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Crowley rues near miss for Taranaki

"It would have been a burglary if we had got it," Taranaki coach Kieran Crowley said after his side's storming finish before going down 13-19 to North Harbour in its Ranfurly Shield challenge at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday.
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Young Harbour team feels the heat

North Harbour captain Nick Williams' exhausted state at the post-match press conference said it all after his side contained a Taranaki last-quarter assault to retain the Ranfurly Shield at North Harbour Stadium in Albany on Saturday.
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Harbour had to survive storming finish

For three-quarters of the Ranfurly Shield challenge the match seemed to be a dawdle for holder North Harbour, but a 68th minute try to Taranaki flanker Raymond Stark changed that.
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Week 2 Preview: North Harbour v Taranaki

The first of the season's serious Ranfurly Shield challenges pits two evenly-matched teams that have a history of tight matches against each other.
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Williams set for Shield defence

North Harbour faces a double test on Saturday, getting its momentum back in the Air New Zealand Cup after a first-round draw, and also its first significant defence of the Ranfurly Shield.
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