Clinical Mako thrive in Nelson wet
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Campbell Burnes Getty Images
The Magpies will now pray that Otago does not beat Waikato and take the Shield on Saturday, as its home Championship semifinal position is at stake.
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The rain fell heavily on Trafalgar Park in the first spell, making handling and passing doubly difficult. The ball was like a veritable cake of soap.
Magpies loose forward Devan Flanders looked likely with two breaks on the night, but he was on his lonesome against an accurate Mako pack, which exerted its muscle at best-piece and collision time. Andrew Makalio’s hit on Josh Kaifa summed up the commitment of the Mako defence.
A counter-attack by wing Tomas Aoake led to Mako lock Paripari Parkinson diving over near the posts. It was the only try of a tense, error-filled opening stanza.
FT | An emphatic second half from @TasmanMako secures a 29 - 0 win to reclaim the top spot of the Premiership table.#TASvBAY #WellBeingRound pic.twitter.com/06O76aVgx3— Mitre 10 Cup (@Mitre10Cup) October 11, 2018The rain abated in the second spell but the home side did not ease up. Second five Tom O’Malley ran a nice angle off a flat Mitch Hunt pass to extend the lead to 15-0.
Hunt crawled over the line at the 68-minute mark as the Mako’s control through the pack was exemplary against the youthful visitors. Fullback Will Jordan hardly saw action but it did not matter and it was not the night for attacking from the back.
Replacement halfback Jack Grooby crossed between the uprights for the bonus point after 24 phases of superb control.
Both the Mako and the Magpies will now have a decent break in preparing for the semifinals.
Tasman 29 (Paripari Parkinson, Tim O’Malley, Mitch Hunt, Jack Grooby tries; Hunt 3 con, pen) Hawke’s Bay 0 HT: 10-0 Tasman
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