2012 ITM Cup

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2012 ITM Cup season
Countries  New Zealand
Tournament format(s) Round-robin and Finals
Champions CanterburyColours.png Canterbury (5th title)
Matches played 76
Tries scored 448 (5.89 per match)
Top point scorer(s) New Zealand Gareth Anscombe (191)
Top try scorer(s) New Zealand Johnny McNicholl (10)
Official website Official site
2011 (Previous) (Next) 2013

The 2012 ITM Cup season was the seventh season since the competition reconstruction in 2006 and the second under the new Premiership and Championship format. For the ITM Cup competition it involved the top 14 provincial unions of New Zealand. The tournament was won by Canterbury, who defeated Auckland 31–18 in the competition final. For sponsorship reasons, the competition was known as the ITM Cup and it was currently the third season under the new sponsor. Including the defunct National Provincial Championship, this is the 36th season of New Zealand's premier domestic competition. The regular season matches took place from 23 August until 14 October – followed by the semi-finals that culminated in the final on 27 October.

The 2012 season saw Hawke's Bay enter the Premiership division for the first time, having replaced the under-performing Southland.[1] Hawke's Bay achieved three victories in their inaugural division, but finished last following the regular season.

Competition format[edit]

Covering 10 weeks, the schedule featured a total of 76 matches. The 14 teams were grouped based on their on-field finishing positions in 2010 plus a promotion/relegation between the winner of the Championship receiving automatic promotion to the Premiership replacing the seventh placed team in the Premiership which will be relegated to the Championship for the ITM Cup in 2013.[2] The regular season consisted of two types of matches:

  • Internal Division Matches – Each team played the other six teams in the same division, three home and three away.
  • Cross Division Matches – Each team played four teams from the other division, thus missing out on three teams (each from the other division).

The four teams of each division, moved on to the finals. The top two division winners, based on table points, received a home semi-final. In the first round of the finals, the semi-finals, the second division winner hosted the third division winner, and the first division winner hosted fourth division winner. The final is hosted by the top remaining seed.[3]

Standings[edit]

Premiership Division
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 10 8 0 2 419 132 +287 51 15 6 1 39
2 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 10 8 0 2 323 203 +120 41 24 7 0 39
3 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 10 8 0 2 322 252 +70 33 24 5 0 37
4 Naki.png Taranaki 10 7 0 3 323 266 +57 38 31 5 0 33
5 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato Ranfurly Shield icon.png 10 6 0 4 272 230 +42 32 26 3 1 28
6 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 10 3 0 7 232 311 –79 26 32 3 1 16
7 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 10 3 0 7 170 301 –131 14 33 1 1 14


Championship Division
Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau 10 6 0 4 317 227 +90 36 23 7 3 34
2 Otagorugby.png Otago 10 5 0 5 292 285 +7 26 31 4 2 26
3 Makos.png Tasman 10 5 0 5 209 227 –18 24 22 2 2 24
4 Southland.png Southland 10 4 0 6 150 276 –126 14 34 1 2 19
5 NLTaniwha.png Northland 10 3 0 7 225 319 –94 26 34 3 2 17
6 Turbos.png Manawatu 10 3 0 7 198 321 –123 20 41 2 2 16
7 Harbour.png North Harbour 10 1 0 9 205 307 –102 25 36 2 3 9


Source: itmcup.co.nz

Legend:

     Qualified for Division Finals.
     Relegated to Championship for 2013.
Ranfurly Shield icon.png Ranfurly Shield holders.


  • Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, PD = Points Difference, TF = Tries For, TA = Tries Against, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, Pts = Log Points

Points breakdown:

  • 4 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
  • 1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

The Overall Standings classification system:

  • Four Division Winners/Leaders in log points order
  • The remaining three teams in log points order
  • When teams are level on log points, they are sorted by:
    • the winner of the round robin match between the two provinces
    • highest overall points difference
    • highest number of tries scored
    • highest number of points scored
    • a coin toss

Round-by-round[edit]

