4 Oct 2010

Counties beat Harbour in nail-biting match

6:38 am on 4 October 2010

Counties Manukau have climbed above Wellington into the crucial top seven of the national provincial rugby championship after winning a nail-biting match against North Harbour in Pukekohe, defeating the visitors 24-23.

Counties held a 14-10 lead at the break, after a solid first-half performance.

But the second half was a different story, with both sides displaying patches of strong play, and taking turns with the lead as a result.

Counties looked to have secured the win at 24-18 up, but a well-placed ground kick from Michael Harris put Nafi Tuitavake across the tryline with two minutes left to play.

With the score at 24-23, the pressure was on Harris to covert the try, but the attempt bounced off the post, and the home side claimed five competition points to move into seventh on the table.