Mitre 10 Cup Saturday results:
Wellington 25 bt North Harbour 20
Bay of Plenty 53 bt Manawatu 35
Auckland 31 bt Tasman 10
Taranaki 17 bt Southland 9
In the standout game of an action-packed Saturday in the Mitre 10 Cup, Auckland completely outclassed the previously table-topping Tasman Marko.
The blue and white hoops produced their best first-half performance of the season, running in four tries to lead 24-0 at the break.
Auckland opened the scoring from a perfectly executed lineout drive, when Adrian Choat crashed over in the 21st minute.
Ten minutes later, they extended their lead through prop Marcel Renata, who crashed over after great build-up play from his fellow Auckland forwards.
AJ Lam scored the try of the day after wing Salesi Rayasi made a midfield break before offloading to Harry Plummer who drew in the last defender, before handing off to Lam to score in the corner.
Tumua Manu capped off a terrific first-half for the homeside in front of a sparse crowd at Eden Park. A poor up-and-under from Auckland worked out perfectly.
Lock Jack Whetton picked up the loose ball, galloped downfield before running in Manu who crashed over in the corner.
Auckland started the second-half where they finished the first. Plummer executed a perfect cross-field kick to Rayasi, who gobbled it up before dotting down close to the corner flag
Tasman got two late tries to put respectability into the scoreline through Alex Nankivell and Quentin MacDonald.
Auckland will play in the ‘battle of the bridge’ next week against North Harbour, while Tasman will look to rebound against Southland.
FULLTIME - Taranaki gains a vital win down in Invercargill. A very scrappy contest with both sides strong on defense with just two tries in the contest. Both sides looked dangerous on attack at times but were let down by unforced errors.
Taranaki two tries came through O’Neil and Jacob Raumaitayuki-Kneepkens who scored a great individual try to put the result beyond doubt.
79 min - From the lineout, Southland maul towards the line where Taranaki collaspe the maul and the ball doesn't come out meaning Taranakai will have a scrum 5m out from their own line. Southland dominate the scrum and win a penalty. They will have a shot at goal and Dyer drags it wide as the siren goes.
78 min - From the lineout, Southland set the maul. Southland go out to the backs where Taranaki gives away a penalty. Southland will go for lineout 5m out.
76 min - Taranaki get lucky at the lineout. A messy lineout has resulting in Southland knocking on. Scrum 7m out. Taranaki give away a free-kick for pre-engaging. Southland clear down to halfway and win a penalty at the ruck and will have a lineout 10m out.
74 min - Taranaki running down the clock well just keeping tight with the forwards and after seven phases win a penalty for Southland being offside.They will have a lineout 7m out.
70 min - Southland building their attack around the halfway line before Moorby makes a mini-break but his offload goes to ground. Scrum Taranaki
68 min - Southland have a lineout just 20m out from Taranaki's line. Southland build their attack and after five phases knock the ball on.
67 min - YELLOW CARD TARANAKI - Southland win a penalty for a shoulder charge by Taranaki replacement prop Chris Gawler and the referee shows him a yellow card.
66 min - Howley puts in a grubber kick into dangerous area but regathered by Potroz and Taranaki clear down to their own 22m line.
65 min - Southland counter attack through Latu who breaks into the backfield before offloading Moorby. Southland gets inside Taranaki's 22 and are looking dangerous.
63 min - From the scrum, Dyer clears down to Taranaki's 10m line.
62 min - After kicking bakwards-and-forwards results in Taranaki being on attack. Taranaki are looking dangerous inside Southland's 22, but knock the ball on.
60 min - From the kick-off Taranaki clear down to halfway. From the lineout Southland attack but give away a breakdown penalty. Lineout Taranaki just short of Southland's 22m line.
