Lions roar into premiership final

Follow @RedefinedRugby It's an old cliché, but Wellington highlighted the importance of winning the battle up front as they ran over Counties Manukau 41-10 in Friday's premiership semifinal at Westpac Stadium. Frae Wilson, Alapati Leiua (2), Shaun Treeby, Faifili Levave and Ambrose Curtis all dotted down off the back of some solid

Preview: Wellington v Counties Manukau

Follow @RedefinedRugby MISSING IN ACTION: Chris Boyd was dealt a huge blow with the withdrawal of Charlie Ngatai (injury) and Corey Jane (All Blacks). The duo have been replaced by Shaun Treeby and Matt Proctor, while three new faces - John Schwalger, Api Naikatini and Frae Wilson - feature in Wellington's starting

ITM CUP – Preview Semi Finals

Follow @RedefinedRugby 2013 ITM Cup Semi-Finals Wellington have finished as the highest qualifier, losing just one match to grab top spot after the regular season finishing ahead of defending champions Canterbury, who claimed the second home spot in the ITM Premiership. The Ricoh Lions will welcome Tana Umaga's Steelers, who locked up the

Parker and Banks in record scoring mode

Follow @RedefinedRugby Otago's Hayden Parker and Tasman's Marty Banks finished the regular season in outstanding style with their points scoring in Sunday's ITM Cup games. Parker booted Otago to a win over Auckland and moved to second place behind Tony Brown on the points scored for Otago in a season while Banks

Preview: Counties Manukau v Southland

Follow @RedefinedRugby July 29, 2011 was the last time these two met in a Shield challenge, when Southland secured an eight-point victory. This time, it's the hosts hoping to one-up their opponents. MISSING IN ACTION: Counties Manukau have all but one of their regular starters back for the final Ranfurly Shield defence

ITM CUP – Preview Week 9

Follow @RedefinedRugby ITM CUP – Preview Week 9 Potential semifinalists If semifinals were being played this weekend, this is what they'd look like (hosting team named first): ITM CUP PREMIERSHIP ITM CUP CHAMPIONSHIP Wellington v Counties Manukau Tasman v Southland Canterbury v Auckland Hawke's Bay v Otago Semifinal information will be distributed via media release following the final match

Canterbury survive Counties scare

Follow @RedefinedRugby 38 v 23 They led for 67 minutes but a weakened Counties Manukau could not complete a major upset, eventually falling 38-23 to Canterbury in Christchurch on Sunday. Although the scoreboard suggested a comfortable bonus point win, which all but secured a home semi-final for the Cantabrians, that couldn't