21 Sep 2009

Canterbury clinch top ranking for Rugby League semis

7:02 am on 21 September 2009

Canterbury finished with a perfect record of five wins to clinch top ranking for next weekend's provincial Rugby League Premiership semi-finals.

After earlier wins over Auckland, Wellington and Taranaki, Canterbury, coached by former Kiwi Brent Stuart had to play its final two round-robin matches - both on the road - in 48 hours.

They beat Bay of Plenty 66-16 in a catch-up game in Rotorua then defeated Waikato 32-4 in Huntly yesterday.

Auckland beat Taranaki 52-20 and Wellington beat Bay of Plenty 60-24.

Canterbury have 10 points, two ahead of Auckland with Waikato on six and Wellington four.

Auckland will host Waikato at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday and Canterbury will be at home to Wellington on Sunday at Rugby League Park.