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Canterbury secure home semi-final

12th October 2013 08:55

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Patrick Osborne scoring for Canterbury

Patrick Osborne: Scored Canterbury's first try

Canterbury secured a home semi-final after beating North Harbour 38-0 in their ITM Cup encounter in Albany on Saturday.

The Christchurch-based outfit dominated most facets of play and scored six tries in the process to clinch second spot on the table and set up a play-off clash with third-placed Auckland.

They suffered a major setback in the first half, however, when Andy Ellis was forced off the field with a dislocated shoulder.

Canterbury wing Patrick scored the game's first try in the 18th minute and also played a role in setting up tries for Tyler Bleyendaal and Rob Thompson during this period.

Luke Whitelock also crossed the whitewash in the opening half as Canterbury raced into a 24-0 lead by the interval. The second half was a more subdued affair and Canterbury scored late tries through Tom Taylor and Willie Heinz.

The scorers:

For Canterbury:
Tries: Osborne, Bleyendaal, L Whitelock, Thompson, Taylor, Heinz
Con: Bleyendaal 2, Taylor 2

North Harbour: 15 James Semple, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Francis Saili, 12 Tua Saseve, 11 Jona Tuitoga, 10 Codey Rei, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Vili Fihaki, 7 Zak Judge, 6 Jordan Manihera, 5 Irwin Finau, 4 Brandon Nansen, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 James Parsons (capt), 1 Greg Pleasants Tate.
Replacements: 16 Ray Niuia, 17 Ropate Rinakama, 18 Josh Olsen, 19 Nepia Fox Matamua, 20 Brenton Helleur, 21 Jon Elrick, 22 Michael Little.

Canterbury: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Pat Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rob Thompson, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 George Whitelock, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Luke Katene, 4 Joel Everson, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funell, 17 Paea Fa'anunu, 18 Jordan Taufua, 19 Jed Brown, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Richie Mo'unga, 22 Tom Taylor.

Referee: Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri

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