5 Sep 2013

Auckland see off Counties - just

9:26 am on 5 September 2013

The Auckland rugby team needed a late try to edge lower-division neighbours Counties Manukau 22-20 on Wednesday night at Eden Park.

Counties led 20-15 nearing full-time, before Auckland hooker Tom McCartney scored from a lineout move and goalkicker Simon Hickey converted from the sideline to keep the hosts' unbeaten record intact.

First-five Hickey scored 17 of Auckland's points with the boot.