Bay of Plenty got their ITM Cup campaign off to a winning start by defeating Counties-Manukau 20-13 at Bayer Growers Stadium on Sunday.
Bay of Plenty got their 2011 ITM Cup campaign off to a successful start by defeating Counties-Manukau 20-13 at Bayer Growers Stadium on Sunday.
In the first Premiership v Championship game of the new format, little separated the pair, as BoP outscored their hosts by two tries to one.
Hooker Daniel Perrin and full-back Toby Arnold crossed either side of the break while inside centre Niva Ta'auso got Counties' only try.
Pen: Semple 2
For Bay of Plenty:
Try: Perrin, Arnold
Con: Waenga 2
Pen: Waenga 2
Counties-Manukau: 15 Ahsee Tuala, 14 Tyrone Lefau, 13 Siale Piutau, 12 Niva Ta'auso, 11 Sherwin Stowers, 10 James Semple, 9 August Pulu, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Mark Selwyn, 6 DJ Forbes, 5 Jamie Chipman (capt), 4 Ronald Raaymakers, 3 Jeremiah Fatialofa, 2 Grant Henson, 1 Ihipa Thompson.
Replacements: 16 Mark Price, 17 Maka Tatafu, 18 Sikeli Nabou, 19 Adam Cathcart, 20 David Bason, 21 Reynold Lee-Lo, 22 Bundee Aki, 23 Matt Talaese.
Bay of Plenty: 15 Toby Arnold, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Phil Burleigh, 12 Steve Kefu, 11 Jason Hona, 10 Dan Waenga, 9 Jamie Nutbrown, 8 Colin Bourke (capt), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Luke Andrews, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Dan Perrin, 1 Tristan Moran.
Replacements: 16 John Pareanga, 17 Pingi Talaapitga, 18 Leon Power, 19 Carl Axtens, 20 Taniela Moa, 21 Chris Noakes, 22 Lance MacDonald, 23 Bronson Murray.