Life af­ter break to down Waikato

Sunday News - - RUGBY -

were fe­ro­cious but Waikato’s line was breached af­ter 35 min­utes when Lions lock Sam Lousi ducked and dived over to score.

That sparked Waikato into life as Bai­lyn Sul­li­van hit back for the Mooloos im­me­di­ately to level the scores at 10-10 at half­time.

Welling­ton wasted good ter­ri­tory when the play­ers re­turned but they came roar­ing back when Dan Kirk­patrick, start­ing ahead of Jack­son Gar­den-Ba­chop, went over af­ter Ben Lam sliced through Waikato’s line.

The Mooloos meekly fell off tack­les but Welling­ton just couldn’t pull clear. Their poor dis­ci­pline, which saw two Lions sin­binned, gave Waikato a sniff and Re­gan Ver­ney’s yel­low card af­ter 56 min­utes left Welling­ton pinned in their 22.

But Waikato made an aw­ful er­ror, spilling the ball from one deep Welling­ton kick, and the Lions got a roll on, scor­ing quick tries through Kafa­tolu, Uma­gaJensen and Au­mua.

Welling­ton open­side flanker Du’Plessis Kir­ifi, who is tech­ni­cally clas­si­fied as a ‘loan player’ from Waikato, put him­self about in chal­leng­ing some for­mer team-mates from his days in Waikato’s un­der-19s.

Welling­ton fin­ished like a team full of con­fi­dence to clin­i­cally score twice with a man down and con­demn Waikato to a fourth con­sec­u­tive de­feat ahead of the Mooloos chal­leng­ing Can­ter­bury for the Ran­furly Shield next Satur­day.

Lions lock Sam Lousi tests out the Waikato de­fence.

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