Tasman seal upset win over Hawke's Bay
Hawke's Bay became the latest victims of an unpredictable ITM Cup rugby season when they were upset 21-19 by bottom-placed Tasman at Napier's McLean Park tonight.
It was Tasman's third win over the Magpies in five outings, with Tasman not-only securing their first win of the season, but also their first championship points.
Two penalties to Hawke's Bay fullback Richard Buckman, following respective line breaks by substitute flanker Adam Bradey and prop Anthony Perenise, gave the home team an early 6-0 lead.
But it was Tasman who opened the try-scoring when left winger Mitchell Scott skilfully dived across in the corner after 18 minutes.
Another Buckman penalty stretched Hawke's Bay's lead to 9-5 four minutes later.
A penalty to Tasman second five-eighth Andrew Goodman then reduced the margin to just one point.
When Perenise was sin-binned for an intentional knockdown with 10 minutes before half time, Goodman gave Tasman their first lead at 11-9.
But a break by flanker Karl Lowe just before halftime produced an attacking lineout from which Lowe eventually scored a try to give Hawke's Bay a 14-11 halftime lead.
Goodman levelled the score at 14-all six minutes after the restart with his third penalty success.
Hawke's Bay then regained the lead at 19-14 when Bradey managed to wriggle across the try line and score from an attacking scrum.
Still Tasman refused to lie down, substitute No 8 Mark Bright scoring a try several phases after an attacking lineout, Goodman's conversion again putting Tasman ahead 21-19 with 13 minutes remaining.
Tasman managed to hold on, showing excellent control over the dying stages to seal a deserved victory.
Tasman 21 (Mitchell Scott, Mark Bright tries, Andrew Goodman 3 pens, con) Hawkes Bay 19 (Karl Lowe, Adam Bradey tries, Richard Buckman 3 pens)
The Nelson Mail