Mag­pies over­run by classy Cantabs

The Napier Mail - - SPORT - TONY SMITH Can­ter­bury 53 Hawke’s Bay 10

Can­ter­bury’s first five-eighth fac­tory has pro­duced an­other po­ten­tial star with Brett Cameron ex­celling in the na­tional cham­pi­ons’ 53-10 Mitre 10 Cup win over Hawke’s Bay at McLean Park.

The 20-year-old Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity stu­dent made the most of his chance to score 23 points - in­clud­ing a try - on Fri­day.

Cameron - in for Cru­saders pivot Richie Mo’unga - got qual­ity ball be­hind a dom­i­nant Can­ter­bury scrum as the Red-and-Blacks scored seven tries to go top of the ta­ble.

Hawke’s Bay dom­i­nated the open­ing ex­changes, an­swer­ing coach Craig Philpott’s clar­ion call af­ter in­dif­fer­ent starts in the first two rounds.

The Mag­pies’ cap­tain Ash Dixon - who later left the field in­jured in a cruel 29th birth­day present - turned down a shot at goal from the first penalty to build more pres­sure on Can­ter­bury.

Ihaia West opened with a 18m penalty and then starred with a try-sav­ing, scyth­ing tackle on fly­ing Can­ter­bury wing Bray­don En­nor.

Can­ter­bury struck back with a 10th minute try af­ter full­back Ge­orge Bridge broke three tack­les be­fore Cameron dived over near the posts.

Hawke’s Bay’s cause was hardly helped by the loss of No 8 Mikaele Tu’u early in the sec­ond quar­ter - a dou­ble blow af­ter their High­landers back­rower Gareth Evans was ruled out pre-match.

Can­ter­bury’ had to make 80 first-half tack­les and their line looked im­preg­nable un­til Hawke’s Bay fi­nally got some re­ward for their re­lent­less pres­sure.

Bay back­rower Hugh Renton barged over 14 phases af­ter a li­ne­out penalty win. West’s con­ver­sion tied the score at 10-10 but Cameron kicked Can­ter­bury ahead with a 39th minute penalty as he tot­ted up 13 first half points.

Hawke’s Bay con­ceded 40 unan­swered points in the sec­ond half.

They had a hor­ror start when cen­tre Cardiff Vaega dropped the kick­off, al­low­ing Can­ter­bury wing Mar­shall Suck­ling to even­tu­ally score near the right­hand corner.

Suck­ling’s sec­ond try killed off any hopes of a Hawke’s Bay come­back and En­nor also snared a dou­ble.

(Mar­shall Suck­ling 2, Bray­don En­nor 2, Brett Cameron, Josh McKay, Inga Finau tries; Cameron 5 con, 3 pen)

(Hugh Renton try, Ihaia West pen, con). HT: 13-10.

PHOTO: PHOTOSPORT

Mag­pies half­back Chris Ea­ton tack­les Can­ter­bury’s Mar­shall Suck­ling.

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