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Second-half blitz seals Canterbury win

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/10/2016 Cathy Walshe

Canterbury finally earned some breathing room in the 56th minute when flanker Jed Brown's flick-on found Sanders who offloaded for Jack Goodhue to score in the corner. © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Canterbury finally earned some breathing room in the 56th minute when flanker Jed Brown's flick-on found Sanders who offloaded for Jack Goodhue to score in the corner. Canterbury fought off a spirited North Harbour attack with 32 unanswered second-half points to retain the Ranfurly Shield 47-18 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Friday.

With the scores level 15-15 at halftime, Canterbury lifted across the board after the break, running in four second-half tries to keep the Shield in Christchurch for the summer.

Jordie Barrett opened the scoring for the home team with a fifth minute penalty, but Matt Vaega hit back for Harbour two minutes later when he latched onto a Tevita Li flick-on to dive over.

Flanker Tom Sanders snatched back the lead at 10 minutes with Canterbury's first try out wide, before winger George Bridge added the second, five minutes later as the Shield holders opened out a 15-5 lead.

Prop Sione Mafileo hit back for Harbour off the back of another Li break, with Bryn Gatland adding the conversion and another penalty to level the scores 15-15 at halftime.

Canterbury finally earned some breathing room in the 56th minute when flanker Jed Brown's flick-on found Sanders who offloaded for Jack Goodhue to score in the corner.

But at 28-18 ahead, Canterbury still couldn't afford to relax, and it took a Richie Mo'unga try in the 64th minute to open up a respectable lead.

Replacement hooker Nathan Vella powered over three minutes later and with Mo'unga continuing to nail his conversions, Canterbury took a 42-18 lead into the final 10 minutes.

Replacement halfback Jack Stratton darted over from the base of an attacking scrum in the 80th minute to underline Canterbury's second-half resurgence.

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