Beaver sinks the Lions in Wellington
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After conceding 50 points in their last two games, Wellington needed a bonus point win to secure top spot in the Premiership and looked to have it in the bag until McKenzie and Donald combined to sink the home side.
Waikato came out firing with an early try to openside flanker Adam Burn following a great break from Willis Halaholo before the Lions took control of the half. In a forward-dominated forty minutes, Vaea Fifita, Reg Goodes and Hoani Matenga all powered over to give Wellington the tight 17-14 advantage. One of the tries came from 18 phases of constant pressure to underline Wellington’s dominance upfront.
The win has taken Waikato into fourth place in the Premiership but they now face a nervous wait for the result of the Tasman v Southland match to see if they qualify for the semifinals.
Wellington 24 (Vaea Fifita, Hoani Matenga, Reg Goodes, Asafo Aumua tries, Jackson Garden-Bachop 2 con) Waikato 28 (Adam Burn, Jordan Manihera, Sevu Reece, Stephen Donald tries, Damian McKenzie 4 con)
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