Team Points by Round Total Average
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 36 29 11 33 59 16 32 22 16 37 43 32 43 30 22 18 36 16 24 19 322 252 32.2 25.2
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 22 37 31 19 13 47 6 15 37 16 41 42 26 36 31 19 3 17 22 63 232 311 23.2 31.1
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 22 25 33 11 36 3 20 12 9 18 52 27 84 0 56 11 44 3 63 22 419 132 41.9 13.2
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau 30 9 30 37 27 15 47 13 43 12 31 28 18 22 28 32 19 28 44 31 317 227 31.7 22.7
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 29 36 15 30 37 30 6 22 7 35 42 41 21 15 7 20 3 44 3 28 170 301 21.7 30.1
Turbos.png Manawatu 11 30 16 59 33 20 3 27 23 20 28 31 18 59 35 51 20 7 11 17 198 334 19.8 33.4
Harbour.png North Harbour 22 42 3 36 15 27 17 18 20 23 25 54 17 27 28 34 16 36 42 10 205 307 20.5 30.7
NLTaniwha.png Northland 34 46 29 27 20 33 18 17 20 17 31 32 12 16 19 31 11 56 31 44 225 319 22.5 31.9
Otagorugby.png Otago 46 34 19 31 15 10 12 43 54 25 39 13 15 21 51 35 22 49 19 24 292 285 29.2 28.5
Southland.png Southland 9 30 8 40 10 15 10 13 35 7 27 17 16 12 0 84 18 47 17 11 150 276 15 27.6
Naki.png Taranaki 37 22 49 40 22 6 18 9 32 43 32 31 59 18 10 46 47 18 17 33 323 266 32.3 26.6
Makos.png Tasman 25 22 40 49 27 3 13 10 17 20 13 39 19 20 17 3 28 19 10 42 209 227 20.9 22.7
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 42 22 27 29 22 32 15 6 13 29 27 52 20 19 46 10 32 28 28 3 272 230 27.2 23
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 30 11 30 15 40 8 12 20 29 13 30 43 36 26 34 28 49 22 33 17 323 203 32.3 20.3
Offensive Defensive


Team Tries by Round Total Average
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 3 2 1 3 8 1 4 3 1 4 4 5 4 4 1 0 5 1 2 1 33 24 3.3 2.4
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 3 4 3 1 2 5 0 0 4 1 5 5 2 3 4 3 0 2 3 8 26 32 2.6 3.2
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 1 3 3 1 5 0 3 2 0 2 6 3 12 0 7 1 6 0 8 3 51 15 5.1 1.5
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau 4 0 3 3 4 2 5 2 5 0 4 3 0 1 4 4 1 3 6 5 36 23 3.6 2.3
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 2 3 2 4 3 3 0 3 1 4 5 5 0 0 1 2 0 6 0 3 14 33 1.4 3.3
Turbos.png Manawatu 1 3 1 8 4 2 0 4 2 3 3 4 2 8 4 6 2 1 1 2 20 41 2 4.1
Harbour.png North Harbour 3 6 0 5 2 4 2 0 3 2 3 6 2 2 4 5 1 5 5 1 25 36 2.5 3.6
NLTaniwha.png Northland 4 4 3 3 2 4 0 2 2 1 4 2 2 1 3 4 1 7 5 6 26 34 2.6 3.4
Otagorugby.png Otago 4 4 1 3 0 1 0 5 6 3 5 2 0 0 6 4 3 7 1 2 26 31 2.6 3.1
Southland.png Southland 0 4 1 5 1 0 1 2 4 1 2 2 1 2 0 12 2 5 2 1 14 34 1.4 3.4
Naki.png Taranaki 4 3 5 5 3 0 2 0 5 4 2 4 8 2 1 7 5 2 3 4 38 31 3.8 3.1
Makos.png Tasman 3 1 5 5 4 0 2 1 1 2 2 5 1 2 2 0 3 1 1 5 24 22 2.4 2.2
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 6 3 3 3 3 4 0 0 1 4 3 6 2 1 7 1 4 4 3 0 32 26 3.2 2.6
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 3 1 4 2 5 1 2 3 4 1 4 4 3 2 5 4 7 3 4 3 41 24 4.1 2.4
Offensive Defensive


