Central Bay of Plenty created history two weeks ago when they beat Te Awamutu and claimed the Peace Cup for the first time in 15 years. The Waikato side had held the cup since 2009 and had successfully defended it 28 times. Yesterday, Central's home Stan Meads Cup semifinal against Cambridge doubled as their first defence of the Peace Cup meaning there was plenty on the line at Kuirau Park in Rotorua. It was a game that ebbed and flowed throughout and in the end the two sides could not be split, resulting in 20 minutes of intense extra time.
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