Tas­man hold on

Sunday News - - RUGBY - WAYNE MARTIN

A weak­ened Tas­man team held on un­der ex­treme pres­sure to score a dra­matic and con­tro­ver­sial 29-27 Mitre 10 Cup win over Otago in Dunedin yes­ter­day.

The match pro­duced plenty of drama, Tas­man re­duced to 13 men at one stage dur­ing the sec­ond half when cap­tain and lock Alex Ain­ley was shown a yel­low card and big cen­tre Levi Au­mua was red-carded by ref­eree Mike Fraser fol­low­ing a dan­ger­ous tip tackle.

Tas­man ap­peared to shake off the in­de­ci­sion and in­ac­cu­racy of their ear­lier per­for­mances with a much more clin­i­cal first half dis­play against a highly com­pet­i­tive Otago out­fit. But they had to fight for sur­vival in the sec­ond half, dis­play­ing im­mense char­ac­ter against a de­ter­mined home side.

Tas­man winger James Lowe made a sig­nif­i­cant early im­pact, ex­pos­ing Otago’s wide de­fence by first set­ting up his full­back Will Jor­dan for a try in cor­ner be­fore pow­er­ing through Otago full­back Fletcher Smith’s at­tempted tackle to help put the vis­i­tors ahead 15-3

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