August 16, 2021
Fiji-born and former Chiefs winger Kiniviliame Naholo scored two tries to help Taranaki thump Northland 48-14 in Round 2 of the NPC in New Zealand on Sunday.
Northland opened the scoring with a try from a lineout drive going to prop Leka Tu'ingafasi 10 minutes into the game.
Taranaki looked to attack their way out of the deficit and had a try to wing Naholo ruled out early in the second quarter.
But they had better luck five minutes out from halftime when centre Daniel Waite regained control of the ball after it hit his chest to score.
A red card to No.8 Isi Manu for a high shot on fullback Stephen Perofeta was seized upon by Taranaki with Perofeta landing the penalty and then they used a lineout maul for hooker Ricky Riccitelli to claim the try.
Another lineout win saw Perofeta, who had a fine game controlling his side, give Naholo another chance and he took it to score.
Perofeta once again opened up the chance for replacement Shaan Waite to score.
Replacement prop Kaliopasi Uluilakepa got one back for Northland but from a scrum, Perofeta stepped in and created space for Naholo to score his second try and within a minute replacement back Daniel Rona kicked the ball ahead and regained control to toe it over the line to score.
Perofeta completed an outstanding goal-kicking display, converting all six of Taranaki's tries.
By Romeka Romena