Auckland put 60 on Waikato

Date published: October 2 2014

Auckland dished out a 60-19 thrashing on visitors Waikato in Thursday’s ITM Cup clash between the two sides at Eden Park.

Auckland dished out a 60-19 thrashing on visitors Waikato in Thursday’s ITM Cup clash between the two sides at Eden Park.

Blues winger George Moala bagged a brace of scores in the nine-try demolition.

The win secures Auckland’s fourth-placed spot and they did in style, with even a smattering of rain unable to stop them racking up a big score.

The 41-point margin was Auckland’s biggest ever win over Waikato, as the hosts led 34-0 by half-time.

Waikato’s defence in the opening 40 minutes bordered on unacceptable, a bright start to the season fading away dramatically as they topped the 300 points conceded mark for 2014.

Auckland’s strike runners were in full flow but Junior Poluleuligaga got things started with a snipe move from the back of the scrum.

Moala played a major role in Lolagi Visinia’s second try before replacement hooker Gafatasi Su’a had his turn.

Joe Edwards took care of the bonus point after good work from Hadleigh Parkes as Moala added his first try before the interval.

Moala was key to opening the second-half scoring as well as Gareth Anscombe sped over, with Waikato at last getting onto the scoreboard when Loni Uhila powered over as the heavens opened.

A flurry of tries followed as Jack Whetton added Auckland’s eight, Anton Lienert-Brown responding in kind, before Blake Gibson and Hame Faiva rounded things off.

The scorers:

For Auckland:
Tries: Poluleuligaga, Visinia, Su’a, Edwards, Moala 2, Anscombe, Whetton, Gibson
Cons: Anscombe 4, Hickey 2
Pen: Anscombe

For Waikato:
Tries: Uhila, Lienert-Brown, Faiva
Cons: McKenzie 2

Auckland: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Ben Lam, 13 Hadleigh Parkes, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 George Moala, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Junior Poluleuligaga, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Sean Polwart, 6 Joe Edwards, 5 William Lloyd, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Gafatasi Su’a, 17 Nick Barrett, 18 Jack Whetton, 19 Blake Gibson, 20 Wayne Ngaluafe, 21 Francis Saili, 22 Simon Hickey.

Waikato: 15 Wharenui Hawera, 14 Regan Ware, 13 Jordan Payne, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Joe Webber, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (c), 8 Adam Burn, 7 Zak Hohneck, 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 Jacob Skeen, 4 Luke Katene, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Hame Faiva, 1 Loni Uhila.
Replacements: 16 Harry Jones, 17 James McGougan, 18 Nick Ross, 19 Zane Kapeli, 20 AN Other, 21 Troy Lobendahn, 22 Dylan Collier.

Referee: Ben O’Keeffe