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Auckland Retain Title After Cantab Lapse

Auckland, Oct 5 NZPA - Auckland narrowly maintained their stranglehold on the women's provincial rugby title at Eden Park today, pipping Canterbury 13-12 in a pulsating final notable for Canterbury halfback Kendra Cocksedge's rapid descent from joy to despair.

Joy For Northland As Auckland's Defence Ends Prematurely

Auckland, Oct 5 NZPA - Auckland's creaking defence of their provincial rugby crown finally crumbled beyond repair at Eden Park today as Northland continued celebrating their top flight survival with a rare 21-13 victory.

Air NZ Cup Quarterfinal Schedule

Auckland, Oct 5 NZPA - Quarterfinal draw for the first stage of the national provincial rugby play-offs:-

Friday Oct 10

Canterbury v Tasman at Christchurch, 7.35pm

Saturday Oct 11

Wellington v Taranaki at Wellington, 5.05pm

Northland 21 Auckland 13 -- Result

Auckland, Oct 5 NZPA - Result of the 10th round Air NZ Cup rugby clash played between Auckland and Northland at Eden Park here today:-

Northland 21 (Blair Urlich, Jared Payne tries; David Holwell pen dg con, Ash Moeke pen)

Auckland 13 (Joe Rokocoko try; Ben Atiga 2 pen con)

Wanganui Stay On Unbeaten Path

Auckland, Oct 5 NZPA - Wanganui remain on track to end New Zealand's domestic rugby season as the only unbeaten provincial side after continuing their Heartland Championship domination on the West Coast yesterday.

Auckland 13 Northland 11 -- Halftime

Auckland, Oct 5 NZPA - Auckland led Northland 13-11 at halftime in their 10th round Air NZ Cup rugby clash at Eden Park here today.


Braid Signs With Queensland

NZPA correspondent

Sydney, Oct 5 NZPA - Daniel Braid has quit New Zealand rugby to sign with the Queensland Reds for next year's Super 14.

Auckland Shade Canterbury To Retain Women's Title

Auckland, Oct 5 NZPA - Auckland retained the women's national provincial rugby title with a tense 13-12 victory over Canterbury despite being outscored two tries to one at Eden Park today.


NZA's Brittle Batting Exposed Again

Wellington, Oct 5 NZPA - New Zealand A's bowlers have fought back to give their side hope of levelling their two-match series with India A.

India ended New Zealand's first innings at 315 today (NZtime) after blasting out the visitors who had resumed on an overnight score of 270-3.

Otago Stuns Wellington With Perfect Goodbye

Auckland, Oct 4 NZPA - Wellington hold the Ranfurly Shield but momentum seems in danger of deserting the provincial rugby frontrunners after Otago sabotaged plans for an unbeaten season with a stunning 36-21 upset at Carisbrook tonight.