HK thrash Weepu’s Wairarapa Bush

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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

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Tyson Maki posed a ma­jor scor­ing threat for Horowhenua Kapiti in their win over Wairarapa Bush.

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