Warren Gatland’s son, Bryn Gatland, is certainly a talented flyhalf. The 22-year-old was instrumental in causing the British and Irish Lions all sorts of problems in the opening game of the tour when the Lions scraped a 13-7 victory against the Provincial Barbarians at the beginning of June.
On that day, Gatland showed an excellent variety in his kicking game which put his father’s side under all sorts of pressure. The flyhalf is continuing this fine form as he helped North Harbour to a 19-17 victory over rivals Otago in the opening round of the Mitre 10 Cup.
These two sides faced one another in the final last season which Gatland slotting a late drop goal to ensure his side the victory. He caused more heartbreak for Otago this season as his influence and kicking from the tee helped his side to another victory against their rivals.
Gatland kicked three penalties, a conversion and made a number of line breaks in the game which caused Otago plenty of difficulty.
This line break from Gatland in the first half led to North Harbour’s only try of the game and the 22-year-old showed great awareness and ability to offload to Shaun Stevenson who dotted down under the posts.
In the second half, Otago made a comeback and North Harbour were under serious pressure but Gatland continued to relieve pressure through good territorial kicking. In addition to this, the following break and offload got North Harbour to playing the final moments of the game in the right area of the pitch.
In addition to this, the following break and offload got North Harbour to playing the final moments of the game in the right area of the pitch.
A good start to the competition from North Harbour who will face Southland next week in Invercargill.
You can watch full highlights of the match below.
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