HK thrash Weepu’s Wairarapa Bush
Horowhenua Kapiti have spoiled Piri Weepu’s return to his old home, Westpac Stadium, in Wairarapa Bush colours.
The fierce local rivalry went the way of the coastal men, number 8 Tyson Maki crossing twice in a 38-12 victory on Sunday.
Form suggested H-K would have the better of the fixture, boasting four wins from five matches coming into the tie, while Bush had just the one addition to their win column.
In recent years, expectations would have flipped the other way, with the men from the eastern edge of the Tararua Ranges having the better of the contest.
But following a sleepy start, in which H-K were allowed to march in to score through Nathan Kendrick within a couple of minutes, it always looked like heading their way.
The players were surrounded at Westpac Stadium by 34,000 yellow seats, two bus loads of Horowhenua Kapiti supporters and an occasional Bush stalwart.
Bush did wake up following their sluggish start, showing strong defence and energy in attack, but H-K were always able to hold them out.
Weepu himself was in energetic mood. He’s not the player of his Hurricanes or All Blacks days, clearly, but still has a certain amount of class about him.
He was busy, always trying to make something happen for his team to no avail.
Ill discipline proved costly for Bush in the first half. They allowed James So’oialo to kick a pair of penalties, and when Eddie
Number 8 Tyson Maki crossed twice in the 38-12 victory
Cranston was yellow carded on the stroke of halftime, H-K barged over from the resulting scrum as Maki had his first of the day.
Maki scored a second just after halftime. Willie Paia’aua added a third with a burst down the left wing from their next attack.
Bush scored a pair of consolation tries, Chris Raymond darting in under the posts before Cyrus Baker crashed over in the corner.
Baker was yellow carded in the final 10 minutes, allowing Kendrick to score his second against a weakened Bush defence.
Horowhenua Kapiti Wairarapa Bush 12: 38:
Nathan Kendrick 2, Tyson Maki 2, Willia Paia’aua tries; James So’oialo 3 pen, 2 con
Chris Raymond, Cyrus Baker tries; Tim Priest con
Tyson Maki posed a major scoring threat for Horowhenua Kapiti in their win over Wairarapa Bush.