Late comeback not enough for Canterbury as Auckland remain unbeaten after titanic NPC battle

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of this afternoon's Mitre 10 Cup clash between Canterbury and Auckland at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

FULLTIME -  Canterbury 29 Auckland 34

Auckland teammates celebrate TJ Faiane of Auckland try during the Mitre 10 Cup rugby match, Canterbury v Auckland, Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, 16th September 2018.Copyright photo: John Davidson /
Auckland teammates celebrate TJ Faiane of Auckland scoring against Canterbury in Christchurch. Source: Photosport

TRY! Reserve hooker Brodie McAlister has scored a crucial try to earn his side a bonus point with Canterbury having the last say.

80 mins: Canterbury 22 Auckland 34

TRY! A consolation try for the home team as reserve prop Chris King burrows his way over for a five-pointer from close range.

The conversion is on target.

70 mins: Canterbury 15 Auckland 34

TRY! Canterbury's set piece move goes horribly wrong with Auckland's Tumua Manu making a perfect read and he intercepts the ball. He goes 80m untouched and has scored what should be the match winner.

Harry Plummer is successful with his shot at goal.

65 mins: Canterbury 15 Auckland 27

MISS! Auckland's Harry Plummer misses a difficult penalty attempt from over 40m out to extend Auckland's lead.

62 mins: Canterbury 15 Auckland 27

Both teams guilty of trying to push the pass when it is not on - a lot of mistakes here midway through the second half. Auckland has been superb on defence forcing a number of turnovers deep inside their own 22.

48 mins: Canterbury 15 Auckland 27

TRY! Auckland go end-to-end! TJ Faiane is in for his third try of the game. A great play by Auckland as they attempt a cross field kick deep inside their own 22 with Melani Nanai regathering the ball and throwing it inside the field of play. Auckland decide to go blindside and Nanai finds himself in space and passes the ball to Faiane who finishes it off.

Akira Ioane heads to the try line.
Auckland v Tasman, Mitre 10 Cup National Provincial Rugby Championship. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Friday 7 September 2018. © Copyright photo: Andrew Cornaga /
Auckland's number eight Akira Ioane in action against Tasman. Source: Photosport

Harry Plummer's kick at goal hits the uprights.

40 mins: Canterbury 15 Auckland 22

And we are back underway! Canterbury kick off to Auckland and the visitors have fumbled the ball. Canterbury have a scrum on Auckland's 22m line.

HALFTIME - Canterbury 15 Auckland 22

38 mins: Canterbury 15 Auckland 22

TRY! Sef Fa'agase charges over to score a crucial try for the home after an initial solid run by Reed Prinsep.

The kick is on target by Brent Cameron.

30 mins: Canterbury 8 Auckland 22

TRY! The Auckland forwards keep it in close and rumble it up with several pick and go's. Auckland halfback Jonathan Ruru has the ball in hand, looks to throw it wide but he dummies and steps his way to the try-line.

Harry Plummer has no trouble with his conversion attempt.

26 mins: Canterbury 8 Auckland 15

THREE! Brent Cameron closes the gap for Canterbury with a successful penalty kick from just over 20m out from in front of the goal posts. 

17 mins: Canterbury 5 Auckland 15

THREE! Canterbury are penalised for an infringement at the breakdown and Harry Plummer lands his penalty kick attempt from close range.

13 mins: Canterbury 5 Auckland 12

TRY! The Canterbury side find space down the left hand side and it is Greg Pleasants-Tate who powers his way over to score the first five-pointer for the home team.

The conversion attempt is no good by Brent Cameron.

10 mins: Canterbury 0 Auckland 12

TRY! TJ Faiane is over for second try of the match. He runs a brilliant line and dives over to score close to the goal posts.

Harry Plummer lands his coversion from easy kicking range.

5 mins: Canterbury 0 Auckland 5

MISS! Brent Cameron misses a penalty kick attempt from 40m out, his attempt drifts right of the uprights.

2 mins: Canterbury 0 Auckland 5

TRY! Dalton Papali'i makes a superb break up field and is tackled 10m out from the try-line. He manages to find his No.10 lurking in support and he passes it to Harry Plummer. Plummer is almost taken to touch but he offloads the ball for TJ Faiane to score the first try of the match down the right edge.

Plummer misses his conversion attempt from the side-line.

KICK-OFF! Canterbury 0 Auckland 0

And we are underway! With Auckland kick off to Canterbury.


Canterbury: 1.Alex Hodgman, 2.Greg Pleasants-Tate, 3.Sef Fa'agase, 4.Luke Romano, 5.Hamish Dalzell, 6.Reed Prinsep, 7.Tom Christie, 8.Whetukamokamo Douglas, 9.Mitch Drummond, 10.Brent Cameron, 11.Caleb Makene, 12.Phil Burleigh, 13.Braydon Ennor, 14.Josh McKay, 15.George Bridge.

Reserves: 16.Brodie McAlister, 17.Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18.Chris King, 19.Mitchell Dunshea, 20.Tom Sanders, 21.Connor Collins, 22.Sam Beard, 23.Ngane Punival.

Auckland: 1.Sam Prattley, 2.Robbie Abel, 3.Marcel Renata, 4.Fa'atiga Lemalu, 5.Jack Whetton, 6.Evan Olmstead, 7.Blake Gibson (captain), 8.Akira Ioane, 9.Jonathan Ruru, 10.Harry Plummer, 11.Joe Ravouvou, 12.TJ Faiane, 13.Tumua Manu, 14.Melani Nanai, 15.Jordan Trainor.

Reserves: 16.Mike Sosene-Feagai, 17.Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18.Marco Fepulea'i, 19.Hoskins Sotutu, 20.Dalton Papali'i, 21.Leon Fukofuka, 22.Jacob Umaga, 23.Tanielu Tele'a.

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