The Otago will face the Northland Swords for the opportunity to claim the 2020 New Zealand Rugby League Men’s National Championship after the Whalers overcame the Aoraki Eels in the South Island Championship Final over the weekend.
The South Island leg of the National Championship was played over two days at Timaru‘s Alpine Energy Stadium, with the Otago team emerging undefeated after four matches, including a 38 – 6 win over the Eels in the tournament Final.
Commenting on the tournament, Southern Zone Rugby League general manager Steve Martin told stuff.co.nz that both teams played to a high standard over both days, beating opponents Southland and West Coast to reach the final.
“I think both sides were leg wary given the number of games they had played over two days.”
“It was a strong performance from Aoraki, but a superior performance from Otago who were unbeaten over the weekend.”
Kicking off the tournament, Aoraki overcame a determined Southland Rams to win 24 – 20 secure first points on Saturday morning before Otago ran riot against the West Coast to win 42 – 18.
In afternoon, Otago then secured a tight 24 – 20 win over the Eels, before Southland held West Coast to nil.
On Sunday morning, Otago defeated Southland 35 – 8, whilst Aoraki defeated the West Coast 24 – 4 to setup the tournament Final.
Aoraki Eels 24 – 20 Southland Rams
Otago Whalers 42 – 18 West Coast
Otago Whalers 24 – 20 Aoraki Eels
Southland Rams 44 – 0 West Coast
Otago Whalers 35 – 8 Southland Rams
Aoraki Eels 24 – 4 West Coast
Otago Whalers 38 – 6 Aoraki Eels