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Women's Provincial Championship Week One Review

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allblacks.com and James Mortimer     09 Sep 2013     NZR

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

14 Sep
Otago v Waikato
Dunedin
12:30 pm

14 Sep
Taranaki v Canterbury
New Plymouth
12:30 pm

14 Sep
Auckland v Counties Manukau
Auckland
12:30 pm

14 Sep
Wellington v Manawatu
Petone, Wellington
1:00 pm