2 Jul 2011

Canterbury in easy opening Shield defence

5:22 pm on 2 July 2011

The Canterbury rugby team has easily retained the Ranfurly Shield in a pre-season match against North Otago at Christchurch's Rugby Park.

Canterbury led 26-3 at half-time and romped home 52-8.

The All Black Colin Slade continued his return from injury after two broken jaws derailed his Super Rugby campaign with the Highlanders.

Slade's in the running to back up first five Dan Carter at the World Cup and he got through a solid opening 40 minutes.

Tonight in the Super Rugby semi-finals, the Blues meet the Queensland Reds at a packed Suncorp Stadium before South Africans the Stormers welcome the Crusaders at Cape Town.