Sunday, July 29, 2007

Stadium Nights ... #69

Well this is what the Westpac Stadium looks like at night from the Wadestown hill ... and inside it was even better ... a great night for the Wellington Lions.

Piri Weepu, our halfback, might have kept his counsel about his omission from the All Blacks World Cup squad, but he did a fair bit of talking last night. The sacked halfback had a commanding game in Wellington's 68-7 demolition of a hapless Otago in their Air New Zealand Cup match at Westpac Stadium.

Otago have got no star players, no chief executive and no Super 14 coach, and last night they had no answer to a Wellington side that was too big, strong, fast and slick. Wellington scored nine tries, crossing for three in the first half as they raced to a 28-7 halftime lead that was a pointer to the second-half flood.

Wing Shannon Paku oozed class when he carved through the Otago defence, showing in the process what a wasted talent he often is with the Hurricanes. Paku was back in the action early in the second half when he was driven over from a ruck a few minutes after flanker Chris Masoe had scored following a break by hooker Luke Mahoney.

It was a good night for Weepu and Wellington, and shapes as a long season for Otago.


Anonymous said...

I guess you're a big Wellington fan then Jeremy (Iplayed rugby union for a number of years for a variety of local teams)

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jbworks said...

Well Curly .. I wouldn't say BIG ... only 78Kg and 183cm .. but yes I do enjoy the game and support the local Super 14 Hurricanes and NPC Lions teams and the Westpac Stadium is great for watching the game .. holds about 35,000 max and easy to get into and out of.