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11

Waikato
13

North Harbour
Round 8:
Sun, Oct 8th at 4:35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato

North Harbour snatched a late 13-11 win over Waikato, with a full time penalty goal to break Waikato supporters hearts.

In wet conditions both sides were plagued by handling errors but it would be the visitors that would open the scoring through the boot of Bryn Gatland as he converted a penalty to put North Harbour up by three points 13 minutes into the match.

Matty Lansdown got Waikato on the board and drew level with North Harbour with a penalty goal mid way through the first half. Lansdown converted another penalty with 10 minutes remaining in the first half to put Waikato in front.

There would be no chance to the score as Waikato went into the half time break leading 6-3 over North Harbour.

In the second half it took 22 minutes before the first try was scored. North Harbour was on attack but a dropped ball saw Matty Lansdown toe the ball ahead regather and slid over the line to score and extend the home teams lead. Lansdown was unsuccessful with the conversion and Waikato led 11-3.

But after the try was awarded, ill discipline saw Sevu Reece given a yellow card for joining in and Waikato were reduced to fourteen men. The situation got worse minutes later when James Tucker was sent to the sin bin for repeated team infringements and Waikato had to play for 8 minutes with only thirteen players on the field.

North Harbour were able to score a converted try in the corner with the extra men on the field and were within one point of Waikato.

Waikato had a chance to push the lead out to four points with only penalty kick but missed. North Harbour had three chances snatch a late win and on Ben Volavola third attempt converted a penalty kick after the hooter to win 13-11.

Waikato 11 (Matty Lansdown try, 2 penalties)

North Harbour 13 (Matt Duffie try; Bryn Gatland 1 penalty, Ben Volavola 2 conversions)

Halftime: 6-3