Steelers see off the MooLoo men in second defence of Ranfurly Shield

Tony Pulu has plenty of support as he makes a telling run infield for the Steelers. ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield rugby game between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Waikato, played at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on September 21st 2013. Counties Manukau won the game 37 – 25 after leading 20 – 11 at halftime and retain the Ranfurly Shield with their second successful defence.

The Counties Manukau Steelers made it two successful defences of the Ranfurly Shield with their 37 – 25 win over neighbors Waikato on Saturday 21st 2013.

In a much tougher contest than last week the Steelers not only got to retain the Shield they also took 5 ITM Cup points from the game and now sit in the top 4 of the competition.

Photos from the Counties Manukau Steelers vs Waikato ITM Cup & Ranfurly Shield game can be viewed here

Fritz Lee makes a run during the ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield rugby game between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Waikato, played at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on September 21st 2013. Counties Manukau won the game 37 – 25 after leading 20 – 11 at halftime and retain the Ranfurly Shield with their second successful defence.
Maama Vaipulu has Hika Elliot in support as he makes a strong run up field. ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield rugby game between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Waikato, played at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on September 21st 2013. Counties Manukau won the game 37 – 25 after leading 20 – 11 at halftime and retain the Ranfurly Shield with their second successful defence.
Hika Elliot tries to fight his way free from the tackles of Toby Smiths and Nick Ross. ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield rugby game between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Waikato, played at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on September 21st 2013. Counties Manukau won the game 37 – 25 after leading 20 – 11 at halftime and retain the Ranfurly Shield with their second successful defence.
Sherwin Stowers dives over to score the Steelers first try. ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield rugby game between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Waikato, played at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on September 21st 2013. Counties Manukau won the game 37 – 25 after leading 20 – 11 at halftime and retain the Ranfurly Shield with their second successful defence.
Fritz Lee dives over between the post to score the Steelers third try. ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield rugby game between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Waikato, played at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on September 21st 2013. Counties Manukau won the game 37 – 25 after leading 20 – 11 at halftime and retain the Ranfurly Shield with their second successful defence.
Tony Pulu dives over to score the fourth try for Counties Manukau. ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield rugby game between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Waikato, played at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on September 21st 2013. Counties Manukau won the game 37 – 25 after leading 20 – 11 at halftime and retain the Ranfurly Shield with their second successful defence.
Steelers players arrive to celebrate with August Pulu after he scored the Steelers second try. ITM Cup and Ranfurly Shield rugby game between the Counties Manukau Steelers and Waikato, played at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on September 21st 2013. Counties Manukau won the game 37 – 25 after leading 20 – 11 at halftime and retain the Ranfurly Shield with their second successful defence.

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