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First shield challenge dealt with easily



Canterbury crush Wairarapa Bush

Jul 11, 2006

Canterbury have crushed Wairarapa Bush 96-10 in their second Ranfurly Shield defence of the season at Jade Stadium on Tuesday.

The red and blacks scored 16 tries to the visitors' one in a very one-sided match.

Wairarapa Bush gave it everything they had but it was never going to be enough as they were overpowered and outclassed around the field.

The visitors' one try came just before halftime to Sam Henderson while Nick Thompson scored four and Tim Bateman and Mike Davis both scored doubles.

It took Canterbury 10 minutes to break the Wairarapa Bush defence with Nick Thompson finishing a slick backline move.

Canterbury used their forward dominance to earn their second try for captain Hayden Hopgood off a lineout drive.

The one-way traffic continued with hooker Tone Kopelani getting the five pointer after a Matt France break.

Wairarapa Bush put together their best period of the match and with his third attempt Patrick Rimene finally put the visitors on the board with a penalty.

Canterbury quickly replied with Steven Brett scoring after good lead up work by the charging front rowers.

Mike Davis scored a good individual try from a chip and chase.

From the kick off came try number six and a second to Thompson after Kopelani and Thompson combined well to run 50 metres down the blindside.

Thompson had his hat-trick just before halftime off an inside pass in another smooth backline move.

Wairarapa Bush surprisingly struck back with the last play of the first half. The halfback made the break before feeding his blindside flanker Sam Henderson who ran in beside the posts.

Tim Bateman got the scoring underway in the first few minutes of the second half after Canterbury had pulverised another Wairarapa Bush scrum and then made ground through good offloading in the tackle.

Bateman had a second half double from a wonderful grubber kick by Brett from a scrum on the line.

Wairarapa Bush battled away for a while trying to carry the ball out of their 22 with no real luck and eventualy Canterbury no.8 Peter Nixon scored the 10th try for the home side.

Second five-eighth Ben Nowell scored his first and the 11th for Canterbury after more good interplay between forwards and backs with good ball skills on display.

Nothing got easier for the visitors with several All Blacks coming off the bench and Casey Laulala was next to score.

Thompson showed his pace in dotting down for try number four and Mike Davis added his second as the score continued to balloon.

Kevin Senio got a try on debut for Canterbury and lanky lock Isaac Ross finished the match with a five pointer.

Canterbury: Tries: Nick Thompson (4), Tim Bateman (2), Mike Davis (2), Hayden Hopgood, Tone Kopelani, Steven Brett, Peter Nixon, Ben Nowell, Casey Laulala, Kevin Senio, Isaac Ross. Cons: Brett 6/11, Hamish Gard 3/5.

Wairarapa Bush: Tries: Sam Henderson. Cons: Patrick Rimene. Pens: Rimene.


It's good to see some of the players that didn't make it into the All Blacks or who are normally the backups to them in Canterbury get a run.

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