With two All Blacks back in the line up, the Wellington Lions brought themselves back into the campaign with a 40-0 lead over the Southland Stags by the end of the opening 40 minutes.
by Luke Jackson. Photo supplied.
Lions first five Thomas Umaga-Jensen opened the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership/Championship cross-over match at Westpac Stadium on Friday night with a try three minutes after kick off. There was little Southland could do after that, as five more Lions tries followed before the match was over.
The Stags were able to bolster their defence during the second half, apart from letting wing Ben Lam through to complete his hat trick of tries.
Southland’s replacement loose forward Bill Fukofuka scored a converted try, but the Stags were unable to add any extra points.
Lions’ reserve prop Kaliopasi Uluilakepa scored a converted try on the fulltime siren for a final score of 52-7.
All Blacks TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea made their presence known with significant attacking contributions in their 63 minutes on the pitch.
The Wellington Lions are now third on the Premiership table behind Tasman and Canterbury, and travel next to Hamilton to face Waikato on Wednesday.