Northland snatch upset win over Waikato

NZ Newswire September 1, 2012, 7:35 pm

Northland flanker Dan Pryor plunged over for a try in the dying stages as Waikato were stunned 29-27 in a national provincial championship match at Hamilton on Saturday.

The Northland pack sent a perfectly executed rolling maul across the line with just three minutes remaining to set up Pryor's try and level the scores.

First five-eighth Ash Moeke calmly slotted the conversion from wide on the right to register a giant upset against a Waikato side who opened their campaign with a dominant win over North Harbour last week.

Championship side Northland, who were well beaten by Otago in their opener, deserved victory over their Premiership rivals on the basis of a never-say-die attitude.

The lead changed hands several times in a three tries-apiece encounter but the hosts appeared to have secured the decisive moment when wing Declan O'Donnell jinked past two defenders to put Waikato 27-22 up in the 73rd minute.

That was their only try in the second spell after flanker Matt Vant Leven and prop Ben May helped them to a 17-14 lead.

Northland, whose first-half try was a superb solo effort from fullback Fa'atoina Autagavaia, crossed in the second spell through wing Mateo Malupo and Pryor, who was part of an outstanding Northland loose forward trio alongside Dan Faleafa and Hale T-Pole.

Waikato endured a truncated leadup to the match, having to cancel a training session as several players went down with illness or injury.

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  1. Marlarkey02:36pm Sunday 02nd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The bell clangers aren't that #$%$ hot without their ring ins. ha ha.

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  2. Wharfie06:36am Sunday 02nd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    "upset"??? The only ones upset are the NZRU as the crowd is once again too embarrassing to be revealed. In "rubme (rugby) mad" NZ (yeah .....right) the games should all be a sellout as this is NZ, ranked # 1 in rubme (rugby) and the ITM cup and shield is our premier domestic rubme (rugby) competition. I have noticed on the TV sports news highlights the cameras try not to show the rows and rows of empty seats. Obviously a directive from the dinosaurs at NZRU HQ. Joke "sport" that can not attract crowds even in NZ. The prosecution rests!!!

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  3. Phillip06:07am Sunday 02nd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Another great game and good promo for rugby ......................................Stu your annoying now .....................................still a wanker!!

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  4. Stu05:57am Sunday 02nd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    BBC will be all over this.

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  5. SlothBurger03:45am Sunday 02nd September 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    yeah get sum Waikato....you just got owned beeches

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