58 min - TRY TARANAKI - A great team try for Taranaki. Mitch Brown steals the lineout to win the ball. After a couple of phase, Perofeta throws a great cut-out pass to Jacob Raumaitayuki-Kneepkens who brekas. He then puts in a chip kick which he regathers and goes into score in the corner. Potroz converts from out wide. 17-9 TAR
57 min - Southland clear from their own 22 but only down to Potroz who breaks into the back field, before giving it to Wainui who is brought down just short. But at the next phase Taranaki give away a penalty.
54 min - After a scrappy period of play in southland's half, Eade clears for touch and Taranaki will have a lineout on Southland's 10m line. From the lineout Southland gives away a penalty and will have a lineout on the 22m line. Taranaki give away free-kick for not throwing ball straight.
51 min - From the scrum, Taranaki turn the ball over and attack dangerously but a Perofeta throws forward pass. Scrum Southland. From the scrum Eade clears down to just short of the 10m line.
49 min - From the lineout, Southland collaspe the maul to win the ball back. Scrum Southland just inside their own 22.
47 min - Taranaki dominate the scrum and win a penalty. Taranaki will have a lineout 15m out.
46 min - From the kickoff, Perofeta clears down to Southland's 10m line. From the lineout Southland attack and Isaac Te Tamaki goes for a chip kick and knocks on when trying to regather. Scrum Taranaki just inside Southland's half.
44 min - From the kick-off Southland clear down to halfway where Taranaki start their attack where White makes a strong run into Southland's 22. Taranaki continue to attack through the forwards. After 12 phases Southland give away a penalty for offside. Patroz will have shot from in front which he slots over. TAR 10-9.
41 min - Straight from the kickoff Taranaki give away a breakdown penalty. Southland will have an easy shot at goal. Eade slots it over. STH 9-7
HALFTIME - A very scrappy first half, with plenty of errors, penalties, and kicking. Taranaki takes a one-point lead into the break thanks to a Reuben O’Neil try who crashed over from close range.
40 min - Southland give away a free-kick at the lineout for having two halfbacks. Taranaki will have a scrum on Southland's 10m line. Taranaki build their attack just short of Southland's 22 before Southland give away penalty. Paytroz will have a shot at goal but it hits the post and Southland take it into touch to end first half.
39 min - From the lineout, Taranaki set a lineout drive but Southland defend it well. After five phases, Southland lock Michael McKee wins a break down penalty. Southland will have lineout on their own 10m line.
38 min - From the kick-off, Southland can't clear and Taranaki win a breakdown penalty. They will go for touch. Lineout 10m out.
37 min - Southland from the lineout build their attack through the backs before they win a penalty centre field. Southland decide to go for the points. Eade slots it over from 40m out and straight in front. TAR 7-6.
35 min - From the scrum, Southland try a backline play but knock the ball on. Taranaki will have a scrum just outside their own 22. Perofeta clears down to his own 10m line.
33 min - Taranaki have a scrum just outside their own 22. Southland dominate it and force Lahmert to knock-on.
31 min - Southland gives away breakdown penalty. Taranaki will have lineout on Southland's 10m line.
29 min - From the scrum Perofeta clears down to his own 22m line. From the lineout Southland knocks the ball one. Scrum Taranaki.
27 min - From the scrum, Joshua Moorby puts in agreat kick that bounces into touch inside Taranaki's 22.
26 min - Taranaki are looking dangerous and building phases. They go wide to Jacob Raumaitayuki-Kneepkens but his flick pass goes forward. Scrum Southland on their own 10m line.
24 min - From the scrum, Southland clear down to Taranaki's 22. Perofeta clears down to Southland's 22 and they can only kick it out just before their own 10m line.
22 min - From the kick-off Taranaki win the ball back and start their attack inside Southland's half. After five phases and good defence from Southland, Taranaki knock the ball on. Scrum southland just before their own 10m line.
21 min - From the lineout, Southland attack through the backs and Taranaki give away a penalty. Southland will have a shot a goal. Eade slots it over from in front. TAR 7-3
20 min - From the scrum akarangi, puts in a great kick and forces Potroz to kick it into touch just 7m out from his own line.
