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RUGBY: Away win at last for Wellington
8:20pm Wednesday 15th February 2012 in Wellington RFC
AT last Wellington won their first away game and brought the away win drought to an end with a 19pts-17 success at Devonport Services.
Wellington had most of the play in the first half but Devonport certainly had the second and the result was always going to be a close call.
Wellington started well driving forward and centre Luke Brown slipped through the defence to score under the posts, Mark Nichols converted.
The Wellington pack was dominant and caused Devonport be concede a penalty that Nichols despatched with ease.
Devonport’s reply was fast in coming and scored a converted try after some confusion in the Welly defence.
From the restart Wellingtons forwards drove the Devonport side and just on half time James McCann dropped a goal for a 16-7 lead.
Devonport’s restart was to run everything and eventually wore down the Wellington defence.
First a penalty in front of the posts, then a converted try after some indifferent play from Wellington.
At this point scrumaging was uncontested which did no favours for Wellington.
When Wellington went onto the attack Nichols missed a long range penalty but the forwards camped on Devonport’s tryline, forced an error from the defenders and Nichols kicked the resulting penalty to end and win the game.