Wellington becomes first international side to win NTL title

first_imgWellington is the first international team to win a National Touch League title after their 12-8 win over Sydney Scorpions in the Seniors Mixed division.The high scoring affair saw Wellington players Richard McKenzie and Clint Rohloff both score hat tricks as they led their team on an undefeated run in their first year at the tournament.Wellington started their scoring spree in just the second minute, with Andre Robinson touching down to make the score 1-0. Tracey Elliot scored six minutes later for the Scorpions to get them back into the game. George Albert-Jahnke crossed for Wellington in the next set to take back the lead, and McKenzie scored soon after to take the score to 3-1.Amy Mitchell reduced the deficit for the Scorpions at the midway mark of the first half, and when the Scorpions scored again in the 13th minute the score was even.McKenzie then scored two consecutive touchdowns to put Wellington two tries ahead, and Rohloff scored his first in the 16th minute to put Wellington in front 6-3. Amy Mitchell put the Scorpions back into the game with her touchdown in the 19th minute, but Albert-Jahnke made sure his team had a solid lead going into the break, scoring just before half time. Wellington went to the break leading 7-4.It took six minutes for Wellington to get on the scoreboard in the second half, when Laurissa Kerei put her team in front 8-4. Tries to Andrew Windsor and Katrina McIlwraith put the Scorpions within two touchdowns of Wellington, but another touchdown to Kerei, and two more to Rohloff put the Scorpions four points in front. Eric Kho’s touchdown in the 16th minute got the Scorpions back into the game, but an intercept touchdown to Wellington’s Ben Moceiwai put the score beyond doubt. Lisa Walker scored a consolation touchdown in the final minute of the game, with the game ending at 12-8.last_img

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