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ITM Cup: Taranaki snatch late win over Tasman

Marty McKenzie kicked the match-winning conversion as Taranaki snatched a 31-30 victory against Tasman on Thursday.

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Tasman only had to kick the ball in to touch to claim the win after the siren had gone but instead opted to push for a four-try bonus point.

But they were left reeling as Taranaki winger Waisake Naholo ran virtually the length of the field to score a try and give McKenzie his moment of glory.

The win had looked beyond Taranaki when two controversial decisions went against them midway through the second half.

Firstly, Tasman were given a handy penalty that Marty Banks slotted despite their lock Joe Wheeler being lucky to stay on the pitch and escape any punishment after stomping on a Taranaki player.

Then halfback Jimmy Cowan was awarded a try even though he looked to have lost the ball over the line.

However, Taranaki recovered from a 30-24 deficit in the closing stages to claim an unlikely victory.

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