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.
82mins FULL TIME: Score, Taranaki 51 - Wanganui 7.
76mins Second half - Cameron misses the conversion. Score 51 -7
75mins Second half - Kane Barrett scores a try.
74mins Second half - Taranaki No10 James Marshall runs 40 meters only to lose the ball on the line.
72mins Second half - Wanganui are pressing the Taranaki line hard.
69mins Second half - Jack Cameron converts from out wide. Taranaki 46 - Wanganui 7
68mins Second half - Climo runs down the line to score a try. Jack Cameron to convert
66mins Second half - Climo converts with a nice kick. Taranaki lead 39 - 7
65mins Second half - Taranaki strike back with a try to Hoeata.
62mins Second half - Wanganui's try converted. Score Taranaki 32 - Wanganui 7
60mins Second half - Wanganui scores. Try to Baldwin for Wanganui
58mins Second half - Wanganui win a penalty inside Taranaki's 22, they go for the lineout rather than the kick.
53mins Second half - Number 9 Jamison Gibson-Park scores another try for Taranaki. Climo converts. Score 32 - 0
51mins Second half - Climo converts. Score 25 - 0
49mins Second half - After some good defence from Wanganui, Taranaki wing Waisake Naholo makes a break and scores a try under the posts.
43mins Second half - Number 9 Jamison Gibson-Park scores a try for Taranaki. Climo converts. Score 18 - 0
SECOND HALF - Wanganui start the second half with the kick off.
Taranaki are holding on to an 11-0 lead in their Ranfurly Shield defence against Meads Cup champions in Wanganui.
A try and two penalties to wing Frazier Climo have been the only highlights of a scrappy opening half.
Taranaki have been guilty of making too many mistakes while Climo has also missed three shots at goal.
Despite dominating possession and territory, Taranaki have not been able to capitalize, despite playing with an extra man after Wanganui lock John Smyth was yellow carded for a professional foul.
HALF TIME Score Taranaki lead 11 - 0
40mins first half - Wanganui hot on attack in Taranaki, Wanganui break for the line but are pushed into touch.
35mins first half - Climo scores another penalty from right in front of the posts. Taranaki 11 - Wanganui 0.
31mins first half - Wanganui player Jon Smyth sin binned.
27mins first half - Climo scores a penaly from near halfway. Taranaki lead 8 - 0
20mins first half - Climo misses the conversion, score Taranaki 5 - Wanganui 0
18mins first half - Try to Climo for Taranaki
16mins first half - Wanganui in Taranaki territory for the first time with line out throw.
12mins first half - Climo has missed his second penalty attempt. Score nil all
10mins first half - Taranaki have been turned away from the try line by some good Wanganui defence, the score remains nil all
Early penalty attempt for Taranaki from near half way.
Wanganui get the ball for the first scrum of the game.
Taranaki have the kick off.
Conditions look good for today's game with very only a slight breezeand light cloud cover
- © Fairfax NZ News
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