The Ranfurly Shield changed hands once again on Saturday as Counties Manukau overcame Hawke's Bay 27-24 in Napier.
The Ranfurly Shield changed hands once again on Saturday as Counties Manukau defeated Hawke's Bay 27-24.
With Championship outfit the Magpies 24-17 up on 68 minutes, it had looked likely that the coveted Log o' Wood would be staying at McLean Park.
However, late tries from Sean Reidy and Sikeli Nabou saw the Steelers stage a fightback that ultimately led to victory for Tana Umaga's men.
Counties, boosted by the return of Baden Kerr, move on to ten points in the Premiership, giving them a nice cushion over bottom side Taranaki.
Their other try came in the first-half through the impressive Sherwin Stowers while Sevens star Gillies Kaka and Mark Atkins got Hawke's Bay's scores, with Ihaia West kicking fourteen points.
Counties now have a week to recover ahead of facing the 'Naki on home soil next Sunday.
For Hawke's Bay:
Tries: Kaka, Atkins
Pen: West 4
Tries: Stowers, Reidy, Nabou
Pen: Kerr 4
Hawke's Bay: 15 Gillies Kaka, 14 Telusa Veainu, 13 Richard Buckman, 12 Adam Bradey, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Mark Atkins, 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Mike Coman, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Max Lahiff, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Adrian Barone, 18 Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 19 Karl Lowe, 20 Chris Eaton, 21 RÃ©gis Lespinas, 22 Trinity Spooner-Neera.
Counties Manukau: 15 Sherwin Stowers, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Reynold Lee-Lo, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Baden Kerr, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Maama Vaipulu, 6 Adam Cathcart, 5 Jimmy Tupou, 4 Ronald Raaymakers, 3 Jarrod Firth, 2 Hikawera Elliot, 1 Simon Lemalu.
Replacements: 16 Suli Taufalele, 17 Sam Aiono, 18 Sikeli Nabou, 19 Sean Reidy, 20 Kane Hancy, 21 Ahsee Tuala, 22 Sam Vaka.
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Jonathon White