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Canterbury keep heat on Counties Manukau

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Lynn McConnell     30 Sep 2017     Getty Images

The win has pushed Canterbury to second place on 19 points, just three points behind leaders Counties Manukau. The Heat actually started the round on 17 points but moved up to 22 points courtesy of the bye (Premiership teams recieve five points for a bye during crossover rounds).

Counties Manukau still have two tough games left against Wellington and Manawatu and may need to win both to confirm top spot. Canterbury have yet to play Wellington also, and Waikato. Wellington and Auckland share third place with Manawatu and Waikato only two points behind.

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In the Championship, Bay of Plenty have made good use of bonus points to move eight points clear of the field and with only one game remaining for them in the regular season.

RESULTS:

North Harbour 5 (Pia Tapsell try) Auckland 37 (Charlene Gubb, Ruahei Demant, Joanna Fanene, Mele Hufanga, Aleisha-Pearl Nelson, Leanne Thompson, Fiao'o Fa'amausili tries; Emma Jensen con, Demant con)

Otago 19 (Sheree Hume, Jess Kendall, Morgan Henderson tries; Liv Waldron 2 con) Wellington 41 (Raylene Iolo, Sinead To'oala-Ryder, Jackie Patea, Ayesha Leti-Liga, Dhys Faleafaga, Monica Tagoai, Penalty try tries; Jane Bryce 2 con).

Hawke's Bay 8 (Natasha Grenville try; Renee Holmes pen) Manawatu 86 (Janna Vaughan 3, Selica Winiata 3, Georgia Ponsonby, Kendall Templeman, Sam Tipene, Ruci Malanicagi, Rhiarna Ferris, Corrineke Windle, Sam McIntosh tries; Elizabeth Goulden 9 con, pen)

Waikato 19 (Calista Wihone, Natalie Delamere 2 tries; Winone 2 con) Bay of Plenty 17 (Luka Connor 2, Sapphire Tapsell tries; Crystal Mayes con)

Canterbury 67 (Jess Hansen, Estelle Uren, Becky Davidson 3, Sam Curtis 2, Nicole Purdon, Chelsea Bremner, Charntay Poko, Cassie Siataga tries; Kendra Cocksedge 5 con; Poko con) Tasman 12 (Wairakau Greig, Jess Drummond tries; Jess Foster con). HT: 31-12