24 Aug 2009

Canterbury scrape past Tasman in Air NZ Cup

2:36 pm on 24 August 2009

Canterbury have fought off a spirited Tasman comeback to win their fourth round Air New Zealand Cup rugby clash 25-21 in Christchurch.

The Cantabs jumped out to an early lead but the Makos kept the hosts in sight with tries either side of half-time.

Tasman then scraped to within a try of beating Canterbury on their home turf, but the red and blacks defended doggedly for the last 10 minutes of the game to climb to second on the table.

Earlier in the day Bay of Plenty moved to the top of the Air New Zealand Cup points table, outclassing Waikato 29-16 in Mt Maunganui.