Wellington's dismal ITM Cup season suffered a fresh blow on Sunday as they went down 42-20 against Tasman at Westpac Stadium.
Wellington's dismal season suffered a fresh blow on Sunday as they lost 42-20 to Tasman at Westpac Stadium.
This was the Lions' sixth straight defeat as the Makos were simply too good for them, running in five tries against the top flight's basement side.
Robbie Malneek, James Lowe (2), Alex Ainley and Pete Samu were Tasman's scorers as they move up to second in the ITM Cup Premiership table.
In reply, Tolu Fahamokioa and Eric Sione were Wellington's scorers but in truth the game was over by 50 minutes as the Makos led 35-6.
Next week Wellington face a difficult visit to Counties Manukau while Tasman host Otago.
Tries: Fahamokioa, Sione
Con: Ripia 2
Pen: RIpia 2
Tries: Malneek, Lowe 2, Ainley, Samu
Con: Banks 4
Pen: Banks 3
Wellington: 15 Andrew Wells, 14 Ambrose Curtis, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Belgium Tuatagaloa, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Sheridan Rangihuna, 8 Brad Shields (c), 7 Adam Hill, 6 Dean Brunsdon, 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Taniela Koroi, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Tolu Fahamokioa.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Vaea Fifita, 19 Pau Halafihi, 20 Frae Wilson, 21 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 22 Tu Umaga-Marshall.
Tasman: 15 Robbie Malneek, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 David Havili, 11 James Lowe, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Billy Guyton, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (c), 6 Pete Samu, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Jesse MacDonald, 17 Ciua Halanukonuka, 18 Tevita Cavubati, 19 Tevita Koloamatangi, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Mike Wells, 22 Mitch Scott.
Referee: Brendon Pickerill