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.