Canterbury hosted Waikato in the second Premiership semi final to see who would play Counties Power Heat next week in the final.
And wow! was it a doozy of a game. Canterbury came into this game clear favourites and Waikato had the tag as the dark horses that could upend Canterburys dream run to the finals. Today was not that day.
Canterbury came out firing on all cylinders and in the first 20 minutes had amassed 19 points through 3 tries and 2 conversions. All through some outstanding back play. This is what champagne rugby is about. Waikato managed 7 points of their own but Canterbury were pretty much dominating up front through their forward pack and enjoying how fit their backs were with ball in hand. Speedy right winger Sam Curtis dotted down twice in the first half and Canterbury went into the break 5 tries to 3 and 31-19. While still relatively close on the score board, you could tell that Waikato were out of their league with how well Canterbury were playing.
Coming back from the break and Canterbury fitness showed through as they piled on the points with Corrina Wiley going in for a brace and Grace Brooker picking up her second of the game. With wide ranging tries and the scrum working like clock work this Canterbury side is going to be difficult to beat next week. Canterbury ran in 5 more tries to end the game on 10 tries to 4. I think the mens team should have been watching this game to see how it’s done. 🙂
Waikato did end the game with one more try to replacement Teirea Te Aho and the score line reflected the champagne style of rugby on display with Canterbury winning 60-26.
Kendra Cocksedge as usually ran things from behind the scrum like a boss and I would rate her as the second best half back in the country (probably the world) just behind Aaron Smith (just) that’s how incredible gifted and good she is at what she does. She reads the game so well and knows where the opportunities are it’s insane!
So there we have it! The second finalist for the FPC.