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The 'Blindsider' gets taken out

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It was the ultimate blindside orchestrated by the quiet Librarian. Matt Hancock, the Rocket Technician from Auckland was sent home following tonight’s Tribal Council.

Having not taken home the Immunity Idol win, Lisa knew tonight was her opportunity to take out one of the strongest players in the game - Matt. Already having Tara onside, Lisa needed to get Dave to vote the same way. After sharing that she and Matt had found an Idol together and he hadn’t told Dave, it became clear that Matt wasn’t being as honest as Dave in their relationship as he assumed.

Dave gave Matt, his childhood best friend the opportunity to be honest and come clean with him about the Idol. Dave said: "I’m just looking for a bit of honesty… if you’ve got anything to tell me, I think you should". After some further prompting Matt finally confessed he found an Idol, but it was clear the damage to the relationship was already done.

Heading into Tribal Council, Matt had forewarning from Dave - play your Idol. Instead, Matt was confident his alliances would stay true. In a tied vote against Tess, it was Dave’s final vote that sealed the nail in the coffin for Matt.

When reflecting on his journey, Matt said: "I wanted to experience everything Survivor had to offer; from orchestrating blindsides, being on the bottom after a tribe swap, making merge, winning Individual Immunity, getting my video from a loved one, finding a hidden Immunity Idol and then getting voted out. I was never there for the money that was just a bonus.

"Naturally I was gutted to leave the show but I wouldn't change anything. I played the game I wanted to play and left everything out there. Full credit to the people involved in my blindside, you got me good! Also, no need to worry, Dave and I are still friends and closer than we have ever been."

With a new alliance between Tara, Dave and Lisa coming forward, who will be on the chopping block next week?

Be there for the Survivor New Zealand LIVE Final episode filming on Sunday 29th July, where we will find out who will be awarded the title of Sole Survivor and win the massive prize of $250,000.

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