Auckland defeat Counties-Manukau in U17s NZRL Youth Tournament final

It was straight into the business end for the U17's final in the NZRL Youth Tournament.

Counties Manukau were last year's winners of the trophy, but this year the battle was fiercer.

Auckland was more in control leading against their rivals at half-time 10-nil. 

However Counties Manukau weren't looking to give up without a fight, they continued to push forward.

It was not until the few last minutes of the game that things heated up with Auckland leading on 16 and Manukau not far behind on 14.

But Auckland had the last say.

Auckland player, Luke Tipene says, “To me, it was a good game, against Counties Manukau, they are a good team they did not faulted, as for my team they are exhausted.”

Final score: Auckland 20 - Manukau 14.