OPINION: Last Saturday's win over Otago was important for several reasons.
Firstly, it was great to get a win for captain Jamie Mackintosh in his 100th match for Southland.
It was a special day for Jamie and his family and the team was happy to be able to make his big day one he will always remember fondly.
Secondly, the victory has put us in a good position heading into the last two matches of the regular season.
Last year we went into the last two games needing to win both as well as hoping for other results to go our way, which they did, allowing us to sneak into the semifinals in fourth spot.
This year our fate is in our own hands.
A win tonight against Hawke's Bay can confirm our spot in the semifinals with one week to go, as well as almost lock up a home semifinal.
Win tonight and we can head to Pukekohe next Friday with nothing to lose (more about that next week).
Lose, and we may find ourselves needing to win our last game to qualify for the semifinals.
A third reason why last weekend's win was important to the team was to thank the large number of Southland fans who were at the ground in Dunedin, particularly those who participated in Stag Day.
The noise inside the stadium was incredibly loud at times considering only just under 7000 people were in attendance.
The team had the chance to meet members of the Satanic Verses rugby club when we called in at a rugby club in Dunedin to have a beer with them and thank them for their outstanding support after our official post-match function at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Tonight's occasion is another big one in terms of milestones, with David 'Crazy' Hall bringing up his 100th appearance for the province.
After playing with plenty of passion for 'Whoppa' last Saturday, the team is intent on trying to deliver a similar sort of performance for Crazy on his big day
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