allblacks.com and James Mortimer 16.Sep.2013NZR
It was the red and blacks first win of the season after losing to Auckland in the first week.
Auckland, one of three unbeaten teams so far, were made to work hard against a hard grafting Counties side, that kept in touch with the defending champions via the educated boot of Hazel Tubic, with the Black Fern contributing all of her team's points.
However Manawatu top the table, backing up their impressive first week win over Taranaki with an impressive victory in the capital.
Otago, still to leave the comforts of home, are the other side still to taste defeat, adding Waikato to the Wellington scalp they captured in the opening week.
To view the table and fixtures, click here.
Week two review
AUCKLAND 18 v COUNTIES MANUKAU 12
Saturday 14 September, 12.30pm, Western Springs Stadium, Auckland
Auckland 18 (Naita Faitala-Mariner, Aleisha Nelson tries;Nicole Borthwick con; Claire Richardson 2 pen) Counties Manukau 12 (Hazel Tubic 4 pen)
WELLINGTON 12 v MANAWATU 25
Saturday 14 September, 1.00pm, Petone Recreation Ground, Wellington
Wellington 12 (K Simpkins, A Sutorius tries; Simpkins con) Manawatu 25 (Scorers not provided)
OTAGO 27 v WAIKATO 15
Saturday 14 September, 11.30pm, North Ground, Dunedin
Otago 27 (Michaela Baker, Lucy Anderson, Leyhanna van Vaught, Ele Lilo, Angie Sasifa tries; Sheree Hume con) Waikato 15 (Moana Forbes 2 tries; Chelsea Alley con, pen)
TARANAKI 12 v CANTERBURY 92
Saturday 14 September, 12.30pm, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Taranaki 12 (Badinlee Munro-Smith, Lauren Burgess tries; Kate Broadmore con) Canterbury 92 (Charntay Poko, Kendra Cocksedge 3, Estelle Uren, Corrina Whiley 3, Olivia Bird 2, Casey Robertson 2, Tara Horsnell 2, Elizabeth Pera, Amiria Rule tries; Cocksedge 5 con; Horsnell con)
Week Three matches
Waikato v Wellington
Canterbury v Counties Manukau
Manawatu v Auckland
Taranaki v Otago
To check out our interview with rising referee Chelsea Gurr, click here.