Team Progression – 2012 ITM Cup season
Premiership
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 1
(5th)
5
(3rd)
10
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
14
(1st)
14
(1st)
14
(3rd)
14
(4th)
19
(4th)
19
(4th)
24
(4th)
24
(4th)
29
(4th)
34
(1st)
39
(1st)
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 4
(3rd)
9
(1st)
14
(1st)
14
(1st)
14
(4th)
14
(4th)
19
(1st)
19
(3rd)
20
(3rd)
24
(2nd)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
34
(1st)
34
(2nd)
39
(2nd)
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 4
(4th)
4
(5th)
9
(4th)
9
(4th)
14
(3rd)
14
(3rd)
14
(4th)
19
(2nd)
24
(1st)
24
(1st)
28
(3rd)
28
(2nd)
33
(3rd)
33
(4th)
37
(3rd)
Naki.png Taranaki 5
(2nd)
5
(4th)
10
(3rd)
10
(3rd)
14
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
18
(2nd)
19
(1st)
23
(2nd)
23
(3rd)
28
(2nd)
28
(3rd)
33
(2nd)
33
(3rd)
33
(4th)
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 5
(1st)
5
(2nd)
6
(5th)
6
(5th)
6
(5th)
10
(5th)
10
(5th)
10
(5th)
10
(6th)
10
(6th)
14
(6th)
19
(5th)
24
(5th)
24
(5th)
28
(5th)
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 0
(7th)
0
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
9
(6th)
9
(6th)
11
(5th)
11
(5th)
16
(5th)
16
(6th)
16
(6th)
16
(6th)
16
(6th)
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 1
(6th)
1
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(7th)
5
(7th)
10
(7th)
10
(7th)
14
(7th)
14
(7th)
14
(7th)
14
(7th)
14
(7th)
Championship
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 R11 R12 R13 R14 R15
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau 5
(1st)
5
(1st)
6
(1st)
11
(1st)
16
(1st)
16
(1st)
21
(1st)
21
(1st)
26
(1st)
26
(1st)
27
(1st)
27
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
34
(1st)
Otagorugby.png Otago 5
(2nd)
5
(2nd)
5
(3rd)
5
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
9
(4th)
14
(3rd)
19
(2nd)
19
(2nd)
20
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
26
(2nd)
Makos.png Tasman 4
(3rd)
4
(3rd)
5
(2nd)
5
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
15
(2nd)
15
(2nd)
15
(3rd)
15
(4th)
16
(3rd)
16
(3rd)
20
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
Southland.png Southland 0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(6th)
0
(6th)
1
(6th)
2
(6th)
7
(6th)
7
(6th)
11
(5th)
15
(5th)
15
(5th)
15
(5th)
15
(6th)
15
(6th)
19
(4th)
NLTaniwha.png Northland 1
(4th)
1
(4th)
5
(4th)
5
(4th)
9
(4th)
9
(4th)
13
(3rd)
13
(4th)
15
(4th)
16
(3rd)
16
(4th)
16
(4th)
16
(4th)
16
(4th)
17
(5th)
Turbos.png Manawatu 0
(5th)
0
(5th)
0
(7th)
5
(5th)
5
(5th)
5
(5th)
9
(5th)
9
(5th)
10
(6th)
10
(6th)
10
(6th)
11
(6th)
15
(5th)
15
(5th)
16
(6th)
Harbour.png North Harbour 0
(6th)
0
(6th)
0
(5th)
0
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
4
(7th)
9
(7th)

The table above shows a team's progression throughout the season.
For each round, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall division log position in brackets.
Key: win draw loss bye

Points Scorers[edit]

Updated: 26 October 2012

Regular Season[edit]

The results of the season were as follows:[4]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

Bye/s: Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty, CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau, Turbos.png Manawatu, Harbour.png North Harbour, NLTaniwha.png Northland, Otagorugby.png Otago, Southland.png Southland, Naki.png Taranaki, Makos.png Tasman, Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato

Round 3[edit]

Round 4[edit]

Bye/s: Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland, Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty, CanterburyColours.png Canterbury, Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay, Otagorugby.png Otago, Southland.png Southland, Naki.png Taranaki, Makos.png Tasman, Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato, Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington

Round 5[edit]

Round 6[edit]

Bye/s: Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland, CanterburyColours.png Canterbury, CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau, Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay, Turbos.png Manawatu, Harbour.png North Harbour, NLTaniwha.png Northland, Otagorugby.png Otago, Naki.png Taranaki, Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington

Round 7[edit]

Round 8[edit]

Bye/s: Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty, CanterburyColours.png Canterbury, CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau, Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay, Turbos.png Manawatu, NLTaniwha.png Northland, Southland.png Southland, Makos.png Tasman, Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato, Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington

Round 9[edit]

Round 10[edit]

Bye/s: Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland, CanterburyColours.png Canterbury, CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau, Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay, Turbos.png Manawatu, Harbour.png North Harbour, Otagorugby.png Otago, Naki.png Taranaki, Makos.png Tasman, Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato

Round 11[edit]

Round 12[edit]

Bye/s: Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland, Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty, CanterburyColours.png Canterbury, CountiesAirNZ.png Counties Manukau, Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay, Harbour.png North Harbour, NLTaniwha.png Northland, Southland.png Southland, Makos.png Tasman, Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington

Round 13[edit]

Round 14[edit]

Bye/s: Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland, Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty, Turbos.png Manawatu, Harbour.png North Harbour, NLTaniwha.png Northland, Otagorugby.png Otago, Southland.png Southland, Naki.png Taranaki, Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato, Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington

Round 15[edit]

Finals[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]

19 October 2012
19:35 NZST
OtagoOtagorugby.png 41–34 Makos.png Tasman
Try: Jackson Hemopo Try 5'
Adam Thomson Try 36'
Fumiaki Tanaka Try 60'
Tony Ensor Try 66'
Con: Glenn Dickson Kick 6'61'67' (2/3)
Pen: Glenn Dickson Kick 14'51'63'74'78' (5/5)
Report Try: Andrew Goodman Try 20'
Peter Betham Try 45'
Albert Nikoro Try 57'
Con: Andrew Goodman Kick 21'46' (2/3)
Pen: Andrew Goodman Kick 9'11'71' (3/5)
Albert Nikoro Kick 30'34' (2/3)

20 October 2012
14:05 NZST
Counties ManukauCountiesAirNZ.png 48–23 Southland.png Southland
Try: Sherwin Stowers Try 36'
Bundee Aki Try 43'
Rey Lee-Lo Try 69'80'
Tony Pulu Try 74'
DJ Forbes Try 77'
Con: Baden Kerr Kick 75'78'80' (3/6)
Pen: Baden Kerr Kick 2'9'47'62' (4/5)
Report Try: Tayler Adams Try 11'
Marty McKenzie Try 33'
Con: Scott Eade Kick 12'34' (2/2)
Pen: Scott Eade Kick 17'31'56' (3/5)

20 October 2012
16:35 NZST
CanterburyCanterburyColours.png 51–27
(a.e.t.)
Naki.png Taranaki
Try: Wyatt Crockett Try 16'88'
Matt Todd Try 19'
George Whitelock Try 92'
Jordan Taufua Try 97'
Con: Tom Taylor Kick 17' (1/2)
Tyler Bleyendaal Kick 89'93'98' (3/3)
Pen: Tom Taylor Kick 30'33'43'52'56' (5/5)
Tyler Bleyendaal Kick 95' (1/1)
Drop: Tyler Bleyendaal (0/2)
Report Try: James Marshall Try 6'
Jason Eaton Try 38'
Chris Walker Try 63'
Seta Tamanivalu Try 73'
Con: Beauden Barrett Kick 7'39' (2/4)
Pen: Beauden Barrett Kick 24' (1/1)

20 October 2012
19:05 NZST
WellingtonWellington Lions colours.png 22–33 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland
Try: Ross Filipo Try 36'
Mark Reddish Try 42'
Ardie Savea Try 56'
Con: Jason Woodward Kick 43'57' (2/3)
Pen: Jason Woodward Kick 25' (1/2)
Report Try: Pauliasi Manu Try 49'
Malakai Fekitoa Try 58'70'
Hadleigh Parkes Try 73'
Con: Gareth Anscombe Kick 59'74' (2/4)
Pen: Gareth Anscombe Kick 7'27'30' (3/4)

Finals[edit]

26 October 2012
19:35 NZST
Counties ManukauCountiesAirNZ.png 41–16 Otagorugby.png Otago
Try: