Counties Manukau have cruised through their second defence of the Ranfurly Shield this season, outclassing Heartland champions Mid-Canterbury 46-10 in Pukekohe.
Counties lead 22-10 at the half-time break.
It was Mid Canterbury's first Shield challenge since 2002 and their 13th overall.
Counties provincial rugby campaign kicks off against Taranaki in New Plymouth on August the 14th.
The Steelers' next defence of the Log of Wood is against Otago on August the 23rd.