Wellington went down to their second loss of the ITM Cup season on Saturday as they were hammered 35-5 by Northland in Whangarei.
Last year's finalists Wellington were handed their second loss of the ITM Cup season on Saturday as they went down 35-5 to Northland in Whangarei.
The Lions, who lost their opening game of the season 37-25 at home to Waikato, were beaten by the Championship outfit in a dismal result.
Down 15-0 at the break, they did manage a try through Jason Woodward in the second-half but still conceded 20 more points at Toll Stadium.
This was the first Northland win over Wellington since 2000 as a brace apiece from Jone Macilai and Dan Pryor as well as one from Warren Dunn felled the Lions. Dan Hawkins kicked ten points.
Wellington, who boasted a front-row of Eric Sione, Motu Matu'u, Reggie Goodes, must now look to get their ailing 2014 season off the ropes at home to Manawatu Turbos next Friday.
Tries: Macilai 2, Pryor 2, Dunn
Con: Hawkins 2
Pen: Hawkins 2
Northland: 15 Mathew Wright, 14 Filipo Nakosi, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Troy Gilbert, 11 Jone Macilai, 10 Dan Hawkins, 9 Tane Takulua, 8 Cam Eyre (c), 7 Jack Ram, 6 Dan Pryor, 5 Tom Murday, 4 Shane Neville, 3 Matt Talaese, 2 Matt Moulds, 1 Namatahi Waa.
Replacements: 16 Ross Wright, 17 Will Griff John, 18 Michael Stolberg, 19 Kara Pryor, 20 Kurt Davis, 21 Warren Dunn, 22 Brook Gilmore.
Wellington: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ambrose Curtis, 13 Ope Peleseuma, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Tau Mamea, 10 James So'oialo, 9 Frae Wilson, 8 Brad Shields (c), 7 Adam Hill, 6 Pau Halafihi, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Kaipati Gaualofa, 3 Eric Sione, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Tolu Fahamokioa, 17 Taniela Koroi, 18 James Wall, 19 Henry Stowers, 20 Sheridan Rangihuna, 21 Fa'atonu Fili, 22 Chase Tiatia.
Referee: Brendon Pickerill