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ITM Cup ITM Cup: Wellington thump North Harbour

Wellington cruised to a 43-0 hammering of North Harbour in the ITM Cup.

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Cory Jane put on a glittering performance as Wellington thumped North Harbour 43-0 in the ITM Cup on Thursday.

The full-back was among a number of players sent back to their clubs by New Zealand to prove their worth ahead of the Rugby World Cup, and had a hand in all three of his side's first-half tries.

In contrast, Jeremy Thrush - another of those hoping to make a late push into Steve Hansen's 31-man squad - left the field in agony after half an hour with a serious-looking ankle injury.

Shaun Treeby, Joe Hill and Vaea Fifita all went over before the interval, while a penalty try got the visitors up and running in the second half.

Ardie Savea had made a try-saving tackle before prodding the ball through for Wes Goosen, whose dive for the line was illegally thwarted by Nafi Tuitavake knocking the ball dead.

Tuitavake saw yellow and Fifita added his second try just short of the hour mark, before debutant Tomasi Alosio rounded off the scoring seven minutes from time.

Wellington now boast two wins in as many matches, doubling their haul of victories from last term.

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