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Wellington Pride book semi-final with 50-10 win

The Wellington Pride have booked a home game for the Women’s National Provincial Championship semi-final in a fortnight’s time with their 50-10 win over North Harbour Hibiscus on Saturday.

The Pride beat North Harbour eight tries to one, with left wing Ayesha Leti-L’iga scoring two tries, placing them at the top the Farah Palmer Cup Championship standings.

There is only one final round-robin fixture to come, against Taranaki at Jerry Collins Stadium next Saturday, before the playoffs.

In other results, the Wellington Development men’s side clicked into gear late in their match against the Hawke’s Bay Saracens to win 59-31 in their match at Tremain Field, Napier. Both sides scored two tries with Wellington holding a 14-12 lead, before breaching the Saracens defence and scoring their third try just before halftime to take a 21-12 lead.

In Masterton, the Wellington Centurions U18s beat the Wairarapa Bush U18s 50-10 to win the Hurricanes U18s Shield, their first victory in this competition for 28 years after being beaten in the final last season by Wellington Samoans. The Centurions raced to a 19-0 lead after as many minutes, extending this to 31-5 by halftime.