NELSON, NEW ZEALAND - August 12:Jesse Pitman in action Tasman Makos v Manawatu Preseason at Trafalgar Park on August 12 2016 in Nelson, New Zealand. (Photo by: Evan Barnes Shuttersport Limited)

Makos beat Manawatu in final preseason game


Tasman Makos claimed victory in its final hit-out before the Mitre 10 Cup begins, with a 24-14 win over Manawatu at Trafalgar Park this afternoon.

A try to replacement Josh Tafili saving Tasman’s blushes after they looked flat throughout the match, especially on attack.

It was initially a cagey encounter before two late first half tries have the Makos a lead they would not lose.

Neither team was anywhere near full strength ahead of the opening round of games next weekend.

Halfback Finlay Christie scampered over from a rolling maul to open the scoring.

No 8 Vernon Fredricks then powered over the line with the final play of the first half for a 10-0 advantage.

Sam Malcolm got the Turbos back in the contest with a converted try after the break.

The match remained scrappy throughout.

Tasman looked like the superior team at times but lacked execution at vital times which would have made the result secure long before full-time.

Eventually the Makos were punished when Turbos lock Valentino Mapapalangi crossed to give the visitors the lead with 10 minutes remaining.

The Makos looked to launch a late raid which finally produced the game winning try after they elected to spin the ball wide for a rare period.

The Makos burrowed over through Drew Patelo to blow the margin out to 10 points.