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Wellington cruise past Northland

08th September 2013 09:51

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Highly-rated youngster Ardie Savea was one of four try scorers as Wellington saw off Northland in a 30-10 win.

Savea finished a spectacular solo score, after a miscued attacking lineout by Northland on the edge of the 22 handed him possession with the openside flying 70 metres for the try in the corner.

The score meant that Wellington lead 15-10 at half-time, before racing away from their opponents in a five-try win that moves them to the top of the ITM Cup standings.

The visitors ran four other tries through Motu Matu'u, Ross Filipo, Tim Bateman and replacement Ambrose Curtis, helping celebrate Victor Vito's 50th match in style.

Unfortunately there was no such joy for Northland loosehead prop Bronson Murray, whose 100th ITM Cup match ended in a heavy loss. Lock Tom Murday was the only try scorer for the hosts, with fly-half Ben Seymour adding a conversion and a penalty.

Having secured the try bonus point, Wellington now leapfrog Auckland to go two points clear at the top of the table - having picked up five try bonus points in their five matches so far.

The scorers:

For Northland:
Try: Murday
Con: Seymour
Pen: Seymour

For Wellington:
Tries: Matu'u, Filipo, Savea, Curtis, Bateman
Con: Sopoaga
Pen: Sopoaga

Northland: 15 Mathew Wright, 14 Andrew Kavienga, 13 Rene Ranger (capt), 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Mateo Malupo, 10 Ben Seymour, 9 Sonatane Takulua, 8 Jake Paringatai, 7 Jack Ram, 6 Dan Pryor, 5 Bryce Williams, 4 Tom Murday, 3 Scott Vessey, 2 Matt Moulds, 1 Bronson Murray.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Will-Griff John, 18 Roy Griffin, 19 Owen Pihema, 20 Mac Sykes, 21 Daniel Hawkins, 22 Warren Dunn.

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 (capt), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Kaipati Gaualofa, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Reggie Goodes, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Genesis Mamea, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Tomasi Palu, 22 Ambrose Curtis.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill

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