Rugby Union

New Zealand rugby team terrorised by gale force winds

In the Meads Cup final, the premier match for smaller, amateur provincial unions in New Zealand who compete in the Heartland Championship - the tier below the ITM Cup - gale force winds in Ashburton created chaos throughout the game between hosts Mid Canterbury and North Otago.

This could be seen throughout the match, with players landing penalties from more than 60 meters and punting the ball distances of up to 105 meters on the bounce.

But in quite possibly the first time in any televised rugby match, a peculiar event occurred when North Otago were set to restart the match from the halfway line following a Mid Canterbury penalty.

Aiming for the ball to go the minimum required distance of 10 meters from the kick-off, the ball was drop kicked high into the gusty winds of Ashburton, only for the ball to travel five meters forward in the intended direction, before being picked up by the winds, and hurled back behind the entire North Otago team.

The ball was tossed around by the ruthless wind, being propelled past the goal line - nearly bouncing over the cross bar of the goal posts - and past the dead ball line, resulting in a scrum feed in favour of Mid Canterbury back at the point of which the ball was kicked from.

The Hammers went on to win the final in front of their home crowd, defeating the Old Golds of Oamaru by 26-20.

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