allblacks.com and James Mortimer 16.Sep.2013
The Steelers won the Shield for the first time with victory over the Magpies, and will be looking at making it two straight defences when hosting Waikato, with the Mooloo men keen for revenge after they originally lost the Log o'Wood to Otago.
Meanwhile Wellington's impressive start to the season continued with a 33-16 win over Bay of Plenty, the first time this campaign that the men from the capital haven't registered a four-try bonus point.
Canterbury were able to keep their unbeaten record intact with a 32-22 win over Otago, even if the current champions admitted after the match they were far from convincing.
At Waikato Stadium the Mooloo warmed up for their upcoming Shield challenge with an impressive 42-24 win over Auckland, the first loss for the 16-time winners this season.
To see the ITM Cup table, click here.
To see the leading points scorers, click here.
Week Five results
TARANAKI 23 v HAWKE'S BAY 10
Wednesday 11 September, 7.35pm at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Taranaki 23 (Jamison Gibson-Park, Opa Peleseuma tries; Andre Taylor 2 con, 3 pen) Hawke's Bay 10 (Mark Atkins try; Regis Lespinas con, pen) HT: 13-3
WELLINGTON 33 v BAY OF PLENTY 16
Thursday 12 September, 7.35pm at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Wellington 33 (Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, Tim Bateman, Shaun Treeby tries; Lima Sopoaga 3 con, 4 pen) Bay of Plenty 16 (Dave Thomas try; Willie Ripia con, 3 pen) HT: 20-6.
MANAWATU 27 v SOUTHLAND 17
Friday 13 September, 6.05pm at FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
Manawatu 27 (Jason Emery, Papa Wharewera, Fraser Stone tries; Jade Te Rure 3 con, 2 pen) Southland 17 (John Hardie, Tim Boys tries; Marty Mckenzie con, pen; Scott Eade con) HT: 17-7
NORTH HARBOUR 23 v TASMAN 12
Friday 13 September, 8.05pm at North Harbour Stadium, North Harbour
North Harbour 23 (Francis Saili, Ben Afeaki tries; Jon Elrick 2 con, 3 pen) Tasman 12 (Marty Banks 4 pen) HT: 6-12.
WAIKATO 42 v AUCKLAND 24
Saturday 14 September, 2.35pm at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Waikato: 42 (Rory Grice, Brad Weber 2, Wharenui Wharewera, Semisi Masirewa, Trent Renata tries; Renata 6 con) Auckland: 24 (Hadleigh Parkes, Patrick Tuipulotu, Vince Aso, Liaki Moli tries; Piri Weepu 2 con) HT: 28-12
CANTERBURY 32 v OTAGO 22
Saturday 14 September, 4.35pm at AMI Stadium (Addington), Christchurch
Canterbury 32 (Adam Whitelock, Tom Taylor, Nepo Laulala tries, Paea Fa'anunu; Taylor 3 con, 2 pen) Otago 22 (Fautai Fa'asiu try; Hayden Parker con, 5 pen) HT: 15-13
COUNTIES MANUKAU 44 v TARANAKI 7 (RS)
Sunday 15 September, 2.35pm at ECO Light Stadium, Pukekohe
Counties Manukau 44 (Frank Halai 2, Hika Elliot, Jimmy Tupou, Kane Hancy, Rey Lee-Lo tries; Baden Kerr 3 con, 2 pen; Ahsee Tuala 2 con) Taranaki 7 (Carl Carmichael tries; Beaudein Waaka con) HT: 25-0
HAWKE'S BAY 31 v NORTHLAND 26
Sunday 15 September, 4.35pm at McLean Park, Napier
Hawke's Bay 31 (Zac Guildford, Penikolo Latu, Richard Buckman tries; Ihaia West 2 con, 4 pen) Northland 26 (Jake Paringatai, Roy Griffin tries; Daniel Hawkins 2 con, 3 pen, 1 dg) HT: 6-23
Week Six matches
Bay of Plenty v Southland
Auckland v Northland
Otago v Manawatu
Counties Manukau (RS) v Waikato
Wellington v Canterbury
Taranaki v Bay of Plenty
Tasman v Hawke's Bay
Southland v North Harbour
To check out our interview with rising referee Ben O'Keefe, click here.