Taranaki too strong for Southland

Date published: September 6 2014

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Taranaki comfortably brushed off Southland, running in six tries at Yarrow Stadium to complete their bright start in the ITM Cup.

Taranaki comfortably brushed off Southland, running in six tries at Yarrow Stadium to complete their bright start in the ITM Cup.

Number eight Blade Thomson led the way with two tries for the hosts, as they picked up their third win of the season thus far.

Marty McKenzie added three conversions and a drop goal to help top up Taranaki's high score.

James Broadhurst rounded off the night with a breakaway try – fine reward for the Hurricanes second row who battled hard before putting in the final sprint for his score.

Southland just couldn't handle McKenzie's inventive attacking play but John Hardie did score two tries.

Hardie was in fact the man to begin the scoring with his early try, before Taranaki found the gears.

Jamison Gibson-Park was the first to go over before Thomson touched down for his brace in less than ten minutes.

Hardie's second try kept the scoreboard fairly tight, with Taranaki only ahead 19-14 at half-time, before their class really shone through.

Shaking off their sluggish start, Iopu Iopu-Aso and Seta Tamanivalu found the try line before Broadhurst completed the rout after the hooter.

The scorers:

For Taranaki:
Tries: Gibson-Park, Thomson 2, Iopu-Aso, Tamanivalu, Broadhurst
Cons: McKenzie 3, Rei
Drop Goal: McKenzie

For Southland:
Tries: Hardie 2, Halaholo
Cons: Sopoago 2

Taranaki: 15 James Marshall, 14 Codey Rei, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Berny Hall, 6 Iopu Iopu-Aso, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Riki Hoeata, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Sione Lea, 17 Ryan Cocker, 18 Mitchell Brown, 19 Doug Tietjens, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Jackson Ormond, 22 Kurt Baker.

Southland: 15 Junior Ngaluafe, 14 Lolohea Loco, 13 Cardiff Vaega, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Mark Jackman, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Scott Eade, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 Tim Boys, 6 John Hardie, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Juan Koen, 2 Talemaitoga Tuapati, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Replacements: 16 Dillan Halaholo, 17 Tony Keresoma, 18 Michael Stewart, 19 Bill Fukofuka, 20 Taylor Adams, 21 Jamie Verran, 22 Bryan Milne.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill

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