Friday Oct 6, 2017 Taranaki claim Ranfurly Shield with sensational comeback against Canterbury

Taranaki claim Ranfurly Shield with sensational comeback against Canterbury
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Taranaki came back from trailing 31-7 to win a thrilling clash with Canterbury 55-43 in Christchurch on Friday. With the win, Taranaki claimed the Ranfurly Shield, putting to an end Canterbury’s 13-month custody of the traditional Log o’ Wood.

Taranaki’s second half showing blitzed the holders, as they scored four quickfire tries in one of the games of the season. And whenever they scored, Marty McKenzie slotted every kick with ease in a remarkable performance, landing them mostly from the touchline and without too much fuss in pre-kick preparations.

This is the first time they have held the prestigious Log o’ Wood since 2012.

Taranaki captain Angus Ta’avao was displeased with conceding an early lead, but ecstatic with the way his side fought back in the second half.

“It’s surreal, really. For our boys to come back from 20-odd points down, we could’ve easily put our heads down and given up, but credit to our boys, never gave up.

“All we needed to do was exit well, get down into their half, play some footy.”

The win puts them in a good position to claim the lead in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership division, as they are now equal first with Canterbury on 36 points, with one game in hand.

They will need to defend their Shield against Manawatu on Wednesday.

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    Good story, thanks for sharing that! It's a great tradition and something not a lot of fans the world over even seem to know about.

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  •  breakaway
    breakaway

    As you say, Canafrikaaner, a beautiful trophy. When this much loved symbol of NZ provincial rugby first arrived in the country from the UK, it was presented to the Auckland side which had gone through the 1902 season unbeaten. But first, the embossed silver 'action shot' in the middle of the shield had to be altered.The UK manufacturers had assumed the prize was for association football. Uprights had to be added to the goals and the round ball made more egg-like. It's still pretty easy to see where the work was done.

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  •  canafrikaaner
    canafrikaaner

    great game, what a beautiful trophy

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