Rugby

Canterbury dynasty continues reign in NZ

2016-10-29 11:39

Christchurch - The Canterbury juggernaut continues to dominate New Zealand rugby after beating Tasman 43-27 in Christchurch on Saturday in the national provincial final.

It is the eighth time in nine years that Canterbury have claimed the title.

In the showdown between the two main sides in the Crusaders catchment area, Canterbury scored twice in the opening five minutes to establish early control.

But ultimately it was their masterclass in defence that won them the game.

Tasman rallied to lead 13-12 midway through the first half but while they enjoyed ample possession through a dominant forward pack they faced a near watertight defensive wall.

Canterbury, however, thrived on attacking with every scrap of ball they had with double try-scorer fly-half Richie Mo'unga directing play.

By half-time, Canterbury had regained the lead 29-13 and they matched Tasman point-for-point in the second spell.

For Canterbury, Dave McDuling, Nathan Earle, Richie Mo'unga (2), Rob Thompson and Billy Harmon scored tries, while Jordie Barrett kicked five conversions and a penalty.

Tasman's points came from tries to Shannon Frizell, Billy Guyton and Jesse MacDonald with Marty Banks landing three conversions and two penalties.

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