Auckland moved off the bottom of the New Zealand Cup log with a 32-13 win against Northland.
According to NZPA, prop John Afoa anchored a dominant Auckland scrum while flanker Jerome Kaino ensured his side won most of the collisions.
Further out, winger Joe Rokocoko produced his best game this year, grabbing a double and constantly looking for work.
Meanwhile, minnows Bay of Plenty moved to the top of the log with a 21-17 home win against Wellington.
Otago 29 North Harbour 9
Southland 23 Manawatu 25
Canterbury 46 Waikato 13
Northland 13 Auckland 35
Taranaki 24 Hawke’s Bay 24
Bay of Plenty 21 Wellington 17
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