Southland scored a last-minute try to salvage a 15-all draw with Northland in their Air New Zealand Cup match in Invercargill.
Southland scored three tries to two but was never in charge against a tenacious Northland side which hung in grimly.
Southland was let down by its goal-kicking... missing all 5 attempts at goal, while Lachie Munro kicked two out of three for Northland.
Southland has 20 points from its six games to at least temporarily top the table, whiloe Northland are 10th with 11 points.
Tonight Taranaki host North Harbour and Counties Manukau host Wellington.