NZ’s best provincial teams ready for finals action

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Canterbury will get the chance to defend their Premiership title at home next week and once again host Tasman in the final.


Canterbury were too strong for North Harbour in their semifinal, winning 35-24 at home. Tasman upset the table-topping Taranki with a thrilling 30-29 victory in New Plymouth.

On Friday night Wellington confirmed they will host the Championship final with a classy 49-21 victory over Northland. They will host Bay of Plenty who beat Otago 48-32 at Tauranga Domain in the other semifinal earlier this afternoon.

In the Farah Palmer Cup, Counties Manukau Heat secured home advantage for next week’s Premiership final with a tense 22-17 semifinal win over Auckland Storm. The Heat will defend their title against Canterbury, who finished strongly over Waikato to record a 60-26 win in the other semifinal.

The Bay of Plenty Volcanix had the weekend off, courtesy of finishing top of the championship table and will host Otago Spirit in the final. The Spirit held off North Harbour Hibiscus 39-12 in Dunedin this afternoon.

Horowhenua Kapiti is set to host the 2017 Meads Cup final in the Heartland Championship, a late penalty securing a 18-17 victory over Buller in their semifinal today. They will come up against defending champions, Wanganui, who beat South Canterbury 29-24 in the other semifinal.

Mid Canterbury were dominant in their 56-22 victory over Poverty Bay and will host the Lochore Cup final next weekend. They will come up against West Coast who beat North Otago 24-14 to progress to the final.

Mitre 10 Cup Premiership Final
Saturday 28 October, 7.35pm
Canterbury v Tasman at AMI Stadium

Mitre 10 Cup Championship Final

Friday 27 October, 7.35pm
Wellington v Bay of Plenty at Westpac Stadium

Farah Palmer Cup Premiership Final
Sunday 29 October, 2.05pm
Counties Manukau v Canterbury at Pukekohe

Farah Palmer Cup Championship Final
Saturday 28 October, 12pm
Bay of Plenty v Otago at Blake Park, Mt Manganui

Mitre 10 Heartland Championship – Meads Cup Final

Saturday 28 October, 2.35pm
Horowhenua Kapiti v Wanganui at Levin Domain

Mitre 10 Heartland Championship – Lochore Cup Final
Sunday 29 October, 2.35pm
Mid Canterbury v West Coast at Methvin Domain