Canterbury make it six in a row
- 26 Oct 2013
Canterbury won the New Zealand Cup for the sixth successive time, beating Wellington 29-13 in the final on Saturday.
The champions led early in the game at Westpac Stadium when Andy Ellis scored their first try, with Tom Taylor adding the extras.
The hosts didn't waste any time replying with a penalty through Lima Sopoaga three minutes later.
Sopoago then put his team in the lead after he burst through a gap to score and convert Wellington's only try of the match, as they went into the break 10-7.
But Canterbury produced a superb second-half performance, out-scoring the home side by 22 points to three to secure their sixth title in as many years, thus stretching Wellington's title drought to 13 years.
Canterbury – Tries: Andy Ellis, Ryan Crotty, Tyler Bleyendaal, George Whitelock. Conversion: Tom Taylor (3). Penalty: Taylor.
Wellington – Try: Lima Sopoago. Conversion: Sopoago. Penalty: Sopoago.
Canterbury – 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Luke Whitelock, 6 George Whitelock (c), 5 Luke Katene, 4 Joel Everson, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody.
Subs: 16 Marcel Cummings-Toone, 17 Paea Fa'anunu, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Jordan Taufua, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Rob Thompson, 22 Colin Slade.
Wellington – 15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Matt Proctor, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Frae Wilson, 8 Victor Vito (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Api Naikatini, 4 Mark Reddish, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 John Schwalger.
Subs: 16 Reggie Goodes, 17 Eric Sione, 18 Kaipati Gaualofa, 19 Faifili Levave, 20 Adam Hill, 21 Tomasi Palu, 22 Joe Hill.
Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
Yoann Huget has made headlines for all the wrong reasons this year, but that could change at the World Cup, writes GAVIN MORTIMER.
Men on a mission
Bismarck du Plessis and Duane Vermeulen are primed to make a massive impact at the World Cup, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
‘It’s a fantastic squad’
What former Springbok coach NICK MALLETT had to say about Heyneke Meyer's 31-man World Cup squad.