Canterbury RFC's fightback in vain as late try gives National 2 South victory to Launceston
A second-half fightback by Canterbury fell short as a late try
condemnded them to a 34-27 defeat at Launceston in National 2 South
The city club left themselves with plenty of work to do when the
hosts drove over the line three minutes into the second half to
make it 27-10.
However, they rallied back and five minutes later, Pete Kelly
scored his ninth try of the season.
Scott Browne converted and added a penalty after Launceston
conceded one of a host of penalties, to bring the visitors back
within a converted score.
No.8 Wim Baars then broke forward and a long pass was swung out
to Jim Green who marked his return from suspension with a try,
which Browne converted to level the scores and put Canterbury in
sight of victory.
However Ricky Mackintosh’s try-saving tackle was adjudged to
have been high and he received a yellow card, with Launceston
taking advantage to secure a converted try and the victory.
An early Launceston lead had been cancelled out by a Ricky
Mackintosh try but a converted try and a penalty made it 15-5 and
when Baars was sin-binned, the hosts extended their lead with
another converted try.
Mike Melford crossed out wide to reduce the deficit to 22-10 at
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