22 Aug 2010

Counties-Manukau back on track

6:09 am on 22 August 2010

Counties-Manukau have beaten Manawatu 35-14 at Pukekohe in round four of rugby's provincial championship, scoring five tries to two for their third win.

The Steelers started as favourites after challenging Southland strongly for the Ranfurly shield last week when Manawatu conceded 78 points to Northland.

Manawatu scored first but tries to loose forwards Fritz Lee and Mark Selwyn gave the Steelers a 14-7 lead at half-time.

Lee put the right wing Ahsee Tuala over early in the second half then with 20 minutes left the New Zealand Sevens star Sherwin Stowers exploited fragile defence for the bonus point try down the left wing.