Manawatu 18

25 Northland

Northland more effective in wind

Northland scored three tries to none and made best use of the strong breeze at FMG Stadium in Palmerston North to claim a 25-18 Air New Zealand Cup win over Manawatu on Sunday.
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Air NZ Cup Preview: Manawatu v Northland

This battle of two 'lesser lights' features sides many expect to be cut if the championship is reduced to 10 teams, but whichever one wins will move into the lower middle table and sit ready to make life hard for some more fancied outfits.
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