Taranaki have comfortably held on to the Ranfurly Shield, beating Meads Cup champions Wanganui 51-7 in New Plymouth.
The home side scored eight tries to one but had to rely on an improved second half effort after they led just 11-0 at the break.
Despite missing a host of front line players, Taranaki coach Colin Cooper would not have been happy with the majority of work his side put in.
Too often they made mistakes in key areas of the field or were simply sloppy with the ball they had.
At least the second half improved for the 8000-strong crowd.
Taranaki wing Frazier Climo scored a brace of tries for the home side, as did halfback Jamison Gibson-Park.
The most impressive player on display was wing Waisake Naholo, the New Zealand sevens rep looked dangerous every time he had the ball.
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