There were Mitre 10 Cup wins for Waikato and Taranaki on Saturday as they overcame North Harbour and Hawke’s Bay respectively.
Waikato 26-15 North Harbour
Waikato retained the Ranfurly Shield with a 26-15 win over North Harbour to mark the province’s 100th shield match in style.
Waikato got off to a flying start with three tries in the opening quarter but after a strong comeback from the visitors the result wasn’t sealed until a Hame Faiva crossing with 10 minutes remaining at FMG Stadium.
Tries from Michael Little and Bryn Hall pulled North Harbour back into range but Waikato slowly asserted themselves on the game again in the final quarter, and another good maul led to Faiva’s match-sealing try.
Tries: Boss, Uhila, Apa, Faiva
Cons: Trainor 3
For North Harbour:
Tries: Little, Hall
Waikato: 15 Jordan Trainor 14 Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara, 13 Nathaniel Apa, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Sevu Reece, 10 Sam Christie, 9 Isaac Boss (c), 8 Jordan Manihera, 7 Murray Iti, 6 James Tucker, 5 Brian Alainu’uese, 4 Jacob Skeen, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Hame Faiva, 1 Loni Uhila
Replacements: 16 Steven Misa, 17 Latu Talakai, 18 Sefo Kautai, 19 Whetu Douglas, 20 Mitch Jacobson, 21 Pele Cowley, 22 Jason Robertson, 23 Tevita Taufui
North Harbour: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Afa Faatau, 13 Matt Vaega, 12 Michael Little, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Murphy Taramai, 7 Kane Jacobson, 6 Chris Vui, 5 Brandon Nansen, 4 Gerard Cowley, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Vyron Smith, 1 Nic Mayhew
Replacements: 16 Kalem Chan Boon, 17 Adrian Smith, 18 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 19 Connor Collett, 20 Dylan Lam, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Matt Mcgahan, 23 Mark Telea
Referee: Mike Fraser
Taranaki 55-28 Hawke’s Bay
Taranaki blew a strong Hawke’s Bay side away with a seven-try 55-28 display at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Saturday.
The Magpies scored two tries in quick succession in the opening quarter but the home outfit were in full control after that in a strong win.
Taranaki scored seven tries as Trinity Spooner-Nera, Declan O’Donnell, Marty McKenzie, Manasa Mataele, Rhys Marshall, Iopu Iopu-Aso and Mitchell Crosswell all crossed, with McKenzie kicking a further 20 points.
Taranaki have now won two games in a row to start the campaign, which means they have the lead on the overall Premiership table.
Tries: Crosswell, Iopu-Aso, Marshall, Mataele, McKenzie, O’Donnell, Spooner-Neera
Cons: McKenzie 7
Pens: McKenzie 2
For Hawke’s Bay:
Tries: Lowe, Dixon, West, Cridge
Cons: West 4
Taranaki: 15 Marty McKenzie, 14 Beaudein Waaka, 13 Sean Wainui, 12 Isaia Tuifua, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Iopu Iopu-Aso, 7 Berny Hall, 6 Mitchell Crosswell (c), 5 Leon Power, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3 Mike Kainga, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Mitchell Graham
Replacements: 16 Sione Lea, 17 Jared Proffit, 18 Reuben O’Neill, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Toa Halafihi, 21 Kylem O’Donnell, 22 Declan O’Donnell, 23 Trinity Spooner-Neera
Hawke’s Bay: 15 Lewis Marshall, 14 Ryan Tongia, 13 Jonah Lowe, 12 Billy Ropiha, 11 Mason Emerson, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Fa’alemiga Selesele, 7 Tony Lamborn, 6 Hugh Renton, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Geoff Cridge, 3 Ben May, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Ricky Riccitelli
Replacements: 16 Jorian Tangaere, 17 Jason Long, 18 Tolu Fahamokioa, 19 Josh Eden Whaitiri, 20 Ben Hamelink, 21 Ellery Wilson, 22 Tiaan Falcon, 23 Matt Garland
Referee: Brendon Pickerill