Otago Daily Times

Josh show gets job done for Otago

Mitre 10 Cup

- STEVE HEP­BURN Otago ...................................... 40 SPIRIT BEATEN Sports · Rugby · Otago Region · Hawke's Bay · Wellington, New Zealand · North Shore · Josh Ioane · Bay of Plenty RU

IT was the Josh show for Otago yes­ter­day as its struc­ture held to se­cure its first home win of the sea­son.

Otago beat Coun­ties­Manukau 40­22 at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium af­ter it led 21­8 at the break and with the win went to the top of the ta­ble, tied with Hawke’s Bay.

Josh Timu and Josh Dickson scored a cou­ple of tries each while Josh Ioane bagged over five con­ver­sions as Otago won in a match where it went to sleep for pe­ri­ods.

The vis­it­ing side came back from be­ing 21­3 down a minute be­fore half­time to be ahead 22­21, quar­ter of an hour into the sec­ond half.

But Otago went back to its set piece and hung to the ball to pull ahead again and even­tu­ally win by a com­fort­able mar­gin.

Otago coach Tom Don­nelly praised his side’s re­silience to get out of a hole in the sec­ond half and not go away from the game plan.

‘‘Like all our games here we start re­ally well, and luck­ily to­day we were able to score some points.

‘‘But then our game went off the boil a lit­tle bit and we let them play their game, which when you let them do that, they are an un­be­liev­able side,’’ Don­nelly said.

‘‘But I’m re­ally pleased we were able to turn that around and got back to our game and able to fin­ish it off.

‘‘We just had to stick to our plan, play a bit of struc­ture.

‘‘We knew if we could get our set piece work­ing we could play off the back of that and be re­ally clin­i­cal at the break­down.’’

He was never wor­ried the side would lose as it was just about back­ing the game plan.

He praised the scram­bling and char­ac­ter on de­fence.

‘‘We talked about it all week, if we played well there would be op­por­tu­ni­ties there.

‘‘Ev­ery­one was talk­ing out there and stay­ing com­posed and points would come.’’

Otago will look to back up its first home win of the sea­son on Fri­day when it takes on North­land at the sta­dium.

Don­nelly said the short turn­around would be tough but he would see how the play­ers washed up this morn­ing.

Four games to go and the side was in a good po­si­tion but Don­nelly said there was still plenty of rugby left to play.

Josh Timu and Liam Colt­man were im­pres­sive for Otago as was winger Jona Nareki.

In other games, Bay of Plenty beat Manawatu 53­35, Wellington downed North Har­bour 25­20, Auck­land de­feated Tas­man 31­10 and Waikato up­set Can­ter­bury 16­15.

 ?? PHO­TOS: PETER MCIN­TOSH ?? Otago blind­side flanker Charles El­ton heads to­wards the try­line as Coun­ties­Manukau cen­tre Sione Mo­lia tries to stop him.
PHO­TOS: PETER MCIN­TOSH Otago blind­side flanker Charles El­ton heads to­wards the try­line as Coun­ties­Manukau cen­tre Sione Mo­lia tries to stop him.
 ??  ?? Otago cen­tre Josh Timu tries to get away from Coun­ties­Manukau mid­field back Or­byn Leger. Vil­imoni Koroi is in sup­port at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium yes­ter­day.
Otago cen­tre Josh Timu tries to get away from Coun­ties­Manukau mid­field back Or­byn Leger. Vil­imoni Koroi is in sup­port at Forsyth Barr Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

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