CAPTION: Alapati Leiua, pictured scoring against Southland in 2012, is one of five Wellington players to have scored two tries in match against North Harbour. PHOTO: Dave Lintott Photography
Wellington v North Harbour by the numbers
12 Since 1992 when the new finals format was introduced to the national provincial competition, Wellington has played in a dozen semifinals. The Lions record in those matches is won 10, lost 2.
7 Since 1992 North Harbour has played in seven semifinals. Harbour have won one of those matches, against Canterbury in 1994.
29 How many times Wellington and North Harbour have played each other in championship matches since 1988. The Lions record stands at played 29, won 18 (62.1%), and lost 11.
10 Wellington’s current winning streak in matches against North Harbour stretches back to 2006.
15 The number of times the two teams have met in Wellington. The home side has won 11 and North Harbour has won four.
7 Wellington first five Jackson Garden-Bachop set the new record for most penalties in an NPC match against North Harbour earlier this season during the Lions 21-17 win in Wellington.
5 Wellington hooker Asafo Aumua is the team’s top try scorer in 2016. Wes Goosen is next with four tries, while Reggie Goodes, Hoani Matenga and Galu Taufale have all scored three.
40 That’s how many tries the Lions have scored this season. The team’s 302 points have also included 30 conversions and 14 penalties.
31 How many tries North Harbour has scored in 2016. Their 262 points have been made up of 31 tries, 22 conversions, and 21 penalties.
7 That’s the most tries any Wellington team has scored against North Harbour in a match. It was achieved in Albany in 2010.
6 North Harbour’s record for most tries in a match against Wellington was achieved in Takapuna in 1994.
2 Is the record for most tries scored in a NPC match by a Wellington player against North Harbour. The record is shared by Tana Umaga (1998), Lome Fa’atau (2001), Alapati Leiua (2010), Charlie Ngatai (201), and Vaea Fifita (2015).
2 Is also the record for most tries scored in a NPC match by a North Harbour player against Wellington. Blair Larsen and Eric Rush (1994), Mark Robinson (2001), Viliame Waqaseduadua (2005), Nafi Tuitavake (2008), and David Raikuna (2011).
6 The record for most penalties by a North Harbour player in a match against Wellington is six, by Warren Burton in Takapuna in 1990.