Wellington moved into third place with Canterbury's help in Week Five of the Mitre 10 Farah Palmer Cup competition on Saturday.
Canterbury beat third-placed Counties Manukau 32-17 while Wellington beat Waikato 59-31 in the Capital.
Canterbury was joined at the top of the competition by Auckland who thrashed Manawatu 50-26 in Palmerston North on Sunday.
However, fans got more than their moneys worth as the game went six minutes into injury time during which time Janna Vaughan crossed for her second try while Eloise Blackwell was sent to the sin-bin for the final moments of the game.
In the Championship section Hawke's Bay kept their share of the competition lead with a 55-5 romp over Tasman. Otago shaped as Hawke's Bay's closest rival when running away to a 90-0 win over North Harbour who were in third place going into the game.
Rosie Kelly had a great day out, not only scoring two tries but adding 10 conversions to claim 30 points for herself. Kilisitina Moata'ane scored 20 when crossing for four tries.
Northland moved ahead of Tasman on the table with their 22-12 win over Taranaki.
Mitre 10 Farah Palmer Cup – Week 5
Tasman 5 (Sydnee Wilkins try) Hawke's Bay 55 (Kathleen Brown 2, Shaylee Tipiwai 2, Liana Mikaele-Tu'u, Lukika Faavae, Cortez Te Pou, Nicolette Adamson, Holly Macdonald tries; Sylvia Bockman 2 con, Krysten Cottrell 3 con). HT: 27-5
Taranaki 12 (Chelsea Fowler, Jalana Smith tries; Fowler con) Northland 22 (TK Ngata-Aerengamate, Stacey Tupe, Kararaina Wira-Kohu, Mia Anderson tries; Krystal Murray con). HT: 0-10
Counties Manukau 17 (Leilani Perese, Emily Kitson, Grace Gago tries; Kitson con) Canterbury 32 (Mayalin Lolohea, Lucy Anderson 2, Sam Curtis, Alana Bremner, Grace Brooker tries; Kendra Cocksedge con). HT: 0-15
Wellington 59 (Joanah Ngan-Woo, Ayesha Leti-Liga, Kolora Lomani 3, Raylene Lolo, Rosie Stirling, Amanda Rasch tries; Rasch 8 con, pen) Waikato 31 (L Mitchell, R Holmes, A Yama, L Ngalu-Lavemei, K Simon tries; Chelsea Alley 2 con; C Ruruku con). HT: 21-19
Otago 90 (Kilisitina Moata'ane 4, Sheree Hume, Trisha Hopcroft, Tegan Hollows 2, Amy du Plessis, Rosie Kelly 2, Teilah Ferguson, Meg Breen, Bree Thomas tries; Kelly 10 con) North Harbour 0.
Manawatu 26 (Selica Winiata 2, Janna Vaughan 2 tries; Winiata 3 con) Auckland 50 (Ruahei Demant 2, Charmaine McMenamin, Crista Tofa, Isla Norman-Bell, Princess Elliot, Natahlia Moors, Daynah Nankivell tries; Patricia Maliepo 5 con). HT: 14-38