Tasman have kept their hopes of back-to-back Mitre 10 Cup Premiership titles alive with a 19-10 victory over surprise semifinalists Bay of Plenty.
Tries to Quentin MacDonald and Leicester Fainga’anuku gave Tasman a 13-0 lead, but a yellow card to Sione Havili helped Bay of Plenty cross before halftime through Joe Webber to reduce the deficit to 13-7.
A Kaleb Trask penalty put the visitors within three points, but Mitch Hunt responded with two penalties of his own, including a pivotal effort from a tough angle with eight minutes remaining, to give Tasman a comfortable buffer to close out victory.
Tasman will take on Auckland in next week’s final at Eden Park.
Here’s how their semifinal unfolded.