Auckland v Canterbury Live

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Saturday 29th August 02:35 GMT

 

The two most successful unions in New Zealand domestic rugby go head to head on Saturday at Eden Park, when Auckland host their great rivals from the South Island, Christchurch. The two sides were beaten at the semi-final stage in the 2014 ITM Cup. Given the struggles that Auckland had through that entire campaign, they may well have been happy to have made the play-offs at all. Although once there, they produced one of their best performances of the season, taking the eventual Champions Taranaki to extra time, before succumbing 30-49.  

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Christchurch, however, who were chasing a seventh successive title, and were distraught at they way they went down without so much as a whimper to Tasman by 6-26. After just two rounds of the 2015 season, Saturday's protagonists are two of only three unbeaten sides in the Premier division, although they look some way short of the form and performances being shown by the table toppers, Tasman, who have a maximum 15 points from their three games.  

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Canterbury have started the season with two wins to sit in second place on the ladder, with Auckland immediately behind them, two points adrift, having beaten reigning Champions Taranaki in Round 2, after being held to a draw in Invercargill by Southland in their opening round fixture.


Tags: Eden Park, ITM Cup, Canterbury, Auckland
Posted: 29th August 2015


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