It turned from a Jubilee festival into a carnival of attacking rugby as Counties celebrated their 50th anniversary with a 65-7 thrashing of the Black Bull Liquor Pirates Senior team in a damp Kaiwhaiki on Saturday.

The rainbow which shone over MacNab Domain at kickoff in the Tasman Tanning Senior match brought with it a pot of gold for the home side, who were well on their way to a bonus point victory at 38-7 by halftime.

It was by then the team and their supporters learned that over at the Hunterville Domain, Marist Celtic had pulled off the big