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Crichton grabs four as NZ Marist beat Heartland XV

NZPA     06 Nov 2010    

Flying winger Crichton scored all the tries for the winners, benefiting from the brilliance of Wellington first fiveeight Fa'atonu Fili, who revealed a genius at putting the pass into the right spot outside the hapless Heartland defenders.

Marist had only gathered 36 hours earlier but were equally as effective as their opponents in all areas, even though the Heartland ide had been together since Tuesday.

Overall, it was a case of Metropolitan pace outclassing country football endeavour.

Wellingotn lock and captain Nick Passi, Manawatu tighthead prop Wilie Ioane and North Otago's man mountain No 8 Tevita Fifita stood out in the Marist forwards while Wellington second five-eighth Joe Wright joined Crichton and Fili as the best of that team's backs.

Mid Canterbury prop Tim Perry, Poverty Bay flanker Sione Ngatu and home captain Peter Rowe were the best of the Heartland forwards, with Poverty Bay's Kahu Tamatea a standout at fullback.

It was the Heartland team's first game of a three-game tour, carrying on to Levin on Wednesday against the NZ defence force and to Sydney next Saturday against a Parramatta Invitation 15.

Result: NZ Marist 31 (Chris Crichton 4 tries; Piers Francis pen, 4 con) NZ Heartland 15 22 (Peter Rowe, Billy Guyton, Fa'aitu Tuamoheloa tries; Josh Hamilton 2 con, Mark Davis pen). Halftime: 14-8.