Planet Rugby

Waikato hold off Taranaki

12th October 2013 09:28

Share:

Rory Grice Waikato v Taranaki ITM Cup 2013

Rory Grice takes on the Taranaki defence

Waikato ended their ITM Cup campaign on a high with a hard-fought 22-14 victory over Taranaki in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Mooloo men started the game brightly and raced into a 15-0 lead at the break. They opened the scoring in the eighth minute after Taranaki were pinned for an infringement at a breakdown.

Ten minutes later they extended their lead when their captain Jackson Willison after running onto an inside pass from Adam Burn close to the try-line.

Waikato piled on the pressure and were awarded a penalty try, in the 32nd minute, Burn was taken out by Jarrad Hoeata with the try-line begging.Renata added the extras to give the home side a comfortable 15-0 lead at half-time.

They extended their lead shortly after the break when Sam Christie scored their third try, from close quarters, after Burn was again prominent in the build-up with strong ball-carrying.

Renata succeeded with the conversion but the rest of the half saw a fightback from the visitors, who scored 14 unanswered points.

Inside centre Seta Tamanivalu scored their first try in the 56th minute after powering his way through three tackles. Andre Taylor slotted the conversion and five minutes later he also scored a try after Taranaki's forwards sucked in the hosts' defence with patient build-up play.

Taylor added the conversion and although Taranaki tried to narrow the gap during the rest of the match, Waikato held on thanks to resilient defending.

The scorers:

For Waikato:
Tries: Willison, Christie, penalty try
Con: Renata 2
Pen: Renata

For Taranaki:
Tries: Tamanivalu, Taylor
Con: Taylor 2

Waikato: 15 Trent Renata, 14 Kylem O'Donnell, 13 Save Tokula, 12 Jackson Willison (c) 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Adam Burn, 7 Zak Hohneck, 6 Rory Grice, 5 Sam Kilgour, 4 Whetu Douglas, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Vance Elliott, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Josh Tyrell, 19 Zane Kapeli, 20 Jono Armstrong, 21 Wharenui Hawera, 22 Joe Perawiti.

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

Referee: Shane McDermott

  • ITM Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 3
Manawatu vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Thursday , September 4
Otago vs Canterbury19:35
Friday , September 5
Tasman vs Waikato18:05
Northland vs Hawkes Bay20:05
Saturday , September 6
Auckland vs Wellington14:35
Taranaki vs Southland06:35
Sunday , September 7
Manawatu vs Counties Manukau14:35
Bay Of Plenty vs North Harbour16:35
Wednesday, September 10
Otago vs Northland09:35
Thursday , September 11
Tasman vs Taranaki19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
  • ITM Cup Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Sunday , August 31
Taranaki 41 - 3 Bay Of PlentyTaranaki vs Bay Of Plenty Report
Auckland 16 - 16 TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Report
Saturday , August 30
Counties Manukau 21 - 27 Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Report
Southland 22 - 33 Otago
North Harbour 16 - 22 WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Report
Friday , August 29
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
  • ITM Cup Table
Premiership 2014
ITM Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Canterbury315
2Taranaki413
3Tasman312
4Waikato49
5Counties Manukau38