Wellington eye Auckland after perfect start

Last updated 05:00 04/12/2013

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Wellington's players earned a sleep-in today and are hoping the luxury will pay off in their crunch match against Auckland at the national interprovincial tournament at the North Shore Golf Club today.

The capital's team head into the second day of the national match play tournament in rude health as the only unbeaten team after the opening day.

Wellington team sponsor John Morgan was shouting the team out to dinner last night and manager Geoff Smart said the plan was to be as relaxed as possible on what shapes as a crucial day.

"We have the morning off for a bit of a sleep-in, so we'll hopefully be at our best to give Auckland a test because if we get through that one it's a huge step forward," Smart said last night.

"When I say sleep-in we won't be dragging them out of bed at 5am like we did this morning."

Auckland won't have such luxuries, having to be on the course against Hawke's Bay first thing, something Smart said could work in Wellington's favour.

"I think our guys will have a bit of an advantage because they'll be fresh and ready for the battle and they won't have been beaten up in the morning, especially if the weather isn't too flash."

Each of the Wellington order got a win during their opening two matches, a 4-1 win over Hawke's Bay and a 3-2 struggle against Aorangi/South Canterbury. Wellington No 3 Brayden Mazey stood out, shooting 69 during a 2/1 win over Hawke's Bay's Ben Swinburne, then 72 in beating Aorangi's Josh Smith 3/2.

Wellington No 2 Fraser MacLachlan was also unbeaten while Marc Jennings, Thomas Spearman-Burn and Adam Church all had a win and a loss.

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