Planet Rugby

Wellington back on track

18th September 2010 09:01

Share:

Hosea Gear Wellington Hawkes bay

Tough battle: Hosea Gear scored for Wellington

Wellington came back from ten points down to score a hard-fought 17-13 ITM Cup win over Hawke's Bay at Westpac Stadium on Saturday.

In very windy conditions, the Lions scored seventeen unanswered points in the first half to turnover a ten-point deficit at the end of the first quarter.

Tries to Hosea Gear, Tajhon Mailata and Lima Sopoaga canncelled out Kahn Fotuali'i's early try.

Those first-half points proved to be enough but the home side needed to dig deep in the second period to keep the Magpies at bay.

The visitors launched wave after wave of attack in search of just their second win of the season but when unable to cross the try-line a second time and had to settle for a solitary penalty for Richard Buckman, who had slotted a three-pointer and converted Fotuali'i's try in the first 40 minutes.

Hawke's Bay suffered the late withdrawal of fly-half Daniel Kirkpatrick but Fotuali'i's switch to ten from scrum-half didn't appear to have caused too much disruption early on.

Hooker Hika Elliot set up the game's first try with strong run in his own half. The visitors swept across the field with Fotuali'i finishing off.

Buckman, who kicked a fifth-minute penalty, added the conversion but visitors would not score again before half time.

Wellington kicker Sopoaga on the other hand missed two penalties and the conversion in the swirling wind.

Gear scored his 33rd try in Wellington colours with a wonderful solo effort as he stepped around Buckman to race clear.

Ten minutes before the break wing Alipati Leiua burst through a gap in midfield before off -loading to Mailata who crossed under the posts.

Wellington and they finished off the half with their third try, created by Gear and finished by Sopoaga. Charlie Ngatai couldn't add the extras.

With the wind at their backs, Hawke's Bay did nearly all the attacking in the second half but were unable to crack a grimly determined home defence.

The scorers:

For Wellington:
Tries: Gear, Mailata, Sopoaga
Con: Sopoaga

For Hawke's Bay:
Try: Fotuali'i
Con: Buckman
Pens: Buckman 2

Wellington: 15 Apoua Stewart, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Tajhon Mailata, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Ruki Tipuna, 8 Faifili Levave, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Api Naikatini, 5 Nick Passi, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Dane Coles, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 David Te Moana, 18 Brad Shields, 19 Dean Brunsdon, 20 Frae Wilson, 21 Fa'atonu Fili, 22 Buxton Popoalii.

Hawke's Bay: 15 Gillies Kaka, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Jason Shoemark (c), 12 Ryan McLeod, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 Mike Coman, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Michael Johnson, 5 Ross Kennedy, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Anthony Perenise, 2 Hikawera Elliot, 1 Clint Newland.
Replacements: 16 Eugene Smith, 17 Whetu Barber, 18 Leighton Price, 19 Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 Star Timu or Sinoti Sinoti, 22 Mark Jackman

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , October 3
Bath vs Saracens19:45
Saturday , October 4
London Irish vs Northampton15:00
Harlequins vs London Welsh15:00
Gloucester vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , October 5
Sale vs Wasps14:00
Newcastle vs Exeter15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , October 4
South Africa vs New Zealand16:05
Argentina vs Australia23:40
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 3
Connacht vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Ulster vs Edinburgh19:35
Zebre vs Ospreys19:35
Saturday , October 4
Leinster vs Munster18:30
Sunday , October 5
Benetton Treviso vs Glasgow14:00
Scarlets vs Newport Gwent D'gons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , October 3
Oyonnax vs Toulon20:45
Saturday , October 4
Bordeaux-Begles vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Racing Metro Paris vs Brive18:30
Bayonne vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Lyon18:30
Castres vs Grenoble18:30
Toulouse vs Stade Francais20:45
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , October 3
Pumas vs Blue Bulls15:00
Sharks vs Lions19:10
Saturday , October 4
Cheetahs vs Western Province14:00
Griquas vs Eastern Province Kings15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Wednesday, October 1
Hawkes Bay 36 - 14 WellingtonHawkes Bay vs Wellington Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 28
Wasps 35 - 18 NewcastleWasps vs Newcastle Report
Exeter 36 - 13 HarlequinsExeter vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 33 - 15 Benetton TrevisoNewport Gwent D
More Guinness PRO12 results
ITM Cup
Tasman 32 - 24 OtagoTasman vs Otago Report
Canterbury 26 - 28 SouthlandCanterbury vs Southland Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 27
Leicester 19 - 22 London IrishLeicester vs London Irish Report
Saracens 40 - 19 Sale SharksSaracens vs Sale Sharks Report
Northampton 31 - 24 BathNorthampton vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
South Africa 28 - 10 AustraliaSouth Africa vs Australia Report
Argentina 13 - 34 New ZealandArgentina vs New Zealand Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Zebre 13 - 6 UlsterZebre vs Ulster Report
Munster 14 - 19 OspreysMunster vs Ospreys Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulon 40 - 17 MontpellierToulon vs Montpellier Report
Grenoble 27 - 25 Racing Metro ParisGrenoble vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Brive 34 - 24 Bordeaux-Begles
Oyonnax 8 - 19 Clermont Auvergne
Stade Francais 43 - 10 La Rochelle
Lyon 28 - 18 Castres
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Sharks 53 - 24 Eastern Province KingsSharks vs Eastern Province Kings Report
Griquas 8 - 46 LionsGriquas vs Lions Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Waikato 20 - 22 ManawatuWaikato vs Manawatu Report
North Harbour 28 - 25 Hawkes Bay
Counties Manukau 55 - 7 WellingtonCounties Manukau vs Wellington Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 26
London Welsh 10 - 46 GloucesterLondon Welsh vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens418
2Northampton416
3Bath415
4Exeter414
5Wasps411