Red-and-blacks at the dou­ble

Ti­tle win am­ple con­so­la­tion for Mo’unga

The Dominion Post - - Sport - ROBERT VAN ROYEN

Give Richie Mo’unga a na­tional pro­vin­cial ti­tle over the Ran­furly Shield any day of the week.

Mo’unga, whose fi­nals record 25-point haul in­spired Can­ter­bury to their 14th na­tional ti­tle on Satur­day night, made that pretty clear af­ter his team’s 35-13 win against Tas­man in the Mitre 10 Cup fi­nal at AMI Sta­dium.

‘‘The Ran­furly Shield is a huge loss and a big blow in our sea­son, but we’ve won the comp. Back-toback-to-back, that’s three in a row. I’ll take this over the Shield any day,’’ he said.

Mak­ing amends for los­ing the Shield against Taranaki ear­lier in the month was Can­ter­bury’s prime ob­jec­tive, with nu­mer­ous play­ers and coaches say­ing win­ning the ti­tle was the only way they’d be able to bury the 55-43 loss.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Win­ning is never bor­ing as Can­ter­bury cel­e­brate their ninth NPC ti­tle in 10 years.

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