Canterbury 31

18 Auckland

Victorious Canterbury did their homework

Canterbury did their homework on the Auckland lineout and it proved the Achilles heel as they went down 18-31 in the ITM Cup final in Christchurch on Saturday night.
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Canterbury make it five in a row

Like a thief in the night, Canterbury halfback Andrew Ellis stole the ball from Auckland's side of an attacking ruck five metres from his line to give his side the advantage in their 31-18 ITM Cup final win at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.
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Matson: Past counts for nothing

Forget what has been achieved to date in this year's ITM Cup competition and start again.
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Preview:Canterbury v Auckland

Given that these two sides have dominated New Zealand rugby for the last 20 years, it's remarkable to think they haven't yet met in a final.
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Robertson thought Wellington awaited

Canterbury assistant coach Scott Robertson admits he expected Canterbury to be facing Wellington instead of Auckland in the ITM Cup premiership final at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, on Saturday night.
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