The Taranaki under-20 side had a good buildup to their first Hurricanes regional competition match when they beat the Pasifika Barbarians 17-5 at Yarrow Stadium on Saturday.
Taranaki play Wellington in the capital this weekend.
Several Taranaki NPC squad members, including Willie Ioane, Carl Carmichael and Kylem O'Donnell, turned out for the Pasifika Barbarians.
The under-20 side matched them for intensity throughout and showed some quality defence in the first 20 minutes.
Leading 5-0 at the break, the under-20 side were bolstered by some impact off the bench, most notably from Dylan Juffermans and Jade Fleming.
Fleming scored a try, as did Chad Niwa and Thomas Brown. Josh Sandford kicked a conversion.
The Taranaki under-14 rugby side had a comfortable 34-10 win over Wairarapa Bush on Friday afternoon.
Originally scheduled to be the curtain-raiser to Taranaki's Ranfurly Shield defence against Hawke's Bay, the match was switched to the No 2 field at Yarrow Stadium because of wet conditions. Taranaki wing Shaun Phillips scored a hat-trick of tries, with the first coming soon after the opening whistle.
The home side added another two tries before the break and continued their domination in the second half to run in another three.
Aside from Phillips, Chayce Bailey, Brayton Northcott- Hill and Martin Snoxell scored.
- Taranaki Daily News
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