Mitre 10 Cup: Monster Jordie Barrett penalty lifts Taranaki to stunning Ranfurly Shield win over Canterbury

A monster Jordie Barrett penalty has lifted Taranaki to Ranfurly Shield victory over holders Canterbury.

The 49m effort was the culmination of an epic contest worthy of the famous Log o' Wood, sealing a 23-22 win.

The red and blacks appeared on course to retain the shield after Andrew Knewstubb's 71st minute try completed a remarkable second-half comeback for the homeside.

Trailing 20-3 at halftime, Canterbury dominated the visitors, scoring three unanswered tries.

Prop Oliver Yagar dotted down in the 42nd minute, Richie Mo'unga in the 57th and Knewstubb with nine to play.

But Taranaki wouldn't be denied with the All Black fullback stepping up when it mattered most, despite a poor afternoon with the boot. 

"It was probably the most dreamy night to kick goals, so being [two from five] wasn't nice - but they're the kicks I want and every kicker dreams of," said Barrett.

"There is a lot of ticker with some of these boys in our team, from one to eight our pack fronted up today, so we're over the moon.

"It was a pretty special moment today. But hopefully, we can get the opportunity to play for the ‘Naki again this season at some stage."

Earlier the amber and blacks appeared on course for a runaway win, thanks to three tries in the first half-hour.

New All Black lock Tupou Vaa'i's try just minutes after winger Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens opened the scoring had the challengers out to an early 13-0 lead.

A Mo'unga penalty got Canterbury on the board, but just before the half-hour mark, a piece of Beauden Barrett magic broke the game open.

Mo'unga aimless kick was punished by Barrett who gassed several grasping defenders before finding a flying Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens for his second. 

Taranaki will have the opportunity to defend their newly won prize next Sunday against Otago in New Plymouth. 

Taranaki 23 (Tupou Vai'i, Jacob Ratumatayuki-Kneepkensx2 tries, J Barrett 1con, 2pens)
Canterbury 22 (Jager, Knewstubb, Mo'unga tries, Mo'unga 2con, 1pen) HT 20-3