Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tasman win ITM Cup Championship after dramatic finish against Hawkes Bay

The Tasman Makos held off a comeback from Hawkes Bay to claim the ITM Cup Championship title, earning promotion to the 2014 Premiership. The 26-25 thriller was one of the matches of the weekend, eclipsing the main final for entertainment value. 

Hawkes Bay started well as Ihaia West and Zac Guildford combined to silence the home crowd at Nelson's Trafalgar Park. Tasman soon levelled things up and looked in control at halftime, before a miraculous late try gave the visitors a final shot at glory.

Young West, whose fantastic play this season has earned him a call up with the Maori All Blacks, wasn't able to convert Chris Eaton's late try from the sideline as a thrilling match came to a close.

Earlier Marty Banks' intercept and 95m sprint had put the hosts in a great position, adding to his sensational season and growing reputation as a game changer.

While West had thrown the vital intercept - that resulted in 5 points for the opposition rather than 7 for his team - he had a chance to redeem himself at the death, but under unbelievable pressure his kick never looked like going over. It was a cruel finish for such a talented young player.

"I feel sorry for Ihaia because those things can either make you or break you, but he is quailty player so he will bounce back," said Tasman veteran Joe Wheeler post match.

It was a frantic finish to a match that exuded quality, with some outstanding ball handling, support play and on regular occasion, great defence. Tries were also scored by Bryce Heem and Liam Squire for the Makos, and the excellent Brendan O'Connor for the Magpies.

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:06 pm | View Comments (5)

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Adam October 28, 2013 8:22 am

Not sure that try off the quick line out was fair. Bit sloppy from the defence but the touchy just sticks the flag in the air with no indication of who's ball it is....

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steve lane October 28, 2013 10:18 am

What an amazing game of rugby. Best sport in the world when its played like that.

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stroudos October 28, 2013 11:49 am

The celebratory haka at the end is terrible.

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Jezz Burdett October 29, 2013 1:18 am

A final like that should leave the kickers in peace, unlucky from the youngster at the end having to put up with the crowd down his throat!

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VanDerRef November 03, 2013 9:55 am

It's is a pity and a disgrace when supporters act like that. That is not the behavior of a rugbysupporter. Leave the kicker alone, keep quite and let him kick that kick in peace.
Whatever level, wherever, no matter what moment in the game. Respect goes both ways.
Thrilling match

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