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Final score: North Harbour 29 Canterbury 43
Canterbury 43 (Taylor x2, Bridge, Punivai, Grace, Pohipi tries, Cameron 3pens 1con, Mo'unga 2con) bt
North Harbour 29 (McGarvey-Black, Fifita tries, Gatland 5pens, 2con) HT 21-22
80+2 - That'll be the game as Harmon wins another turnover. Mo'unga bangs the ball into touch to end the game.
80+1 - Harbour have a late penalty. The will have a lineout just outsdide the Canterbury 22.
78mins - Try Canterbury: George Bridge - Red and blacks come straight back at Harbour. The polay through 12 phases until Bridge sights a gao through the middle and dives over to score. Converted. CAN 43-29
75mins - Try North Harbour: Walter Fifita - Gatland breaks out from his own line and gaps it .... he finds McGarvey-Black who goes to ground. Ball swings left and Gatland finds Fifita who charges down the left hand side, and comes around to score under the posts. Converted. CAN 36-29
72mins - Harmon wins the turnover for Canterbury and Drummond boots it clear,
71mins - Scrum penalty for Harbour. Gatland finds touch 10m out.
68mins - Harbour throwing everything at the Cantabs but their defence is too good. Penalty won and Drummond takes it quickly, but Mo'unga loses the ball forward, Scrum Harbour midway halfway and 22 in their own half.
63mins - Try Canterbury: Codie Taylor - Two for Taylor. Punivai puts Mackay through ... he swings a lomg pass to Bridge who is brought down by Stevenson .... back right they go and Mo'unga with the cross kick is perfect as Taylor waits for the ball to drop into his hands and dives over to score. Not converted. CAN 36-22
61mins - Canterbury scrum midway halfway and 22 in Harbour territory.
58mins - Try Canterbury: Isiah Punivai - A gift! Harbour looking to play from inside their own half .... a wayward pass is grabbed by Punivai and he races away to score under the posts. Mo'unga converts. CAN 31-22
56mins - Lineout for Harbour on their own 10m line. Canterbury looking to create space down the right, but Mo'unga's pass is ruled forward.
55mins - Scrum for Harbour midway 22 and halfway in their own territory.
49mins - Lineout penalty against North Harbour and Cameron clears to the 22. Graet kick from Cameron off the loneout puts Stevenson under pressure and his kick is poor. Lineout Canterbury on the Harbour 10m line as Mo'unga replaces Cameron.
48mins - Great attack from Harbour, but the defence is even better. Another penalty for offside play and again Harbour opt for a lineout 5m.
47mins - McGarvey-Black goes close in the right hand corner .... he throws a specy inside but it's taken by Prinsep. Referee has found a knock on against Canterbury. Scrum 5m for Harbour.
46mins - Penalty for Harbour deep in Canterbury territory and Gatland finds touch 5m out.
44mins - Penalty goal Canterbury: Cameron makes no mistake this time. CAN 24-22
43mins - Lovely cross kick from Cameron finds a flying Mataele who charges towards the line but he's dragged down just short. Under advantage and Cameron will have shot.
41mins - Early penalty for Canterbury, Gatland with a high tackle in Cameron.
Second half - Harbour will have the ball to begin the second half.
Halftime - North Harbour 22 Canterbury 21
40mins - Penalty goal North Harbour: Gatland makes no mistake to give his side a halftime lead. NHA 22-21
39mins - McGarvey-Black creates an oppurtunity for Harbour from broken play and Romano is pinged for an illegal steal at the ruck. Gatland will have a shot as the clock ticks down.
36mins - Try Canterbury: Cullen Grace - And back come the Cantabs. 5m lineout off the back of a penalty. The drive is good and Grace rips the ball off the back and dives over to score. Converted. CAN 21-19
35mins - Penalty goal North Harbour: Gatland bangs over another long kick and Harbour extend theor lead. NHA 19-14
34mins - Grace pinged for not rolling away at the tackle and Gatland will have a stab from just inside the Cantabs half.
33mins - Lineout for North Harbour just inside Canterbury territory.
29mins - Try North Harbour: Ngarachi McGarvey-Black - Harbour reply! Lineout set play ... ball off the top, Gatland to Stevenson whi kicks ahead for a flying McGarvey-Black who gasses Mackay and wins the race to score. Gatland converts from the sideline. NHA 16-14
27mins - Try Canterbury: Rameka Poihipi - Set play from the scrum ... short pass from Bridge puts Poihipi through and he steps the fullback to score under the posts. CAN 14-9
25mins - Long period of play. Great defence from Harbout as big Karl T turns the ball over with a great steal....Cantabs get the ball back and again they attack with intent. Mackay's pass goes astray but Wiliams finds a Harbour hand in the movement. Scrum Canterbury midway halfway and 22 Harbour territory.
