Above: Tyrone Thompson scores his maiden try for the Wellington Lions. Photo by Tom Minton.
The Wellington Lions beat the Bay of Plenty Steamers 32-10 when they met on Friday night in Wellington.
Some statistics from the game, in association with Peter Marriott, are below;
Wellington’s record against Bay of Plenty in NPC matches is now played 34, won 27 (79.4%), lost five and drawn two.
Wellington has scored 32 points in a NPC match on just three occasions. The last time they did so was against Southland at Wellington on 24 September 2009. Or, one day short of exactly 11 years ago. Wellington won that match 32-13.
For the record, Wellington has had 13 points scored against it more times than any other total: on 30 occasions.
Wellington has beaten Bay of Plenty in their last eight matches in succession.
The Capital has dominated various teams since the NPC competition was established in 1976 but none more so than Taranaki which Wellington beat 17 times in a row between 1990 and 2008. Wellington also has a sequence of 15 consecutive wins against Southland (between 2003 and 2018) and another long one against Bay of Plenty: 12 in a row between 1977 and 1989. Other sides to have succumbed
to large losing sequences are Northland (12 and nine matches on separate occasions), Manawatu and North Harbour (10 times each), and Hawke’s Bay and Otago (eight times each). Needless to say Wellington has never beaten Auckland more than twice in a row (including their last two encounters), they have won four in succession against Canterbury (twice), and four in a row twice against
Bay of Plenty scored the first points: a try to Nathan Vella, after just 33 seconds.
Wellington kept Bay of Plenty scoreless in the second half.
Bruce Kauika-Petersen and Ruben Love both made their first-class debut for Wellington. They brought the number of Wellington debutants in 2020 to eight. A total of 32 players have now made at least one appearance for Wellington this year.
Ruben Love came off the bench after 66 minutes and scored a try at the 80 minute mark.
Xavier Numua was awarded a yellow card: the first for a Wellington player in 2020. He did not return to the field after his 10 minute sin-binning finished with four minutes remaining in the match. It was his first match of the season. Wellington received no yellow cards in 2019.
Mateaki Kafatolu made his first appearance of the season.
Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe started his first match, his only previous appearance having been off the bench.
Tyrone Thompson also started his first match. He had appeared twice previously. He scored his first try for Wellington.
Kemara Hauiti-Parapara started his first match after TJ Perenara was made unavailable due to his All Black commitments.
Teariki Ben-Nicholas scored two tries in a match for the first time. He is the 91st Wellington player to achieve this in a NPC match and now has a total of five tries to his name.
Wes Goosen also scored a try, his fourth against Bay of Plenty.
Jackson Garden-Bachop’s seven points in the match took his overall tally in matches against Bay of Plenty to 44. After Wellington’s first three matches this year he is the top point scorer with 24 points.
Garden-Bachop, along with Vince Aso and Du’Plessis Kirifi, are the only players to have been on the field for every minute played so far this year: 240 minutes.
Du’Plessis Kirifi made his Wellington debut against Manawatu at Palmerston North in August 2017. He appeared in 15 matches before being given the Captaincy, against Tasman, in the first match of last year. He has now led the side for the last 15 matches in a row and his record is 10 wins (66.7%), four losses and one draw. In the 12 matches played last year he was on the field for all but 20
Bay of Plenty’s side included two players to have played Premier club rugby in Wellington in 2020, these being: Chase Tiatia (Hutt Old Boys Marist) and Kane Leaupepe (Johnsonville).
Additionally, Luke Campbell (Old Boys University), Nathan Vella (Johnsonville) and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (Marist St Pat’s/Johnsonville) have all played club rugby in Wellington in recent years.
Wellington’s record in all NPC matches is played 460, won 289 (62.8%), lost 159 and drawn 12.
The match card was:
|(32)||Wellington||V||Bay of Plenty||(10)|
|(12 h/t)||(5T 2C 1P)||(1T 1C 1P)||(h/t 10)|
|Friday, 25 September 2020, 7:05 PM|
|Referee: Brendon Pickerill|
|Billy Proctor||15||Kaleb Trask|
|(1T 5) Wesley Goosen||14||Joe Webber|
|Peter Umaga-Jensen||13||Regan Ware|
|Vince Aso||12||Chase Tiatia|
|Pepesana Patafilo||11||Fa’asiu Fuatai|
|(2C,1P 7) Jackson Garden-Bachop||10||Dan Hollinshead (5 1C,1P)|
|Kemara Hauiti-Parapara||9||Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi|
|(2T 10) Teariki Ben Nicholas||8||Joe Tupe|
|Du’Plessis Kirifi||7||Zane Kapeli|
|Vaea Fifita||6||Aaron Carroll|
|Naitoa Ah Kuoi||5||Keepa Mewett|
|James Blackwell||4||Kane Leaupepe|
|Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe||3||Jeff Thwaites|
|(1T 5) Tyrone Thompson||2||Nathan Vella (5 1T)|
|Kaliopasi Uluilakepa||1||Tevita Mafileo|
|Bruce Kauika-Petersen||16||Nic Souchon|
|Xavier Numia||17||Jordan Lay|
|Ben Aumua-Peseta||18||Ross Geldenhuys|
|Caleb Delaney||19||Stan van den Hoven|
|Mateaki Kafatolu||20||Joe Johnston|
|Connor Collins||21||Luke Campbell|
|Trent Renata||22||Scott Curry|
|(1T 5) Ruben Love||23||Cole Forbes|