19 min - From the lineout Taranaki attack through the backs and looking dangerous before O'Neil throws a forward pass. Scrum Southland on halfway.
17 min - Southland give away a lineout penalty giving Taranaki a chnace to clear. They will have a lineout on their own 10m line.
16 min - From the scrum, Southland attack and get inside Taranaki's 22. After seven phases Southland win a breakdown penalty and will go for touch. Southland lineout 5m out.
14 min - From the kick-off Taranaki try attack from their own 22m line but Perofeta knocks-on. Scrum Southland just short of 22m line.
12 min - TRY TARANAKI - Taranaki set the lineout maul and go just short. Then Reuben O'Neil picks it up and crashes over from close range. Potroz converts the try. TAR 7-0
11 min - Southland give away another penalty at the lineout. Taranaki will go for touch. Lineout 5m out.
10 min - Southland give away penalty at the lineout, which gives Taranaki a chance to attack. Taranaki will have a lineout on 10m line.
9 min - Southland continue to attack, but give away a breakdown penalty. Taranaki will have lineout on their own 10m line.
8 min - Southland attacks from the lineout, inside Taranaki's 22. After seven phases Southland can't break through the Taranaki defence. They decide to grubber through but Taranaki regather and clear down to their own 10m line.
6 min - From the lineout, Southland knock the ball on. Taranaki attack but throw the ball into touch just outside their own 22m line.
5 min - From the lineout, Southland build their attack but again Taranaki turn the ball over btu fullback Jayson Potroz has kicked ball out on full. Lineout Southland.
4 min - After more kicking between both teams, Taranaki give away a penalty at the breakdown. Southland will kick for touch and have a lineout on Taranaki's 22m line.
1 min - From the kick-off both teams have traded kicks. Southland win the kick battle and start their attack on Taranaki's 10m line.
KICKOFF - We are underway at Rugby Park in Invercargill.
7:03pm - Welcome to our live coverage of Southland v Taranaki. It's a beautiful day in Invercargill, with Rugby Park the venue for tonight's contest.
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Southland have made six changes to their starting side with three in the tight five and three in the backs.
Props Ethan de Groot and Siate Tokolahi come into the starting XV, while Ray Tataf replaces the injured Manaaki Selby-Rickit. In the backs halfback Raniera Takarangi and wings Rory van Vugt and Penikolo Latu come into the team.
Captain Mitchell Brown will return to the starting side for the first time since round one, replacing Mitchell Crosswell at blindside flanker in one of three changes made by coach Willie Rickards.
Veteran prop Ben May has been handed a two-week suspension for dangerous play during the Auckland match.
His absence sees Reuben O’Neill switch sides in the front row with Jared Proffit returning to loosehead prop.
The only other change comes in the second row where teenage lock Josh Lord replaces Kaylum Boshier, who moves to the bench.
TAB: Southland $2.55 Taranaki $1.46
Southland: 1-Ethan de Groot, 2-Greg Pleasants-Tate, 3-Siate Tokolahi, 4-Michael McKee, 5-Ray Tatafu, 6-Charles Alaimalo, 7-Mathew James, 8-Tony Lamborn (c), 9-Raniera Takarangi, 10-Scott Eade, 11-Rory van Vugt, 12-Raymond Nu’u, 13-Isaac Te Tamaki, 14-Penikolo Latu, 15-Joshua Moorby
Reserves: 16-Sabastian Siataga, 17-Joseph Walsh, 18-Chris Apoua, 19-Craig Smith, 20-Glenn Preston, 21-Liam Howley, 22-Gregory Dyer, 23-Tevita Latu
Taranaki: 1-Jared Proffit, 2-Ricky Riccitelli 3-Reuben O'Neill, 4-Josh Lord, 5-Findlamor Hoeata, 6-Mitchell Brown, 7-Lachlan Boshier, 8-Pita Gus Sowakula, 9-Warwick Lahmert, 10-Stephen Perofeta, 11-Lewis Ormand, 12-Daniel Waite, 13-Sean Wainui, 14-Jacob Raumaitayuki-Kneepkens, 15-Jayson Potroz
Reserves: 16-Bradley Slater, 17-Chris Gawler, 18-Donald Brighouse, 19-Kaylum Boshier, 20-Mitchell Crosswell, 21-Lisati Milo-Harris, 22-Codey Rei, 23-Lukas Halls.
