13 Aug 2011

Manawatu beats Wellington in provincial rugby

11:09 pm on 13 August 2011

Manawatu has upset Wellington 31-25 in an ITM Cup provincial rugby match after leading the home side 16-14 at half time.

Wellington began well with two tries but Manawatu scored two of their three tries in the second half to go to the top of the Cup Championship, leaving the hosts at the bottom of the Premiership.

Manawatu's a point clear of Hawke's Bay, who beat Bay of Plenty 32-13 in Rotorua, while Southland retained the Ranfurly Shield with a try in injury time to defeat North Harbour 25-23 in Invercargill.