Hawke's Bay wins battle of bays
Friday 21 Sep 2012 11:46 p.m.
Replacement back Ihaia West scored a dramatic late try and then kicked the resulting conversion to snatch a 42-41 win for Hawke's Bay over neighbours Bay of Plenty in the national provincial rugby championship on Friday.
Hawke's Bay had trailed for most of a match between the Premiership's bottom two sides before West went on a 50-metre run to dot down by the posts in the third minute of added time.
The result in Napier drew the Magpies level with Bay of Plenty at the foot of the table.
In all, 11 tries were scored with Hawke's Bay winger Gillies Kaka grabbing a hat-trick.
The home side also got a penalty try just before half-time, with opposition skipper Tanerau Latimer yellow-carded for pulling down a maul.
Despite being a man down, the Steamers built what looked like a comfortable lead, with tries to impressive winger Lelia Masaga and second five-eighth Phil Burleigh earning a 38-23 advantage.
But Hawke's Bay hit back when flanker Tevita Fomai scored then Kaka grabbed his third five-pointer before West produced his killer blow.
Earlier, flanker Sam Cane, released by the All Blacks to get game time before departing with the Test squad for Argentina on Saturday, got Bay of Plenty going with the match's first try.
Hawke's Bay responded with one of the touchdowns of the season.
First five-eighth Daniel Waenga opted to run from deep and the attack was finished off in deft style with Kaka's kick and chase.
The Steamers then put on two quick tries to first five Nick McCashin and winger Maru Henry, the second thanks to a superb run and offload from Cane.