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Wellingon beat Manawatu comfortably by 30-11 at Palmerston North in their national provincial match tonight but will have wished for more.
Among those 30 points were only three tries, one shy of four for a bonus point and despite dominating they scored only one try in the second half.
Wellington however totally deserved their win, always looking dangerous on attack and cruising to a 17-6 lead at halftime.
It also meant they scored their first win over their smaller Hurricanes region brother for the first time since 2009.
Manawatu were missing their two All Blacks Aaron Smith and Aaron Cruden and it showed.
But when New Zealand under-20 player Jason Emery was brought on at first five-eighth in the 50th minute, he immediately injected some spark.
Wellington's sole try of the second half came eight minutes after halftime when they were so on top they opted for a lineout instead of a penalty shot.
Captain Jeremy Thrush burrowed over and it was game over at 27-6.
Replacement David Te Moana scored Manawatu's consolation try from a drive following a scrum.
Wellington's Alapati Leuia and Shaun Treeby were always a threat against a suspect Manawatu defence as was former All Black lock Ross Filipo.
Two tries within eight minutes in the first half took the sting out of Manawatu.
Both came off scrums where Wellington had the shunt on, forcing Manawatu defenders to hang on.
The first, in the 25th minute, came after Thrush turned down a penalty in front of the posts and 18-year-old No 8 Ardie Savea simply ran and fell over under the sticks.
The second came when Manawatu fell victim to not clearing the ball within five seconds from a ruck.
Referee Bryce Lawrence said he had given the call and off the resultant scrum Wellington pulled off a slick move.
First-five Tim Bateman offloaded to a flying wing Leiua for second-five Treeby to finish off a fine try.
All of it came from robust pressure from Wellington all around the park.
Scorers: Wellington 30 (Ardie Savea, Shaun Treeby, Jeremy Thrush, tries; Jason Woodward 3 pen, 3 con)
Manawatu 11(David Te Moana try; Nathan George 2 pen) HT 17-6..
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