As always it's action packed with incredible handling and plenty of young players waiting in the wings to be the next All Blacks. There's a conveyor belt of depth and talent in New Zealand, and the Air New Zealand cup is where you see most of it revealed.
In Round 7, Counties Manukau prop Simon Lemalu scored two well taken tries as they picked up a 37-21 bonus point win over Northland.
Tasman thumped Waikato 23-9 with captain Andrew Goodman scoring one of the individual tries of the season as he received the ball 60m out and managed to sprint and swerve his way around the defence. Auckland then snatched a 23-20 win against Manawatu with a late try to wing Atieli Pakalani.
In Round 8 Bay of Plenty beat Tasman 24-13, but we saw a nice try scored by Tasman lock Alex Ainley following a powerful break by livewire hooker Quentin MacDonald. Elsewhere, Canterbury beat Taranaki 29-17, scoring four tries in the process. Fullback Sean Maitland contributed with two excellent tries of his own.
Hawkes Bay beat Otago 32-10 in Napier with Israel Dagg and Jason Shoemark getting two tries each. North Harbour then beat Auckland 16-14, with the best try being scored by Andrew Mailei following nice work from Rudi Wulf, Jack McPhee and George Pisi.
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