WELLINGTON BACK IN THE BIG TIME

VIDEO: WATCH AS WELLINGTON WON THE RIGHT TO RETURN TO RETURN TO THE NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP PREMIERSHIP DIVISION.

Wellington claimed their first Final victory since 2000, with a scarcely believable 59-45 extra-time victory over Bay of Plenty in the Championship Final.

Nothing could separate the sides after a thrilling 80 minutes with the scores locked up 40-40.

But Wellington were too good in extra time with a rampaging Julian Savea try securing the win and their place back in the Premiership for the first time since 2014.

Although Wellington went into the game as heavy favourites, it didn’t take long for the Westpac Stadium faithful to realise they had a contest on their hands. The Steamers made all the running early in the first half to push out to a 14-5 lead on the back of two equally impressive tries.

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