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ITM Championship final
Tasman hold off Hawke's Bay fightback
ESPN Staff
October 25, 2013
Hawke's Zac Guildford scores but his side's fightback fell just short © Getty Images
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Tasman held off a tremendous rally from Hawke's Bay to win 26-25 victory and secure promotion to the ITM Cup Premiership.

Leading 23-10 at the break, pre-match favourites Tasman seemed to be on course for victory before Hawke's Bay rallied. In a frantic finish, the visitors scored through replacement half-back Chris Eaton after an 80-metre break-out with two minutes remaining to put them within a point.

But Ihaia West failed in a conversion from the touchline and Tasman held on.

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