In overcast conditions on Saturday 15th August 2015 at Yarrows Stadium in New Plymouth the 2014 ITM Cup Champions, The Port Taranaki Bulls were beaten 14-19 by the Wellington Lions. There will be great concerns about a rising injury toll that could make this a difficult NPC season ahead. The 3 members of the All Black Squad who played did nothing to help secure them getting picked for the Rugby World Cup. After dominating the opening half hour and putting two tries on the board, Wellington had to withstand a decent old comeback from Taranaki before they eventually won 19-14. Wellington 19 (Brad Shields, Vaea Fifita, Joe Hill tries; Jonny Bentley 2 cons) Taranaki 14 (Codey Rei try; Marty McKenzie 3 pens, con).
Port Taranaki Bulls Mauled by Wellington Lions