Tasman Makos beat BOP Steamers

Makos beat Steamers

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Two first half tries and the steady boot of Tom Marshall was enough for the Tasman Makos to hold on to a hard-fought win over Bay of Plenty on Thursday night and help their skipper celebrate his 50th cap for the team in style.

All the talk before the game was on hometown favourite Andrew Goodman, who was leading the side on his beloved Trafalgar Park in his 50th game. But it was a dominate pack and the power and speed of the likes of Marshall and wingers Peter Betham and Robbie Malneek that set up the 17-3 win on Thursday night.

An early try to Marshall, who inserted himself well from fullback, got Tasman off to a 7-0 lead. Tasman continued to threaten the line with breaks from Malneek, Betham and first five Hayden Cripps all getting the healthy crowd on its feet.

Quentin MacDonald scored the Makos second try, shortly after Malneek’s break. That along with a penalty a piece rounded out the scoring in the first half and the game, with both sides guilty of mishandling but strong defence in the second half.

The Makos pack deserved plenty of credit, with several big scrums earning possession and bragging rights over the visiting Bay of Plenty forwards.

The win keeps the Makos in the hunt for a top four finish in the ITM Championship after a string of defeats and allowed Goodman rack up another winning memory on Trafalgar Park.

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