Magpies Vs Otago - September 14, 2014

The Magpies took on the boys from Otago in their first Ranfurly shield defense at McLean Park. Otago were stunned by successive back-line tries as the Magpies leaped out to a strong early lead, eventually going to half time with a 31-0 buffer. The second forty was a more even contest, but The Magpies defense never relented, keeping the frustrated visitors scoreless while adding ten more points. The Magpies scored six tries via Ryan Tongia (2), Richard Buckman, Brendon O’Connor, Shannan Chase, & Jason Long. Ihaia West kicked one penalty & four conversions. The Magpies came out 41-0 victors. The next shield challenge comes from the Bay Of Plenty.