The big tests are still to come for the Wellington Pride.
Credit to them for beating Hawke’s Bay 42-10, in their Farah Palmer Cup opener at Porirua Park on Saturday, but better teams than the Tuis will determine whether Wellington achieve their stated aim.
‘‘We haven’t spent a lot of time setting goals [but] the goal is to win. I would like to hope semifinal and once you get to the semifinals anything can happen,’’ new Pride coach Ross Bond said.
‘‘We’re not the biggest side in the world; we’re very mobile in the locks and loosie area and trying to play an uptempo, wide game and come away with it in the last 15, 20 [minutes], which we did against Hawke’s Bay.
‘‘There’s still a bit of fitness work to do but, from the first preseason game three weeks ago to this one, there’s been a marked improvement,’’ Bond said.
Loose forward Kiri Mei was strong for Wellington, as was her Wainuiomata clubmate Jackie Patea-Fereti, fullback Reijeli Uluinayau and wing Ayesha Letil’iga.
Next up for the victors is Manawatu at the Petone Recreation Ground.
(Kiri Mei 2, Reijeli Uluinayau 2, Ayesha Letil’iga, Angelica Uila, Raylene Lolo tries; Acacia Te Iwimate 2 con, pen) (Shaylee Tipiwai try; Amy Williams con, pen). HT: 13-10.
Wellington 42 Hawke’s Bay 10