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Monday, September 24, 2012

Classic Encounters - Hawkes Bay vs Bay of Plenty battle of the bay

Hawkes Bay snatched a dramatic 42-41 victory over Bay of Plenty in their ITM Cup clash in Napier on Friday night. A late try and conversion capped off a thrilling game of rugby, which Bay of Plenty had led 38-18 early in the second half.

Elusive runner Gillies Kaka scored a hat-trick of tries on a night that went down to the last play of the game, when young replacement Ihaia West collected a ball somewhere around the halfway line, and sprinted away for a brilliant injury-time try. 

The New Zealand U20 player's try and conversion kept the hopes of Hawkes Bay alive after they looked to be facing relegation with a 15 point deficit to make up.

"There's a lot of relief in the team and a lot of young players really put their hands up tonight after a tough couple of weeks. This is massive and there's going to be a lot more positive chat come Monday," said ecstatic Hawkes Bay skipper Mike Coman.

While West was the hero in the end, it was Kaka that dazzled, with one of his tries in particular an outstanding effort down the right hand touchline, with footballing skills to boot.

Bay of Plenty looked in control but somehow found themselves leading just 38-35 before giving away a series of penalties that allowed Hawkes Bay, and West, to pounce on a famous victory.

Below are nine-minute long highlights, covering all the action from a fiercely contested match

Posted by Rugbydump at 6:05 am | View Comments (15)

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stroudos September 24, 2012 11:34 am

1:45 - I can see why they call him Kaka!

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stroudos September 24, 2012 11:47 am

What a belter of a game.

2:55 - harsh yellow!?

6:30 - two absolute beauties of tackles in very quick succession.

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beerholder September 24, 2012 4:16 pm

Harsh yellow? Collapsing the maul is dangerous play. the ref is covered by the book.

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stroudos September 24, 2012 9:37 pm

Fair enough, I stand corrected on the yellow.

What about the Masaga double tackle though!?!? Awesome. Practically snapped the first bloke in half.

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Pretzel September 24, 2012 5:39 pm

Hmmm not sure if I'd call it harsh. I'd say if there was reason enough to award a penalty try then a yellow should/could come with it and be fairly justified. I wouldn't go as far as beerholder and say it was for dangerous play, although I suppose it is true that collapsing a maul is dangerous... (personally I have found it more dangerous/painful being the guy to to collapse it because of the studs you often receive..)..

Anyway, it seemed like it was a "sure try" therefore it was a very cynical penalty, so much like slowing the ball up with hands in the "red zone" I think a yellow is quite justified...

I think it's one of those situations where I don't mind seeing the referee award a yellow card for it, but if he hadn't awarded a yellow I wouldn't have thought twice...

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Juggernauter September 24, 2012 8:13 pm

This is just insane. Sam Cane, Lelia Masaga, Chris Noakes... Any of them could be in Argentina right now. The amount of quality players available for Hansen right now is just comical...

Great match by the way. Bold move by that boy West at the end... well played.

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stroudos September 24, 2012 9:39 pm

Almost to the point of being unfair on the rest of international rugby isn't it!

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eags September 25, 2012 11:36 pm

don't forget hika elliot, karl lowe, and eaton for the Bay either....

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Ando September 24, 2012 11:04 pm

Kaka's first try is absolutely sublime...

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seedbag September 25, 2012 1:11 am

One of the greatest games of rugby ive watched.

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Canadian content September 25, 2012 11:16 pm

Collapsed maul not dangerous? You've obviously never played in the pack.

Great call, encourages tackling rugby and discourages cynical play. Well done ref

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Sean Supreme September 26, 2012 2:05 am

I believe the yellow card was harsh because it was clearly a penalty try.

The way we ref this kind of thing in NZ (& Super 15) is that if its a certain try then ONLY a penalty try is awarded for the offence, if its NOT a certain try then ONLY a yellow card is given for the offence. This is the reason you hear the commentators saying that the call is harsh. Great game winning try by Ihaia West (NZ Under20's 1st 5) as well!

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stroudos September 26, 2012 8:31 am

Pretty sure no-one's said that above. If you're referring to my initial comment suggesting the yellow was harsh you'll see I was put straight on that pretty quickly and, having watched the video again, I can see why.

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Pretzel September 26, 2012 2:20 pm

Don't blame him, he's a Canuck... :p

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