Lions roar into

Sunday News - - RUGBY - JOSEPH PEAR­SON

WELLING­TON piled the mis­ery on Waikato with a 34-10 vic­tory in Hamil­ton yes­ter­day.

The Lions es­tab­lish their place as Cham­pi­onship lead­ers in the Mitre 10 Cup but Waikato’s Pre­mier­ship fi­nals hopes ap­pear over af­ter get­ting pum­melled in the sec­ond half.

This ini­tially wasn’t the same Welling­ton who put 60 past Can­ter­bury but they fin­ished like it with four sec­ond half tries.

It was the same Waikato who looked short of con­fi­dence and co­he­sion as they had in re­cent de­feats to Manawatu and North­land. Welling­ton cru­cially scored two tries with 14 men around the hour mark when Mateaki Kafa­tolu first put the Lions 22-10 in front, which de­flated Waikato.

Thomas Umaga-Jensen then cruised through to grab Welling­ton’s bonus point try and the Mooloos had no an­swer be­fore Asafo Au­mua bul­lied his way to the try line for their fifth try.

De­fence was dom­i­nant; tack­les

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