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Canterbury too Good

Auckland were unable to end Canterbury’s dominance of provincial rugby as the red and blacks secured their fifth successive title with a 31-18 victory in Christchurch on Saturday night.

Daniel Braid became the first player since Eroni Clarke to play 100 games for Auckland, but unfortunately it was not a game to savour as Canterbury suffocated the visitors in the second half to run out convincing victors.

Auckland left nothing to chance and worked themselves to a stand still as they threw everything they had at their opponents, but they just couldn’t crack the Canterbury defence.

It was Canterbury fullback Tom Taylor who proved to be the Achilles heel for Auckland, scoring two tries and slotting three penalties and two conversions for a personal haul of 23 points to break the record for most points scored in a final.

While they may not have claimed victory tonight, the future of Auckland Rugby appears to be in safe hands with a number of exciting youngsters bursting onto the scene and performing admirably in the blue and white hoops.

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Canterbury 31 (Tom Taylor 2, Telusa Veainu tries,Taylor 2 con, 3 pen, Tyler Bleyendaal drop goal)

Auckland 18  (Hadleigh Parkes, Lolagi Visinia tries; Gareth Anscombe con, 2 pen)

HT: 15-13