North­land ner­vous

The New Zealand Herald - - SPORT -

North­land face a ner­vous wait to see if they’ve made the Mitre 10 Cup Cham­pi­onship rugby semi­fi­nals af­ter los­ing to lead­ers Welling­ton 36-18 last night, fail­ing to se­cure the bonus point needed to con­firm a top four spot. The sec­ond-placed Tani­wha are two points ahead of third-placed Bay of Plenty, who host Waikato on Satur­day af­ter­noon, and four points ahead of fifth-placed Otago, ex­pected to beat win­less South­land later the same day. Fourth-placed Manawatu, three points be­hind North­land, play Hawke’s Bay in Napier on Sun­day. Welling­ton led 12-10 at half­time but scored four sec­ond-half tries (six in to­tal) to put the re­sult be­yond doubt. Two were scored by re­place­ment hooker Asafo Au­mua. Jack­son Gar­den-Ba­chop pro­duced the game’s most no­table play, scor­ing just be­fore the break af­ter re­gath­er­ing his own chip kick that bounced off the top of the cross­bar.

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