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Taranaki deny brave Tasman

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Friday, August 12, 2011    Sportal.co.nz    Getty Images

Trailing 16-13 at the break, a seven-minute scoring spree by the amber and black winger turned the game on its head.

Two quick-fire penalties edged the home side in front before he scored a breakaway try which Jack Cameron converted to give Taranaki a 10-point buffer with just over 10 minutes to go.

Tasman will wonder how they managed to lose a game in which they spent 18 minutes in the opposition 22 and led 10-0 inside the opening quarter.

All their points bar substitute Hamish Cochrane's last-second try were scored by Andrew Goodman who got the game's opening try and added two conversions and three penalties.

Jackson Ormond was the other try-scorer for Taranaki.

It was the Goodman show for the first 15 minutes as the Tasman captain got his side out to a 10-0 lead at Yarrow Stadium.

He opened with a penalty and followed that up with a converted try in the ninth minute after a super strip by Makos hooker Quentin MacDonald on Taranaki prop Carl Carmichael.

A scything break by Tasman centre Kieron Fonotia a few minutes later had the home side scrambling but Shane Christie failed to hold on to the pass and the chance went begging.

Taranaki persisted in kicking away possession while Tasman were content to run it back at them but when Michael Bent went off his feet at the ruck Goodman missed a penalty from 48 metres out.

The amber and blacks finally got on the scoreboard in the 19th minute when Goodman was penalised for not rolling away and Taylor, who finished with 19 points for the match, slotted the simple three-pointer.

But the Makos skipper soon replied with his second penalty of the night to restore the 10-point lead.

Ormond's converted try in the 25th minute brought some relief for the home side. It started with a well-taken box kick from halfback Brett Goodin which put Tasman under pressure.

The ball was spun out to the wing where lock James Broadhurst was ranging and he slipped the tackle of James Marshall and fired the inside pass to his winger who raced in to score. Taylor added the extras and then he and Goodman traded penalties leading up to the break to leave the match finely poised at 16-13 in the visitors' favour.

Taranaki withstood wave after wave of Tasman attack in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. While the home side scrambled well deep in their own 22 it was mistakes by Filipo Levi and his locking partner Joe Wheeler that saw at least two tries go begging for the visitors.

They proved to be costly misses as having withstood the onslaught, Taranaki took the lead in the 61st minute thanks to two penalty kicks from Taylor, who rubbed salt into the Tasman wounds with his 70 metre breakaway try five minutes after that.

But the visitors pushed hard to get at least a bonus point and they were rewarded for their persistence when Cochrane burrowed over in the last play of the game and Cameron slotted the extras.

Scorers:

Taranaki 26 (Jackson Ormond, Andre Taylor tries; Taylor con, 4 pen; Jack Cameron con) Tasman 23 (Andrew Goodman, Hamish Cochrane tries; Goodman 2 con, 3 pen). HT: 13-16