Physical Otago tackle Auckland off the park in Dunedin

Otago No 8 Mika Mafi, centre, charges through the Auckland defence at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Thursday.
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Otago No 8 Mika Mafi, centre, charges through the Auckland defence at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Thursday.

Otago heaped more misery on Auckland's season with a 34-26 win in Dunedin.

Otago were physical and got stuck into Auckland at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Thursday night, with the win moving the southerners temporarily in second place on the Championship table.

Auckland meanwhile are sixth in the Premiership with five losses and two wins.

Otago ran in five tries as they beat Auckland for the first time since 2013.
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Otago ran in five tries as they beat Auckland for the first time since 2013.

It was Otago's first win over Auckland since 2013, 22nd overall and a big turnaround from last year when Auckland won 54-17 in Auckland.

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Otago defended bravely all game and kept Auckland out at crucial periods. Otago were also dangerous on attack and Auckland struggled to shut them down.

Auckland's night was made even worse as they lost former All Black Malakai Fekitoa in the first half with a head knock and he didn't return.

Otago got off to a great start, scoring in just the third minute when Sio Tomkinson grabbed an intercept and scampered 60m to score.

Fletcher Smith added a penalty give give Otago a 10-0 lead, before George Moala answered back for Auckland, grabbing the ball from a ruck close to the line and barging over.

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But then wing Jona Nareki scored the first of his double for Otago, cutting back through traffic and taking advantage of weak Auckland defence to score under the sticks.

Wing Vince Aso scored out wide on the right for Auckland to close the gap before halftime, but then Otago scored to give them a 10-point buffer.

Otago kicked deep into the Auckland 22, then put the heat on defensively. Otago stole the ball, and lock Josh Furno smashed his way over by the posts to make it 24-14 at halftime.

Nareki bagged his second seven minutes after the break, dotting down in the left corner. Otago held on to their 29-14 lead for most of the rest of the half, until things livened up late in the game.

Moala dived over from close range to close the gap for Auckland with four minutes remaining, but they ran out of time.

In their haste to catch up to Otago, replacement first five-eighth Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald tried to take a drop kick for the conversion and missed it.

Then Otago sealed the win with another try straight from the next kickoff.

Auckland tried to spread the ball wide and made a mistake, then Tomkinson grabbed the ball and darted his way through out on the right.

Auckland were awarded a penalty try on fulltime after they made a break down the left touchline and the loose pass was kicked into the in goal and an Otago player was ruled to have thrown it dead.

Otago 34 (Jona Nareki 2, Sio Tomkinson 2, Josh Furno tries; Fletcher Smith 3 con, pen) Auckland 26 (George Moala 2, Vince Aso penalty try, tries; Jono Hickey 2 con). HT: 24-14.

 - Stuff

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