Utting plays key part in transtasman test victory

Kiwis win Wayleggo Cup for third year in a row.

Kiwis win Wayleggo Cup for third year in a row.

CHAMPION: Merv Utting with his dogs Prince, Stem, Bess and Briar. File picture

THE New Zealand dog trial team triumphed over their Australian counterparts in the transtasman test in Taupo at the weekend and Gisborne’s Merv Utting played a key role.

The four man New Zealand team led by 26.5 at the end of Saturday’s round. Utting and his dog Prince topscored with 93 points. The pair followed it up yesterday with the second top score of 88.5 points. Northland’s Murray Child and his dog were the best combo, with 93.5.

New Zealand amassed 657.25 points across their eight runs in the series to the Aussies’ 584.25. The Kiwis won by 73 points to win the Wayleggo Cup for the third year in a row. Tolaga Bay’s Leo Edginton and Marlborough’s Eion Herbert were the other members of the victorious New Zealand team.

“It feels pretty good to win it,” Utting said this morning. “The boys went well. The sheep were a bit difficult, though.

“My dog Prince did some terrific work.”

Utting went out first for the Kiwis on both days. “Saturday’s run was a good one right the way through but yesterday Prince and I had a bit of trouble with the sheep at the bridge.

“We finished with just 10 seconds left on the clock. Leo had a few problems with his runs both days but overall it was a good result for us.”

The test series was held in very cold and wet conditions.

THE New Zealand dog trial team triumphed over their Australian counterparts in the transtasman test in Taupo at the weekend and Gisborne’s Merv Utting played a key role.

The four man New Zealand team led by 26.5 at the end of Saturday’s round. Utting and his dog Prince topscored with 93 points. The pair followed it up yesterday with the second top score of 88.5 points. Northland’s Murray Child and his dog were the best combo, with 93.5.

New Zealand amassed 657.25 points across their eight runs in the series to the Aussies’ 584.25. The Kiwis won by 73 points to win the Wayleggo Cup for the third year in a row. Tolaga Bay’s Leo Edginton and Marlborough’s Eion Herbert were the other members of the victorious New Zealand team.

“It feels pretty good to win it,” Utting said this morning. “The boys went well. The sheep were a bit difficult, though.

“My dog Prince did some terrific work.”

Utting went out first for the Kiwis on both days. “Saturday’s run was a good one right the way through but yesterday Prince and I had a bit of trouble with the sheep at the bridge.

“We finished with just 10 seconds left on the clock. Leo had a few problems with his runs both days but overall it was a good result for us.”

The test series was held in very cold and wet conditions.

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