in a tackle and ran 35m, prior to grubbering ahead and recalling to score an amazing performance attempt.
Vahaakolo added his second just after halftime. He was put over in the corner after substitution fullback Matt Faddes drew two players and conveyed a tasteful offload with his first touch back in an Otago shirt.
Otago was infrequently constrained into its own half for the following 20 minutes and added another lineout drive attempt through substitution whore Henry Bell.
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That took it to 27-7, so, all things considered Southland started hanging stages together and constrained Otago into yielding punishments.
It was its best period and in the end the pressing factor told as 19-year-old halfback Josh Murrell made a move to kill over.
Sam Fischli crossed late for Otago’s last attempt.
Otago currently faces Canterbury in Timaru on Thursday and will have its Maori All Blacks back. It plays Southland at Forsyth Barr Stadium on August 7 in its NPC opener.