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As it happened: Otago v Bay of Plenty

Published: 3:21PM Sunday August 18, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

  • Fumiaki Tanaka of Otago  (Source: Photosport )
    Fumiaki Tanaka of Otago - Source: Photosport

Keep up to date as Otago host Bay of Plenty in the opening round of the ITM Cup from Forsyth Barr from Dunedin.

Fulltime: Otago 32 BOP 29 - Otago hold on for the tightest of victories, the referee today a busy man indeed.

75 mins: Otago 32 BOP 29 - Straight in front from 40 out and Parker doesn't flinch. Otago nudges ahead.

70 mins: Otago 29 BOP 29 - And that's the law of probability. Parker misses from distance.

67 mins: Otago 29 BOP 29 - Whatever Parker can do, Ripia can as well, peeling off another long range penalty. All square. Smart money on neither here.

62 mins: Otago 29 BOP 26 - Ioane's strong burst gets the balkl behind the advantage line, drawing the penalty from the scrambling defence. Parker does his thing and Otago has their first lead.

58 mins: Otago 26 BOP 26 - TRY! TJ Ioane replies in similar fashion, two minutes after entering the fray. Gaps all along the try line but the flanker choses the closest one and cruises in next to the sticks.

53 mins: Otago 19 BOP 26 - TRY! We have some action. Hooker Joe Royal bursts over from close range from a short flat ball from halfback Samisoni Fisilau. Finally the dam has a crack in it.

50 mins: Otago 19 BOP 19 - All level now with half an hour remaining in this arm wrestle. Parker cannot miss.

42 mins: Otago 16 BOP 19 - Parker's flatmate Beau Robinson concedes the breakdown penalty and Parker as straight as an arrow nails the forty metre kick.

41 mins: Otago 13 BOP 19 - Parker kicks off the second half.

Halftime: Otago 13 BOP 19 - The few people in the stands will be glad the whistle has stopped for a while. Both sides guilty of rushing.....everything.

37 mins: Otago 13 BOP 19 - Parker gets three back, both sides struggling to get any continuity. Breakdown is a tad bit messy.

34 mins: Otago 10 BOP 19 - And another from Ripia. Entering the ruck from the side gifts another three to the BOP.

31 mins: Otago 10 BOP 16 - Ripia slightly ahead in the battle of the left footers, the penalty sailing over from the right angle. No patience from the defence.

25 mins: Otago 10 BOP 13 - TRY! Now we have a game. Peter Breen is the benefactor of the charged Ripia clearance, falling on the ball. Territory all important and Otago getting comfortable. Conversion is good from Parker.

22 mins: Otago 3 BOP 13 - Field position and finally Otago are on the board through a Hayden Parker penalty. Home side finally starting to warm into it.

13 mins: Otago 0 BOP 13 - The score keeps on mounting with Ripia's second penalty. Otago not in this at all.

10 mins: Otago 0 BOP 10 - Willie Ripia from forty in front nails the penalty. Otago erring at the breakdown, under pressure from their lack of early intensity.

7 mins: Otago 0 BOP 7 - TRY! Right winger Tino Nemani basically walks through the first five from the five metres scrum. Soft,  soft, soft. An electric start from the BOP, looking sharp with multiple offloads.

1 min: Otago 0 BOP 0 - Willie Ripia has the honours and we're off at Forsyth Barr, almost as many people on the field as in the stands. The weather is unsurprisingly perfect.

Pre-Match

The second cross-division game of the afternoon offers an intriguing match-up between last year's beat finalists in the Champion division, Otago, and stable Premier division team Bay of Plenty.

Although Otago are missing star All Black wing Ben Smith, they have some quality performers in their young team who will be looking to kick on from last year's encouraging season.

Leading their young backline will be impressive Japanese halfback Fumiaki Tanaka and the improving Hayden Parker, who both now have Super Rugby experience.

Another Super Rugby rookie, Tony Ensor, adds real thrust from the back while up from look for captain Paul Grant, former All Black lock Tom Donnelly and the tough Liam Coltman to add real grunt.

Bay of Plenty, perhaps more than any other province, have emerged as a real gypsy commune and their latest acquisitions include Queensland and Australian flanker Beau Robinson, the once-disgraced Willie Ripia while Australian hooker Albert Anae and former Auckland captain, Dave Thomas offer options on the bench.

Otago: 15 Tony Ensor, 14 Keiran Moffat, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Peter Breen, 11 Buxton Popoali'i, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Paul Grant (c), 7 Lee Allan, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Scott Manson, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Craig Millar.

Reserves: 16 Sam Anderson-Heather, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Charlie O'Connell, 19 TJ Ioane, 20 Willis Scott, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Fa'asiu Fuatai.

Bay of Plenty: 15 Steve Honey, 14 Tino Nemani, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Brett Mather, 11 Kimami Sitauti, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Samisoni Fisilau, 8 Joe Tupe, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Carl Axtens, 5 Josh Sole, 4 Tim Bond, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Joe Royal, 1 Kane Hames.

Reserves: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 18 Beau Williams, 19 Matt Clutterbuck, 20 Josh Hall, 21 Sam Beard, 22 Dave Thomas.

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