Auckland 31 (Choat, Renata, Lam, Manu, Rayasi tries; Plummer 3 conversion) bt Tasman 10 (Nankivell, MacDonald tries)
FULLTIME - Auckland has completely outclassed Tasman to move themselves to the top of the premiership table.
Auckland produced a brilliant first-half performance but was helped by Tasman putting in their worst performance in years. Auckland ran away five tries to one winners with Harry Plummer having a standout game. The only negative was a bad injury to lock to Jack Whetton who was stretchered off.
80 min - TRY TASMAN - Tasman dominates the scrum and win a penalty. They go for a lineout. Tasman set a maul and execute it perfectly with Quentin MacDonald crashing over in the corner. Hunt misses the conversion from out wide. 31-10 AKL
79 min - From the lineout, Auckland bring the maul down and the ball can't come out. Auckland will have a scrum 13m out from their own line.
78 min - From the scrum, Tasman attack through the backs before winning breakdown penalty. Tasman will have lineout 13m out.
76 min - From the scrum Auckland build their attack just inside Tasman's half before Rayasi makes a mini-break but knocks the ball on. Scrum Tasman their own 10m line.
74 min - From the scrum, Tasman attack from their own 22. Tasman are looking dangerous throwing the ball around and get inside Auckland's half. A strong run from Havili and he offlaods but Hickey intercepts. Plummer kicks down to Tasman's 22. On the return tasman knock the ball on.
72 min - From the lineout, Auckland build their attack on Tasman's 10m line. Plummer puts a grubber into Tasman's 22 where Havili tries to pick it up but knocks on. Plummer scops it up but knocks on just short of line. Tasmanscrum 5m out.
70 min - With Tasman building their attack just inside Auckland's half, they give away silly penalty at breakdown. Auckland will have lineout just inside Tasman's half.
69 min - Auckland give away a free-kick at the scrum and Tasman build their attack on their own 10m. A risky pass from Tasman is almost intercepted by Rayasi but he puts it down. From the scrum Tasman win a penalty a take it quickly. Telaa breaks down left wing.
67 min - From the kick-off, Tasman attack from their own 22m area. Havili breaks down to the 10m line before throwing a forward pass. Scrum Auckland.
65 min - TRY TASMAN - After the long break Tasman score. Auckland try clear from the scrum and Plummer's kick is charged down by Nankivell who regathers and scores. Hunt misses the conversion. 31-5 AKL
64 min - Tasman again can't win lineout and knock-ball on. Long break in play here due to injury.
63 min - From the lineout, Tasman lose it. Auckland will clear down to their own 22.
62 min - Auckland build their attack before Tasman steal the ball at the ruck and start their own attack just short of Auckland's 22. Tasman win a breakdown penalty and will go for touch. Lineout Tasman 10m out.
60 min - Tasman steal Auckland's lineout and start their attack but give away a penalty for obstruction. Auckland will clear down to past halway.
59 min - From the lineout, Tasman build their attack through the forwards before Christie knocks-on at the ruck. Scrum Auckland 5m out. Auckland dominate the scrum and win a penalty. They will have a lineout just short of their own 10m line.
57 min - Tasman build their attack but Auckland win the ball back at the ruck and clear down to Tasman's 22m. Tasman clear to inside Auckland's 22 where Ruru drops it into touch. Lineout Tasman 12m out.
55 min - Auckland clear from the scrum. Lineout Tasman on Auckland's 22m line.
