Makos fight for bonus-point win

Date published: August 21 2015

Tasman claimed their second victory of the ITM Cup season as they beat Bay of Plenty 34-13 in a fractious meeting at Trafalgar Park on Friday.

A late try from Pete Samu wrapped up the try bonus-point for the Makos, who didn't have things all their own way as the Steamers fought well throughout.

In an ill-tempered first-half, Tasman went into the break 14-3 in front thanks to tries from number eight Liam Squire and wing Mitchell Scott.

However, Scott's effort on the left sideline three minutes from the turnaround papered over what was a disappointing 40 minutes from tournament hopefuls the Makos.

Squire opened his team's account in the seventh minute when he hit a superb line from close range, with fly-half Marty Banks adding the extra two points.

Tasman tighthead prop Ross Geldenhuys was then yellow carded for an off-the-ball stamp and such was the stupidity of the offence, coach Kieran Keane decided not to bring him back on after his ten minute stint in the sin-bin.

After the break, Banks would slot three points but when Steamers flanker Zak Hohneck crossed, suddenly it was 17-10 with the game now up for grabs.

But the Makos settled in the second-half and when outside centre Kieron Fonotia scored in the 70th minute, they had secured back-to-back wins before flanker Samu showed his pace to run away for their fourth try for the bonus-point.

The scorers:

For Tasman:
Tries: Squire, Scott, Fonotia, Samu
Cons: Banks 4
Pens: Banks 2

For Bay of Plenty:
Try: Hohneck
Con: Evemy
Pens: Evemy, Hollinshead

Tasman: 15 Trent Renata, 14 Monty Ioane, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 David Havili, 11 Mitchell Scott, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Billy Guyton, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Marco Kotze, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Jesse MacDonald, 17 Siua Halanukonuka, 18 Jake Stafford-Wood, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Jeff Lepa, 21 Jimmy Cowan, 22 Robbie Malneek, 23 Alex Nankivell.

Bay of Plenty: 15 Craig Clare, 14 Leroy van Dam, 13 Lalaki Foketi, 12 Caleb Hall, 11 Chase Tiatia, 10 Nick Evemy, 9 Jono Kitto, 8 Carl Axtens, 7 Zak Hohneck, 6 Joahn Bardoul, 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Tim Bond, 3 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 2 Joseph Royal, 1 Solomona Sakalia.
Replacements: 16 Seb Siataga, 17 Ziggy Fisi'ihoi, 18 Aidan Ross, 19 Joe Tupe, 20 Shahn Eru, 21 Te Aihe Toma, 22 Dan Hollinshead, 23 Whaimotu Craft-Chemis.

Referee: Nick Briant