Friday, 23 October 1998
1998 NPC Division Two Final
Central Vikings 33 defeated Bay of Plenty 18
Central Vikings: Tim Kareko (2), Jarrod Cunningham tries
Jarrod Cunningham 3 pens, 3 cons
Stephen Bachop drop goal
Bay of Plenty: Keith Pryor, Justin Wilson tries
Dean Jennings 2 pens, 1 con
Saturday, 24 October 1998
1998 NPC Division Three Final
Mid Canterbury 18 defeated Horowhenua-Kapiti 13
Mid Canterbury: Steve Middleton 6 pens
Horowhenua-Kapiti: Paul Hirini try
Dion Nepia 2 pens, 1 con
All I'm going to say about this match is that Horowhenua must have one
of the biggest wings in the world. The guy looked like a prop that
had put on the wrong jersey. But he did have a fair turn of speed.
Sunday, 25 October 1998
1998 NPC Division On Final
Otago 49 defeated Waikato 20 at Carisbrook, Dunedin
Otago: Brednan Laney (2), Brendon Timmins, John Leslie,
Romi Ropati, Byron Kelleher, Anton Oliver tries
Tony Brown 2 pens, 4 cons
Waikato: Bruce Reihana, Glen Jackson tries
Matthew Cooper 2 pens, 2 con
The game started out slowly. Brown and Cooper both kicked some
difficult kicks in very windy conditions. Timmins scored a try from a
ruck in front of the Waikato posts. Otago lead going into half time
10 points to Waikato's 6. Waikato were unlucky not to have scored
from some promising plays during the first half.
John Leslie scores a try early in the second half. I can't think of a
better way to say this other than Leslie looks like a girl when he
runs. There is something strange about how he runs, but it does seem
to be very effective.
Otago score three tries near the middle of the second half and put the
result beyond doubt. Then the match becomes very muddled and sloppy.
Waikato scored two tries through the backs.
Otago deserve the NPC title with the way they have played in this
final and the way the played the past few weeks. Waikato already have
the Ranfurly Shield and the Sevens title, it would be greedy to have
the NPC title as well.
It seemed to me a lot of the refs calls went Otagos way. He saw the
Waikato team make infringements they didn't and he didn't see some of
the infringements Otago made. Why oh why couldn't Colin Hawke have
been the ref for this game???