Canterbury Bulls down defending champs in opening round

Caius Fa'atili impressed as the Canterbury Bulls beat the Akorana Falcons 28-18 at Auckland's...
Caius Fa'atili impressed as the Canterbury Bulls beat the Akorana Falcons 28-18 at Auckland's Pulman Park on Saturday.
The Canterbury Bulls upset defending champions Akarana Falcons 28-18 on the back of three tries to co-captain Tevin Arona in their NZRL national premiership encounter at Auckland's Pulman Park.

The Bulls, who are aiming to make their first final in four years, trailed 12-0 early before scoring six consecutive tries to take control of the game.

Sleight of hand from Arona and some charging runs from 17-year-old forward Caius Fa'atili were standout facets of the match.

Fa'atili appeared to suffer a knee injury of late which will have the Bulls sweating on his fitness.

It was the only blemish on a stellar day for the Canterbury team.

The Bulls will play Waikato at Hamilton's FMG Stadium on Sunday in their round two clash before playing their lone home game against the Counties Manukau Stingrays at Nga Puna Wai on September 29 at 1pm.



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