Former All Blacks 7s playmaker Vilimoni Koroi and his Otago side came back from 17-0 down to beat Canterbury 22-20 in the NPC match yesterday.
Flying Fijians winger Manasa Mataele and Waisake Naholo were also in action for Canterbury.
It was the boot of Josh Ioane that earned Otago a second consecutive NPC victory over Canterbury nearly a year after their 23-16 victory over the same opposition.
The loss is Canterbury’s third in succession, having also fallen to Wellington and Hawke’s Bay in the last two weeks.
However, Canterbury earned a bonus point to remain fifth in the NPC Premiership, one point behind Tasman, and four ahead of Bay of Plenty.