OPINION: What a whirlwind week.
Marty 'Swan' McKenzie's last minute heroics topped off what has been a good seven days.
Two come-from-behind wins in the space of four days have propelled us into a good position heading into the final three rounds of the competition.
Although the game didn't quite go as planned last Sunday, at the end of the day a win is a win, no matter how you get it.
What we have also shown over the past couple of games is the ability to score tries.
The combinations that weren't gelling at the start of the season are slowly starting to develop.
A perfect example of this was our first try on Sunday when Marty offloaded to Willis, who then put Cardiff away for the try.
At the start of the season those opportunities were being created but not taken.
We are starting to read the situation at hand rather than just holding back and waiting for the next phase of play.
As a backline it is something we know we still need to develop, but it has definitely improved out of sight over the past two weeks.
After having a couple of days to freshen up this week, we are now putting all our energy into what is shaping as a huge southern derby under the roof in Dunedin tomorrow.
To add to the occasion, it will be skipper Jamie Mackintosh's 100th appearance in a Stags jersey when he runs out on to Forsyth Barr Stadium.
It means an awful lot for the big fella to clock up a century in the maroon top and as his team-mates we want to make sure we deliver a performance that in some ways can match his achievement.
What makes the occasion even more special is the event shapes as 'Stag Day' for a number of Southlanders attending Otago University, along with members of the Satanic Verses rugby team.
Stag Day is an now annual event, when students dress up in Stags attire and enjoy each other's company over a couple of drinks before heading to the game to cheer on the team.
Speaking to a handful of the students involved in Stag Day, some of whom I attended Southland Boys' High School with, they say the event in some ways shapes as bigger than Christmas.
With their support, along with the several thousand Otago fans expected to attend, there will be plenty of noise echoing around the indoor stadium when the ball is kicked off at 2.35pm.
Here's hoping the match can deliver on all the hype, for all involved.
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