Otago came from behind to stun Wellington 37-36 in a classic ITM Cup match at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington yesterday. With time just about up, Otago were trailing by six points, but ran half the field for Matt Faddess to score a converted try, and steal the victory.
Otago actually trailed 23-36 with three minutes left, so this was a huge comeback. It was helped in part when the outstanding Ardie Savea was sinbinned in the final five minutes.
Earlier in the game Otago prop Reggie Goodes made this barnstorming run, breaking the line with great acceleration then steamrolling the attempted tackle from winger Tony Ensor.
Seeing the big guy in full flight was awesome, but the angle he took and the way he dealt with the – admittedly very brave – Ensor made the moment even more enjoyable to watch.
After all, these type of mismatches are what makes rugby so unique. And sometimes painful.
Watch extended highlights of this great match on the next page
credit: NZAUTV Rugby Union