Taranaki keep Wellington winless

Date published: October 5 2014

Taranaki furthered Wellington’s misery to tighten their grip on second spot in the ITM Cup ahead of the semi-finals.

Taranaki furthered Wellington’s misery to tighten their grip on second spot in the ITM Cup ahead of the semi-finals.

Waisake Naholo scored two tries in the 38-22 win but the visitors didn’t have it all their way, trailing 14-11 at the interval.

Wellington wing Matt Proctor had cracked open the scoring with a try as early as the second minute, with centre Marvin Karawana following up his effort to give the hosts that surprising lead at the break.

Taranki could only muster a try from Jamison Gibson-Park and two Marty McKenzie penalties in the first 40 minutes, but perhaps they were saving their firepower for the second half.

Seta Tamanivalu played a key role as Taranaki struck twice with two quick tries from Naholo and replacement scrum-half Chris Smylie, giving the visiting team some real breathing space with the score at 26-17.

Blade Thomson’s try just four minutes after confirmed the result as he crashed over, dashing Wellington’s hopes of that elusive first win.

Naholo and Proctor added their own second tries respectively in the last ten minutes to round out the scoring, as the Lions relegation creeps closer while Taranaki eye up a home semi-final.

The scorers:

For Wellington:
Tries: Proctor 2, Karawana
Cons: Ripia 2
Pen: Ripia

For TaranakI:
Tries: Gibson-Park, Naholo 2, Smylie, Thomson
Cons: McKenzie 2
Pens: McKenzie 3
Yellow Card: Marshall

Wellington: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Shaun Treeby, 12 Marvin Karawana, 11 Afa Fa’atau, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Frae Wilson, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Adam Hill, 6 Pau Halafihi, 5 Brad Shields, 4 Vaea Fafita, 3 Eric Sione, 2 James O’Reilly, 1 Tolu Fahamokioa
Replacements: 16 Hunter Prescott, 17 Taniela Koroi, 18 James Wall, 19 Murphy Taramai, 20 Sheridan Rangihuna, 21 Opetera Peleseuma, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop

Taranaki: 15 James Marshall, 14 Cody Rei, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Toa Halafihi, 6 Iopu Iopu-Aso, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Riki Hoeata, 3 Angus Taavao-Mata, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16 Sione Lea, 17 Ryan Cocker, 18 Leighton Price, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Jackson Ormond, 22 Beaudien Waaka

Referee: Brett Johnson