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Taranaki vs Canterbury Tips - Taranaki backed to prevail in NPC semi-final

Last updated: 10 Oct 2023
Ralph Staniforth 10 Oct 2023
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Taranaki vs Canterbury Tips

If their clash earlier this season is anything to go by it should be an absolute cracker. On that occasion, Canterbury won by a point at home, but Taranaki will look to turn the table in front of their home crowd.

I’m backing the hosts to win the semi-final.

  • Taranaki have won their last 4 matches.
  • Taranaki have won 3 of their last 5 matches against Canterbury.
  • Canterbury beat Taranaki by 1 point earlier this season. 

Head to Head

Taranaki have won three of their last five against Canterbury. However, it was Canterbury who won 29-28 earlier this season, but that was a home game for the victors.

Taranaki Form

Taranaki enjoyed a fine season, winning seven of their 10 matches in the round robin stage of the 2023 NPC to finish second.

Last week in the quarter-final, Taranaki put in another solid performance to beat Tasman 34-18 on home soil. They seldom looked in trouble throughout the game and will hope for a similar performance once again in front of their home crowd.

Taranaki are now on a four-match winning streak with their last defeat coming at home to Tasman on 10 September. Confidence will be high, but they face high-quality opposition so they will need to be weary.

Taranaki Team News

Once the teams are announced later this week, I expect a similar side to which ran out in the quarter-final.

Canterbury Form

Canterbury have had an up-and-down season thus far but still managed a third-place finish. They won six of their 10 matches but showed plenty of inconsistency throughout.

In early September Canterbury did manage to beat Taranaki 29-28 but that was a home game. In a very tight contest, they just managed to squeeze through.

Last week Canterbury were under pressure in the quarter-final as well, but they held on to beat Auckland 29-24 at home. 

Canterbury Team News

There have been no reported injuries yet from the Canterbury camp. 


Taranaki are backed to win through to the NPC final.
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