1 Aug 2008

NPC rugby series begins

6:08 am on 1 August 2008

Northland beat Waikato 18-10 in the opening match of the new Air New Zealand Cup rugby competition in Whangarei on Thursday night.

Northland led 13-3 at half time.

All Black Sione Lauaki scored a late try for Waikato.

In Blenheim, Bay of Plenty beat Tasman by 8-7.

Both sides scored one try, with the Bay kicking the winning penalty late in the match.

Wellington host Hawkes Bay and Taranaki host North Harbour on Friday night.