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Champions build on Farah Palmer lead

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    09 Sep 2017     Getty Images

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.

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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 (Arihiana Marino 2, Timara Leaf, Utumalama Atonio, Katie Matau, Stacey Brown, Aroha Heta tries; Hazel Tubic 5 con, pen) Waikato 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) Canterbury 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) Manawatu Cyclones 35 (Ruci Malanicagi 2, Selica Winiata, Kristina Sue, Lauren Balsillie tries; Lizzie Goulden 5 con). HT: 5-21