Auckland has beaten Manawatu 21-18 in Palmerston North.
The home side scored two tries in the first half and took a 15-9 lead into the break.
Jade Te Rure slotted a penalty early in the second half to extend Manawatu's lead, but Auckland rallied with two tries in the space of three minutes to go ahead 21-18.
Manawatu 18 Stirkazer, Cama tries; Te Rure 2 pen, con
Auckland 21 Tuipulotu, Polwart tries; Hickey 3 pen, 1 con