Taranaki battle to keep Ranfurly Shield

GLENN MCLEAN
Last updated 16:28 15/09/2012

Relevant offers

Rugby

Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo groomed for a big career from an early age Springboks first five Pat Lambie ready to play after three months of headaches Wellington rugby player Losi Filipo unpunished for brutal street assault Waikato ring changes in forward pack for Ranfurly Shield defence v Canterbury David Pocock reveals gruesome surgical procedure to fix broken hand Nehe Milner-Skudder: Absence of twinkletoes provides peace of mind for Dagg and Savea All Blacks v Argentina: Five times the Pumas made All Blacks fans sweat Sonny Bill Williams has a ball while recovering from injury Union money lures NRL star as Marika Koroibete admits reason for Super Rugby switch Aaron Mauger 1, Todd Blackadder 0 in England's rugby Premiership

Taranaki has held onto the Ranfurly Shield after an epic struggle with four-time NPC defending champions Canterbury in New Plymouth.

A try from Scott Waldrom with three minutes left sealed the deal for Taranaki who remain the only unbeaten team in the NPC after the 18-9 win.

Canterbury made far too many errors to take the shield home and were made to pay by a more ruthless Taranaki side.

The first half was a scrappy affair, with both sides making plenty of mistakes in the tough conditions.

The highlight for the home crowd was a well-worked try by Taranaki first five-eighth James Marshall.

From a scrum 30m out, Marshall ran, had a quick interchange with Jayden Hayward before he was under the posts.

Canterbury managed a couple of penalties to Tyler Bleyendaal. Frazier Climo also managed a penalty to give Taranaki a 10-6 advantage at the break.

Taranaki 18 (James Marshall, Scott Waldrom tries; Frazier Climo pen, con; Jack Cameron pen)

Canterbury 9 (Tyler Bleyendaal 3 pens).

HT 10-6.

Ad Feedback

- Taranaki Daily News

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who was the best-performed All Blacks forward on the northern tour?

Dane Coles

Nathan Harris

Keven Mealamu

Wyatt Crockett

Charlie Faumuina

Ben Franks

Owen Franks

Joe Moody

Brodie Retallick

Luke Romano

Jeremy Thrush

Patrick Tuipulotu

Sam Whitelock

Sam Cane

Jerome Kaino

Richie McCaw

Liam Messam

Kieran Read

Vitor Vito

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content