54 min - Tasman decide to take a scrum just 5m out. After four phases of keeping it tight with the forwards before Makalio knocks-on. Scrum Auckland 8m out from their own line.
51 min - From the lineout, Tasman set a lineout drive. They attack through the forwards before they win a penalty.
49 min - From the lineout, Auckland give away a penalty for a high-tackle. tasman will go for a lineout, which which will be 5m out from Auckland's line.
48 min - Auckland knock-on at the lineout and Tasman start their attack around halway vefore winning a breakdown penalty. They will have a lineout in Auckland's 22.
47 min - From the lineout, Plummer breaks into the backfield before offlaoding to Manu who knocks on. Tasman will clear down to their own 10m line.
45 min - From the restart, Auckland clear down to their own 10m line where Tasman start their attack. At the first ruck, Auckkland win a breakdown penalty. Plummer will miss touch. Tasman clear down to their own 10m line.
43 min - TRY AUCKALND - Auckland start the second-half where they finished the first half. Plummer exacutes a perfect cross-field kick to Rayasi who gobbles it up and scores in the corner. Plummer converts from out wide. AKL 31-0
SECOND-HALF underway ....
HALFTIME - A poor first-half from Tasman has seen them punished by Auckland who have dominated first half.
38 min - TRY AUCKLAND - Tasman can't win lineout and Auckland clear down to Tasman's 10m where they will start their attack. After five phases Christie clears. A poor up-and-under from Auckland works out perfectly. Whetton picks up the lose ball runs 30m gives it to Manu who crashes over in corner. Plummer hits the post from out wide. AKL 24-0
37 min - From the kick-off Auckland clear through Ruru but only finds Havili who attacks Auckland defence. At the breakdown, Auckland gives away penalty. Tasman will go for touch. Lineout on 22m.
35 min - TRY AUCKLND - From the Auckland clear down to Havili, who kicks it out on full. Lineout on Tasman's 10m for Auckland. From the lineout, Rayasi breaks into the backfield, before offloading to Plumming who draws in the last defender before giving it to AJ Lam to score in corner. Plummer misses conversion from outwide. AKL 19-0
31 min - TRY AUCKLAND - From the scrum Kapa makes a strong run but goes just short. Auckland keep it tight with the forwards. After six phases, Auckland prop Marcel Renata crashes over under the posts. Plummer converts. AKL 14-0
29 min - From the scrum, Auckland break down the wing for Ryasi wo makes a mini-break before putting a grubber kick in deep into the Tasman 22 and Stewart is forced back into his own in-goal area so Auckland will have a scrum 5m out.
28 min - From the lineout, Tasman clear through Christie. Auckland bring it back strongly and build their attack just short of halway. After 10 phases and good defence from Tasman, they get opportunity to win ball back but they knock-on. Scrum Auckland on halway.
26 min - From the lineout, Auckland build their attack through thr forwards. After 10 phases of great defence from Tasman, Kieron Fonotia wins a penalty at the breakdown and Tasman will clear. Lineout just short of halfway for Tasman.
24 min - From the scrum, Fainae puts in a kick behind and Tasman clear but it goes out on full. Lineout just outside 22m line.
22 min - From the kickoff, Mitch Hunt kicks it out on full. Scrum Auckland on halway.
21 min - TRY AUCKLAND - From the lineout set up a lineout drive and exacute it perfectly and Adrian Choat crashes over to get the opening try. Plummer converts the try. AKL 7-0
19 min - From the scrum Auckland attack and look dangerous with a couple of strong runs before Tasman give away a penalty for offside. Auckland decide to go fo touch. Lineout 5m out.
17 min - From the lineout Tasman knock-ongiving Auckland a great opportunity to attack. Scrum on Tasman's 22.
16 min - From the linout, Auckland are looking dangerous through Rayasi. At the tackle Tasman win a penalty. They will have a lineout just past their own 22.
