Heat still ris­ing at the top

Sunday News - - RUGBY -

COUN­TIES Manukau con­tinue to set the pace with max­i­mum points in the Farah Palmer Cup Premier­ship fol­low­ing their dom­i­nat­ing 48-0 win over Waikato in round two.

With their 10 points they are three clear of Auck­land who were too strong for Can­ter­bury when bounc­ing back from their 10-10 draw with Bay of Plenty in the first round with a 41-12 win at home on Satur­day.

Manawatu, who had the bye in the first round, opened their cam­paign with a 35-27 win over Welling­ton.

Those two teams, and Waikato, share third place with five points each.

In the Cham­pi­onship sec­tion Bay of Plenty con­tin­ued their progress with a 24-10 win over Hawke’s Bay while Otago bounced back from their first round de­feat with an 82-0 win over Tas­man. Coun­ties Heat 48 (A Marino 2, Ti­mara Leaf, Utu­malama Ato­nio, Katie Matau, Stacey Brown, Aroha Heta tries; Hazel Tu­bic 5 con, pen) kato 0. HT: 29-0. Auck­land Storm 41 (Hast­ing Leiataua 2, Joanna Fanene, Moana Finelevi-Aso 2, Mele Hu­fanga, Char­lene Gubb tries; Emma Jensen 3 con) ter­bury 12 (Phillipa Carr, Olivia McGoverne tries; McGoverne con ). HT: 24-7 Hawke’s Bay Tuis 10 (Yar­nisae Whaitiri, Natalie Cot­ton tries) Bay of Plenty Vol­canix 24 (Luka Con­nor 2, Jade Tuilaepa, Aryahn Clarke tries; Shaye Whareao­ere 2 con). Otago Spirit 82 (Cheyenne Cun­ning­ham, Greer Muir 2, Tina Moata’ane 5, Angie Sisifa 2, Mor­gan Hen­der­son, Ley­hana van Vugt; Liv Wal­dron 9 con, Sheree Hume 2 con) Tas­man Makos 0. Welling­ton Pride 27 (Jayne Bryce, Vaine Marsteres, Gina Wil­liamson, Saua Ualesi, Troy Svan­borg tries; Bryce con) 35 (Ruci Malan­icagi 2, Sel­ica Wini­ata, Kristina Sue, Lau­ren Bal­sil­lie tries; Lizzie Goulden 5 con). HT: 5-21

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