Wanting to suck in wanganui
Steelform Wanganui's unbeaten record in Meads Cup semifinals remains intact even against all odds as the underdogs defied a devastated South Canterbury at Alpine Stadium on Saturday. Facing a reinforced home side with all their stars available, while missing several front-liners themselves, Wanganui emptied the tanks and played on vapours in the final quarter, as the Cantabrians were convinced they could break them with a constant up-tempo style - running from their own half and taking a constant stream of tap kicks and quick lineouts. Wanganui also had to overcome some head-shaking decisions from the South Island assistant referees, who did not give referee Nick Webster the support he needed. Specifically was awarding South Canterbury a bizarre try from a missed penalty kick just after halftime, while the linesman twice arrived late and therefore did not get eyes on Wanganui seemingly scoring in the grandstand corner through player of the day fullback Nick Harding and dynamic No8 Bryn Hudson.