15 min - A poor cross-field kick from Tasman is gathered by AJ Lam and Auckland start their attack. Tumua Manu makes a a min-break down the wing but is brought down just past Tasman's 10m line. At the ruck Tasman give away a penalty. Auckland will have a lineout on Tasman's 22.
12 min - From the Scrum Auckland clear through Ruru but it goes into dead-ball area. 22m drop out Tasman which Auckland knock-on. Tasman build their attack on halfway.
11 min - From the lineout, Tasman work a set-play but knock the ball on. Scrum Auckland on their own 22.
10 min - From the lineout Tasman win a penalty for Auckland jumping early at the lineout. Hunt will continue moving Tasman down field.
9 min - Tasman dominate the scrum and win a penalty. Hunt will kick for touch. Lineout for Tasman on halfway.
7 min - Auckland win Tasman's lineout and buld their attack. They build four phases before Waimana Reidlinger-Kapa knocks-on. Scrum Tasman on their own 22.
6 min - Play starts from a 22m dropout and both teams trade kick before Auckland find touch in Tasman's 22.
5 min - From the lineout Auckland start building their attack around halfway before winning a penalty on halfway and decide to have a shot a goal. Plummers kick has the distance but misses right.
3 min - Tasman kick the ball back to Rayasi who makes a mini break before, Auckland put a kick in behind but Havili claims the mark then clears to halfway. Lineout Auckland.
2 min - From the kickoff, Tasman clear down to halfway and Tasman start their attack through the forwards.
KICKOFF - Tasman gets us underway.
4:31pm - A beautiful day in Auckland. Perfect conditions for attacking rugby.
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For Auckland, Head Coach Alama Ieremia has made three changes to the team that came back from 18 points down to stun Taranaki in Inglewood on Saturday.
Halfback Jonathan Ruru comes back into the starting lineup after injecting his energy off the bench last weekend.
Zarn Sullivan will get his first start of the season at fullback in place of Jordan Trainor, who is unavailable due to injury.
Hooker Mike Sosene-Feagai returns to the bench for Soane Vikena.
For Tasman, the defending champions have welcomed All Blacks wing sevu Reece on to their bench for their clash against Auckland.
The sole change to the starting side sees Kieron Fonotia slot into the No. 13 jersey.
TAB: Auckland $2.65 Tasman 1.44
Auckland: 1-James Lay, 2-Leni Apisai, 3-Marcel Renata, 4-Scott Scrafton, 5-Jack Whetton, 6-Adrian Choat, 7-Blake Gibson, 8-Waimana Reidlinger-Kapa, 9-Jonathan Ruru, 10-Harry Plummer, 11-Salesi Rayasi, 12-TJ Faiane, 13-Tumua Manu, 14-AJ Lam, 15-Zarn Sullivan
Reserves: 16-Mike Sosene-Feagai, 17-Jarrad Adams, 18-Marco Fepulea’i, 19-Hamish Dalzell, 20-Niko Jones, 21-Danny Tusitala, 22-Simon Hickey, 23-Tanielu Tele'a
Tasman: 1-Isi Tu'ungafasi, 2-Andrew Makalio, 3-Tyrel Lomax, 4-Alex Ainley, 5-Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, 6-Jacob Norris, 7-Sione Havili, 8-Hugh Renton, 9-Finlay Christie, 10-Mitch Hunt, 11-Leicester Fainga'anuku, 12-Alex Nankivell, 13-Kieron Fonotia, 14-Mark Telea, 15- David Havili
Reserves: 16-Quentin MacDonald, 17-Ryan Coxon, 18-Samuel Matenga, 19-Isaac Ross, 20-Braden Stewart, 21-Louie Chapman, 22-Fetuli Paea, 23-Sevu Reece
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Wellington 25 (Garden-Bachop, Proctor, Savea tries; Garden-Bachop 2 conversions, 2 penalties) bt North Harbour 20 (Gatland, Page, Aoake tries; Gatland 1 conversion, 1 penalty) HT 10-13
Bay of Plenty 53 (Joe Webber 2, Kaleb Trask 2, Chase Tiatia, Mathew Skipwith-Garland, Joe Johnston tries; Otere Black, Trask pens, Black 5, Trask cons) bt Manawatū 35 (Stewart Cruden, Tyler Laubscher, Jamie Booth, Johnny Galloway, Drew Wild tries; Cruden 3, Ben Wyness 2 cons) HT 38-21
FULLTIME - It's fulltime in the capital and Palmerston North. The Lions came away with a tough come-from-behind victory to keep their playoffs hopes alive. A late try to former All Black Julien Savea gives Wellington the victory. With the win, the Lions go into equal second in the congested premiership points table.
