Canterbury set up a repeat of last year's ITM Cup final against Waikato after beating Otago 29-16 in Dunedin on Saturday.
However, the three-time defending champs are forced to travel to Hamilton this time out after they missed out on the four-try bonus point.
Canterbury finished level in the ITM Cup standings with Waikato on 33 points. But under ITM Cup rules, Waikato, who scored four tries to beat Auckland, get hosting rights next Saturday because they beat Canterbury in the round-robin.
Tyler Bleyendaal, Robbie Fruean and Tom Taylor all scored tries for the visitors, with Bleyendaal kicking the remaining 14 points.
Ben Smith scored Otago's sole try, with full-back Glenn Dickson adding the rest via the boot.
Tries: Bleyendaal, Taylor, Fruean
Pens: Bleyendal 4
Pens: Dickson 3
Otago: 15 Glenn Dickson,14 Ben R Smith,13 Ben Atiga,12 Sam Giddens,11 Buxton Popoali'i,10 Tony Brown, 9 Sean Romans, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Regan Tamihere, 6 TJ Ioane, 5 Tom Donnelly (c), 4 Daniel Ramsay,3 Kees Meeuws, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Scott Manson.
Replacements: 16 Jason MacDonald, 17 Pieter van der Merwe, 18 Rob Verbakel, 19 Paul Grant, 20 Johnny Legg, 21 Hayden Parker, 22 Joe Hill, 23 Brett Anderson.
Canterbury: 15 Tom Taylor, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock (c), 5 Ash Parker, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Paul Ngauamo, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Joel Everson, 19 Brendon O'Connor, 20 Takerei Norton, 21 Telusa Veainu, 22 Rhys Llewellyn, 23 Andrew Olorenshaw.