Ben Lam burns Manawatū defenders with sheer pace, scores try-double in Wellington's demolition win

The Wellington Lions roared to victory in a one-sided Mitre 10 Cup affair, outclassing Manawatū 47-7 in Palmerston North today.

Wellington were unstoppable in the first half, running in five tries to lead 25-0 at halftime.

Lions winger Ben Lam was unstoppable in the 32nd minutes, as he burned the Turbos defence with sheer pace as he ran 80 metres to score his first try in the match.

He scored a try-double with the winger crossing in the 80-minute mark to seal a dominant victory for his side.

Wellington will take on Tasman Mako next week on Saturday, in their next NPC clash at Westpac Stadium.

The Turbos were no match for the Lions, going down 49-7 in Palmerston North. Source: SKY



Meghan Markle reveals touching tribute to Prince Harry she had secretly stitched into wedding dress

Meghan Markle's "something blue" at her wedding was a piece of fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry, which she had stitched into her veil.

The Duchess of Sussex used fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Prince Harry in her wedding veil.

The former Suits actress - who was known as Meghan Markle before she wed the prince in May - had a square of fabric stitched into the stunning 16ft accessory as her "something blue" for good luck on her big day.

In a clip from the upcoming documentary Queen of the World, Meghan could be seen looking at her veil as she said: "Somewhere in here there's a piece of blue fabric that's stitched inside -- it was my something blue.

"It's fabric from the dress that I wore on our first date."

Meghan - who alongside Harry works as an ambassador for the Commonwealth Trust - had the flowers which represent all 53 countries in the Commonwealth stitched into her veil and she admitted it was very "important" for her to do that because of her new role.

She said: "I'm really over the moon to find out that I would make this choice for our day together.

"And I think the other members of the family had a similar reaction and just appreciation for the fact that we understand how important this is for us and the role that we play, and the work that we're going to continue to do within the Commonwealth countries.

"It was good news all around, I think, so I hope people like it as much as I liked helping to create it."

Harry previously admitted he was "incredibly grateful" to have Meghan alongside him in his Commonwealth Trust work.

He said earlier this year: "In my new role, I will work to support The Queen, my father The Prince of Wales, and my brother William, all of whom know that young people are the answer to the challenges of today.

"I am also incredibly grateful that the woman I am about to marry, Meghan, will be joining me in this work, of which she too is hugely excited to take part in."

We crossed live to Windsor Castle to our European Correspondent Joy Reid for all the latest following the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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Move to stop cull of around 20,000 South Island tahr gaining support

A battle over an impending cull of South Island tahr could soon head to court, with hundreds throwing their support behind a legal challenge.

A crowdfunding campaign by the New Zealand Tahr foundation has raised more than $75,000 in just a few days.

They're aiming to stop a plan set out to cull 17,500 tahr focusing around Rakaia-Rangitata and Gammack-Two Thumbs, on top of the 3,000 already killed. They also plan to reduce two other areas to 'zero density’ which could mean a further 5,000.

Conservation minister Eugenie Sage says the cull is vital to reduce the population which is estimated to be around 35,000.

"The population of tahr is estimated to be at over three times the level allowed by the control plan. That's having a major impact on our special alpine plants," she said

"80 per cent of our plants are only found here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Tahr browsing and trampling can destroy snow tussocks and can have a major effect on them."

But Greg Dulaney, a hunting representative from the NZ Tahr Foundation, says the minister hasn't consulted with them properly, and more work needs to be done to determine the exact number of the population.

"The ministers own science has this huge margin for error, and they say it can be anywhere between 17,000 and 50,000, so we've got this middle number," he said.

"When you come up with this proposal which if they have their way is 25,000 plus animals, and the population is somewhere in that spectrum, this is essentially eradication by another name."

The Department of Conservation is hoping to have completed a cull of at least 10,000 by mid-November, but opponents are expected to seek a court injunction to stop the process before then.

Officials say tahr numbers have to be limited to protect the landscape. Source: 1 NEWS

Wyatt Crockett scores after breakout run by Mako fullback as Tasman hold off Steelers dramatic comeback

Tasman Mako have held off a late fightback by Counties Manukau to win 21-19 in their Mitre 10 Cup match at Trafalgar Park in Nelson this afternoon.

The home team led Counties 14-0 at halftime after two converted tries in the first spell.

Mako fullback Will Jordan created a brilliant try in the 32nd minute when sliced in between two Steelers defenders around the halfway mark.

He went onto beat two more defenders before offloading the ball to former All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett who had enough speed to dot down over the try-line.

Tasman will take on Wellington next week in their next NPC match on Saturday at Westpac Stadium.

The former All Blacks prop can thank Will Jordan for his try in Tasman’s 21-19 win in Nelson. Source: SKY