13 Sep 2010

Big guns take honours in provincial championship games

6:16 am on 13 September 2010

Auckland and Canterbury have won in round seven of rugby's provincial championship.

At a rain-swept Eden Park, Auckland won 21-15 after leading Wellington 15-6 at half-time. The home side's first-five Matt Berquist scored 16 points, including a try, while all Wellington's points came from penalties.

Earlier on Saturday, Canterbury held on for a 27-23 win against Northland in their NPC match in Whangarei. Canterbury led 21-6 at half-time after running in three tries during the first 30 minutes.

Northland scored a try and a penalty before half-time but couldn't build on that to gain a famous win.

Earlier, Hawke's Bay drew 27-all with Waikato in Napier, after kicking a dramatic last-minute penalty goal. Waikato led 12-6 at half-time.