Auckland's unbeaten streak in the 2013 ITM Cup went to five on Saturday as they eased past Taranaki 51-15 in New Plymouth.
Auckland's unbeaten streak in the 2013 ITM Cup continued on Saturday as they eased past Taranaki 51-15 at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.
Playing in their third fixture in just seven days, Auckland produced the strongest performance of their season as they ran in six tries on the day.
Hadleigh Parkes, Liaki Moli and Patrick Tuipulotu all enjoyed impressive games, while Malakai Fekitoa was also excellent at outside centre.
Auckland's five-pointers were scored by captain Parkes, Lolagi Visinia (2), Vince Aso, Fekitoa and Saleaula Silipa, with Simon Hickey, Piri Weepu and Orene Ai'i kicking the extras off the tee.
Weepu, who was celebrating his 30th birthday, enjoyed plenty of front foot ball as Wayne Pivac's in-form side move provisionally top of the ITM Cup table, ahead of Wellington.
For Taranaki, this was a performance they were not expecting and it leaves them rooted to the foot of the Premiership table, a point off Bay of Plenty and two away from Waikato.
Tries: Broadhurst, Marshall
Tries: Parkes, Visinia 2, Aso, Fekitoa, Silipa
Con: Hickey 4, Weepu 2
Pen: Hickey, Weepu, Ai'i
Taranaki: 15 Kurt Baker, 14 Jackson Ormond, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Isaia Tuifua, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Daniel Brooks, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Doug Tietjens, 6 Kane Barrett (capt), 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ryan Cocker, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Carl Carmichael.
Replacements: 16 Timo Tutavaha, 17 Sione Lea, 18 Mitchell Crosswell, 19 Berny Hall, 20 Jamison Gibson-Park, 21 Rick McKenna, 22 Ope Peleseuma.
Auckland: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Vince Aso, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Hadleigh Parkes (capt), 11 Tenina Sauileoge, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Joe Edwards, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Tom McCartney, 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Gafatasi Su'a, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Jack Whetton, 19 Sean Polwart, 20 Wayne Ngaluafe, 21 Orene Ai'i, 22 Saleaula Silipa.
Venue: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Referee: Chris Pollock