Provinces select NPC cross-over games

RICHARD KNOWLER
Last updated 05:00 16/11/2012

Relevant offers

Provincial

Hika Elliot joins Taranaki for rest of NPC season Limited training time for Tana Umaga to turn around Counties Manukau's form Baker's 50th game one of his most vital for Taranaki Southland Stags halfback Liam Howley has no regrets after staying down south Late penalty seals dramatic NPC win for North Harbour over Southland Waikato run rampant against Bay of Plenty in one-sided NPC clash Wairarapa Bush host first provincial rugby match on artificial turf in Masterton Wellington give themselves qualified pass mark for easy 29-0 win over Northland Taranaki slip to NPC loss against Otago Wellington Lions far too good for Northland in rain-soaked NPC clash

A mathematician, a web-conference and a clutch of chief executives on a phone hook-up were the ingredients contributed to Canterbury choosing Otago as their "cross-over" (premiership v championship) home game.

This was the scene when the New Zealand Rugby Union invited media to observe representatives from the country's top 14 provinces select "cross-over" matches for next season's NPC.

Although the draw has not yet been finalised - and it will not be released until after the NZRU meets on December 13 - the premiership and championship provinces yesterday determined who they will play in their "cross-over" matches. There were four of these fixtures and the first lot had already been pre-determined with defending champions Canterbury playing bottom-seed North Harbour.

It was confirmed a mathematician from Victoria University had been asked to run the numbers to ensure there could be no complications.

And then it began. There was little risk of Canterbury Rugby Football Union chief executive Hamish Riach blowing-out his throat during the brief meeting. When asked who Canterbury would select in the second round of picks, he boldly declared: "Otago".

And his work was done.

In the opening round Tasman chief executive Andrew Flexman selected Canterbury as his province's home game and in the third and final round of picks, Manawatu's John Knowles selected Canterbury as his side's home game.

Just what shape the NPC format will take next season is yet to be confirmed.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Special offers
Opinion poll

What did you make of this year's ITM Cup?

It was as good a season as I can remember.

It was great to see the smaller provinces perform well.

I caught the odd game here and there.

Sorry, it was an utter snore-fest.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content