Mooloo men too good again

Tue, 30 Jul 2013 06:54
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Waikato ran away with a 65-10 win over East Coast in their Ranfurly Shield match in Ruatoria on Tuesday.

The Mooloos scored seven unanswered second-half tries, after holding a slender 22-10 advantage at half-time.

Wings Semisi Masirewa and Tim Mikkelson scored five of Waikato's 10 tries.

Waikato completed their second Shield defence of the year, nearly as comfortably as the first - an 85-0 thrashing of Horowhenua-Kapiti two weeks ago.

Masirewa scored a hat-trick, while New Zealand Sevens star Mikkelson bagged a double for the NPC Premiership side.

Mikkelson said it was a great experience.

"I've never really played in front of a crowd like this," he said.

"There's trucks on the sideline, everyone's into it."

Waikato's next Ranfurly Shield defence is against Northland in the first week of the ITM Cup.

The scorers:

For East Coast:
Ingram, Parata

For Waikato:
Masirewa 3, Alainu'uese, Mikkelson 2, Talakai, Douglas 2, Snowden
Cons: Renata 6
Pen: Renata


East Coast: Not available

Waikato: 15 Dylan Collier, 14 Tim Mikkelson, 13 Marnus Hanley, 12 Joe Perawiti, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Trent Renata, 9 Kylem O'Donnell, 8 Adam Burn, 7 Jono Armstrong (captain), 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 Sam Kilgour, 4 Brian Alainu'uese, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Latu Talakai.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Lionel Wairau, 18 Chris Middleton, 19 Rory Grice, 20 Mick Snowden, 21 Watene Waenga, 22 Glen Robertson.

Referee: Nick Briant

Source: Newstalk ZB