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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Canterbury beat Waikato to win third successive NPC final

Canterbury beat Waikato to win third successive NPC final

The weekend round up starts with highlights of Canterburys 33-13 win over Waikato in the ITM Cup Final at a rain drenched AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday. It was their third successive national provincial championship win as they continue to be the dominant force in New Zealand rugby.

Only Auckland had achieved such a feat so this win, without Canterburys All Blacks who are on tour in the UK, was all the more special. Played in wet and miserable conditions, it was the home side that coped better on the day and came away with a comfortable win.

It was raining pretty heavily and the reality is the track was in good knick and we got to show our skill - we played, especially in the first half, said Canterbury captain George Whitelock.

Rob Penney, now Canterburys most successful provincial coach in the professional era, said he was keen to stay on despite his contract ending at the end of the year. He has been offered an extension, but also said hed like to coach Super Rugby at some stage.

"It's not a burning must-do. I certainly believe I could do it; it's whether other people believe that. That's the question mark and I can't control that," he said yesterday.

Canterbury now have the ITM Cup and the Ranfurley Shield, capping off a successful season for the men from Christchurch, a city thats been through some tough times of late. Economic hardships, extremely poor weather, and the lack of All Blacks on show will account for the disappointing turnout.


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Posted at 3:33 pm | 13 comments

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Anonymous November 07, 2010 3:13 pm

That level of rugby is really impressive...

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Anonymous November 07, 2010 3:44 pm

some real schoolboy errors there by waikato

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Anonymous November 07, 2010 3:57 pm

seems to me like poor planning on the organisers behalf,why plan the final for the first weekend of autumn tests?

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David November 07, 2010 4:09 pm

is anonymous up top being sarcastic. This was absolute rubbish, tons of mistakes, mostly on the waikato side to be fair, canterbury were better

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Anonymous November 07, 2010 4:22 pm

Every single try by cantebury came from pure luck, but they finished them off with real class. In the end, thats what decided the game.

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Anonymous November 07, 2010 4:30 pm

exciting rugby but why does it seems like not many people were there watching?

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KieranReadinFuture November 07, 2010 6:26 pm

Because they weren't. Why don't you take some time to read a bit before making comments like that?

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decepti0n November 07, 2010 7:24 pm

Congrats to Canty, both wingers also played pretty well, Fruean was rather quiet though.

It was pretty cold + raining + windy + no all blacks = not too many people going to watch it.

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Anonymous November 07, 2010 9:39 pm

There's never anybody at the games in NZ. We have the most boring fans in the world.

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Matt November 08, 2010 12:21 am

thats frustrating. Most of Canty's tries were opportunistic. Score should have at least been a lot closer to be fair on Waikato.

As for the fans...
why go to a cold wet stadium at night when you can watch the game at the pub/at home in front of the fire?

NZder's have their big matches played at night to suit the northern hemisphere audiences.

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Anonymous November 08, 2010 2:34 am

Such a small country yet they are the best in the world at rugby.

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Macca November 08, 2010 5:05 am

Alright all you people who take shots at NZ based on our crowds. You can't beat us at rugby but you have bigger crowds and better stadiums. I'm not ashamed to admit it. We are a tiny country with waaay too much quality rugby to choose from. We do quietly envy the french and english their fantastic crowds, but lets be honest it's unrealistic to expect the same level of support here in NZ. We're just too small with too much product to choose from.

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Mr Lif November 08, 2010 10:52 am

I dn't see how the ref and comentators missed the massive offside to charge down Leonards's kick.

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