Volavola try saves North Harbour
Whangarei: Vodafone Flying Fijian first five eight Ben Volavola scored a try for North Harbour as they secured a 31-22 victory over Northland in Whangarei on Thursday. The visitors continued their winning run to make it five victories in a row this year. Northland’s Dan Hawkins and North Harbour’s Bryn Gatland traded three penalties apiece in the first 40. The game came to life when Northland wing Jordan Hyland scored the game’s first try in the 58th minute. Soon after, North Harbour’s Tevita Li scored a try with 14 minutes remaining to give his side the lead.
In the 70th and 73rd minutes, two home town penalty goals to replacement fly-half Peter Breen took Northland to a five-point lead.
North Harbour’s super sub Volavola scored a converted try next to make his side reclaim the lead before Matt Vaega intercept try put the game beyond doubt. Northland fielded Crusaders winger Jone Macilai and prop Ropate Rinakama.-