Otago beat Wellington

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Dunedin: A 28-point first half blitz pro­pelled Otago to a con­vinc­ing 44-21 win over Wellington in their Mitre 10 Cup match in Dunedin on Thurs­day night. Af­ter beat­ing South­land 40-17 in round one last week­end, the blue and golds’ sec­ond win from as many matches leaves them at the top of the Cham­pi­onship sec­tion. They ran in five tries to three in the win, with High­landers play­ers Matt Fad­des, Tom Franklin and Jack Wil­son all dot­ting down dur­ing the match.

It was sweet re­venge for Otago, af­ter Wellington ham­mered them 34-14 in the Cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nals a year ago. How­ever, un­der the roof in Dunedin, Wellington were at times about as fee­ble as the Wal­la­bies were in last week­end’s open­ing Bledis­loe Cup loss to the All Blacks in Syd­ney. If they weren’t fall­ing off tack­les, they were con­stantly shoot­ing them­selves in the foot through poor dis­ci­pline and han­dling er­rors. With the Mike Gib­son Me­mo­rial Tro­phy on the line, Wellington did at least show some fight in the sec­ond half. Down 28-0, classy winger Wes Goosen fin­ished off some hard run­ning by lock Hoani Matenga to score out wide in the open­ing cou­ple of min­utes of the sec­ond spell. But Otago im­me­di­ately hit back through full­back Michael Collins, who would have thought it was Christ­mas when he found him­self in acres of space af­ter a sim­ple cut out ball. Otago’s next game is against North­land in Dunedin on Wed­nes­day night, while the Li­ons aren’t in ac­tion again un­til Sat­ur­day week, when they host North Har­bour. Otago 44 (Matt Fad­des, Tom Franklin, Sam An­der­son-Heather tries, Jack Wil­son, Michael Collins; Fletcher Smith 5 con, 2 pen, Scott Eade 1pen) Wellington 21 (Wes Goosen, Shaun Treeby, Matt Proc­tor tries; Jack­son Gar­den-Ba­chop 3 con). HT: 28-0. - Stuff

Otago loose-for­ward Nau­lia Dawai in ac­tion against Wellington.

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