Afternoon games on the horizon at Navigation Homes Stadium as 2021 draws are released!

A host of afternoon kick-offs await the Counties Manukau PIC Steelers in this year’s Bunnings Warehouse National Provincial Championship.

The PIC Steelers will help open the season when they face Manawatu in Palmerston North on Friday August 6 at 7.05pm.

The first home match at Navigation Homes Stadium is a week later against North Harbour in what will be dubbed “ladies round” with the Counties Power Heat also in action that day.

The PIC Steelers have back-to-back road fixtures against reigning champions Tasman and Southland before returning home for a week five clash with Taranaki on Sunday September 5 with a 2.05pm kick-off. That will be a Father’s Day and club round theme.

On the back of a trip to Whangarei in week six, the PIC Steelers host Otago in week seven at 4.35pm on Sunday September 19.

They back that up by hosting neighbours Auckland in an eagerly-awaited week eight clash from 4.35pm on Saturday September 25, which will be known as “legacy round” with past players being celebrated.

Tai Lavea’s side will travel to Christchurch in week nine before a final round home fixture back in Pukekohe against Bay of Plenty on Sunday October 10 at 4.35pm. The final home game will be known as “kids day out” and will be themed for kids.

The Counties Power Heat kick-off their Farah Palmer Cup campaign against Canterbury in Christchurch on Saturday July 17.

Their first home match is Saturday July 24 against Bay of Plenty and they then host Otago at Navigation Homes Stadium a week later.

They begin August with a Sunday afternoon game in the capital before tackling Auckland on Friday August 13 in the home double-header with the PIC Steelers.

The Counties Power Heat finish their regular season campaign on the road in Hamilton against Waikato on Saturday August 21 and have the bye in the final week before the semi-finals start on September 3.

“We are happy with the family friendly weekend afternoon matches,” CMRFU chief executive Aaron Lawton said. “After a stop-start 2020 season we are excited to fill Navigation Homes Stadium with our rugby people and are looking forward to elevating our game day experiences.”

PIC Steelers - Bunnings Cup Draw
Fri 06th Aug7.05pmManawatu v Counties ManukauCentral Energy Trust ArenaPalmerston North
Fri 13th  Aug7.05pmCounties Manukau v North HarbourNavigation Homes StadiumPukekohe
Sun 22nd Aug2.05pm Tasman v Counties Manukau Trafalgar ParkNelson
Sat 28th Aug  4.35pmSouthland v Counties Manukau Rugby ParkInvercargill
Sun 05th Sept 2.05pmCounties Manukau v TaranakiNavigation Homes StadiumPukekohe

Sat 11th Sept

4.35pmNorthland v Counties ManukauSemenoff StadiumWhangarei
Sun 19th Sept4.35pm Counties Manukau v OtagoNavigation Homes StadiumPukekohe

Sat 25th Sept

4.35pm Counties Manukau v AucklandNavigation Homes StadiumPukekohe

Fri 01st Oct

7.05pmCanterbury v Counties ManukauOrangetheory StadiumChristchurch
Sun 10th Oct 4.35pmCounties Manukau v Bay of PlentyNavigation Homes StadiumPukekohe
Fri 16 Oct – Sat 17 Oct Semi Finals  
Fri 23 Oct – Sat 24 Oct Finals  
Counties Power Heat - Farah Palmer Cup Draw 2021

Sat 17 July

2:05pmCanterbury v Counties Manukau Rugby Park


Sat 24 July

2:05pmCounties Manukau v BOPNavigation Homes Stadium


Sun 01 Aug12:05pmCounties Manukau v OtagoNavigation Homes StadiumPukekohe
Sat 07 Aug4:35pmWellington v Counties Manukau Sky StadiumWellington
Fri 13 Aug5:05pmCounties Manukau v AucklandNavigation Homes StadiumPukekohe
Sat 21 Aug2:05pmWaikato v Counties Manukau FMG StadiumHamilton