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Lions bounce back from Waikato loss with bonus point win over Harbour

A late surge from the Wellington Lions secured the home team a 35-23 bonus point win over North Harbour at Westpac Stadium this afternoon.

The second Lions game for the week saw them redeem their 43-31 away loss to Waikato on Wednesday.

A messy game from Harbour, with unimaginative play, missed tackles and poor lineouts, now see them bottom of the Premiership table, with Wellington moving to second place behind Auckland.

North Harbour opened the scoring two minutes in with a penalty from Bryn Gatland. The Harbour first-five did it again four minutes later, after his Lions counterpart, Jackson Garden-Bachop had countered with a penalty of his own.

A great team try from the Lions finished off by Asafo Aumua took the score to 8-6, before Tevita Li hit back for Harbour with a converted try.

Garden-Bachop landed another penalty after 30 minutes to bring the gap up to two points, and Kemara Hauiti-Parapara scored a timely try just before the break to take the Lions into half-time with a 18-13 lead.

Malo Tuitama was first on the scoreboard for the Lions two minutes into the second half with a try in the corner to take the Lions out ten points ahead,

Harbour hit back with a penalty and a converted try from Matt Duffie in the space of five minutes to level the score at 23-23.

But a lineout steal line led to a Lions 65 metre run and a Wes Goosen try, giving the Lions a 28-23 advantage.

Jackson Garden-Bachop finished off his great game with an intercept try under the posts and conversion for the 35-23 final score and bonus point.

The Lions next game is Saturday afternoon against Counties Manukau in Pukekohe.