New Zealand Heartland XV notch first up win
allblacks.com 03 Nov 2008
West Coast winger Lasa Ulukuta and Mid Canterbury flanker Jon Dampney picked up a brace of tries each for the New Zealand side. A strong forward game gave the Heartland XV domination at set pieces and they went out to a 21-0 lead before a period of sustained pressure on the Heartland XV line led to the Grizzlies scoring on the stroke of halftime.
The Heartland XV scored a further three tries in the second spell, the last an outstanding set-piece move that led to the second of Ulukuta’s two tries, which he scored under the posts. Kevin Moore also dotted down for a try, while all five were converted by Poverty Bay’s first five-eighth Scott Leighton. Another strong performer was Poverty Bay number eight Michael Broadhurst.
The match was played in good conditions before a crowd of around 600 at Rocca Field in San Francisco.
The Heartland’s XV second and final game of the tour is against a USA Select XV in Salt Lake City on Sunday (NZT).
Heartland XV: 35
Tries: Lasa Ulukuta (2), Jon Dampney (2), Kevin Moore. Cons: Scott Leighton (5)
Pacific Coast Grizzlies: 12
Next match: 8 November: Heartland XV v USA Select XV, Real Salt Lake Stadium, Salt Lake City at 1:15pm (9.15pm Sunday NZT)
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