Otago accept gifts from visitors

04 October 2018 19:33:52 GMTPlus11

Bay of Plenty shot themselves in the foot in their 45-34 defeat to Otago, to leave themselves out of the running for the Mitre 10 Cup Championship's semi-finals.

The visitors gave up three intercept tries at Forsyth Barr Stadium as Otago gratefully accepted the gifts.

It has confirmed Otago will make the semi-finals, and they will have the chance to wrest the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato next week into the bargain.

Josh Ioane, Vilimoni Koroi and Matt Faddes each scored two tries for the hosts, who did well to overcome the loss of two players to the sinbin.

Otago managed to score 24 points during the time that Sione Misiloi and Sio Tomkinson were off the field.

Bay of Plenty started the game on the front foot with Bailey Simonsson and Kaleb Trask scoring either side of Ioane's reply for Otago.

The Steamers led 20-14 at the break after their rolling maul flattened Otago's pack and led to a penalty try right on half-time.

They started the second half with a one-man advantage after Misiloi was shown a yellow card for the penalty try offence, but instead of capitalising on the situation they gave up intercept tries to Faddes and Ioane just two minutes apart.

After Misiloi returned to the action Tomkinson saw yellow, but the undermanned hosts received another gift when Koroi sprinted clear for their third intercept try.

Tom Crozier and Aaron Carroll replied for Bay of Plenty with Ioane and Faddes scoring their respective second tries for Otago to secure the win.

Meanwhile, New Zealand are 1.22 to win their next game against South Africa, who are 4.35. The All Blacks are 2.00 conceding an 11.5-points start.

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