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Tasman upset Southland in Invercargill

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Saturday, August 17, 2013    Sportal.co.nz    Getty Images

Every time he touched the ball Lowe made good ground and he was a constant menace for the home defence, and his 66th minute try killed off the Southland challenge to give Tasman its first victory in Invercargill.

It came from a perfect pass made by fullback Tom Marshall in the play-making role off a ruck. He found centre Kieron Fonotia who charged into space to link with flanker Liam Squire and it was his pass to Lowe that set him on his run for his second try of the game.

Opening up the Southland defensive line on several occasions, through big second five-eighths Andrew Symonds and Lowe, the visitors scored the only try of the half but could also have scored two others.

It was a 22nd minute midfield break by Symonds, following a clean lineout take by lock Alex Ainlie, when he took advantage of the Southland defenders getting out of alignment to charge through a gap and feed the flying Lowe who was too quick for the defence.

Symonds had landed two penalty goals in the sixth and 12th minutes while after replacement first five-eighths Robbie Malneek was substituted due to a hamstring injury it was former North Otago player Billy Guyton who took over the duties to add another penalty goal in the 35th minute.

The Southland points came from the boot of first five-eighths Scott Eade who landed two penalty goals and their lack of try-scoring was a killer yet again.

Southland fared better after an early fright at the start of the second half and looked more competitive in the third quarter, inching their way back into the game through Eade who landed two more penalty goals in the 45th and 50th minutes.

Centre Bryan Milne and wing Keanu Kahukura had some likely breaks with the wing pulled down inches short of the line but Southland were unable to capitalise and paid the price when Guyton kicked his second penalty goal in the 57th minute.

Southland looked unconvincing for long periods and paid the price as flanker Shane Christie and No.8 George Stowers set the pace in the loose. And they had a superb ally in hooker Quentin MacDonald who was like a dynamo.

Potential try-scoring situations were denied the home side due to a lack of support when breaks were made.

Scorers:

Southland 15 (Scott Eade 5 pen) Tasman 25 (James Lowe 2 tries; Andrew Symons 2 pen; Billy Guyton 3 pen). HT: 6-14