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Tasman upset Auckland at Eden Park

NZN 6/10/2016 Angelo Risso

Tasman have produced a stirring performance to beat Auckland 49-31 at Eden Park for the first time in their history.

A to-and-fro affair in the Auckland rain was decided by an outstanding performance with the boot by playmaker Marty Banks, who nailed 10 from 10.

The bonus-point win pushes the Makos up to fourth on points differential behind Taranaki, while Auckland move into second after nabbing their own bonus point.

Their performance was a far cry from that of previous weeks when the Ioane brothers ran riot against Bay of Plenty and Otago.

An early Marty Banks penalty put the Makos ahead in the third minute, before No.8 Peter Samu nabbed the first try of the night for the visitors.

However Auckland didn't take long to hit back, crossing the line through lock Scott Scrafton in the 18th minute after several phases in the Tasman 22.

Winger Pryor Collier then finished a flowing Auckland team move to go over in the right corner in the 24th minute.

A Banks penalty closed the gap to one point soon after, before his side hit the lead when loosehead Tim Perry barged over near the posts in the 32nd minute.

A Lolagi Visinia intercept two minutes later put Auckland back in front, before the two sides traded penalty goals to go into the break at 24-23.

Tasman started the second half in the best possible way, with second-five David Kaetau Havili forcing his way over within four minutes of the restart.

However, Visinia grabbed his second try of the night six minutes later on the back of an attacking Auckland scrum.

Banks then nailed a pair of penalty goals to give his side a five-point lead with less than 25 minutes remaining.

An extraordinary 60m penalty goal by Havili then gave Tasman an eight-point lead as the clock ticked down.

Lock Quinten Strange then was on the end of a driving maul to plant the ball down and give his side a 15-point buffer with less than 10 minutes to go.

A final Banks penalty handed Tasman a 49-31 victory on the fulltime siren.

"It's been massive, trying to create history," Makos skipper Shane Christie said.

"It's a real special time for Tasman rugby."

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