scoop.co.nz 14 Mar, 2021 06:30 am

Auckland Blue Remain Unbeaten After Win In Christchurch

Auckland Blue Remain Unbeaten After Win In Christchurch
Auckland Blue shot to the top of the NZRL National 20s ladder with a 34-4 road victory over the South Island on Sunday afternoon. Doubles to powerful Richmond centre Ben Kosi and captain Zyon Maiu’u did much of the damage for the visitors, who led 8-4 ...

Auckland Blue shot to the top of the NZRL National 20s ladder with a 34-4 road victory over the South Island on Sunday afternoon.Unfortunately there were some negatives to emerge from the game as well, with the loss of Mt Albert flyer Nehumi Teu to what appeared to be a serious lower leg injury and an injury to Auckland product turned South Island rep Christian Pese which saw him taken from the field via stretcher.Kosi was responsible for Auckland's only points in the first half, crossing for a pair of tries which went unconverted, while at the other end impressive South Island fullback Mapu Uasi scored to bring his side back to within four points at the break.South Island 4 (Mapu Uasi try) at Ngā Puna Wai.

The result leaves Auckland Blue as the competition's only unbeaten side, following Auckland White's defeat to Central Districts in Round 3, and gives coach Alan Ettles' side a two-point buffer at the top of the standings.Auckland Blue 34 (Ben Kosi x2, Tupou Fifita, Zyon Maiu’u x2, Stanley Iongi tries; Caleb Laiman x4 goals, 1x penalty goal) def.

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