Tasman v Taranaki live blog commentary

LEE HENAGHAN
Last updated 21:21 01/09/2012

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A wonderful game of rugby has seen Taranaki successfully defend the Ranfurly Shield despite a heroic challenge from  the Tasman side.

The Makos can hold their heads high after a gallant effort - they refused to give up, kept fighting for the entire 80 minutes and the unfancied underdogs came agonisingly close to pulling off a major upset.

Some indiscipline and generous concession of penalties, as well as a magnificent performance from Taranaki star man Beauden Barrett ultimately made the difference.

There were 10 tries scored in a game played at a breakneck pace - this one will surely go down in Ranfurly Shield history as one of the all time classic challenges. There won't be a parade down Trafalgar St but the Makos have done the region proud tonight.

Taranaki 49 (Kurt Baker 2, Blade Thomson, Waisake Naholo, Beauden Barrett tries; Beauden Barrett 6 pens, 3 cons)

Tasman 40 (Tim Perry, James Lowe, Campbell Johnstone, Robbie Malneek, Quentin MacDonald tries; Andrew Goodman 3 pens, 3 cons). Ht: 32-30

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Join us for the Nelson Mail's live blog commentary of tonight's Ranfurly Shield clash as the Tasman Makos take on Taranaki in their bid to bring the Log o' Wood back to Nelson.

Despite being viewed as firm underdogs in what will be Taranaki's fortieth defense of the shield, Tasman players and fans are confident of pulling off a big upset at Yarrow Stadium.

If you're watching the game, email us with your views, or tweet with the hashtag #Makos and we'll publish your comments as the match unfolds.

Tasman Makos: Robbie Malneek, Peter Betham, Bryce Heem, Andrew Goodman (cpt), James Lowe, Haydn Cripps, Jeremy Su’a, Jordan Taufua, Shane Christie, Joe Wheeler, Tevita Cavubati, Filipo Levi, Campbell Johnstone, Quentin MacDonald, Sam Prattley.
Subs: Francis Smith, Tim Perry, Vernon Fredericks, Tevita Koloamatangi, Steve Alfeld, Kieron Fonotia, George Millar.

 

1: A nightmare start for the Makos as Taranaki score a try within the first 30 seconds. After an early turnover from the kickoff, Taranaki recycled the ball well and a slick offload from Broadhurst released Blake Thompson to run it home.

2: Conversion attempt succesful.

Tasman 0 - Taranaki 7

4: What a dramatic start to this game as James Lowe finds some space and runs straight through the Taranaki defense to score for the Makos.

Goodman bags the conversion to equalise for the Makos

Tasman 7 - Taranaki 7

6: Malneek penalised for not releasing. Penalty to Taranaki.

Barrett scores the penalty to put Taranaki back in front with 7 minutes gone.

Tasman 7 - Taranaki 10

9: The blistering pace continues as Baker finds some space after a lineout and breaks away to score for Taranaki

Another successful conversion for Barrett.

Tasman 7 - Taranaki 17

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24 points in the first 10 minutes - it's a typing challenge to keep up with the action here!

10: Good work by the Makos as they put pressure on Taranaki, making inroads into their territory and winning a penalty.

Goodman puts the penalty through to cut Taranaki's lead to 7 points.

Tasman 10 - Taranaki 17

Lineout for Taranaki inside the Makos' 22. It's an untidy one that sets up the first scrum of the match.

Jeremy Su'a will feel hard done by there as he's called offside for making off with a ball that looked to be well clear of the scrum. Penalty taken by Barrett that drifts just wide.

19: Taranaki score their third try as they're put in for a five metre scrum and Waisake Naholo scores a try after an excellent pass by Barrett.

Barrett converts.

Tasman 10 - Taranaki 24

21: Tasman are refusing to lie down here and fight back immediately to score an immediate try in response. Prop Campbell Johnstone scores a rare try after what looked like a clear-cut decision was referred to the TMO. Great resilience from the Makos here.

Andrew Goodman puts over a magnificent kick to convert to keep the Makos in touch.

Tasman 17 - Taranaki 24

23: The score-fest continues with yet another Taranaki try, Baker scoring his second of the night with a lovely little shimmy after being released in acres of space on the overlap. That's a bonus point try for Taranaki in the first 25 minutes of the game.

Barrett misses the conversion attempt.

Tasman 17 - Taranaki 29

28: Smashed em bro! Huge hit as Filipo Levi absolutely clobbers the Taranaki number 6. He attempts to get instant revenge with a high tackle soon after, setting up a penalty which Goodman duly converts.

Tasman 20 - Taranaki 29

31: This game is incredible. Hardly a minute has gone by without points being scored. Tim Perry goes over for the Makos after great work from Malneek.

Another lovely kick from Goodman bags the conversion.

Tasman 27 - Taranaki 29

What a moment for Perry there - he only found out he was playing half an hour before the game and he's scored a fantastic try to cut Tasman's deficit to just two points.

