5 Sep 2011

Hawkes Bay promoted ITM Cup Premiership

10:17 am on 5 September 2011

Hawkes Bay will play in domestic rugby's top flight next year after a thrilling 35-30 victory over hosts Manawatu in the ITM Cup Championship final.

The Magpies had to shake a determined and passionate Turbos challenge and a vocal 13,000-strong local crowd before earning promotion to the ITM Cup Premiership for next season.

Hawkes Bay overcame a frantic finish to win by five points, out-scoring the home side four tries to three to deservedly win the Championship trophy.