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Eight-try win for unbeaten Canterbury

NZN 3/09/2016

Canterbury have maintained their unbeaten record with an eight-try, 52-34 win over Northland in an NPC rugby cross-over match in Whangarei.

The defending champions looked set to run riot right from the first whistle at Okara Park on Saturday, playing with width, pace and accuracy to rack up three early tries.

It took Marshall Suckling less than two minutes before he ducked across, winger George Bridge making it two from the restart, and Johnny McNicholl adding the third before 10 minutes had ticked over.

Suckling added a second try after 22 minutes before lock Josh Goodhue hauled one back for Northland as the half-hour mark neared.

Canterbury crossed twice more before halftime, Bridge picking up a second before Goodhue's brother Jack powered over in the corner to give the visitors a 32-13 lead at the break.

Northland refused to lie down, with Josh Goodhue powering over for his second from close range four minutes after the restart.

Canterbury hit back almost immediately through Matt Todd but Josh Goodhue figured again soon after, grabbing his hat-trick try from a charge-down to keep Northland in touch.

Jordie Barrett replaced All Blacks second-five Ryan Crotty after 53 minutes, and took little time in adding another try to Canterbury's tally.

Prop Howard Sililoto had the last say for Northland, burrowing over close to the uprights for the bonus-point try, but two late penalties from Richie Mo'unga and Barrett kept Canterbury safely out of reach.

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