Tasman B's South Island Development rugby championship campaign is over following a tame 26-17 loss to the Canterbury Colts in Christchurch on Saturday.
Tasman needed the win to advance their title prospects, instead finishing with a two win, two loss record after being outscored four tries to two by their younger opposition at Rugby Park.
The Colts had already established a handy 16-3 halftime lead, with a James Lash penalty providing Tasman's only first half scoring. Tasman scored two tries in the second half to No 8 Fetu'uloa Havili and to prop Ropate Rinakama, both converted by Lash, although a host of handling errors and the Colts' superiority at the breakdowns resulted in an unproductive afternoon for the Tasman side.
Tasman coach Gary Stevens said that the scoreline was a fair indication of the contest as the Colts thoroughly deserved their win.
Havili still produced an impressive individual effort in an otherwise inconsistent Tasman team performance, with new blindside flanker Tevita Cavubati also having a strong game. Captain and halfback Shaun Begg maintained the consistent form he's shown throughout the series.
The Tasman Under-20s are also out of contention in their South Island age group tournament after a 33-17 loss to the Otago Under-19s at Christchurch's Linfield Park on Saturday.
Tasman couldn't maintain their first-half dominance, after leading 14-6 at the break, as a lack of second-half composure saw Otago run in four tries.
However, Tasman completely atoned for Saturday's poor second-half effort with a convincing 67-7 win yesterday over Otago Country Under-20s to end their season on a positive note.
Second five-eighth Jesse Pitman was a key figure in Tasman's attacking play, making numerous half breaks and offloading clinically to set the backs alight.
Tasman finished with 11 tries after leading 35-0 at the break, Pitman and fullback Latham Jones each scoring two tries and Harvey scoring a try and kicking six conversions. Tyler Kearns, Lucuster Mati, Regan Marshall, Jake Cresswell, Gareth Smith and Tom Cross also added tries.
Canterbury Colts 26 Tasman B 17 (Fetu'uloa Havili, Ropate Rinakama tries, James Lash 2 cons, pen) Ht 16-3.
Otago Under-19s 33 Tasman Under-20s 17 (Jade Bevan try, Jackson Harvey 4 pens) Ht 6-14.
Tasman Under-20s 67 (Jesse Pitman 2, Latham Jones 2, Lucuster Mati, Regan Marshall, Jake Cresswell, Tyler Kearns, Jackson Harvey, Gareth Smith, Tom Cross tries, Harvey 6 cons) Otago Country Under-20s 7. Ht 35-0.
- The Marlborough Express