Canterbury seized a narrow victory over Auckland tonight to claim their seventh title in eight years.
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Two old rivals lock horns tonight for the 97th time since 1883.
Canterbury were far too good for Taranaki in the second ITM Cup Premiership semifinal at AMI Stadium.
Canterbury warmed up for next weekend's playoffs by showing just why they finished on top of the ITM Cup Premiership.
Canterbury clinched home advantage for the ITM Cup playoffs after an outstanding attacking display against Tasman.
Taranaki drew on all their resources to engineer an upset of the previously unbeaten Canterbury at AMI Stadium.
A combination of their own resolve and a curious decision from the officials saw Canterbury remain unbeaten.
North Harbour huffed and puffed but could not blow down the Canterbury stockade in the ITM Cup today.
Canterbury seared into Hawke's Bay with a brand of rugby other teams will struggle to match for accuracy and abrasiveness…
A pair of teams trending in different directions produced the most probable result in Palmerston North tonight.