Hawke’s Bay was crowned the champions of the Cup Championship on Friday after beating Northland 36-24 in the final.
In the past three years they came from semifinalists in 2018, to beaten finalists in 2019, to winning it in 2020. It was not as easy as the final score would suggest with Northland made them work hard for the title.
Northland was first on the board and after 30 minutes was leading 17-12 but at the end Hawke’s Bay showed their class coming back in the game first with a try by Visinia and then in the second half with Jonah Lowe going over.
Then Folau Fakatava made a break and lost the covering Scott Gregory with a big step, teeing up Neria Fomai to score once more with his ninth try assist of the season, the most in the competition.
Led by their inspirational skipper Ash Dixon and Fakatava, the home side forced Northland into mistakes as the game wore on and were unlucky that two tries were disallowed.
In the end, the floodgates eventually opened for Hawke’s Bay, who bagged two more tries to open up a 19-point buffer with 20 minutes to go, and despite a consolation try with five minutes remaining, Northland didn’t come close.
Hawke’s Bay 36 Jonah Lowe 2, Neria Fomai 2, Lolagi Visinia, Ash Dixon tries; Lincoln McClutchie 2 cons, Caleb Makene con
Northland 24 Luatangi Li, Will Grant, Tom Robinson, Tamati Tua tries; Dan Hawkins con, Johnny Cooper con
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