West inspires Hawke's Bay to first win of 2016


Hawke's Bay ended their winless start to their Mitre 10 Cup campaign by defeating Southland 43-29 in Invercargill, with Ihaia West the star.

After being promoted to the top tier for 2016, the Magpies had begun their campaign with five straight defeats, putting them on the brink of relegation.

The match initially started poorly for West, who was shown a yellow card as Hawke's Bay went into half-time trailing 12-10, but a strong start to the second half saw them surge ahead through Ash Dixon and Matt Garland.

Wharenui Hawera kicked his fifth successful penalty and a Peni Ravai try levelled the score at 22-22, but West took centre stage with a cross-field kick to send Mason Emerson over.

After Tony Lamborn touched down to complete a neat team move, West marked his 50th appearance for the club with a score of his own in the corner to secure a bonus point despite Tauasosi Tuimavave crossing in the closing stages.