5 Sep 2008

Southland eye Ranfurly Shield history

6:42 pm on 5 September 2008

The last time Southland beat Auckland was in 1971 and they haven't won at Eden Park since 1939, so the prospects of rugby's Ranfurly Shield heding south this weekend appear slim.

However their form suggests Southland's chances of winning the Shield for the first time since 1959 are the best they've been been in decades.

Southland have won three of their five games and are fifth on the NPC table - six points ahead of Auckland who've lost three games.

And it's that form that has Southland coach David Henderson feeling they in with a chance of rewriting history tomorrow afternoon at Eden Park.