Round five of the Mitre 10 Cup in New Zealand has thrown up one of the finest team tries of the season so far on Friday, with Taranaki punishing Bay of Plenty for a sloppy scrum on their own five-metre line.
As the North Island sides faced off at Yarrow Stadium, where the visitors had an attacking scrum on the Taranaki five-metre line late on.
Put under immediate pressure, the Bay of Plenty front row was forced back, the visitors allowed their scrum be turned and the ball squirted out the side of the pack, only to be swiftly picked up by the home team, who in awesome fashion, swept down field through numerous battering runs, silky sidesteps and deft passes, with reserve hooker Sione Lea dotting down in the 78th minute of the game.
Swiftly picked up by the home team, a combination of forwards and backs swept downfield in awesome fashion, battering through numerous tackles, throwing in a few silky sidesteps and well-timed passes, before reserve hooker Sione Lea dotted down in the 78th minute of the game.
Take a look.
This is how the Naki do it
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Despite winning the sloppy contest 29-7, Taranaki suffered the loss of captain Charlie Ngatai in the 24th minute to yet another head injury.
Having spent months on the sidelines last season due to the symptoms of concussion, this latest knock and failed head injury assessment will certainly cast a long shadow over what was a satisfying victory for the home side.
Sitting third in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership table, Taranaki takes on Hawke’s Bay next Saturday as they look to keep in touch of table toppers Canterbury.