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Saturday 29th August 07:35 GMT


Wellington Lions have already doubled the number of wins that they managed through a disastrous 2014 Premiership season, which saw them relegated to the ITM Cup Championship, as they seek an immediate return to the top tier. Not only will the Lions be looking for a third successive win to start the 2015 campaign, but they will be seeking an element of revenge for the 5-35 trouncing that they took away to Northland last season, when they welcome the same opponents to the Westpac Stadium on Saturday Evening.

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The Wellington Lions stunned the reigning Champions, Taranaki, in the opening round with a 19-14 win, before crushing North Harbour in Albany by 40+ points, to leave them in second place in the table, a point behind Hawke's Bay. The top two now being the only unbeaten teams in the Championship division. Northland on the other hand, have been beaten at Hawke's Bay, and at home by Southland, and are yet to register their first point of the 2015 season. Only a slightly better points difference than North Harbour, keeping them off the bottom of the ladder at this early stage.

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Coach Earl Va’a makes just two changes to the Lions side from last week. Bringing in forwards Victor Vito and Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, although the latter's ankle will be monitored to ensure that he is fit to start Saturday's clash.

Tags: ITM Cup, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Northland
Posted: 29th August 2015

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