Perth Glory want to build up the fitness of star recruit James Meredith before unleashing him in the A-League.
Mark Rudan and Andrew Durante both copped it from the Wellington boo-boys but left New Zealand with a win for new club Western United.
Brisbane Roar have saved by the VAR after a late goal allowed to draw 1-1 with Perth Glory at HBF Park in their A-League opener.
A look at round one of the A-League.
Brisbane have started life under new A-League coach Robbie Fowler with a 1-1 draw after snatching a late and controversial equaliser against Perth.
Western Sydney have finally discovered how to win ugly and captain Mitch Duke hopes that and some height will help them pick up plenty more A-League points.