Steamers continue winning run
The Bay of Plenty Steamers continued the winning run Saturday afternoon surging home to a 36-28 bonus point win over Otago.
Otago started strongly and were the first to cross the line through fullback Fletcher Smith.
Playing an expansive game Otago was looking dangerous.
Some smart footwork from Chase Tiatia set up openside flanker Hugh Blake to finish.
Soon after Mike Delany took the Steamers into the lead with a successful penalty kick, taking the score to 8-7.
Terrence Hepetema burst over the line for the Bay of Plenty Steamers second try of the afternoon after collecting a tidy offload from Tiatia.
After been ruled out early following a try saving tackle from Liam Polwart, Otago’s Jona Nareki was rewarded in the 25th minute.
With Smith adding a penalty goal Otago went to the break leading 15-13.
With penalties swinging both ways for either team the lead bounced back and forth.
However, it’s the Steamers who held a one-point lead heading into the final 20 minutes thanks to the boot of Delany.
Otago neared the line but failed to execute. Bay of Plenty then responded with two tries in five minutes, Webber swooping on a kick after Delany found Otago short at the back before Tiatia capped an impressive display, beating three players on his way to the tryline.
Leading 29-21 with ten minutes remaining Otago struck back through replacement fullback Matt Faddes, cutting the lead to one point, however replacement halfback Luke Campbell for the Steamers scored the late match winner by the posts.
Bay of Plenty 36 (Hugh Blake, Terrence Foketi, Joe Webber, Chase Tiatia, Luke Campbell tries; Mike Delany con, 3 pen)
Otago 28 (Fletcher Smith, Jona Nareki, Matt Faddes tries; Smith con, pen; Josh Ioane con, 2 pen)
HT: 15-13 Otago