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Taranaki open with a bang

25th August 2012 07:40

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Beauden Barrett

Beauden Barrett: 22 points

Taranaki opened their ITM Cup account with a four-try 37-22 win over Bay of Plenty at Baypark Stadium to go to top of the Premiership table.

It was a clinical performance by the visitors, who certainly underlined their championship credentials thanks to this bonus-point victory - secured by captain Jason Eaton with a last-minute try.

Taranaki pivot Beauden Barrett was the star of the show thanks to his 22 points, including a crucial 50m intercept try just after half-time.

The match was all but won at half-time after the visitors held a 20-8 lead after tries from James Broadhust and a spectacular solo effort from wing Waisake Naholo.

Barrett grabbed his intercept try soon after the break, and Bay of Plenty looked dead and buried before the hosts managed to narrowe the margin to 27-15 but could not hold off Taranaki when Eaton crashed over the last play of the match.

The win could have come at a cost to Taranaki, though, after star full-back Andre Taylor was forced off the field early in the match with a suspected broken thumb.

The scorers:

For Bay of Plenty:
Tries: Masaga, C.Retallick, L.MacDonald
Cons: McCashin 2
Pen: Lynn

For Taranaki:
Tries: Broadhurst, Naholo, Barrett, Eaton
Cons: Barrett 4
Pens: Barrett 3

Bay of Plenty: 15 Kendrick Lynn, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Mafi Kefu, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Jack Wilson, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Jamie Nutbrown (c), 8 Carl Axtens, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Warren Lippi-Smith, 5 Leon Power, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Tristan Moran, 2 Dan Perrin, 1 Greg Pleasants-Tate.
Replacements: 16 John Paraenga, 17 Mike Kainga, 18 Keepa Mewett, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Lewis Hancock, 21 Nick McCashin, 22 Lance MacDonald.

Taranaki: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Kurt Baker, 12 Jayden Hayward, 11 Frazier Climo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Chris Walker, 6 Jarrad Hoeata, 5 Jason Eaton (c), 4 James Broadhurst, 3 Michael Bent, 2 Timo Tutavaha, 1 Chris King.
Replacements: 16 Sione Lea, 17 Carl Carmichael, 18 Kane Barrett, 19 Scott Waldrom, 20 Kylem O'Donnell, 21 James Marshall, 22 Willie Rickards.

Referee: Kane McBride

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