Dawai scores, Otago sets final showdown with Harbour

FLYING Fijians hardworking looseman Naulia Dawai scored a try to help Otago through to the final of the Mitre 10 Cup Championship NPC with a 27-20 win over Bay of Plenty on Friday night.

The former Nadroga flanker will be a key player in the Pat Lam Connacht Rugby Club-coached team next season in the Pro12 and the European Rugby Champions Cup and his recent form speaks volume.

Stuff.co.nz in its website reports Otago were the only side to cross for tries in the opening 40 minutes, through Dawai and Tom Franklin.

Meanwhile, North Harbour will meet Naulia’s Otago side to decide the winner in the provincial rugby competition.

Habour, who was reported to be a laughing stock in recent years were too clinical for Wellington, winning yesterday’s championship semi-final 40-37 at Westpac Stadium.

Harbour now meet Otago in Friday’s final in Dunedin, with the winner to gain promotion to the premiership division.

The Lions, meanwhile, have a few wounds to lick after seeing another promising campaign come to an end. They participated in an entertaining semi-final scant consolation for missing another promotion again.

In Otago’s win, tries to Tom Franklin, Dawai, James Lentjes and Fletcher Smith’s three conversion and a penalty with Scott Eade’s successful penalty was enough to beat Bay of Plenty’s tries to Lalakai Foketi, Terrence Hepetema with Dan Hollinshead’s conversion and two penalties

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