allblacks.com and James Mortimer 09.Sep.2013
The Steelers became the 17th New Zealand province to win the Ranfurly Shield, and they will defend it this coming week against Taranaki.
In the Championship Tasman have the lead thanks to an impressive win over Otago, while two former Shield holders in 2013, the men from the Deep South and Hawke's Bay, round out the top three.
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Week Four wrap
AUCKLAND v COUNTIES MANUKAU
Wednesday 4 September, 7.35pm, Eden Park, Auckland
Auckland: 22 (Tom McCartney try; Simon Hickey con, 5 pen)
Counties Manukau: 20 (Frank Halai, Rey Lee-Lo tries; Ki Anufe 2 cons, 2 pen)
HT:13-6 Counties Manukau
BAY OF PLENTY v CANTERBURY
Thursday 5 September, 7.35pm, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Bay of Plenty 18 (Kendrick Lynn, Carl Axtends tries; Willie Ripia con, 2 pen)
Canterbury 48 (Milford Keresoma 2, Ryan Crotty, George Whitelock 2; Rob Thompson tries; Tyler Bleyendaal 5 con, 2 pen; Richard Mo'unga con). HT: 6-20
SOUTHLAND v WAIKATO
Friday 6 September, 6.05pm, Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
Southland 20 (Cardiff Vaega, Josh Bekhuis tries; Marty Mckenzie 2 cons, pen; Scott Eade pen)
Waikato 16 (Semisi Masirewa try; Trent Renata con, 3 pen). HT: 10-9.
TASMAN v OTAGO
Friday 6 September, 8.05pm, Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Tasman 49 (James Lowe 2, Liam Squire, Shane Christie, Huia Tevita Koloamatagi, Mitchell Scott tries; Marty Banks 5 con, 3 pen)
Otago 16 (Craig Millar try; Hayden Parker con, 3 pen) HT: 20-13.
TARANAKI v AUCKLAND
Saturday 7 September, 2.35pm at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Taranaki 15 (James Broadhurst, Rhys Marshall tries; Daniel Brooks pen)
Auckland 51 (Lolagi Visinia 2, Hadleigh Parkes, Vince Aso, Malakai Fekitoa, Saleaula Silipa tries; Simon Hickey 4 con, pen, Piri Weepu 2 con, pen, Orene Ai'i pen) HT: 10-21
HAWKE'S BAY v COUNTIES MANUKAU (RS)
Saturday 7 September, 4.35pm at McLean Park, Napier
Hawke's Bay: 24 (Gillies Kaka, Mark Atkins tries; Ihaia West con, 4 pen)
Counties Manukau: 27 (Sherwin Stowers, Sean Reidy, Sikeli Nabou tries; Baden Kerr 4 pen). HT: 16-14
MANAWATU v NORTH HARBOUR
Sunday 8 September, 2.35pm at FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
Manawatu 15 (Nehe Milner-Skudder, James Oliver, Rob Foreman tries)
North Harbour 12 (Nafi Tuitavake, Michael Little tries; Jon Elrick con) HT: 5-7
NORTHLAND v WELLINGTON
Sunday 8 September, 4.35pm, Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Northland 10 (Tom Murday try; Ben Seymour con, pen)
Wellington 30 (Motu Matu'u, Ross Filipo, Ardie Savea, Ambrose Curtis, Tim Bateman tries; Lima Sopoaga con, pen). HT: 10-15
Week Five action (kick off times are local)
Taranaki v Hawke's Bay
Wellington v Bay of Plenty
Manawatu v Southland
North Harbour v Tasman
Waikato v Auckland
Canterbury v Otago
Counties Manukau (RS) v Taranaki
Hawke's Bay v Northland