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Tasman sink Northland in Nelson

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/09/2016
Playmaker Marty Banks nailed a pair of long range penalty goals to put his side 13 points clear by the 29th minute. © Getty Images Playmaker Marty Banks nailed a pair of long range penalty goals to put his side 13 points clear by the 29th minute.

Tasman has claimed its third win of the Mitre 10 Cup with a 33-23 victory over a beleaguered Northland outfit in Nelson.

The Makos, going into the match in second-last place in the Premiership, laid on three tries to two against the Taniwha but failed to gain the bonus point.

The result lifts the South Island-based side to within one point of fifth-placed Counties Manukau, and five clear of last-placed Hawke's Bay.

For Northland, their winless 2016 campaign continues after a sixth straight loss.

They remain in sixth place in the Championship, ahead of Southland on bonus points.

A dull opening period burst into life in the 23rd minute when Makos flanker Tevita Koloamatangi dropped a shoulder and burst through the line to crash over.

Playmaker Marty Banks then nailed a pair of long range penalty goals, including one from 55 metres out, to put his side 13 points clear by the 29th minute.

Banks, who played for the Highlanders in 2016, will head to Italy in November to play for Pro12 side Bennetton Rugby Treviso.

The Makos pushed further in front in the 33rd minute when Quinten Strange nabbed his first ever senior try on the back of a 30-metre driving maul.

The Taniwha struggled to get into the match in Nelson, repeatedly making simple errors and failing to contain the Makos forward pack.

They were provided a lifeline just before the half time break when No.8 Matt Matich collected an overthrown Makos lineout to go over.

The try was converted to send Makos into the sheds with a 20-7 lead.

"Once we put some phases together, the holes opened," Makos assistant coach Mark Hammett said.

Northland then jumped out of the blocks after the restart, reducing the gap to four with three quick Dan Hawkins penalty goals.

However the Whangarei-based side couldn't make the pressure count, as Tasman lock Shannon Frizell took advantage of some strong scrumming to score near the posts.

The Cambridge Blues' Kara Pryor claimed an intercept to put his side back within four points, but a pair of Banks penalties in the last five minutes settled the 33-23 result.

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