Planet Rugby

Taranaki too good for Tasman

06th August 2010 11:02

Share:

david smith taranaki

'Naki try-scorer: David Smith

Taranaki bounced back from their opening ITM Cup loss to put five tries past Tasman in a convincing 33-11 win at Yarrow Stadium on Friday.

The bonus-point victory was crucial to Taranaki's campaign after disappointing their home fans in Round One, while Tasman remain point-less after losing in Wellington a week ago.

The Makos took a six-point lead early on thanks to two long-range penalty goals by scrum-half Steve Alfeld, the first from half-way.

Taranaki made the most of their opportunity inside Tasman's danger zone though and were in for the first try of the match after Kurt Baker found space when he ran on to a short pass from Jayden Hayward.

The full-back scored by the posts and Willie Ripia converted to make it 7-6.

Taranaki weren't done there and extended their lead to 14-6 after 24 minutes when Ripia hoisted a high up-and-under that was dropped by Tasman pivot James Marshall. Tyson Keats toed the ball ahead for 40 metres and the halfback gathered to score under the poles.

The third try didn't take long to follow when Taranaki flanker Jarrad Hoeata crashed over after the forwards drove down the blindside from a line-out to give his team a 21-6 half-time advantage.

Tasman began the second spell with more purpose but Taranaki banked their bonus point soon after half-time when a slick back-line move gave winger David Smith space to dash over in the left corner to make it 26-6.

Tasman needed to strike back quickly but were let down by basic handling and passing errors with the slippery ball. A try-scoring opportunity was lost when Kade Poki was unable to regather Marshall's chip ahead with the try-line within reach.

Tasman's luck began to change when Taranaki were reduced to fourteen men 13 minutes from the end after former All Black Scot Waldrom, returning from injury, was sin-binned for a professional foul.

The visitors finally crossed the whitewash in the 70th minute when replacement hooker Vernon Fredericks burst down the short-side and crashed over in the corner to reduce the deficit to 11-26.

But Taranaki had the last laugh when centre George Pisi sealed the deal with the home side's fifth and final try. Game, set and match.

The scorers:

For Taranaki:
Tries: Baker, Keats, Hoeata, Smith, Pisi.
Cons: Ripia 3, Barrett.

For Tasman:
Try: Fredericks
Pens: Alfeld 2

Taranaki: 15 Kurt Baker, 14 Andre Taylor, 13 George Pisi, 12 Jayden Hayward, 11 David Smith, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Tyson Keats, 8 Ben Souness, 7 Chris Walker, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Craig Clarke (c), 4 James Broadhurst, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Laurence Corlett, 1 Shane Cleaver.
Replacements: 16 Timo Tutavaha, 17 Carl Carmichael, 18 Scott Waldrom, 19 Samuela Vunisa, 20 Brett Goodin, 21 Isaia Tuifua, 22 Beauden Barrett.

Tasman: 15 Robbie Malneek, 14 Blair Cook, 13 Kade Poki, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 James Kamana, 10 James Marshall, 9 Steve Alfeld, 8 Poutasi Luafutu, 7 Jonathan Poff, 6 Glen Gregory/Tevita Kolomatangi, 5 Chris Jack (c), 4 Jarrod Aberhart, 3 Fai Mika, 2 Francis Smith, 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Vernon Fredericks, 17 Hamish Cochrane, 18 Kolomatangi/Anthony Elisala, 19 Shane Christie, 20 Kaide Whiting, 21 Daniel Hawkins, 22 Sione Holani.

Referee: Shane McDermott

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
Exeter vs WaspsExeter vs Wasps Preview
London Irish vs BathLondon Irish vs Bath Preview
Sunday , November 23
Saracens vs NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Preview
London Welsh vs Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 22
Italy vs South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Preview
Scotland vs TongaScotland vs Tonga Preview
Romania vs CanadaRomania vs Canada Preview
Ireland vs AustraliaIreland vs Australia Preview
Wales vs New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Preview
England vs SamoaEngland vs Samoa Preview
France vs ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Preview
Sunday , November 23
Georgia vs JapanGeorgia vs Japan Preview
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Sunday , November 23
Treviso vs LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Preview
Edinburgh vs Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Preview
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle FalconsBath vs Newcastle Falcons Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Romania 13 - 18 JapanRomania vs Japan Report
England 28 - 31 South AfricaEngland vs South Africa Report
France 29 - 26 AustraliaFrance vs Australia Report
Scotland 16 - 24 New ZealandScotland vs New Zealand Report
Tonga 40 - 12 USATonga vs USA Report
Wales 17 - 13 FijiWales vs Fiji Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 14
Gloucester 15 - 22 HarlequinsGloucester vs Harlequins Report
Northampton 18 - 24 ExeterNorthampton vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 18 - 20 ArgentinaItaly vs Argentina Report
Canada 13 - 23 SamoaCanada vs Samoa Report
More International Match results
LV= Cup
Cardiff Blues 19 - 13 Scarlets
Ospreys 35 - 51 DragonsOspreys vs Dragons Report
Sunday , November 9
Wasps 43 - 22 London Irish
More LV= Cup results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton726
2Exeter724
3Bath724
4Saracens724
5Wasps720