Hawke’s Bay have secured the Ranfurly Shield for the summer.
The Magpies comfortably won the final Shield challenge of the NPC season over the weekend, defeating Wellington 34-18 in Napier.
It was Hawke’s Bays team’s third successful defence since claiming the Log o’ Wood from Otago at the start of last month.
The result also returned Hawke’s Bay to the top of the Championship division ladder. This puts them in the box seat to earn promotion back to the top-tier Premiership.
Conversely, the loss for Wellington moved them to the bottom of the Premiership ladder and in danger of relegation.
The Ranfurly Shield
The Ranfurly Shield, known as the Log o’ Wood, is a trophy in New Zealand’s domestic rugby union competition.
First played for in 1904, the Shield is based on a challenge system, rather than a league or knockout competition as with most football trophies. The holding union must defend the shield in challenge matches. All matches are played at the shield holders home venue.