This, was a must win game for Waikato in the ITM Cup, a win would still keep them in the hunt for the playoffs while a loss puts a further dent at their chances. Well, unfortuantely for them and their fans this was another one of those games they won't want to remember.
For, the third time this season Waikato were badly outscored with a major thumping. Against Auckalnd, they coughed up 60 points in a huge scoring spree, nine tries to just 3 with Waikato managing 19 points. this rules out any chance Waikato had of at least securing a top 4 finish. They will need to re-group in a big big way for next Thursday's match against Otago.
Auckland made a great start on the night, with Gareth Anscombe nailing a penalty and then they opening the try-scoring stakes with Junior Poluleuligaga. Waikato wasted a great opportunity to at elast get points to be in touch, but turning donw a penalty from right in front of the posts was made worse when they dropped the ball in their own scrum. If that wasn't rubbing slat the very next movement but Auckland certainly was; as they broke out from their own end using the sideline as thier friend, with Lolagi Visinia securing their second try of the match.
The positive for Waikato was they never took a backward step and continued to show they wanted to score the big points after they turned down a second chance at goal. These decisions were certainly very perplexing to say the least especialy since their handling and simple errors ended up being costly. Auckland as to be expected made them pay by finishing off the first half in style. It was ugly reading for the visitors givingup three tries in six minutes, as they found themselves starring own the barrell of an ugly loss. 34-0 was what it showed.
Things didn't improve much from Waikato in the second period and Auckland continued rack up the points buring everyone easily to open the scoring within the first six minutes. By the time Waikato got themselves some points they were simply chasing their tails. still, the mini-fight back at least gave them some confidence, ensuring they didn't get overrawed by the Aucklanders.
FInal score: Auckland 60, Waikato 19.