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Lions hammer Counties

15th August 2013 11:11

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Wellington centre Shaun Treeby

Try-scorer: Shaun Treeby

Wellington got their ITM Cup season off to the perfect start with a solid 55-16 victory over Counties Manukau at ECOLight Stadium on Thursday.

Last year's winners of the Championship could not live with the prowess of their visitors as the likes of Shaun Treeby and Dane Coles shone.

The Lions' tries were scored by Sinoti Sinoti, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Coles, Matt Proctor, Treeby, Tim Bateman and Taniela Koroi.

The Steelers' only response came from Maama Vaipulu, with a 29-9 half-time scoreline seeing the game put to bed with plenty of time remaining.

Wellington fly-half Lima Sopoaga kicked thirteen points for his side, who will travel to Taranaki in Round Two. Counties go to North Harbour.

The scorers:

For Counties Manukau:
Tries: Vaipulu
Con: Kerr
Pen: Kerr 3

For Wellington:
Tries: Sinoti, Toomaga-Allen, Coles, Proctor, Bateman, Treeby, Koroi
Con: Sopoaga 5
Pen: Sopoaga

Counties Manukau: 15 Sherwin Stowers, 14 Ahsee Tuala, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Baden Kerr, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Fritz Lee , 7 Maama Vaipulu, 6 Adam Cathcart, 5 Sikeli Nabou, 4 Ronald Raaymakers, 3 Attila Va'a , 2 Suliasi Taufalele, 1 Simon Lemalu.
Replacements: 16 Mark Price, 17 Sam Aiono, 18 Ryan Wilson, 19 Sean Reidy, 20 Kane Hancy, 21 Sam Vaka, 22 Frank Halai.

Wellington: 15 Matt Proctor, 14 Joe Hill, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Sinoti Sinoti, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Adam Hill, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles , 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Eugene Smith, 17 Tolu Fahamokioa, 18 Taniela Koroi, 19 Kaipati Gaualofa, 20 Faifili Levave, 21 Frae Wilson, 22 Afa Fa'atau.

  • ITM Cup Fixtures
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FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Thursday , August 14
Taranaki vs Counties Manukau19:35
Friday , August 15
Southland vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Saturday , August 16
Otago vs North Harbour14:35
Canterbury vs Auckland16:35
Wellington vs Waikato18:35
Sunday , August 17
Tasman vs Hawkes Bay14:35
Northland vs Manawatu16:35
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour vs Southland19:35
Friday , August 22
Waikato vs Canterbury18:05
Hawkes Bay vs Taranaki20:05
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PosTeamPPts
1Wellington1042
2Canterbury1040
3Auckland1036
4Counties Manukau1028
5Waikato1021