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Auckland bounce back to hammer Northland

Auckland bounced back from their disappointing loss to Waikato last week with a commanding 41-10 victory over Northland. 

Despite the miserable conditions as driving rain pelted the Eden Park turf, the home side ran in six tries in a much improved performance to secure five points and move into second place on the ITM Cup Premiership ladder.

However the win may have come at a hefty cost with Auckland suffering a number of significant injuries ahead of their clash with front runners Canterbury next week.

“It was a big step up from the Waikato game in the areas we focussed on,” Auckland head coach Wayne Pivac said.

“One was our defence, getting our bodies down and our shoulders into contact, our line speed and wanting to do that over the 80 minutes and it was very pleasing to see that in the 80th minute we were still going forward and putting pressure on the Northland side," he said.
“It was also great to get a bonus point in those conditions. However the down side was the injury toll so we’ve got nine days to Canterbury and we’ll see how the boys scrub up but we’ll be busy on the weekend watching the Bs and Colts to see who stands up in those teams that we can call on.”

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