Ram­pag­ing Welling­ton storm to vic­tory

Waikato Times - - SPORT - RUGBY

Not even seem­ingly un­beat­able Can­ter­bury are im­mune from the quick backup in rugby’s Mitre 10 Cup.

Four days af­ter top­ping 70 points in a Ran­furly Shield de­fence against Coun­ties Manukau, the run­away red-and-blacks were given some cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment by Welling­ton to wrap up week five.

Cap­tained by Ju­lian Savea for the first time, Welling­ton pro­duced a stun­ning 60-14 win over Can­ter­bury as a storm whipped through West­pac Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

A long-range Savea try from a Jack­son Gar­den-Ba­chop in­ter­cept, then a stun­ner from hooker-of-the­mo­ment Asafo Au­mua, saw Welling­ton lead 17-7 at half­time be­fore two charge­down tries saw them bolt to a 31-7 lead with 30 min­utes left to play.

While his side were at times lack­ing di­rec­tion in their lat­est con­test, they man­aged to march on to a fourth win from five starts, se­cure a bonus point, and sit third on the premier­ship lad­der.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Hooker Asafo Au­mua leaves Can­ter­bury full­back Ge­orge Bridge in his wake in a stun­ning first-half try for Welling­ton.

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