Counties Manukau secure FPC lead

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Lynn McConnell     22 Sep 2018     Getty Images

Waikato kept the pressure on however, with a 45-14 win over Auckland, scoring seven tries to two with international Chelsea Alley landing five conversions. They are two points behind their northern neighbours.


Hawke's Bay moved to the top of the Championship after a 52-10 win over North Harbour in the double-header played in Napier. Tori Iosefo scored three tries and MacGregor Te Maari two in the win.

Bay of Plenty also scored their first points of the season with a 73-0 win over Taranaki.

Canterbury slipped into second place in the Premiership with maximum points after beating Manawatu 48-12 on Sunday afternoon while Wellington went on a points scoring spree in the first game played between the sides when running out 88-3 winners. Ayesha Leti-liga was the only player to score more than one try, touching down for three of Wellington's 14 tries while Amanda Rasch landed nine conversions and scored a try for a 23-point haul.

That broke two Wellington records. She scored three more points than the 20 scored by Huia Paul against Otago in 2011 and Helen Collins against Hawke's Bay in 2012. She also broke Neroli Knight's record of eight conversions scored against Poverty Bay in 1999. 

Farah Palmer Cup results week four:

Bay of Plenty 73 (Christie Yule 2, Polly Playle 2, Renee Wickliffe 2, Sapphire Tapsell 2, Kendra Reynolds, Angel Mulu, Emily Magee 2, Ora Williams tries; Tapsell 4 con) Taranaki 0.

Hawke's Bay 52 (Tori Iosefo 3, MacGregor Te Maari 2, Shaylee Tipiwai, Natasha-Dean Greville 2 tries; Krysten Cottrell 3 con, 2 pen) North Harbour 10 (Jay Jay Taylor, Rona Wharawhara tries).

Waikato 45 (Karli Faneva, Lonita Ngalu-Lavemai, Awhina Tangen-Waipahu, Donna Fermanis, Ariana Bayler, Chelsea Alley, Calista Wihone tries; Alley 5 con) Auckland 14 (Mele Hugana 2 tries; Ruahei Demant 2 con)

Otago 8 (Rebecca Todd try; Rosie Kelly pen) Counties Manukau 39 (Lauryn Steed, Harono Te Iringa, Waikohika Flesher, Stacey Brown, Kararaina Wira-Kohu, Aroha Savage, Feafa'aki Piliu tries: Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu 2 con)

Tasman 3 (Hayley Hutana pen) Wellington 88 (Alicia Print, Amanda Rasch, Monica Tagaoi, Sinead Toala-Ryder, Ayesha Leti-liga 3, Angelica Uila, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Montana Heslop, Jackie Patea-Fereti, Bernadette Robertson, Isadora Laupola, Acacia Te Iwi Mate tries; Rasch 9 con)

Manawatu 12 (Ruby Finau, Kalyn Takitimu-Cook tries; Takitimi-Cook con) Canterbury 48 (Becky Davidson 2, Phillipa Love, Jessie Hansen, Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox, Grace Brooker, Alana Bremner, Lucy Anderson tries; Kendra Cocksedge 3 con; Cassie Siataga con)