Wellington see off Taranaki

23rd Aug 2013, 10:21

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Ross Filipo: Scored two tries

Ross Filipo: Scored two tries

Wellington continued with their fine start to the season when they beat Taranaki 29-10 in New Plymouth on Friday.

Wellington continued with their fine start to the season when they beat Taranaki 29-10 in New Plymouth on Friday.

Ross Filipo led the way for the visitors, scoring a brace of tries in the first half. The Lions' other points came via tries by Shaun Treeby and Adam Hill, and three conversions and a penalty from Lima Sopoaga.

For Taranaki, Daniel Brooks scored a consolation try late in the second half which Andre Taylor converted. Taylor also succeeded with a first half penalty.

The victory is the Lions' second successive one where they have managed to secure a try-scoring bonus point and consolidates their position at the top of the table.

They have a full house of 10 points after two matches - five points ahead of Canterbury, Auckland and Counties Manukau.

The scorers:

For Taranaki:
Try: Brooks
Pen: Taylor
con: Taylor

For Wellington:
Tries: Filipo 2, Treeby, Hill
Cons: Sopoaga 3
Pens: Sopoaga

Taranaki: 15 Kurt Baker, 14 Jackson Ormond, 13 Andre Taylor, 12 Ope Peleseuma, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Daniel Brooks, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Doug Tietjens, 6 Kane Barrett (c), 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Shane Cleaver, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Carl Carmichael.
Replacements: 16 Timo Tutavaha, 17 Sione Lea, 18 Nemia Soqeta, 19 Mitchell Crosswell, 20 Jamison Gibson-Park, 21 Beaudein Waaka, 22 Seta Tamanivalu.

Wellington: 15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Joe Hill, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Frae Wilson, 8 Victor Vito (c), 7 Adam Hill, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Mark Reddish, 4 Ross Filipo, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Reggie Goodes, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Kaipati Gaualofa, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Tomasi Palu, 22 Afa Fa'atau.

Referee: Kane McBride