8 Oct 2012

Taranaki and Auckland confirm places in ITM Cup semi-finals

11:10 am on 8 October 2012

Taranaki and Auckland have secured their places in the ITM Cup rugby Premiership semi-finals.

Taranaki overcame a 15-6 half-time defecit to beat Southland 47-18 in Invercargil.

Auckland won the battle of the bridge, beating North Harbour 36-16 in Albany.

Wellington, Taranaki and Auckland fill the top three spots with Canterbury fourth and likely to take the last spot ahead of Waikato.

There is one round remaining.

Southland are just outside a play-off spot in the Championship while North Harbour have now lost all nine of their matches this season.