Tryless Otago wing Jona Nareki puts team first as Northland await

Nareki, who is preparing to take on Northland in the first Mitre 10 semifinal against Northland on Friday, sliced through the Tasman defence last Saturday and was heading for a certain try underneath the sticks when he tossed the ball to Hammington.

Puzzled onlookers wondered if Nareki owed a debt to his Highlanders team-mate, but it appears the gesture was a selfless act from a maturing footballer who is starting to understand the bigger picture.

“It was pretty bad because it's part of my job description to score tries,” Nareki told Stuff.

Otago take Log o' Wood off Taranaki

Taranaki claimed the coveted prize last weekend, with All Black brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett helping them edge Canterbury 23-22 in Christchurch.

But the Bulls' latest reign has proved short-lived, thanks to an impressive performance from Otago.

Using the blustery wind to their advantage, the visitors powered out to 22-5 lead at the halftime break and the buffer was too much for Taranaki to overhaul.

Otago comfortably held on to grab the Shield for the the third time in last decade.


Fiji university welcomes new health collaboration with Otago

The Otago University Global Health Institute has signed up with the Fiji National University and the National University of East Timor for five new research projects in the next two years.

Fiji National University's associate dean research, Donald Wilson, who is also the director of the new Fiji Institute of Pacific Health Research, said the greater Pacific region would benefit.

Otago end Auckland's run

A hat-trick of tries to centre Matt Faddes and some gritty defence in the dying stages allowed the visitors to hold on for a 31-26 win in Auckland on Friday night.

The victory was just Otago's second at Eden Park in the last 42 years, and went very much against the form book.

Resurgent after several years of struggles, Auckland were perched atop the premiership standings with six wins from six heading into the clash.

Otago, on the other hand, had won only half of their six games to be sitting fourth in the second-tier championship division.