August 16, 2021
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Dawai scores in Waikato's comeback win

Fiji-born winger Mosese Dawai scored the opening try for Waikato as they secured a 43-37 comeback victory over Wellington in Round 2 of NPC on Sunday.

Waikato took the early lead through Dawai but Wellington responded quickly via Pepesana Patafilo.

With a strong midfield, Wellington took advantage of every opportunity and a break by second five-eighths Peter Umaga-Jensen gave Patafilo his second try.

After flanker Du'Plessis Kirifi scored, the Wellington backs cashed in on a turnover as first five-eighths Ruben Love showed blistering pace to clear out downfield.

Minutes later, Centre Julian Savea scored to create a 27-8 gap.

 Then Wellington went to the break on a 34-8 lead after an Umaga-Jensen intercept.

A Savea sin-binning for a dangerous tackle saw Waikato taking advantage with back to back tries from Jack Lam and moments later hooker Oliver Norris also scored.

Wellington's only second half points came from a penalty goal.

Waikato halfback Cortez Ratima scored while Flanker Liam Messam went over from a maul, and there was only one point in it.

A superb comeback for Waikato came from Winger Liam Coombes-Fabling scored the match winner.

By Romeka Romena  


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