Taranaki v Otago Live

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Saturday 29th August 05:35 GMT

 

Although the 2015 ITM Cup is a mere 2 Rounds old, there will likely be a touch of desperation at the Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Saturday, when the reigning Champions Taranaki, welcome Championship side Otago to their home ground. A first clash for five years between the sides, brings them together at a time when they have both lost their opening two fixtures. The Taranaki Bulls have at least taken two losing bonus points from those losses, while the Razorbacks from Otago, have yet to open their 2015 account.

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Not only have results not gone their way in the early weeks, but the Bulls also lost their captain, James Marshall, for the rest of the season, following his broken toe during last week's loss at Auckland. Charlie Ngatai will now captain the team against Otago, with All Black Beauden Barrett moving to fullback as cover for Marshall.

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The Bulls other All Black, lock James Broadhurst, is unavailable, but they do welcome the man mountain at centre, Seta Tamanivalu for his first run on of the season. Although Otago have had two homes games to start the season, they had to face Canterbury and Hawke's Bay, both of whom put 30+ points on them. It seems likely that Taranaki may well do the same at the weekend.


Tags: ITM Cup, Yarrow Stadium, Otago, Taranaki
Posted: 29th August 2015


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