26 Apr 2014

Sport: Pacifc team beat NZ Hawks in AFL clash

7:31 am on 26 April 2014

The South Pacific came from behind to beat the New Zealand Hawks in the first of two AFL clashes in Wellington last night.

Playing the curtain-raiser to the AFL Premiership match between Brisbane and St Kilda, the Hawks led 20-14 at quarter time and maintained a slender one point advantage at half-time.

But the South Pacific team, which features players from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Solomon Islands, struck back in the second half to run out convincing 63-38 winners, kicking nine goals and nine behinds.

It's the first time the Pacific team has beaten New Zealand, who won the corresponding series last year 2-0.

The teams will meet again in Lower Hutt on Sunday morning.