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29th September 2012 07:14

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Taranaki: Celebrate their seventh Ranfurly Shield defence

Taranaki retained the Ranfurly Shield yet again after thumping Manawatu 59-18 in New Plymouth on Saturday.

The Amber and Blacks outscored the Turbos eight tries to two, crossing for six of their tries in the second half after holding a 23-10 half-time lead.

Frazier Climo collected a personal haul of 27 points - scoring two tries, three penalties and five conversions - while full-back Kurt Baker bagged a hat-trick for Taranaki.

The bonus-point victory over the struggling second-tier Championship opposition keeps Taranaki among the Premiership leaders and means they remain the only side to have lost just one match.

The scorers:

For Taranaki:
Tries: Baker 3, Climo 2, Ormond, Rickards, Taylor
Cons: Taylor, Climo 4
Pens: Climo 3

For Manawatu:
Tries: Clare, Robinson
Con: Clare
Pens: Clare 2

Taranaki: 15 Kurt Baker, 14 Andre Taylor, 13 Willie Rickards, 12 Jayden Hayward, 11 Frazier Climo, 10 James Marshall, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Chris Walker, 6 Kane Barrett, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Craig Clarke (c), 3 Michael Bent, 2 Laurence Corlett, 1 Chris King.
Replacements: 16 Sione Lea, 17 Carl Carmichael, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Berny Hall, 20 Brett Goodin, 21 Isaia Tuifua, 22 Jackson Ormond.

Manawatu: 15 Lewis Marshall, 14 Craig Clare, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Matenga Baker, 11 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 10 Tomasi Cama, 9 Papa Wharewera, 8 Hamish Gosling, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Nick Crosswell (c), 5 Michael FitzGerald, 4 Fraser Stone, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Rob Foreman, 1 Grant Polson.
Replacements: 16 Bryn Templeman, 17 David Te Moana, 18 Reece Robinson, 19 Antonio Kiri Kiri, 20 Karl Bryson, 21 Nathan George, 22 Asaeli Tikoirotuma.

Referee: Mike Fraser

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