34: Another 3 points for Taranaki as Barrett puts another penalty between the sticks. Can't say what it was given for as I was still typing from Perry's earlier try.

Tasman 27 - Taranaki 32

38: Penalty to Tasman after an offside call. Goodman misses a cheeky dropkick but makes amends by putting the penatly over comfortably. The Makos just refuse to lie down here - great fighting spirit from Tasman with half time looming.

Tasman 30 - Taranaki 32

39: A lovely kick by Hayden Cripps puts the ball into touch deep in Taranaki territory.

40: More high drama to end an incredible 40 minutes of rugby as the Makos threaten to break but a poor pass from James Lowe sees the move break down.

Half time: Phew, what a game! It has the makings of a classic already and if the second half continues at that pace I'm going to need a new keyboard. Despite the worst possible start and Taranaki threatening to run away with it early on, the Makos have shown incredible spirit to claw their way back into it.

Spirits will be high in the dressing room at half time and if they can keep it up, who knows what might happen.

I'm off for a much-needed bathroom break - we'll see you back here for the second half.

Some of your half time tweets:

Wow who said ITM was boring... Way better viewing then Super Rugby..

This game is amazing! GO

let's do this

41: We're under way in the second half

42: Incredible. Tasman take the lead for the first time in the game as Quentin McDonald scores after Peter Betham storms down the wing. That's a bonus point try for the Makos, but Goodman misses the conversion.

Taranaki 32 - Tasman 35

43: The Makos lead is short lived as Barrett puts over a perfect penalty to even things up.

Taranaki 35 - Tasman 35

46: Another penalty for Taranaki, conceded by Cavubati. It's yet another perfect kick from Barrett to restore Taranaki's lead.

Taranaki 38 -Tasman 35

49: The penalties are coming thick and fast here and the bad news for Tasman is that it seems to be dead centre, right in front of the goalposts every time the whistle blows. Barrett shows no sign of losing his killer touch as he puts his 5th penatly of the night over to increase Taranaki's lead to 6 points.

Taranaki 41 -Tasman 35

A good crowd at Yarrow Park tonight, with attendance confirmed at just under 10,000.

52: A half chance there for Taranaki as Beauden Barrett finds space and looks for the offload but couldn't find a team-mate with the Makos' defence looking vulnerable.

54: The irrepressible Barrett storms through yet again, resulting in Vernon Fredericks being sin-binned in a questionable call. Barrett bags his sixth penatly. Tasman's indiscipline has costs them dearly tonight.

Taranaki 44 - Tasman 35

57: Taranaki starting to dominate territory and possession here as the Makos look to regroup under pressure.

60: Just as things were starting to look desperate for the Makos, back they come again with a fantastic break from Goodman releasing Malneek to score for 14-man Tasman. Goodman can't bag the conversion but this is very much game on again here.

Taranaki 44 - Tasman 40

63: Cripps is receiving medical attention after a blow to the head

65: Desperately unlucky for Tasman there after the flag goes up with the Makos tantalisingly close to scoring - Malneek just putting his foot on the line as they threatened to score what would have been a brilliant try.

66: Tasman back to full strength as Fredericks returns to the field.

68: Tasman spurns the opportunity to kick a penalty, opting instead to run it inside the Taranaki 22. They've come to win it.

69: The move breaks down and it's another scrum.

70: The Taranaki crowd are strangely quiet here as the Makos look threatening.

71: Close again for the Makos as Lowe has a great opportunity to offload to Malneek but can't get it away. Taranaki get it away.

74: Six minutes left on the clock, deep in the Tasman 22. They'll need to do something special here.

75: Big mistake from Taranaki there, Betham picks it up and creates a great opporunity for the Makos but its knocked on. Adrenaline levels running high causing some unforced errors.

77: Taranaki  finish with a flourish as that man Barrett goes over the line to secure the shield. The Tasman defence have worked hard but have struggled to contain Beauden Barrett all night. The kick has been missed but that's game, set and match in what has been a fantastic challenge.

Taranaki 49 - Tasman 40

Final whistle

A wonderful game of rugby has seen Taranaki successfully defend the Ranfurly Shield despite a heroic challenge from  the Tasman side.

The Makos can hold their heads high after a gallant effort - they refused to give up, kept fighting for the entire 80 minutes and gave Taranaki a real scare at times. Some indiscipline and generous concession of penalties, as well as a magnificent performance from Taranaki star man Beauden Barrett ultimately made the difference.

There were 10 tries scored in a game played at a breakneck pace - this one will surely go down in Ranfurly Shield history as one of the all time classic challenges. There won't be a parade down Trafalgar St but the Makos have done the region proud tonight.

Thanks for joining us for our first ever live blog. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Post-match tweets:

Hell, that was pretty close though Gotta learn to play a percentage game and take the kicks on offer.

Really wish Tasman had've won that. Unfortunately, they showed their inexperience on the park in the last 10. Great match though

Tasman vs Taranaki was one heck of a game. Some great action on sky sports lol.

 

 

 


- Nelson

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