Auckland Storm knocked over a home

Counties-Manukau Heat number eight Harono Te Iringa fends off Auckland flanker Liana Mikaele-Tu'u. Photo: Photosport Ltd 2020

The Counties-Manukau Heat have knocked over perennial contenders the Auckland Storm at Eden Park.

The Heat have beaten last year’s Farah Palmer Cup runners-up 36-22, after leading 12-5 at halftime.

Counties-Manukau picked up a bonus point in the process and now sit third in the north pool, one point behind Auckland, who have played an extra game.

Waikato sit a further two points clear at the top of the group.

Earlier, the Manawatu Cyclones recorded a resounding 88-0 win over the Tasman Mako in Palmerston North.

Manawatu scored 13 unanswered tries and led 47-0 at halftime.

The Cyclones are now third in the south pool, five points behind Canterbury and Wellington Pride.

Tasman sit bottom of the group, having conceded 150 points without scoring.

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