Stags steamrolled in Rotorua
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 allblacks.com Getty Images
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The yellow card was a double blow for the Stags with a penalty try awarded to give the home-side a 7-0 lead. Bay of Plenty made use of the one man advantage by scoring a great counter attacking try to loose forward Hugh Blake while Dixon was still off the field.
The Steamers kept a solid defensive line and forced the Stags into a kicking game as the first half wore on. Bay of Plenty looked to keep the ball in hand for long periods and tired out the Stags defence as wing Monty Ioane and halfback Richard Judd scored tries to claim the 24-0 halftime lead.
Southland weren’t completely out of the game though, and needed to score first in the second half to stay in the contest. But just four minutes into the second half, Dixon earned a second yellow card for a dangerous strike on Richard Judd. In the Mitre 10 Cup a second yellow card is immediately elevated to a red card meaning Southland had to play the rest of the match with 14 players.
The bonus-point win elevates the Steamers into the Championship top four. Next up they face Counties Manukau in a crucial crossover clash in Tauranga on Sunday. Southland remain without a competition point and also face a short turnaround before they face Tasman in Nelson on Sunday.
Bay of Plenty 57 (Monty Ioane 2, Hugh Blake, Richard Judd, Lalakai Foketi 2, Terrence Hepetema, Jesse Parete tries, Penalty try, Mike Delany 3 con, Luke Campbell 2 con) Southland 0
FT | The @AllBlacks did it on the weekend, now @BOPRugby have followed suit with a 57-0 thrashing of @RugbySouthland.#BOPvSOU pic.twitter.com/g6aOADF0PD— Mitre10 Cup (@Mitre10Cup) September 20, 2017
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