Rugby Southland hosted an event of a different sort at Rugby Park yesterday afternoon as Stags captain Jamie Mackintosh threw in the boots for a 500 metre rowing dash against up and coming rower Hayden Cohen.
Mackintosh outdid Cohen in the short distance as he beat the young star by two seconds.
Cohen, who is a former under-23 world champion rower in the double skulls, only had one advantage going into the race in that he knew how to row.
With a 40 kilo weight advantage and a short distance Cohen said, "I knew [Mackintosh] was going to be pretty quick".
Mackintosh knew he had the edge and as the two passed the minute mark there was nothing in it.
"I was pretty lucky to sneak away with the win," Mackintosh said.
The clash of the codes was organised by sponsor Blue River Dairy in conjunction with Rugby Southland.
This year had seen both the Stags and Cohen turn to sheep milk as part of their training schedules. Blue River Dairy marketing manager Justine Horgan said before the race: "It's been a really good season with the Stags and Hayden's been doing well, so we'll see who does better".
Cohen was flown in by his sponsor for the race and his next step was continuing to prepare for the national rowing championships in February next year.
The Stags take on Counties Manakau this Friday night in the last round robin game of the season, for the Ranfurly Shield.
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