In Palmerston North, defence went awal for both teams. There was tries aplenty but the Steamers proved to good for the Turbos who are still looking for their first win of the season. The Steamers ran in seven tries, five of them coming in the first half. A number of players stood out for Bay of Plenty but most notable was first-five Otere Black who ran the show for the Steamers and Joe Johnson who dominated Manawatu and got a try of his own. With the win, the Steamers will leapfrog North Harbour into 6th place.
80 min - TRY MANAWATU - From the lineout, the Turbos work a great set-play. Manawatu came down with the ball and shaped to set a maul, before a little pop pass went away to Maile. He sent it back inside to Wild running into space on the angle and he sliced right through to score. Wyness converts the try. BOP 53-35.
74 min - PENALTY BOP - From a lineout drive on Manawatu's 22, the Turbo's collaspe the maul to give away a oenalty. Trask will have a shot from out wide. He slots it over. 53-28 BOP.
67 min- TRY BOP - A great try from the steamers. From the lineout just outside Manawatu's. 22, great footwork from replacement halfback Leroy Carter who beats two defenders before offloading to Trask to run 20m to score. Trask converts. 50-28 BOP.
65 min - TRY WELLINGTON - A great kick from fullback Ruben Love who is on debut goes deep into North Harbour's 22. Aoke is back there but knocks-on and Savea is on hand to regather and score to put Wellington back in front. Garden-Bachop converts from out wide. WEL 25-20.
62 min - TRY MANAWATU - From a lineout inside the Steamers 22, Manwatu set up their attacks through the fowards before going out to the backs who go close. The Turbos keep it tight with the forwards and after 8 phases flanker Johnny Galloway reaches out and scores for the Turbos. Crudan converts the try from out wide. BOP 43-28.
59 min - PENALTY WELLINGTON - A massive scrum from the Lions on Harbour's 22 and they win a penalty. Garden-Bachop will have a shot from 23m out from in front. He slots it down the middle. NH 20-18.
56 min - TRY NORTH HARBOUR - Harbour have a lineout on Wellington's 22. They set a lineout drive. it's gets momentum and Hall goes down the short side who throws a great cut-out pass to Aoake to score in the corner. Gatland nails the conversion from out wide. NH 20-15.
50 min - TRY BOP - From a lineout just inside Manawatu's half, great pass from Black puts Webber into a massive hole and uses his speed to go 45m to score in the corner untoched. Black can't convert from out wide. BOP 43-21.
48 min - Penalty WELLINGTON - The Lions start the second half on fire to take the lead. Wellington have been camped down in Harbour's half since the restart. The Lions win a breakdown penalty 40m out and Garden-Bachop has a shot a goal. He slots it over. WEL 15-13.
SECOND-HALF underway in both matches
HALFTIME - It's halftime in both matches. What a match we have in Palmerston North with eight tries in the first half. In the capital, North Harbour have dominated but only ahead by one at halftime.
40 min - BOP PENALTY. BOP win a penalty for the Turbos being offside. Black will have a shot at goal from right in front as the srien goes. BOP 38-21.
