Wellington romp to eight-try win over Southland
Wellington went on a try-scoring binge when they beat Southland 52-7 at Westpac Stadium on Friday.
Star Hurricanes wing Ben Lam scored twice before the break as Wellington held a commanding 40-0 lead at half-time, and picked up a hat-trick later in the second half.
Southland’s early attempts to wear down the Wellington defence were defused by handling errors and penalties as the home side ran in six tries across the first 40 minutes of action.
All Blacks hooker Asafo Aumua crashed over ten minutes later with the assistance of All Blacks TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea, before Lam grabbed his first from a set piece play off a scrum in the 23rd minute.
The embattled Southland finally found their way over the line after 68 minutes, with replacement forward Bill Fukofuka rewarded after a strong lineout drive.
Wellington had the final say when reserve front rower Kaliopasi Uluilakepa found the line after a quick-tap penalty.
Wellington now face a short turnaround as they host Waikato on Wednesday, while Southland will match up with a struggling Counties Manukau side back home in Invercargill next weekend.
WELLINGTON 52 (Thomas Umaga-Jenson, Asafo Aumua, Ben Lam 3, Tolu Fahamokioa, James Blackwell, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop 5 cons, TJ Va’a con) SOUTHLAND 7 (Bill Fukofuka try, James Wilson con). HT 40-0
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