Counties Manukau vs Bay Of Plenty

  • Bay is up 15 - 6 after 30 mins.

  • Only 6 out 45 tipsters picked BOP to win.

  • Tafua scores for Counties, Francis misses the conversion. 11 - 15 after 33 min.

  • It was hard to predict the score for this game and it still is. There's not much between them.

  • Counties now leading 18-15 after a try to their no. 4.

  • Counties up 32 - 15 now, after 56 min.

  • Counties starting to run away with it now.

  • 39 to 29 Counties, with 3 minutes to go.
    Both teams earn a bonus point.

  • And then Monty Ioane scores his second for BOP: 39 - 34. Great try.

  • Full time 39 - 34 to Counties
    Deserved win for Counties; BOP gets 2 bonus points out of this game.

  • To be honest, I thought it was going to get very ugly at 39-15 - in fact even when we were ahead at half-time we were barely holding on, Counties seem to have so many powerful (and not slow) ball runners. Not sure if Counties turned off the gas in the final 20 but suddenly we had ball going forwards and looked like we would score every time. Worst drop of the weekend has to be the guy who dropped the final Counties kick-off cold when we had 2 minutes to conjure up a miraculous win.
    Steelers - bags of potential there but they won't beat the top teams being so careless and disorganised.
    Steamers - plenty of spirit which is good to see but we've lost a few to injury and there are lots of kids out there. Will have to beat Northland, Harbour, Southland.