Otago picked up a 32-29 win against Premiership opponents Bay of Plenty in their ITM Cup fixture on Sunday, with Hayden Parker kicking 22 points.
In an entertaining contest at Forsyth Barr Stadium, the hosts would be made to come from behind after the Steamers had an early 0-10 lead thanks to Tino Nemani's converted try and a penalty.
And that Otago did as Peter Breen's try would lead to it being 10-16 against their Premiership opponents, with the crowd fully behind them.
Joe Royal would reply for the visitors but TJ Ioane's try and Parker's solid kicking meant that Otago would start the season with a fine victory.
Tries: Breen, Ioane
Con: Parker 2
Pen: Parker 6
For Bay of Plenty:
Tries: Nemani, Royal
Con: Ripia 2
Pen: Ripia 5
Otago: 15 Tony Ensor, 14 Keiran Moffat, 13 Michael Collins, 12 Peter Breen, 11 Buxton Popoali'i, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Paul Grant (c), 7 Lee Allan, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Scott Manson, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Craig Millar.
Replacements: 16 Sam Anderson-Heather, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Charlie O'Connell, 19 TJ Ioane, 20 Willis Scott, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Fa'asiu Fuatai.
Bay of Plenty: 15 Steve Honey, 14 Tino Nemani, 13 Kendrick Lynn, 12 Brett Mather, 11 Kimami Sitauti, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Samisoni Fisilau, 8 Joe Tupe, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Carl Axtens, 5 Josh Sole, 4 Tim Bond, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Joe Royal, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 18 Beau Williams, 19 Matt Clutterbuck, 20 Josh Hall, 21 Sam Beard, 22 Dave Thomas.
Referee: Mike Fraser