Vaea Fifita sets up two brilliant Lions tries as Wellington overpower Otago in NPC clash

Relive all the action of 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of this afternoon's Mitre 10 Cup clash between Wellington and Otago at Westpac Stadium.

FUULTIME - Wellington 34 Otago 16

78 mins: Wellington 34 Otago 16

Wellington flanker Vaea Fifita makes a break during the ITM Cup rugby match - Waikato v Wellington at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton on Sunday 27 September 2015. 

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Vaea Fifita. Source: Photosport

TRY! Wellington's right winger Tuitama Malo is over for his second try of the afternoon after a clever grubber kick by Jackson Garden-Bachop. Malo juggles the ball before regathering it and grounding the ball over the try-line.

Garden-Bachop lands his kick from out wide.

75 mins: Wellington 27 Otago 16

SCRUM! Vilimoni Koroi has overcooked his kick attempting to find touch but his kick bounces over the dead ball line. Wellington have a scrum on Otago's 10m line. The visitors are running out of time with four minutes remaining on the clock.

63 mins: Wellington 27 Otago 16

TRY! Otago's reserve back Matt Whaanga makes a smart break down the left flank after an initial surging run from Vilimoni Koroi. Whaanga throws an inside pass to reserve halfback Kurt Hammer and he dots the ball down under the goal posts.

The conversion is good from in front of the uprights.

60 mins: Wellington 27 Otago 9

TRY! Wellington's right winger Tuitama Malo crosses over to score under the posts after a brilliant run by prop Tolu Fahamokioa in the lead up. Fahamokioa threw a perfect offload to reserve halfback Kemara Hauiti-Parapara before he handed the ball to Malo to finish things off.

Jackson Garden-Bachop bangs over the extras from in front of the sticks.

55 mins: Wellington 20 Otago 9

NO TRY! Otago fullback Vilimoni Koroi makes a break, beating his opposite with sheer speed. His final pass to Otago winger Jona Nareki is ruled to have gone forward. Wellington now have a scrum on their 22m line.

49 mins: Wellington 20 Otago 9

THREE! Otago are penalised for a foul play and Wellington's Jackson Garden-Bachop converts a penalty kick at goal to extend his side's lead.

46 mins: Wellington 17 Otago 9

THREE! Otago's first-five Finn Strawbridge bangs over another penalty kick and the visitors trail by eight-points.

40 mins - Wellington 17 Otago 6

NO TRY! Wellington's Jackson Garden-Bachop makes a brilliant 60m break and puts in a chip kick for winger Wes Goosen to chase. He almost gets there but the ball bounces over his head and Garden-Bachop gets to the ball first. 

He grounds the ball over the try-line but the ref blows his whistle and rules Goosen had taken out the Otago player and pushed him off the ball.

HALFTIME - Wellington 17 Otago 6

PENALTY! Wellington's openside flanker Du'Plessis Kirifi earns his side a penalty after Otago are ruled to have not released the ball in the breakdown. Wellington tap the ball and boot the ball into touch and that is halftime.

40 mins: Wellington 17 Otago 6

The last 10 minutes have been filled with errors with both teams guilty of try to do too much with the ball and forcing the pass when it isn't on.

30 mins: Wellington 17 Otago 6

NO TRY! Wellington's halfback Sheridan Rangihuna looked to be in for a try but the TMO ruled that Vaea Fifita had knocked the ball on in the lead up to the try being scored.

Wellington are really struggling at scrum time to contain the Otago forward pack.

29 mins: Wellington 17 Otago 6

THREE! Otago get the screw on at scrum time and Wellington are penalised. Otago's first-five Finn Strawbridge steps up and nails another shot at goal from 25m+ out and Otago double their score.

24 mins: Wellington 17 Otago 3

THREE! Finn Strawbridge's penalty kick attempt form over 30m out on the angle looks to be wobbly but it goes over and Otago are on the scoreboard.

21 mins: Wellington 17 Otago 0

PENALTY! Otago get there first chance with the ball on attack. Wellington penalised for an offside play and the visitors opt to get their first points on the board with a penalty kick at goal.

11 mins: Wellington 17 Otago 0

THREE! Jackson Garden-Bachop is perfect with the boot nailing 3/3 with the boot. His penalty kick from over 40m out on the angle goes straight through the uprights.

7 mins: Wellington 14 Otago 0

TRY DOUBLE! Wes Goosen has scored a try double after some charging runs from his flanker teammate Vaea Fifita.

Wellington 0  Otago 0

And we are underway!


Wellington: 1 Tolu Fahamokioa (Tawa) 2 James O’Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist) 3 Joel Hintz (Old Boys University) 4 James Blackwell (Petone) 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke) 6 Vaea Fifita (Wellington) 7 Du'Plessis Kirifi (Northern United) 8 Thomas Waldrom (Avalon) 9 Sheridan Rangihuna (Hutt Old Boys Marist) 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United) 11 Wes Goosen (Old Boys University) 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata) 13 Billy Proctor (Marist St Pats) 14 Tuitama Malo (Oriental-Rongotai) 15 Trent Renata (Oriental-Rongotai)

Bench: 16 Asafo Aumua (Avalon) 17 Kaliopasi Uluilakepa (Petone) 18 Alexander Barendregt (Old Boys University) 19 Will Mangos (Old Boys University) 20 Greg Foe (Poneke) 21 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Tawa) 22 Teariki Ben-Nicholas (Old Boys University) 23 Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata).

Otago: 1 Aki Seiuli, 2 Sam Anderson-Heather (c), 3 Hisa Sasagi, 4 Tom Rowe, 5 Josh Dickson, 6 Joketi Koroi, 7 Slade McDowall, 8 Dylan Nel, 9 Josh Renton, 10 Finn Strawbridge, 11 Jona Nareki, 12 Sio Tomkinson, 13 Matt Faddes, 14 Josh Timu, 15 Vilimoni Koroi.

Bench: 16 Sekonaia Pole, 17 Tom Hillm, 18 Donald Brighouse, 19 Sione Misiloi, 20 Sam Dickson, 21 Kurt Hammer, 22 Matt Whaanga, 23 Taylor Haugh.

30 mins: Wellington 17 Otago 6
HALFTIME - Wellington 17 Otago 6
40 mins - Wellington 17 Otago 6
40 mins - Wellington 17 Otago 6

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