Tasman Makos outlast Mooloos for victory


A late Alex Ainley try proved enough for the Tasman Makos to beat Waikato 24-19 at Lansdowne Park in Benheim tonight in the opening round of the Mitre !0 Cup

After trailing at the break in a game that had four lead changes, a try to halfback Finlay Christie, who impressed on debut, got the hosts back in the game but they trailed until the 73rd minute.

The Makos put 16 phases together before a half break from James Lowe helped Alex Ainley crash over for the try.

The win over the current Ranfurly Shield holders is the perfect tonic as the team prepare to travel to Christchurch to play defending champions Canterbury next weekend.