Canterbury made it five wins out of five in the ITM Cup after they demolished Wellington 46-12 in a seven-try victory at AMI Stadium.
Canterbury made it five wins out of five in the ITM Cup after they demolished Wellington 46-12 in a seven-try victory.
The red and black machine rolls on as tries from Tom Taylor (2), Willi Heiz, Codie Taylor, Tom Sanders, Luke Whitelock and Ben Funnell condemned the Lions to their fifth straight loss.
They opened the scoring in the thirteen minute when quick hands to the left found Matt Todd, who made good metres into the 22 before offloading to the returning Taylor, who missed the conversion.
Taylor was on target soon after from a penalty.
Wellington missed the chance to reduce the deficit on 28 minutes when a lovely grubber through from Matt Proctor evaded the chasing Ambrose Curtis, with Canterbury surviving and making them pay moments later when Heinz pounced on Brad Shields at scrum-time before scoring.
15-0 became 20-0 soon after the break when hooker Taylor showed good pace to race over following a wayward Wellington line-out before visiting second-row Christian Lloyd struck back to put the struggling Lions on the board.
Fly-half Taylor responded after regathering his own grubber when the ball evaded Woodward and sat up for the Canterbury man, with the conversion making it 27-5 on 55 minutes.
And more was to come as from a driving maul, through the middle came replacement Tom Sanders before Canterbury struck again in the 67th and 77th minute when Whitelock and Funnell powered over from close range, with Shields adding a late consolation for the Lions.
Tries: T Taylor 2, Heinz, C Taylor, Sanders, L Whitelock, Funnell
Con: Taylor 4
Tries: Lloyd, Shields
Canterbury: 15 Richie Mo'unga, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Nathaniel Apa, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Willi Heinz (c), 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Joel Everson, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Sione Faletau, 18 JJ Manning, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Mitchell Drummond, 21 Brett Mather, 22 Luteru Laulala.
Wellington: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Ambrose Curtis, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Belgium Tuatagaloa, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Sheridan Rangihuna, 8 Brad Shields (c), 7 Adam Hill, 6 Dean Brunsdon, 5 Christian Lloyd, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Taniela Koroi, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Tolu Fahamokioa.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Ross Filipo, 19 Pau Halafihi, 20 Jared Kahu, 21 Tu Umaga-Marshall, 22 Tau Mamea.
Referee: Brendon Pickerill