Otago come back to thump Manawatu

Otago put on a second half masterclass to blow away Manawatu in Palmerston North tonight. Photo:...
Otago put on a second half masterclass to blow away Manawatu in Palmerston North tonight. Photo: Getty Images
Otago has chalked up its first win of the Mitre 10 Cup with a convincing 50-17 win over Manawatu in Palmerston North this afternoon.

Naulia Dawai of Otago breaks away for a try. Photo: Getty Images
Naulia Dawai of Otago breaks away for a try. Photo: Getty Images
The side was behind 17-14 at the break but took over in the second half and was all over the home team which had poor ball security and missed too many tackles.

Otago scored 36 unanswered points in the second half.

Otago made the advantage line with ease and pilfered the ball at the breakdown as Manawatu fell apart in the second half.

Otago 50 (Dylan Nel, Naulia Dawai, Michael Collins, Matt Whaanga, Donald Brighouse, Jona Nareki, Melani Matavao tries; Josh Ioane 6 con, pen)

Manawatu 17 (Ron Thompson, Junior Lalofi, Fa'alelei Sione tries; Jade Te Rure con)

Halftime: 17-14 Manawatu.

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