1977 National Provincial Championship

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The National Provincial Championship, or NPC, was the predecessor to the current Air New Zealand Cup and Heartland Championship in New Zealand rugby. 1977 was the second year of the National Provincial Championship, Canterbury were the winners of Division 1, thus claiming the title of National Champions.

Division 1[edit]

Standings[edit]

Relegated to Division Two

These were the NPC Division 1 standings for the 1977 season.

New Zealand National Championship 1977 Division 1
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF Pts
1 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 10 10 0 10 190 81 +109 30 20
2 Countiesmanukaurugby.png Counties 10 8 0 2 254 94 +160 42 16
3 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 10 6 0 4 166 164 +2 20 12
4 ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 10 6 0 4 152 95 +57 20 12
5 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 10 5 0 5 160 174 -14 20 10
6 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 10 5 0 5 142 123 +19 14 10
7 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 10 5 0 5 155 146 +9 25 10
8 Otagorugby.png Otago 10 4 0 6 149 171 -22 17 8
9 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 10 4 0 6 131 132 -1 13 8
10 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 10 2 0 8 144 283 -139 18 4
11 Marlborough rugby.png Marlborough Rugby Colours.png Marlborough 10 0 0 10 90 270 -180 12 0

Table notes[edit]

  • Pld = Played
  • W = Win
  • D = Draw
  • L = Loss
  • PF = For (Total points scored)
  • PA = Against (Total points scored against)
  • PD = Points difference
  • TF = Tries for
  • Pts = Championship points

Division 2 (North Island)[edit]

Standings[edit]

New Zealand National Championship 1977 Division 2 (North Island)
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF Pts
1 North auckland rugby.png North Auckland 8 8 0 0 238 32 +206 40 16
2 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 8 6 0 2 203 70 +133 29 12
3 Povertybay.png Povertybay.png Poverty Bay 8 5 1 2 132 101 +31 17 11
4 Whanganuicolors.png Whanganuicolors.png Wanganui 8 5 1 2 160 134 +26 24 11
5 Wbush.png Wbush.png Wairarapa Bush 8 4 0 4 90 79 +11 10 8
6 Kcountry.png Kcountry.png King Country 8 3 0 5 75 149 -74 10 6
7 Thamesvalley.png Thames Valley 8 2 1 5 99 158 -59 14 5
8 Ecoast.png East Coast 8 1 1 6 74 203 -129 12 3
9 Hkapiti.png Horowhenua 8 0 0 8 48 193 -145 6 0

Division 2 (South Island)[edit]

Standings[edit]

New Zealand National Championship 1977 Division 2 (South Island)
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD TF Pts
1 Scantab.png Scantab.png South Canterbury 5 5 0 0 111 21 +90 17 10
2 Mcantab.png Mid Canterbury 5 4 0 1 87 36 +51 15 8
3 Nelson bays rugby.png Nelson Bays 5 3 0 2 56 63 -7 6 6
4 Wcoast.png West Coast 5 2 0 3 65 81 -16 9 4
5 Northotago.png North Otago 5 1 0 4 43 99 -56 5 2
6 Buller Rugby (colours).png Buller 5 0 0 5 18 80 -62 2 0

Promotion/Relegation[edit]

Bay of Plenty and Marlborough finished in the bottom two of Division 1.

The winners of Division 2 North, North Auckland, were automatically promoted to Division 1. Bay of Plenty were relegated, just one season after they won the National Championship.

The winners of Division 2 South, South Canterbury, played Marlborough and won 13-9 to earn promotion to Division 1. Marlborough were relegated to Division 2.

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