Monday, September 25, 2017
The Bay of Plenty Volcanix continues to go from strength to strength adding another win to their season at yesterday’s Mitre 10 Farah Palmer Cup clash against Tasman.
A vastly improved Tasman side came out firing in the televised match, but the Volcanix settled after a cleaver little chip and chase from Ora Williams to collect the first try of the match and settle the early Volcanix nerves. Fullback Crystal Mayes converted but Tasman struck straight back with a try scored out wide to centre Wairakau Greig.
In her blazer game right winger Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly split the Tasman defence to go under the posts for the Volcanix second try of the match. Stephens-Daly was in again 15 minutes later after Mayes set her up down the right wing giving the Volcanix a handy 21-5 lead at the break.
But the Tasman girls came out firing in the second half and shocked the Volcanix when their centre Greig raced away for her second unconverted try.
Volcanix prop Luka Connor crashed over the line moments later after some sustained attack to regain the 16-point advantage. Keeping better control of possession and using their highly skilled passing game paid dividends for the Volcanix, with left winger Sapphire Tapsell finishing off some sustained pressure in the corner.
Greig was sin-binned for a high tackle allowing the Volcanix side to capitalise. The forwards were rewarded for their patience after several phases Sequoia Te Aonui crashed over the line to collect the try.
Tasman had the final say of the afternoon with a try to winger Pippa Andrews. But it was the Volcanix who finished off with a 38-15 win to remain unbeaten in the Mitre 10 Farah Palmer Cup Championship.
Volcanix 38 (Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly 2, Ora Williams, Luka Connor, Sapphire Tapsell, Christie Yule tries; Crystal Mayes 3 con) Tasman 15 (Wairakau Greig 2, Pippa Andrews tries) Halftime 21-5.