24 Aug 2011

Taranaki takes Shield off Southland

10:21 pm on 24 August 2011

Taranaki has taken rugby's Ranfurly Shield from Southland, winning a dour, try-less ITM Cup match 15-12 in Invercargill on Wednesday night.

Southland now faces relegation from the premiership.

Taranaki last won the Shield 15 years ago.

The visitors led 9-6 at half-time with first five-eighth Beauden Barrett kicking two of his five penalty goals in the second spell.

James Wilson kicked four penalties for Southland.

Earlier in the evening, Northland upset Hawkes Bay 43-34 in Whangarei, scoring six tries to three after leading 24-21 at half-time.