Planet Rugby

Auckland fight back to deny Harbour

07th August 2011 08:26

Share:

Steven Luatua Auckland v North harbour 2011

Busting through: Steven Luatua

Auckland overturned a five-point half-time deficit to beat North Harbour 29-13 in their ITM Cup match in Albany on Sunday.

North Harbour led 13-8 at the break but struggled to contain Aukland in the second period.

In very wet conditions both sides were keen to move the ball wide at every opportunity and Auckland were rewarded with a four-try bonus point.

Fly-half Ben Botica opened the scoring for the hosts with an early penalty but Auckland were first to cross the whitewash after Steven Luatua stole a line-out from North Harbour. Wing Brent Ward must be given credit for his run and off-load to set up number eight Chris Lowrey, who crashed over.

Harbour moved back in front just before the break however when substitute forward Irwin Finau scored and Botica's conversion gave them a 13-8 lead.

The visitors took control in the second half and Luatua scored Auckland's second try after Ward cracked the North Harbour defence again.

North Harbour looked down and out when full-back Isaia Toeava - who had a solid game - put wing George Moala clear for try number three.

The final nail in coffin came when substitute wing Joe Rokocoko forced a turnover inside Auckland's 22, sparking a break-out which saw fly-half Gareth Anscombe dot down after taking a free kick quickly.

The scorers

For Auckland:
Tries: Lowrey, Luatua, Moala, Anscombe
Con: Anscombe
Pens: Anscombe

For North Harbour:
Tries: Finau
Con: Botica
Pens: Botica 2

North Harbour: 15 Willie Walker, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Rudi Wulf, 12 Brendon Watt, 11 David Raikuna, 10 Ben Botica, 9 Chris Smylie (capt), 8 Mat Luamanu, 7 Malakai Ravulo, 6 Solomon King, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 James King, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 James Parsons, 1 James Afoa.
Replacements:16 Mike Mayhew, 17 Alex Woonton, 18 Irwin Finau, 19 Brent Wilson, 20 Brenton Helleur, 21 Pita Ahki, 22 Ken Pisi, 23 Taione Vea

Auckland: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Brent Ward, 13 Teddy Stanaway, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 George Moala, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Toby Morland, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Sean Polwart, 6 Nathan Hughes, 5 Steven Luatuam, 4 Josh Katene, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Tom McCartney (c), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Liaki Moli, 19 Ben Masoe, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Piers Francis, 22 Joe Rokocoko, 23 Angus Ta'avao.

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester vs Exeter19:45
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London Welsh14:00
London Irish vs Saracens15:00
Harlequins vs Wasps15:00
Bath vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 19
Munster vs Zebre19:30
Cardiff Blues vs Ulster19:35
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs Edinburgh16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 19
Brive vs Toulon18:00
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse18:00
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:00
Castres vs Oyonnax18:00
Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon18:00
Montpellier vs Stade Francais18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 19
Lions vs Pumas19:10
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs Sharks17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Thursday , September 18
Northland vs TaranakiNorthland vs Taranaki Preview
Friday , September 19
Counties Manukau vs CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Preview
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 17
Southland 14 - 38 TasmanSouthland vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 31 - 27 PumasGriquas vs Pumas Report
Lions 35 - 33 Western ProvinceLions vs Western Province Report
Cheetahs 30 - 30 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Bay Of Plenty 12 - 27 AucklandBay Of Plenty vs Auckland Report
Southland 36 - 34 Northland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 12
Harlequins 0 - 39 SaracensHarlequins vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 MunsterBenetton Treviso vs Munster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens29
2Bath29
3Leicester Tigers29
4Exeter26
5Northampton26