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Taranaki and Tasman go head to head in the semi-finals of the 2016 ITM Cup at the Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth on Sunday. Although Taranaki were only beaten twice during the regular season, helping them to finish second in the table, one of those losses was against Sunday's opponents, who beat them by 25-20 in Nelson. The other reverse was against reigning Champions and table toppers, Canterbury lambs. They failed to wrest the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato's grasp, drawing their challenge 20-20, but finished the regular season with victories over Wellington Lions by 54-31 and Auckland Gulls by 35-32.
Tasman finished with a similar record, losing two and drawing one of the regular season fixtures. The losses were also against Canterbury 14-45, and the Otago Razorbacks 27-30, while they drew with Championship side North Harbour 27-27. The sides have played each other on 13 previous occasions, with Taranaki having much the better of those matches, winning nine times, to the four wins by Tasman. Taranaki are boosted by the return of the giant All Black winger Waisake Naholo, while their opponents will be without hooker Andrew Makalio, who has a broken hand, and the second row Quinten Strange who wasn't considered for selection due to a concussion. They do however, Marty Banks returning to the XV at first five-eighth, with Mitchell Hunt moving to full back.
Posted: 8th October 2015
Reigning ITM Cup Champions, Taranaki, and last season's beaten finalists, Tasman, complete their 2015 regular season campaign, with a rematch of last season's final, at the Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth on Thursday. The teams occupy third and fourth position in the table respectively, and both still have a chance of sneaking into second position behind the Canterbury Lambs, although they need to win Thursday's contest, and hope that Auckland lose to Counties on Sunday in Pukekohe.
The Champions lost their first three games of the season, and looked a pale imitation of the side that proved such worthy title winners in 2014, however, they have embarked on a run of six successive wins, and are the form team in the Premiership, going into the knockout stages. Tasman on the other hand, won their first six matches, and were going head to head with Canterbury for the top spot, but three consecutive losses, have left them looking like title outsiders, as the business end of the season rapidly approaches. With the "reward" for the losers on Tuesday, a trip to Christchurch, to face the Lambs, who have been beaten only once this season, a 21-24 reverse against Taranaki in Round 7.
Posted: 25th October 2014
Saturday may not be the start of a new era in new Zealand rugby, but at least it will see for the very first time, an ITM Cup final between two non-Super Rugby franchised based teams. Taranaki who finished top of the regular season table will welcome the side that chased them neck and neck to the bitter end of the season, Tasman. The two sides actually completed their ten regular season fixtures with identical records, having won seven and drawn one, and suffering just two defeats.
The Amber and Blacks only secured top spot, courtesy of their thrilling 31-30 win against Tasman in Nelson in Week 5. Last week's semi-finals saw Taranaki taken the whole way to extra time by Auckland in New Plymouth. The match was tied at 30-30 at the end of regulation time. However, the home side took their game to a level that Auckland couldn't compete with in the extra 20 minutes and scored three tries to secure the home decider. Tasman ended the golden era of six successive titles won by their neighbours, Canterbury, defeating them 26-6 in the semi-final. Only promoted from the Championship at the end of last season, they now find themselves just 80 minutes away from the summit of New Zealand provincial rugby.
Posted: 6th October 2013
Although Taranaki appear to be clear of relegation worries, there is still a mathematical possibility of them taking the drop is they should suffer a dramatic loss of form, and other results go against them in the last couple of rounds of this season's ITM Cup. They, therefore, can't afford to slip up at the Yarrow Stadium on Sunday, when they come up against an under-strength Tasman side, and will look to post the province's eighth victory in the nine matches that the sides have opposed each other. The last time the sides met, was in 2012 at the Yarrow Stadium, when Taranaki won an astonishing match by 49-40. Lock Jarrad Hoeta will undergo a fitness test, before his place in the line up is confirmed on Saturday. However, one player that will definitely be missing from the Tasman line up is Alex Ainley, who is currently serving a suspension. With their place in the end of season play-offs assured, Tasman are resting a number of key players ahead of the knock out phase of the tournament being rested ahead of the play-off phase of the campaign that lies ahead.
Taranaki's up-and-down form this season appears as if it will continue to the bitter end. Their most recent fixture,saw them go down to Manawatu by 6-12, while in the game before, they had seen off Bay of Plenty by 21-3. Tasman 's form on the other hand has been much more consistent, with a record breaking victory over Waikato by 64-28, being their latest outing, and they have lost just once in the last 5 games, to North Harbour 12-23.
Posted: 1st Sep 2012
Saturday, the 1st of September, the teams of Taranaki and Tasman play in New Plymouth in the ITM Cup at 19:35 local time and 07:35 GMT. Taranaki is on the Premiership table of the ITM Cup,and they currently occupy the fourth spot after playing one game so far this season. They were able to earn themselves five points from that game, which means that they tie with all of the other members near the top except for the top spot. The other teams that are currently with five include Waikato and Canterbury in second and third.
As for Tasman, they are in third in the Championship table, with four points earned so far. They have one game played and one win from it. The top team is Counties Manukau and then Otago takes the second spot.
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