Rugby: Otago snatch Ranfurly Shield straight off Taranaki

The Ranfurly Shield is on the move again.

For the second time in a week, the Log o’ Wood has changed hands with Otago the new holders following a 30-19 win over Taranaki in Inglewood today.

It hasn’t been that long a wait for the men from the south, who had the Shield just over a year ago before losing it to Canterbury. The amber and blacks’ reign ends at just eight days.

Otago’s first challenge will be against Hawke’s Bay next Sunday as they look to avoid a repeat of their short reign in 2013 which lasted just one week after a defeat by the Magpies.

Taranaki’s heroics in Christchurch last week were quickly forgotten when Otago got out to a fast start with the aid of the wind before taking a 22-5 lead into the break.

The hosts, who were without All Blacks Beauden and Jordie Barrett, cut the lead to 10 shortly after halftime when Kaylum Boshier crossed over but that was as close as they got to mounting a comeback.

All Black first-five Josh Ioane finished with 15 points for Otago.

More to come…

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