New Zealand Heartland XV lose to Australian Barbarians 32-38
The Australian Barbarians scored last in a see-sawing game to beat New Zealand’s Heartland XV 38-32 in Levin on Tuesday evening.
The Australians led 19-17 at half-time having played with a light wind in the first half and while the home side got out to a 32-19 lead with 26 minutes remaining, tries to Australia in the 56th and 65th minutes got them within striking distance.
The Heartland team defended for 10 minutes but the dam broke when lock Ben Hyne scored with five minutes remaining and with the conversion the Australians had their winning margin.
No.8 Bryn Hudson shone for the Heartland XV in the loose exchanges while Lance Easton had a strong game on the wing.
At halfback Lindsay Horrocks backed up his game against New Zealand Marist with another strong performance while schoolboy Stephen Perofeta provided another example of his potential while scoring a try and adding 12 points with his boot.
His Barbarians opposite Isaac Thompson was a key performer for the Australians controlling the side’s effort well while Hyne had a big game as well.
The sides are to meet again in Wanganui on Friday.
NZ Heartland XV 32
( TK Moeke 2, Fraser Hammond, Stephen Perofeta tries; Perofeta 3 con, 2 pen )
Australian Barbarians 38
(Ben Hyne, Larry Hermens 2, Paul Asquith, Dewet Roos tries; Isaac Thompson 4 con)
Yellow Card – Cameron Orr
HT: 17-19 Aust.BaaBaas
New Zealand Heartland XV Team:
1 Matt Fetu 2 Cole Baldwin 3 Timaru Tafa 4 Adaam Ross 5 Eric Duff 6 Fraser Hammond 7 Peter Rowe (captain) 8 Bryn Hudson 9 Lindsay Horrocks 10 Stephen Perofeta 11 Lance Easton 12 Lemi Masoe 13 TK Moeke 14 James Hemara 15 Mike Tambour
16 Jackson Donlan 17 Ralph Darling 18 Kurt Simmonds 19 James Goodger 20 Craig Moore 21 Zayn Tipping 22 Tim Priest 23 Moss Doran
Australian Barbarians Team:
1. Cameron Orr (Greater Sydney Rams) 2. Ryan Dalziel (CSU Country Eagles) 3. Duncan Chubb (Melbourne Rising) 4. Ben Hyne (Brisbane City) 5. Phil Potgieter (Queensland Country) 6. Dean Oakman-Hunt (UC Canberra Vikings) 7. Rowan Perry (UC Canberra Vikings) 8. Pauli Tuala (CSU Country Eagles) 9. Mitch Short (CSU Country Eagles) 10. Isaac Thompson (UC Canberra Vikings) 11. Maalonga Konelio (Perth Spirit) 12. Rodney Iona (UC Canberra Vikings) 13. Tom Hill (North Harbour Rays) 14. Larry Hermens (Greater Sydney Rams) 15. Paul Asquith (Greater Sydney Rams)
16. Harry Scoble (Perth Spirit) 17. Jed Gillespie (Greater Sydney Rams) 18. Tyrel Lomax (UC Canberra Vikings) 19. Nick Palmer (CSU Country Eagles) 20. Waita Setu (Brisbane City) 21. Sam Figg (CSU Country Eagles) 22. Dewet Roos (Greater Sydney Rams) 23. Andrew Robinson (Sydney Stars)
New Zealand Heartland XV fixtures:
Date: Saturday 7 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV 47 v 42 New Zealand Marist
Venue: Trust House Memorial Park, Masterton
Date: Tuesday 10 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV 32 v 38 Australian Barbarians
Venue: Levin Domain, Levin
Date: Friday 13 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Australian Barbarians
Venue: Cooks Gardens, Wanganui