Five-from-five for Canterbury

Date published: September 12 2015

Canterbury claimed their fifth ITM Cup victory from as many games this season as they thrashed Hawke's Bay 29-14 in Christchurch on Saturday.

The bonus-point result leaves the Cantabs one point behind Tasman at the top of the ITM Cup Premiership standings after they outscored their visitors four tries to two. 

The Canterbury backs were handed attacking opportunities on a platter by their dominant, All Black-laden pack.

It was one-way traffic in the first half as Rob Thompson, Tulolo Tulolo and Matt Todd all touched down to give the hosts a commanding 22-0 lead at the interval.

Shannan Chase went over for the Magpies early in the second half to get them on the scoreboard but Joe Moody secured the bonus point for Canterbury as he crashed over for their fourth try just before the hour mark.

Robbie Fruean came off the Hawke's Bay bench to score a try against his Crusaders team-mates in the final quarter but the result had long been settled.

The scorers:

For Canterbury:
Tries: Thompson, Tulolo, Todd, Moody
Cons: Taylor
Pens: Taylor

For Hawke's Bay:
Tries: Chase, Fruean
Cons: West

Canterbury: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tulolo Tulolo, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Luke Whitelock (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody.  
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Jack Stratton, 22 Nathaniel Apa, 23 Marshall Suckling.

Hawke's Bay: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ryan Tongia, 13 Jonah Lowe, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Shannan Chase, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Brendon O'Connor (c), 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 Mark Abbott, 5 Junior Waqa, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Jarvy Aoake, 2 Jorian Tangaere, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Mike Sosene Feagai, 17 Tolu Fahamokioa, 18 Mark Braidwood, 19 Tom Stanley, 20 Kaleb Sweet, 21 Ellery Wilson, 22 Billy Ropiha, 23 Robbie Fruean.