Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 04:42 AM

ITM Cup tries of the week: Semi-finals

The ITM Cup Premiership and Championship finalists have been decided following a thrilling weekend of semis around New Zealand’s provincial centres.

In the second-tier Championship, Hawke’s Bay held off a fast-finishing Northland, while Manawatu took care of Southland in another tight tussle. The Premiership will see an unlikely final showdown after Taranaki outlasted Auckland and surprise packets Tasman swamped defending champs Canterbury.

As usual, there was a fair smattering of brilliant tries posted, including a superb finish by Highlanders cult hero Richard Buckman after a classic backline sweep by the Magpies; a dazzling try set up and finished off by Taniwhas skipper Dan Pryor; and Seta Tamanivalu’s twin assists for sensational – and vital – Taranaki tries.


WARNING FOR AUSTRALIAN VIEWERS: The compilation finishes by revisiting Malakai Fekitoa’s heartbreaking match-winner for the All Blacks...



Championship Semi 1: Hawke’s Bay 26 d. Northland 21 @ Napier

Championship Semi 2: Manawatu 23 d. Southland 18 @ Palmerston North

Premiership Semi 1: Taranaki 49 d. Auckland 30 @ New Plymouth

Premiership Semi 2: Tasman 26 d. Canterbury 6 @ Nelson




Championship Final: Manawatu v Hawke’s Bay @ Palmerston North, Oct 24

Premiership Final: Taranaki v Tasman @ New Plymouth, Oct 25

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