Canterbury hold off Steelers

Date published: August 23 2015

Canterbury were made to work hard for their second win of the ITM Cup campaign as they fought off Counties Manukau 20-15 at AMI Stadium.

The Steelers pushed Canterbury all the way in Christchurch and in fact scored one more try than their hosts as Jared Page and Sam Vaka both went over.

At half-time it was 6-5 to Canterbury thanks to Tom Taylor's two penalties and when number eight and captain Luke Whitelock scored eight minutes after the break, it looked like the home side were going to pull away at 14-5 to the good.

However, the Steelers recovered and were in the contest until full-time but Canterbury saw out the game and occupy second place behind Tasman.

The scorers:

For Canterbury:
Try: Whitelock
Pen: Taylor 5

For Counties:
Tries: Page, Vaka
Con: Francis
Pen: Francis

Canterbury: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Luke Whitelock (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Joe Moody, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Jack Stratton, 22 Rob Thompson, 23 Marshall Suckling.

Counties: 15 Jared Page, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Sam Vaka, 12 Cardiff Vaega, 11 Sione Fifita, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Richard Judd, 8 Dan Hyatt, 7 Jordan Taufua, 6 Jimmy Tupou (c), 5 Sikeli Nabou, 4 Mike Lawrenson, 3 Jarrod Firth, 2 Gafatasi Su'a, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Michael Lea, 17 Sean Bagshaw, 18 Sam Aiono, 19 Maama Vaipulu, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Kane Hancy, 22 Nathan de Thierry, 23 Johnny Fa'auli.

Referee: Glen Jackson