Rugby: Week seven ITM Cup wrap

Sonny Bill Williams impressed for Canterbury. Photo / Getty Images
Sonny Bill Williams impressed for Canterbury. Photo / Getty Images

Canterbury and Southland sit on top of the ITM Cup standings after seven weeks of competition, both recording wins in the latest round.

The Stags held on for the Ranfurly Shield for another week after a weak challenge by North Harbour while Sonny Bill Williams made a strong starting debut for the Cantabs in their close win over Northland.

Taranaki kept in touch with the leaders after beating Counties yesterday while Auckland were too strong for Wellington on Saturday night.

At the other end of the table, Otago moved off the bottom after recording their second straight win after beating Tasman on Sunday afternoon.

RECAPS

Yesterday:

Counties in like lions, out like lambs

Otago grind out second win

Saturday:

Hawke's Bay bag late draw

SBW steps up in Canterbury win

Aucks get down and dirty

Friday:

Southland run down North Habour

Thursday:

BoP impress with fine win

Standings after six rounds:

 PWDLPt
Canterbury751126
Southland760126
Taranaki750222
Auckland750222
Waikato741221
Wellington740321
Counties Manukau740319
Northland730417
Bay of Plenty730417
Hawke's Bay712410
Tasman720510
Otago72059
North Harbour72059
Manawatu71067

- NZHERALD ONLINE

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