Wellington secure win in miserable conditions
Friday, September 16, 2016 Lynn McConnell Getty Images
Wellington made light of miserable conditions when playing into the swirling wind in the first half. It was a night for keeping the ball close which was Wellington did to good effect with a lineout drive option after a penalty and a lineout.
Perfect control saw returning prop Reggie Goodes trundle over for the try twelve minutes into the game.
Goodes was then out in the midfield for a superb run as Wellington moved the ball and while there wasn't an immediate reward for the break it came soon after when from a ruck, first five-eighths Jackson Garden-Bachop lobbed a perfectly-weighted kick into the arms of fullback Peter Umaga-Jensen to take Wellington out to a 12-0 lead.
While Bay of Plenty had opportunities, none better than after a scything break by halfback Luke Campbell, they weren't able to see off the Wellington defence where flanker Brad Shields had a big game, with great assistance, especially in mauling play from lock Mark Reddish.
Campbell did have the chance to get Bay of Plenty on the scoreboard when landing a 20th minute penalty goal
Five minutes before the break Campbell set up another chance for Bay of Plenty but wing Monty Ioane was ruled not have grounded the ball by the TMO.
Lousi was prominent during an extended burst of 19 phases from Wellington as they returned from the break. He made two strong runs, the second of them a cork-screwing run which set up Goodes for his second try.
Bay of Plenty did gain some reward for some solid scrummaging work and it allowed first five-eighths Dan Hollinshead was able to slip a left-footed grubber kick towards the posts where second five-eighths Terrence Hepetama followed up for the 53rd minute try.
The enthusiasm of the visitors picked up as they brought on their substitutes and they began to create opportunities only to see them lapse due to disclipline issues that allowed Wellington some defensive freedom through penalty clearances. And on a later occasion after a powerful scrum put all manner of pressure on Wellington, a lineout resulted from the resulting penalty.
But lock Shahn Eru wasn't able to secure the ball, albeit with the rain sheeting down, and Wellington were able to run the ball off their line through replacement Malo Tuitama and by maintaining their hold on the ball they were able to kick for goal from a penalty, but the weather had the final say.
Scorers: Wellington 24 (Reggie Goodes 2, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Wes Goosen tries; Jackson Garden-Bachop 2 con) Bay of Plenty 10 (Terrence Hepetama try; Luke Campbell pen; Dan Hollinshead con). HT: 17-3
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