Semi­fi­nals matchups

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Welling­ton: A pair of re­matches high­lights the semi­fi­nal draw in the Mitre 10 Cup Premier­ship, while Otago sit in the box seat in their quest for pro­mo­tion from the Cham­pi­onship. Af­ter the 10th and fi­nal round was com­pleted yes­ter­day and all play­off places were con­firmed, Can­ter­bury re­mained on course to win their eighth pro­vin­cial ti­tle in nine years, although their semi­fi­nal op­po­nents have re­cent his­tory of suc­cess against the red and blacks.

It’s very re­cent, in fact. Coun­ties Manukau up­set Can­ter­bury on Satur­day to book their fi­nals berth, but given the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons had al­ready sealed top spot, only one team had any­thing at stake at ECOLight Sta­dium in Pukekohe.

That will be dif­fer­ent at AMI Sta­dium this Sun­day, where coach Scott Robert­son’s men will be con­fi­dent of pro­long­ing a sea­son in which they lost just twice while record­ing the best at­tack and best de­fence in the com­pe­ti­tion.

In the sec­ond tier, Otago and Welling­ton ap­pear on a col­li­sion course to bat­tle it out for pro­mo­tion, with the two heavy­weights earn­ing home ad­van­tage for their semi­fi­nals.

Hav­ing shrugged off a late-sea­son slump that fea­tured their only three de­feats of the sea­son, Otago took top spot to set up an en­counter with Bay of Plenty on Fri­day night, hav­ing beaten the Steam­ers by one point in round four. In the Heart­land Cham­pi­onship, the Meads Cup semi­fi­nals will see Wan­ganui host Wairarapa Bush and South Can­ter­bury host Buller. And, in the Lo­chore Cup, Mid Can­ter­bury will wel­come North Otago while King Coun­try will en­joy home ad­van­tage against Poverty Bay. NPC semis Mitre 10 Cup Premier­ship Sun­day: Can­ter­bury-Coun­ties Manukau, AMI Sta­dium; TaranakiTas­man, Yar­row Sta­dium. Mitre 10 Cup Cham­pi­onship Fri­day: Otago-Bay of Plenty, Forsyth Barr Sta­dium.

Satur­day: Welling­ton-North Har­bour, Westpac Sta­dium. Heart­land Cham­pi­onship Meads Cup Satur­day: Wan­ganui- Wairarapa Bush;

South Can­ter­bury-Buller. Lo­chore Cup Satur­day: Mid Can­ter­bury-North Otago, King Coun­try-Poverty Bay New Zealand Herald

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