In spite of the hopes of a few (that’s you Paul & Mark) Wellington comfortably beat Waikato (28-16) to make it through to the NPC finals. Semi-finals are so much more stressful than finals – especially when Wellington’s lineout went AWOL in the second half.
Unfortunately Bay of Plenty (Kim’s team) didn’t make it through to the final falling 44-12 to a more clinical Canterbury. Still hats off to the Bay – A Ranfurly Shield win, a defense and the semis made it an excellent season to be a BOP supporter.
Also, I was please to see Poverty Bay (Div 3) and Nelson Bays (Div 2) come through in their finals. The Northland/Nelson promo-relegation match should be excellent.
Bring on the final. Go Lions!