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Canterbury move up to second

06th October 2013 08:02


Tyler Bleyendaal on a run for Canterbury

On a run: Tyler Bleyendaal

Canterbury gave themselves a decent chance of hosting an ITM Cup semi-final after beating Counties Manukau 38-23 at AMI Stadium on Sunday.

The five-time defending champions managed to cross for four tries, which helped the home side move above Auckland into second position.

Tries were scored by Nasi Manu, Patrick Osborne and Luke Whitelock (2) while Tyler Bleyendaal and Richie Mo'unga kicked their other points.

Counties will be looking ahead to their ITM Cup semi-final at Wellington while Canterbury and Auckland battle it out for the remaining home tie.

The scorers:

For Canterbury:
Tries: Manu, Osborne, L Whitelock 2
Con: Bleyendaal 2, Mo'unga
Pen: Bleyendaal

For Counties:
Tries: Lefau, Reidy
Con: Anufe 2
Pen: Anufe 3

Canterbury: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Milford Keresoma, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 George Whitelock (c), 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Joel Everton, 4 Joel Everson, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Paea Fa'anunu.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Sione Faletau, 18 Nasi Manu, 19 Jed Brown, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Rob Thompson, 22 Richie Mo'unga.

Counties Manukau: 15 Toni Pulu, 14 Lolohea Loco, 13 Sam Vaka, 12 Tyrone Lefau, 11 Sione Molia, 10 Ki Anufe, 9 Kane Hancy, 8 Mark Selwyn (c), 7 Sean Reidy, 6 Johnnu Kawau, 5 Sikeli Nabou, 4 Ryan Wilson, 3 Matt Talaese, 2 Suliasi Taufalele, 1 Sam Aiono.
Replacements: 16 Mark Price, 17 Attila Va'a, 18 Richard Mariota, 19 Seluini Molia, 20 Lucky Palamo, 21 Ahsee Tuala, 22 Bundee Aki.

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Thursday , August 14
Taranaki vs Counties Manukau12:00
Friday , August 15
Southland vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Saturday , August 16
Otago vs North Harbour14:35
Canterbury vs Auckland16:35
Wellington vs Waikato16:35
Sunday , August 17
Tasman vs Hawkes Bay14:35
Northland vs Manawatu16:35
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour vs Southland19:35
Friday , August 22
Waikato vs Canterbury18:05
Hawkes Bay vs Taranaki20:05
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