Canterbury finish strong against the Makos
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One of the bright spots for Canterbury was the performance of 19-year-old fullback Jordie Barrett. The New Zealand Under 20s representative came away with a 25 point haul to underscore his status as one of the rising stars of New Zealand rugby.
With the sun shining at AMI stadium, the stage was set for a great clash in the battle of the Crusaders partners. Tasman suffered a couple of early injury blows with classy second five-eighth David Havili and blindside flanker Shannon Frizell both taken from the field with injury but continued to fight hard in a tight first half.
With both teams showing great attacking intent but lacking the finishing, a Jordie Barret try was the only difference as Canterbury took a 16-9 lead at the break.
The stalemate continued in the first half as the Tasman defence refused to yield and Canterbury had to settle for a penalty to extend their lead to 19-9. After holding Auckland try-less last week, Canterbury conceded their first try of the season when Tasman worked a sweeping set piece move to put 19-year-old wing Tima Faingaanuku over in the corner.
Canterbury captain Luke Whitelock said: “It didn’t come easy, we had to work hard. It’s always tough against Tasman. In the first half we tried to force things so we tried to be a bit more patient in the second half and it paid off.”
Canterbury 45 (Dominic Bird, Nathan Vella, Jack Goodhue, Inga Finau tries, Jordie Barrett try, 4 con, 4 pen) Tasman 14 (Tima Faingaanuku try, Marty Banks 3 pen)
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