Round One wrap - ITM Cup and Heartland Championship
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Auckland and Hawke's Bay kicked off proceedings with an entertaining 36-29 win in Napier, while Wellington made a strong start the following evening with a 30-11 win over local rivals Manawatu.
Taranaki, considered to be a title chance, defeatied Bay of Plenty 37-22, while two other big guns in Waikato and Counties-Manukau beating North Harbour and Southland respectively.
There was also an eight try thriller, with Otago beating Northland 46-34.
In the Heartland Championship Wanganui kicked off their defence with a tight 24-23 win over Mid Canterbury while East Coast, Buller, North Otago, Poverty Bay and Wairarapa Bush also recorded victories.
Mid Canterbury halfback Mac Sykes scored a stunning second half try but it wasn’t enough at Ashburton showgrounds.
Ngati Porou East Coast defeated West Coast 23-16, Wairarapa Bush held out South Canterbury in a ferocious battle of attrition, while North Otago took a one point victory over King Country 31-30.
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