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Try-less Tasman beat Counties Manukau

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/09/2016

It was the third win in succession for Tasman, who were below their standards of recent weeks. © Dianne Manson/Getty Images It was the third win in succession for Tasman, who were below their standards of recent weeks. His radar was askew but Marty Banks' goalkicking still proved the difference as Tasman pipped Counties Manukau 15-10 in a crucial NPC clash in Blenheim.

First five-eighth Banks kicked five penalties to punish the ill-discipline of the visitors in a stop-start premiership affair.

Victory lifts Tasman from sixth to fourth in the jammed standings, just two points behind third-placed Counties Manukau, who have played an extra game.

It was the third win in succession for Tasman, who were below their standards of recent weeks.

Missing injured forwards Shane Christie and Kane Hames, they more than held their own against the giant visiting pack.

Counties Manukau, who also arrived on the back of successive wins, were guilty of numerous mistakes and must now beat championship leaders Otago and premiership leaders Canterbury to ensure they reach the semi-finals.

They scored the game's only try, to flanker Jimmy Tupou midway through the first half, but ill-discipline was a constant issue.

Halfback Augustine Pulu set up the try but minutes later was shown a yellow card for punching.

Tasman led 12-10 at halftime and extended the lead spothrough Banks' 70th minute strike before successfully defending their line for much of the closing exchanges.

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