A Nelson mother and her twin boys are struggling with divided loyalties about today's Ranfurly Shield rugby challenge between the Tasman Makos and Taranaki.
Wendy Ward has lived in Nelson for 12 years, but this evening's match is causing division with her husband and sons.
Husband Merv and 5-year-old twin boys Kurt and Hogan are devoted supporters of their home team, but Mrs Ward said she was sitting on the fence - normally she supported Taranaki, but otherwise she backed the Makos.
Her loyalties were further tested because her son's school teacher is the mother of Makos player Andrew Goodman.
"I think Taranaki has got the best team they have ever had," Mrs Ward said.
So Taranaki will win?
"I can't say that. My children's education could be at risk . . . I really wish this wasn't happening," Mrs Ward said.
"I'm a real underdog supporter and both teams could be classed as underdogs - I don't know what to do. It's three against one in my family at the moment."
Her links to Taranaki remain as her parents live in Stratford, where Mrs Ward grew up, living on the same street as Taranaki rugby royalty Mark "Bull" Allen.
"Nelson is home. I just miss the surf and that amazing mountain," she said.
The TAB odds were in Taranaki's favour. They were paying $1.17 to win, compared with $4.50 for the Makos.
About 30 Tasman fans have headed to New Plymouth to watch the game, and out-cheer the Amber Army. The match will kick off at 7.35pm.
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