Late charge the answer for Wellington
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:21p.m.
Wellington have made it two out of two in rugby's national provincial championship, coming from behind to beat Hawke's Bay 30-15.
The Lions dominated possession and territory on home soil on Tuesday night, but it took until the last quarter before they took what turned out to be the winning lead against opponents who showed some committed defence.
They went on to secure the bonus point with late tries to prop Arden David-Perrot and fullback Jason Woodward.
Their victory follows their win over Manawatu in week one of the competition, while Hawke's Bay have opened their campaign with two defeats.
Down 15-6 at half-time, Wellington came out fired up for the second half.
They finally through the Magpies' defence after a sustained period of pressure on the visitors' line.
They muscled their way over after a big five-metre scrum and No 8 Victor Vito, who along with winger Julian Savea was released by the All Blacks for the match, controlled the ball to dot down.
Hooker Dan Coles nudged his side ahead when he scored off a break by Woodward, before David-Perrot and Woodward's tries secured the win.
The first half had belonged largely to the Magpies, with hooker Hika Elliot, who put in a lively performance, getting the game's opening try after a big drive by the forwards.
Elliot then played a prominent role - along with his front-row partners Peter Borlase and Ben Tameifuna - in setting up the second for first five-eighth Dan Waenga.
Borlase's pass sent the beefy Tameifuna on a charging run, and Elliot continued the move with a step and then an eye-catching back-hand offload to Waenga to touch down.
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