Saturday, August 22, 2009
Round three of the Air New Zealand Cup produced a few classic tries, and closely contested matches. So far this season, the tournament has experienced great success, with fans from all over the country getting out and supporting their sides.
In Christchurch Canterbury ran Waikato ragged with five tries as they romped to a 46-13 win. Dan Carter was on form again, as he sent the impressive Colin Slade through the gap, who then offloaded for Tim Bateman to cross for a nice try.
Big prop Wyatt Crockett scored too, finding a gap and sprinting from 25 meters out to cross for a nice try from a front rower.
Manawatu beat Southland 25-13, with their electric young winger Andre Taylor scoring two tries as both himself, and young flyhalf Aaron Cruden, stuck their hands up for higher honours in the future.
In the match in Kerikeri, which we featured a few days ago, Joe Rokocoko hit his straps as he helped Dave Thomas score a nice try in the corner.
The match of the weekend though was the Taranaki Hawkes Bay meeting, in which they drew 24-24 after a late try by Taranaki was disallowed by a poor ref decision.
The game produced two incredible tries though, amazingly, one directly after the other.
First it was Jason Kupa who crossed after some brilliant hands from forwards and backs, including a neat flick from Zac Guildford.
Straight from the kickoff, they were at it again, with superb interplay and support by Thomas Waldrom and Jason Shoemark, with Shoemark finishing off a brilliant team try.
It was a great weekend of action, with this short video hopefully giving you an idea of some of the quality rugby being played in New Zealand's provincial championship.
Music: Come On! by The D4