Mitre 10 Cup Review - Week 4
Sunday, September 1, 2019 Lynn McConnell Getty Images
In the Mitre 10 Championship, Bay of Plenty, after their 27-19 win over North Harbour in Albany, moved one point clear of Taranaki on 15 points, with Hawke's Bay on 13 points in third place.
Wellington 29 Counties Manukau 22
Counties Manukau had every reason to expect they might be able to pull off a surprise at Westpac Stadium but Wellington's fighting spirit and Counties Manukau's inability to shut the home team down saw Wellington skipper Du'Plessis Kirifi finish off a long-range move in injury time for the winning try. Two yellow cards also didn't help the visitors as Counties Manukau mistakes allowed Wellington back in the game to tie the scores at 22-22. Wes Goosen for Wellington and Kali Hala and Orbyn Leger for the visitors scored fine tries.
Scorers: Wellington 29 (Wes Goosen, James Blackwell, Billy Proctor, Du'Plessis Kirifi tries; Jackson Garden Bachop 3 con, pen) Counties Manukau 22 (Sikelo Nabou, Kali Hala, Orbyn Leger, Malgene Ilaua tries; Riley Hohepa con). HT: 7-12
Fireworks from hat-trick tryscorer wing Vilimoni Koroi and another for Jona Nareki set up Otago in their Ranfurly Shield defence against a game Manawatu side who had a strong first half only to fade in the second. Koroi was outstanding, unleashing his Sevens skills in an outstanding display while also showing the presence of mind to show a sleight of hand to set up the final try for Sio Tomkinson. Manawatu halfback Jamie Booth had enough time to show his running skills to score.
Scorers: Otago 37 (Vilimoni Koroi 3, Jona Nareki, Sio Tomkinson tries; Josh Ioane 3 con, 2 pen) Manawatu 20 (Jamie Booth, Adam Boult tries; Otere Black 2 con, 2 pen). HT: 22-17
A lineout conceded on Canterbury's line in the 10th minute proved a harbinger of mayhem to come for Southland. Canterbury ran the ball from their own line, a big run was made by wing Patrick Osborne and at the other end of the field supporting flanker Tom Christie ran in the try. It was one-way traffic thereafter with Ryan Crotty showing his readiness for higher rugby by scoring two tries. Fullback Josh McKay twice unleashed his speed to score tries that took him to six for the competition, two ahead of his nearest rivals.
Scorers: Canterbury 80 (Tom Christie, Mitchell Drummond 2, Luke Romano, Ryan Crotty 2, Fergus Burke, Josh McKay 2, Mitchell Dunshea, Dallas McLeod, Luke Whitelock tries; Burke 4 con, Brett Cameron 6 con). HT: 33-0
Northland made the better start but three tries in the last 15 minutes of the first half saw Hawke's Bay enjoy a halftime advantage. Hooker Ash Dixon's try-scoring continued apace, notching his fourth of the campaign but it was outside back Neria Fomai who hit Northland hardest, scoring a hat-trick of tries while Caleb Makene backed him with two more. Northland showed their own attacking ability in crossing three times.
Scorers: Northland 28 (Temo Mayanavanua, Jack Straker, Jaycob Matiu tries; Jack Debreczeni 2 con, 3 pen) Hawke's Bay 43 (Ash Dixon, Neria Fomai 3, Caleb Makene 2, Folau Fakatava tries; Danny Toala 4 con). HT: 15-22
A typical Waikato welcome was laid out for Auckland in Hamilton with prop Oliver Norris and wing Declan O'Donnell crossing within 12 minutes of the start. But as so often happens, maintaining that early momentum proved a little harder. It took Auckland 37 minutes to get going but wing Caleb Clarke made the most of a kick-pass to score wide out. Waikato got out to a 20-10 lead but Auckland used their forward power for hooker Leni Apisai to score while a late penalty goal to five-eighths Daniel Kirkpatrick drew Auckland level for their second draw of the competition.
Scorers: Waikato 20 (Oliver Norris, Declan O'Donnell tries; Fletcher Smith 2 con, 2 pen) Auckland 20 (Caleb Clarke, Leni Apisai tries; D'Angelo Leuila con, pen; Daniel Kirkpatrick con, pen). HT: 14-10
Bay of Plenty's impressive run continued as it moved to the head of the Mitre 10 Championship ladder, one point ahead of Taranaki when taking four points off Premiership side North Harbour in Albany. Bay of Plenty first five-eighths Dan Hollinshead's goal-kicking boot marked the difference as the sides scored three tries each. He converted all three Bay tries and added two penalty goals for good measure.
Scorers: North Harbour 19 (Lotu Inisi, Shaun Stevenson, James Little tries; Matt McGahan 2 con) Bay of Plenty 27 (Mitch Karpik, Joe Webber, Alex Ainley tries; Dan Hollinshead 3 con, 2 pen). HT: 14-21
Tasman established an early lead at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth, and while Taranaki looked to narrow the game in the second half they ran out of time and lost the chance to push for a loser's bonus point when penalised at a scrum just out from the Tasman line on the fulltime hooter. Tasman's pack proved equal to everything Taranaki threw at them up front. Wing Tima Fainga'anuku scored twice to demonstrate his class for Tasman.
Scorers: Taranaki 18 (Lachlan Boshier, Waisake Naholo tries; Daniel Waite con, 2 pen) Tasman 28 (Tima Fainga'anuku 2, Andrew Makalio, Finlay Christie tries; Mitchell Hunt con, 2 pen). HT: 6-18
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