Planet Rugby

Magpies secure last-gasp draw

30th July 2010 10:36

Share:

Ryan Crotty and Kahn Fotualii hawkes bay v canterbury

Honours shared: Revenge is semi sweet for the Magpies

Canterbury and Hawke's Bay played out a thrilling 23-23 draw in their opening ITM Cup clash in Christchurch, the visitors leveling the match three minutes into full-time.

Replacement pivot Andrew Horrell was the Magpies' hero after taking a pressure penalty kick to deny the defending champions victory.

Until then it had seemed as if Canterbury would emerge with a narrow escape after Colin Slade put them in front two minutes from full-time with his third penalty of the match.

But Hawke's Bay forced their way into Canterbury territory and won their umpteenth penalty at the breakdown, which Horrell converted into crucial points.

It wasn't exactly a case of sweet revenge for Hawke's Bay who suffered two defeats last year to their hosts, but they'll be content with a draw - the first between the two sides since 1991.

As expected, the match was played at a furious pace with both sides putting the width of the pitch to good use while the tackles on display certainly weren't for the faint-hearted.

It was Hawke's Bay who got on the scoreboard first though thanks to a three-pointer from starting fly-half Daniel Kirkpatrick from 40m out.

Canterbury responded immediately and from a line-out, the ball was sent through the hands which ended with full-back Sean Maitland diving over for the simplest of tries. Slade converted for a 7-3 advantage.

Kirkpatrick's range was faultless as he punished two more Canterbury infringements, snatching a 9-7 lead, but was forced to leave the field after a knock to the head.

Horrell stepped in to the vacant pivot position and also split the uprights, but Slade resumed the two-point deficit (12-10).

The Magpies got their first and only five-pointer of the match thanks to a rumbling effort from the pack that gifted hooker Hika Elliot his first try of the tournament. Horrell misfired with the extras from wide out, but the visitors' lead stretched out to 17-10.

They ended the spell with Clint Newland watching on from the sideline after referee Matt Stanish carded the prop for 10 minutes for an extremely late charge on Canterbury centre Stephen Brett.

Slade closed the gap to four points (17-13) as the hooter sounded.

Canterbury took just 20 seconds after the half-time break to hit the lead, with wing Tu Umaga-Marshall scoring a try from a chargedown of an attempted clearance by Hawke's Bay captain Jason Shoemark - the home side now ahead 20-17.

But both sides largely cancelled one another out for the next 40 minutes, although the visitors levelled the scores in the 54th minute through Horrell's second penalty.

Canterbury had more chances to pull away than their visitors with several try-scoring opportunities squandered thanks to brilliant - and sometimes desperate - defence from Hawke's Bay as they repelled wave after wave of concerted pressure on its own line.

The deadlock remained unbroken with just two minutes left on the clock, and it seemed a draw was a fitting result until Slade was awarded a penalty under the sticks. The Canterbury pivot raised the flags and it seemed all but over.

However, Hawke's Bay weren't going down without a fight and, with the help of several penalties, clawed their way towards the home side's 22 where Horrell had the last laugh, earning his side a deserved share of the points.

The scorers:

For Canterbury:
Tries: Maitland, Umaga Marshall
Con: Slade
Pens: Slade 3

For Hawke's Bay:
Try: Elliot
Pens: Kirkpatrick 3, Horrell 2

The teams:

Canterbury: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Stephen Brett, 11 Tu Umaga-Marshall, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Ash Parker, 7 George Whitelock (c), 6 Matt Todd, 5 Isaac Ross, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Pete Borlase, 2 Steve Fualau, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Paul Ngauamo, 17 Andrew Olorenshaw, 18 Rob Verbakel, 19 Brendon O'Connor, 20 Matt George, 21 Robbie Flynn, 22 Telusa Veainu.

Hawke's Bay: 15 Luke Rooney, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Jason Shoemark (c), 12 Ryan McLeod, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Mike Coman, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 5 Ross Kennedy, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Hikawera Elliot, 1 Kas Lealamanua.
Replacements: 16 Eugene Smith, 17 Josh Keys, 18 Leighton Price, 19 Michael Johnson, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Mark Jackman.

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , August 2
Waratahs vs Crusaders19:40
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Super Rugby
Saturday , July 26
Crusaders 38 - 6 SharksCrusaders vs Sharks Report
Waratahs 26 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Saturday , July 19
Brumbies 32 - 30 ChiefsBrumbies vs Chiefs Report
Sharks 31 - 27 HighlandersSharks vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 12
Crusaders 34 - 8 HighlandersCrusaders vs Highlanders Report
Reds 3 - 34 WaratahsReds vs Waratahs Report
Lions 60 - 25 CheetahsLions vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 10 - 34 SharksStormers vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 11
Blues 8 - 11 ChiefsBlues vs Chiefs Report
Brumbies 47 - 25 Western ForceBrumbies vs Western Force Report
Bulls 40 - 7 Melbourne RebelsBulls vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Sunday , July 6
Waratahs 44 - 16 HighlandersWaratahs vs Highlanders Report
Saturday , July 5
Crusaders 21 - 13 BluesCrusaders vs Blues Report
Western Force 30 - 20 RedsWestern Force vs Reds Report
Stormers 16 - 0 BullsStormers vs Bulls Report
Cheetahs 27 - 20 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Friday , July 4
Chiefs 24 - 16 HurricanesChiefs vs Hurricanes Report
Lions 34 - 17 Melbourne RebelsLions vs Melbourne Rebels Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 28
South Africa 55 - 6 ScotlandSouth Africa vs Scotland Report
More International Match results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 16 - 9 CrusadersHurricanes vs Crusaders Report
Waratahs 39 - 8 BrumbiesWaratahs vs Brumbies Report
Western Force 14 - 40 BluesWestern Force vs Blues Report
Friday , June 27
Highlanders 29 - 25 ChiefsHighlanders vs Chiefs Report
Melbourne Rebels 20 - 36 RedsMelbourne Rebels vs Reds Report
More Super Rugby results
International Match
Saturday , June 21
Australia 39 - 13 FranceAustralia vs France Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath00
2Exeter00
3Gloucester00
4Harlequins00
5Leicester Tigers00