39 min - TRY MANAWATU. Manwatu. A great run from Stewart who goes 40m before offloading to Booth who crahses over Cruden converts. BOP 35-21
38 min - TRY WELLINGTON - Wellington have a scrum 5m. A great pass Kemara Hauiti-Parapara off the back of the scrum to Garden-Bachop who beats his defender to crash over in the corner. Garden-Bachop misses the conversion. NH 13-12
35 min - TRY BOP. The Steamers are on fire. From a lineout just outside Manawatu's 22. A great short pass from Black puts Joe Johnston into a hole and he goes over next to the posts. Black converts from next to the posts. BOP 35-14.
34 min - TRY BOP. A great counter-attack from BOP. Trask beats the defence and gets to halfway before putting in a kick, which he is to quick for the Manawatu to defence and he regathers his own kick to scores out wide. Black converts from out wide. BOP 28-14.
33 min - TRY WELLINGTON - A great team try for the Lions. An up-and-under from Garden-Bachop is regathered by Savea who offloads to James O’Reilly who goes 20m before offloading to Fidow who is brought down 2m short. Quick ball and quick hands from the Lions finds Proctor to score in the corner. Garden-Bachop converts from out wide. NH 13-7
28 min - TRY NORTH HARBOUR. A great charge from Gerard Cowley-Tuioti who drags 15m before he is brought down just inside Wellington's 22. Gatland gets fast ball and goes for a cross-kick which is perfect for Jared Page to gather it and score in the corner. Gatland misses the conversion. NH 13-0.
24 min - TRY MANAWATU. Manawatu win a pentalty just inside BOP half and they decide to go for a lineout. They work an attack throught the backs from the lineout. A strong run Tyler Laubscher who beats the Tiatia tackle and crashes over next to the posts. Cruden converts BOP 21-14.
20 min - TRY BOP. BOP attacking around Manawatu's 22. A great offload from Kaleb Trask to Mathew Skipwith-Garland to go 20m untouched to score under the posts. Black converts BOP 21-7.
18 min- TRY NORTH HARBOUR. Harbour win a penalty just 5 metres out right under the posts an they decide to take a scrum. A great cut out pass from Stevenson to Tomas Aoake who offloads to Gatland to muscle his way over in the corner. Gatland conversion hits the post and misses. NH 8-0
16 min - TRY MANAWATU - An outstanding try for the Turbos. From the lineout a great wrap-around plays which commits three BOP defenders and Cruden recieves the ball in a massive hole to crash over out wide. Crudan converts his own try from out wide. BOP 14-7
14 min - PENALTY NORTH HARBOUR - Harbour win a breakdown penalty just inside Wellington's half. Gatland will have a shot from 46m out and slots it down the middle. NH 3-0
13 min - TRY BOP. The Steamers have a lineout just 5m out. They set the linbeout drive and go close. Halfback Campbell throws a great cut-out pass to Webber to crash over in the corner. Black converts from out wide. BOP 14-0
5 min - TRY BOP - A great team try for BOP. Luke Campbell makes a half break before offloading to Chase Tiatia. Who is brought down to just inside the 22. After a couple of phases a great short ball to Tiaitia crahses through a beats Milner-Skudder to score. Black converts BOP 7-0.
KICKOFF - We are underway in both matches.
2:03pm - Overcast conditions in both Wellington and Palmerston North.
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Kia ora, good afternoon and welcome to live updates of Saturday's four Mitre 10 Cup matches.
Due to the All Blacks test on Sunday afternoon, this weekend's schedule has changed, with two games kicking off at 2:05pm, followed by 4:35pm and 7:05pm matches.
Starting the afternoon, Manawatū host Bay of Plenty which is followed by Wellington v North Harbour and a top of the table clash between Auckland and Tasman. Rounding off the night, Southland will host Counties Manukau.
On Friday, Hawke's Bay successfully defended the Ranfurly Shield against Northland, meaning Manawatū will challenge for the Log o' Wood next weekend.
have the next challenge next weekend.
Don't forget, Sunday's two games kick off at the earlier time of 1:15pm, with the second All Blacks v Australia test starting at 4pm. Newshub will have live updates of all those games tomorrow.
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