21mins - The red and blacks really getting into their work now. Another good period of play ends with an unplayable ball and they will have a scrum on the Harbour 22.....15 in from the right hand touchline.
20mins - Cameron pushes it wide from in front ... 25m out! Poor kick that.
18mins - Good pressure from Canterbury .... they work the ball upfield nicely and eventually Williams finds a couple of Harbour players offside and Cameron will have a handy shot at goal.
17mins - The North Harbour scrum is decimated on halfway and the Cantabs have a penalty. Cameron finds touch on the 10m line.
15mins - Penalty goal North Harbour: Gatland smokes it from 55m and Harbour are back in the lead. NHA 9-7
14mins - Jacob Pearce wins a penalty for Harbour just short of halfway ... he gets over the ball nicely. Gatland will have a ping from 55.
13mins - Penalty goal North Harbour: Gatland drills another one. CAN 7-6
11mins - Great attacking intent from Harbour. They play through 11 phases and win a penalty for offside play from Henare. Gatland will have a shot .... about 30m out ti the left of the posts.
9mins - Try Canterbury: Codie Taylor - Try is awarded. Couldn't see much but the on field decision was try. Cameron converts. CAN 7-3
8mins - Good initial lineout drive from the red and blacks .... they splinter a little .... second push comes from Harbour as they go to the ground. Referee wants to have a look. He says he has seen the ball grounded.
7mins - Scrum penalty for Canterbury .... Cameron finds touch 5m out.
6mins - North Harbour scrum just inside their own 22.
5mins - Good, patient attack from Canterbury .. Mataele kicks ahead but Stevenson tidies up and Harbour clear to halfway.
3mins - Penalty goal North Harbour: Gatland drills it down the middle. NHA 3-0
2mins - Henare kicks from the ruck on 11th phase.....but it's to strong and floats out on the full. From the lineout Harbour are playing under advantage and referee Williams blows his whistle. Gatland will take a shot from in front ... midway halfway and 22.
Kick-off: Brett Cameron gets the game underway ..... kicked away by Gatland and Canterbury take possession on halfway.
7:03pm - Teams are out on a tremendous looking surface at North Harbour Stadium.
Hello folks and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of the opening game of the Mitre 10 Cup between North Harbour and Canterbury on Aucland's North Shore.
Canterbury will unleash their big guns for the opening match of the season, with six All Blacks named in their side.
Front-row duo Joe Moody and Codie Taylor will pack down in the scrum, along with lock Sam Whitelock and loose forward Cullen Grace. George Bridge is the only All Black in the starting backline, while Richie Mo'unga will play his 50th game off the bench.
After missing the 2019 season through injury, first-five Bryn Gatland will provide a boost to Harbour's premiership hopes, while halfback Bryn Hall will face off against many of his Crusaders Super Rugby teammates.
All Blacks prop Karl Tu'inukuafe features in the front row.
TAB odds: Canterbury $1.08, North Harbour $6.70
North Harbour: 1-Karl Tu'inukuafe, 2-Lutero Tolai, 3-Sione Mafileo, 4-Gerrard Cowley-Tuioti, 5-Jacob Pearce, 6-Ethan Roots, 7-Dillon Hunt, 8-Murphy Taramai, 9-Bryn Hall, 10-Bryn Gatland, 11-Walter Fifita, 12-Jimmy Little, 13-Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 14-Ngarachi McGarvey-Black, 15-Shaun Stevenson
Reserves: 16-Zane Turner, 17-Teague McIlroy, 18-Jimmy Roots, 19-Tim Sail, 20-Tamarau McGahan, 21-Lewis Gjatema, 22-Fini Inisi, 23-Tomas Aoake
Canterbury: 1-Joe Moody, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Fletcher Newell, 4-Luke Romano, 5-Sam Whitelock, 6-Reed Prinsep (c), 7-Billy Harmon, 8-Cullen Grace, 9-Ereatara Enari, 10-Brett Cameron, 11-Manasa Mataele, 12-Rameka Poihipi, 13-Dallas McLeod, 14-George Bridge, 15-Josh McKay
Reserves: 16-Shilo Klein, 17-Finlay Brewis, 18-Tamati Williams, 19-Mitchell Dunshea, 20-Whetukamokamo Douglas, 21-Mitchell Drummond, 22-Richie Mo'unga, 23-Isaiah Punivai