The Tasman Mako responded emphatically to its loss to Auckland, hammering Taranaki 53-17 in Nelson on Friday night.
A powerful performance laid the platform for a dominant performance from the Mako who ran in seven tries to see the side move into fourth on the premiership table.
Man of the match Pari Pari Parkinson says they needed to front up physically after last weekend’s loss.
“We put a lot of emphasis on the breakdown and those contact battles, we let Auckland get on top of us last week.”
The Mako opened the scoring through the boot of Mitch Hunt as Tasman dominated the amber and blacks early on.
Mitch Hunt missed his second shot at goal but didn’t take long to make up for the blemish, splitting the Taranaki wide open to set up Tyrel Lomax who muscled his way over from short range for the game’s first try.
Andrew Makalio scored the second for the hosts, the hooker powering through two defenders and stretching out to dot down under the bar.
Makalio was over for another moments later after he burst through the defence once again off a short Finlay Christie pass. Returning Mako centre Levi Aumua had a strong opening forty, proving a headache on defence and attack for Taranaki, while Ethan Blackadder was immense in the tight.
David Havili drove the dagger in further after the break, snatching an intercept just as Taranaki looked its most threating, the Mako captain streaking 80 metres to score the fourth for the home side.
Taranaki finally cracked the resolute Mako defence, rookie five eight Ciarhan Matoe slipping through to score the visitor’s first after 60 minutes of Tasman dominance.
The Mako responded with the try of the night, coming off a storming bust and offload from Pari Pari Parkinson to set Hunt away.
Kane Thompson pulled one back for the Bulls before Jordan was rewarded for his superb all-round effort with his fourth try of the season.
Tasman brought up half a century through Solomon Alaimalo, the blockbusting winger exploding through a gap after a relatively quiet night to give the Mako a 53-17 victory.
Parkinson says the key moving forward will be finding consistency.
“We’ve got to come back next week and do the job again; this competition is a long haul.”
Tasman face a quick turnaround as they head to Palmerston North on Wednesday to take on the Turbos.
Mako 53 (Andrew Makalio 2, Tyrel Lomax, David Havili, Mitch Hunt, Will Jordan, Solomon Alaimalo tries, Hunt 5 cons 2 pens, Tim O’Malley 1 con)
Taranaki 17 (Ciarhan Matoe, Kane Thompson tries, Beaudein Waaka 2 cons, 1 pens)