Piggy back rides stupid and costly
OPINION: A clear and warm night greeted a large Thursday night crowd for the game against Tasman.
What is Tasman? Well it was a conjugal visit between Nelson Bays and Marlborough. These guys hated each other, yet they hooked up for the better good. Sounds like a few marriages I know.
Anyway, I’ve always quite liked Tasman, they used to get players ‘assigned’ to them by the Crusaders, ie Canterbury, to dodgy up the books. Problem was, some of these players quite liked the area so said ‘stuff you Cantabs, I’m staying put’. They punch well above their weight, much like us.
In my spaghetti junction of a head, I reckon most of NZ want a non-main city team to win, hence Tasman and us are in that frame. So who’s cooler? They have golden sand, we have black iron rich sand. That’s our sand, leave it alone. Ok both have beaches, but we have a volcano so we win. We are constantly battling with them over NZ’s highest sunshine hours too, but we win that too, as our highest point is closer to the sun. Possession is 9/10ths of the law, people.
We’ve always had great games. Tasman’s inability to tell the time and a rocket ship Naholo try, ultimately sealed a home final and eventual 2014 ITM Cup title 36-32. There was the 2012 shield challenge, gee they threw everything at us that day and we snuck home 49-40 with a late Beauden Barrett try. Then they beat us last year in the semis too. Hoping to strengthen their 2017 semifinal prospects by tipping us over, they got stuck in again this year.
Tasman winger Lolohea was sick of getting no ball so he ran over to Seta Tamanivalu and said, ‘jump on, I’ll give you a piggy back ride’. Unfortunately for Tasman, Tamanivalu thought it was OK to jump on someone’s back. Principal Max O’Leary said no and snapchatted referee Angus to send Lolohea to the naughty chair to write 100 lines. Compounding that stupidity he did it again with the same result. He was sent to the naughty chair again, this time to do 1000 lines. By the time he had finished detention, the game was over.
Taranaki Bulls produced another strong performance and most pleasing was the Yarrows bread throw again. Many a parent happy to see their hollowstomached teenagers eating bread, rather than hassling them for five hot dogs and four punnets of chips.
Next Friday night it’s on, Shield game versus Canterbury. Yeah the Bulls.
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Referee Angus Maybe shows Viliami Lolohea of Tasman a second yellow card before giving a red card while Alex Ainley looks on.