South beat North in an epic rugby match

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The South have beaten the North 38-35 in an entertaining inter-island rugby match in Wellington.

In a see-sawing match it took a spectacular try by Will Jordan in the 85th minute of the match to snatch the win for the South.

The game featured seven lead changes, with the North coming back from 31-21 down in the second-half to hold a 35-31 advantage until the final moments.

The game was billed as an All Black trial, with the top players from around New Zealand all playing.


The North vs South match, sometimes known as the Interisland match has been a longstanding game in New Zealand.

The first match was played on 30 June 1897 at Wellington’s Athletic Park, and the match became an annual fixture from 1902.

Matches stopped during World War I from 1915-1918, but during World War II only the 1940, 1941 and 1942 matches were cancelled, with competition resuming in 1943.

There have been 81 North v South games played with the North winning 51 of them.

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