allblacks.com and James Mortimer 09.Sep.2013NZR
Auckland, the defending champions, were pushed hard by Canterbury at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, winning 27-18, with the hosts opening the scoring thanks to impressive number eight Justine Lavea.
Storm coach Kallun Adam told aucklandrugby.co.nz he was pleased to scrape out the win.
“It’s good to get one of the biggest games out of the way first and get that win,” said Adams.
“We went to sleep for a while there in the second half but there were also some very pleasing aspects to the match.”
The closest match of the round was played out in Papakura where Waikato were able to sneak a 16-15 win against Steelers, preventing a magical Counties double over the weekend.
Finally the Otago Spirit defeated the Wellington Pride 21-17 in perfect conditions at North Ground, Dunedin.
Otago was led well by captain and two-try scorer Haile Hurring, even though Wellington never went away, threatening a late comeback with the last try, but the hosts were able to withstand the closing onslaught to register a win.
Week One wrap
OTAGO 21 v WELLINGTON 17
Saturday 7 September, 12.00pm, North Ground, Dunedin
COUNTIES MANUKAU 15 v WAIKATO 16
Saturday 7 September, 12.30pm, Massey Park, Papakura
AUCKLAND 27 v CANTERBURY 18
Saturday 7 September, 12.30pm, Western Springs Stadium, Auckland
MANAWATU 49 v TARANAKI 12
Saturday 7 September, 2.00pm, Arena Manawatu, Palmerston North
Week Two action coming up
Otago v Waikato
Taranaki v Canterbury
Auckland v Counties Manukau
Wellington v Manawatu