Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pablo Huerte´s Tasman defeat Hawkes Bay in ITM Cup

The Tasman Makos scored its first win of the season as they defeated top of the table Hawke´s Bay in an away match in Napier on Tuesday evening. The site of the match was McLean Park which will host two Rugby World Cup matches, with Canada facing both France and Japan. The crowd that attended the ITM Cup match  on Tuesday had high hopes of seeing their team score a big win but Tasman´s 21-19 victory means the home side managed only one point, for losing by less than seven points. Hawke´s Bay had been leading the match at half time as they were 14-11 ahead with Tasman appearing like their good first half could count for nothing yet again.

The second half started well for the home team as replacement backrower, Adam Bradley extended the lead following an attacking scrum but the conversion was not successful and this would go against Hawke´s Bay as Tasman scored a second half penalty and a converted try to replacement backrower, Mark Bright to complete a two point victory. Chilean international, Pablo Huerte played in the second row for Tasman and put in a solid display, incuding being a good ball carrier for the winners. His ability to compete in New Zealand´s domestic competition is a testiment to the quality of rugby players that Chile can produce. Hawke´s Bay fielded a number of Super Rugby players as well as international players such as the Samoan pair of Kahn Fotuali'i and Kane Thompson as well as All Black Hikawera Elliot.

The Tasman Makos have little time to celebrate as they go host powerhouses, Canterbury in Blenheim Friday. Hawke´s Bay, meanwhile play host to Wellington also on Friday.

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