9 Nov 2008

Heartland XV win final tour game

6:27 pm on 9 November 2008

The New Zealand Heartland 15 has beaten a USA Selection 19-14 in the final game of their tour.

They trailed 6-14 at halftime but a tactical substitution and some improved forward control saw them get home in the second half.

The West Coast first-five Corey Simpson came on in the second half and used the high altitude in Salt Lake City to gain significant kicking yards to give his team territory and field position, while he also nailed a 55-metre penalty.

The Mid Canterbury winger Brenton Connell scored the only try while the Poverty Bay second five-eighth Scott Leighton's sideline conversion and a 45-metre drop goal gave his side a hard-fought win.