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Canterbury claim top spot in Farah Palmer Cup

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Lynn McConnell     06 Oct 2018     Getty Images

It was only Canterbury's second win over Auckland after their last win in 2009. A feature of the effort was the four tries scored by halfback Kendra Cocksedge.

Canterbury will play fourth-placed Manawatu in one semifinal while Waikato, who finished two points behind Canterbury will play Counties Manukau in the other semifinal.
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Waikato prepared with a 44-7 over North Harbour while Counties Manukau won a close contest with Bay of Plenty 26-22.

Wellington finished a clear leader of the Championship with a 118-0 win over Taranaki, the score surpassing their only other game, a 49-3 win to Wellington in 2013.

Otago were six points back after their 48-7 win over Tasman, their second game and an improvement for Tasman on their 0-82 loss last year. Hawke's Bay were a clear winner of the third finals slot in spite of their last-game 10-22 loss to Manawatu.

Canterbury 37 (Kendra Cocksedge 4, Becky Davidson, Forne Burkin tries; Cocksedge 2 con, 1 pen) Auckland 12 (Aldora Itunu, Fiao'o Fa'amausili tries, Ruahei Demant con)

Counties Manukau 26 (Aroha Savage 2, Aotearoa Matau 2 tires; Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu 3 con) Bay of Plenty 22 (Renee Wickliffe, Sapphire Tapsell, Ora Williams tries; Wickliffe 2 con, pen)

Manawatu 22 (Kristina Sue, Sam Tipene 2, Vaine Greig tries; Lauren Balsillie con) Hawke's Bay 10 (Natalie Cotton try; Emma Jenson con, pen)

North Harbour 7 (Juliana Newman try; Sophie Fisher con ) Waikato 44 (Tanya Kalounivale, Chelsea Alley, Ash Gaby Sutherland, Danielle Paenga, Ryleigh Hayes, Tyler Reid, Sosoli Talawadua, Lonita Ngalu Lavemei tries; Alley 2 con)

Tasman 7 (Anna Bradley try; Hayley Hutana con) Otago 48 (Isla Pringle, Tegan Hollows 2, Rosie Kelly, Greer Muir 2, Cheyenne Cunningham, Sammy Wong tries; Kelly 4 con). HT: 0-33

Wellington 118 (Siene Mose-Samau, Acacia Te Iwi Mate, Jackie Patea-Fereti, Alicia Print, Ayesha Leti-liga 2, Amanda Rasch 3, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Eli Taito 2, Bernadette Robertson, Sanita Levave, Kiri Mei, Tyler Bentley, Dhys Faleafaga, Monica Tagaoi tries; Rasch 14 con) Taranaki 0.