Wellington continue to set Championship pace
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Both sides battled for dominance in the opening 15 minutes. However, by the time Wellington first five-eighths Jackson Garden-Bashop scored an 80 metre intercept try in the 29th minute, the visitors had scored three tries and silenced the Rugby Park faithful.
Wellington's opening two tries to Trent Renata and lock Will Mangos had touches of brilliance. The visitors' set piece execution allowed the fullback to score the team's first before Mangos' fancy footwork doubled their lead.
Southland looked to be heading to half-time trailing 0-21, until two quick tries in the final five minutes saw the hosts staring down the barrel of a 35-point deficit.
Hoani McDonald's men returned from their half-time talk with a renewed spirit, but it didn't take long for Wellington to inflict another dagger. Wes Goosen scored within five minutes to extend their lead to 42 points.
Southland responded minutes later, and kept Wellington to seven second-half points until the 70th minute.
The game started to open up in the final phases of the match, and Southland's brave second half display went down in vain, with quick tries to Wellington's Sitiveni Paogo and Kemara Hawiti-Parapara.
Southland 12 (Tim Boys, Mike McKee tries; Greg Dyer con) Wellington 61 (Kemara Hawiti-Parapara, Sitiveni Paogo, Regan Verney, Wes Goosen, Trent Renata, Will Mangos, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Asafo Aumua, Thomas Umaga-Jensen tries; Garden-Bachop 5 con, Renata 3 con). HT: 0-35.
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