Canterbury’s quest for a seventh consecutive title came to an end in a 26-6 defeat to Tasman in their ITM Cup semi-final at Trafalgar Park.
Canterbury’s quest for a seventh consecutive National Provincial Championship title came to an end in a 26-6 defeat to Tasman in their ITM Cup semi-final at Trafalgar Park on Saturday.
The Makos will now travel to New Plymouth to face Taranaki in next Saturday’s final.
Dominant is the set pieces and in the contact areas, Tasman never looked like losing as they controlled the game from start to finish, outscoring their visitors two tries to none.
Tries from James Lowe and Jimmy Cowan plus a penalty from Marty Banks saw Tasman go into the interval 17-6 up.
Three more penalties from the ever-consistent boot of Banks in the second half sealed the win.
Canterbury were dealt a blow before kick-off when skipper Willie Heinz was forced to withdraw after picking up an injury in the warm up.
By contrast, the home side got off to a prefect start when Lowe touched down inside three minutes, collecting a chip ahead and twisting his way to the line. Banks added the extras.
Canterbury were being forced to use the boot of Tom Taylor a lot to get out of their half and finally got on the board when the fly-half landed a penalty just before the half-hour mark.
Banks and Taylor exchanged penalties with halftime looming but Tasman would strike again before the break.
Cowan sniped around the side of a ruck to score after a break by Tasman full-back Robbie Malneek and Peter Samu was held up over the line.
Canterbury continued to cough up possession far too easily in the second half and when Banks hit the target from long range soon after the break to make it 20-6, the writing was on the wall.
Canterbury pushed hard to get back into the game but were the victims of their own errors and seldom threatened to break down the Makos defence.
Banks slotted two more penalties to give Tasman a comfortable and deserved victory.
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Tries: Lowe, Cowan
Cons: Banks 2
Pens: Banks 4
Pens: T. Taylor 2
Tasman: 15 Robbie Malneek, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 James Lowe, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie, 6 Pete Sam, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Jesse MacDonald, 17 Siua Hulanukunuka, 18 Tevita Cavubati, 19 Vernon Fredricks, 20 Billy Guyton, 21 David Havili, 22 Mitch Scott.
Canterbury: 15 Richie Mo’unga, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Adam Whitelock, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Matt Symons, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Steve Alfeld, 21 Rob Thompson, 22 Milford Keresoma.
Venue: Trafalgar Park, Nelson