Manukau wins 1st Auckland club rugby title since 1973 after thriller

Source: 1News

Manukau Rovers is celebrating its first title since 1973 after edging 35-time champions Ponsonby in a nail-biting Gallaher Shield final at Eden Park on Saturday.

The final was a fixture fitting for the 100th Gallaher Shield season, with Rovers scoring a try in the last 10 minutes to edge ahead of Ponsonby by one.

The central Auckland glamour club responded with a penalty to retake the lead only for Manukau to score a penalty of their own at the death to win the title..

Manukau Rovers players celebrate their historic win.

It promises to be a big night ahead in South Auckland as Manukau celebrates its first title in 49 years.