20 Sep 2009

Northland find form to beat Manawatu

6:24 pm on 20 September 2009

The Northland rugby team have climbed to 11th on the Air New Zealand Cup points table, with a 25-18 victory over Manawatu in Palmerston North.

The Taniwha made better use of a gusty Manawatu wind to take the lead in the second half and defended spiritedly in the last five minutes to seal the win.

Fullback Jared Payne was a standout for the visitors and stalwart first five David Holwell came on in the second half and controlled the match with good option taking and a strong kicking game.

Manawatu now sit in 10th place one spot ahead of Northland.