Wellington’s Lions lashed Canterbury 36-23 in the Air New Zealand Cup quarter-finals on Friday.
Canterbury, boosted by Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, were never in contention as Wellington lead 29-9 before closing out the game at 36-23. The hosts scored five tries to advance to the semi-final.
Carter gave Canterbury some hope late in the game with a penalty and a converted try, but it was never enough on a night in which the Lions dumped New Zealand’s premier province out of the inaugural Air New Zealand Cup.
It was Canterbury’s third defeat in the last four weeks.
Wellington’s Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu were among the stars and will have advanced their case for selection on the All Blacks end of year tour.
All Blacks captain McCaw, in his first match in the competition, was also substituted but it was unclear whether or not it was injury related.
Tries: Tialata, Smith, Collins 2, Mahonri
Cons: Gopperth 4
Drop Goal: Gopperth
Tries: Patterson, Carter
Cons: Carter 2
Pens: Carter 3