The hard-fought rugby match was a double celebration for the Taranaki team, who secured the shield and cleared relegation danger. They defend in New Plymouth against Hawkes Bay this coming Sunday, in a little west coast versus east coast rivalry.
A parade from downtown to the Stadium—with a predicted 35,000 in the stands—will allow proud locals to celebrate the team.
Taranaki last won the shield 15 years ago…to the day of today’s win. Congratulations guys, and keep your foot on the gas!