2008 Air New Zealand Cup

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2008 Air New Zealand Cup
Countries  New Zealand
Date 31 July - 25 October
Champions CanterburyColours.png Canterbury
Runners-up Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington
Matches played 77
Attendance 530,226 (average 6,886 per match)
Top point scorer SouthlandRugby.png Blair Stewart (105)
Top try scorer Wellington Lions colours.png Hosea Gear (14)
2007
2009

The 2008 Air New Zealand Cup was a provincial rugby union competition involving 14 teams from New Zealand. Matches started on Thursday 31 July 2008, and continued until the final on 25 October 2008.

This season was the third of the expanded competition, which succeeded the First Division of the National Provincial Championship. It started with a 10-week round robin in which every team missed out on playing 3 teams in the competition. This was followed by a knockout playoff involving 8 teams, made up of quarterfinals, semifinals and the final.

On 11 August 2008 the New Zealand Rugby Union initially announced that Tasman and Northland would both be relegated from the Air New Zealand Cup after the completion of the 2008 season. Both teams failed to meet criteria which included financial stability, population, player training and development, playing history, and administration. This decision was reversed towards the end of the 2008 season, with Tasman and Northland remaining in the competition for two more years.[1]

Canterbury won their sixth national provincial title by defeating Wellington 7–6 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. It was the third consecutive season that Wellington have finished runners-up.

Standings[edit]

Qualified for the quarterfinals

The top eight teams in pool play advanced to the Quarter Finals.

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD BP1 BP2 Pts
1 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 10 9 0 1 353 161 +192 8 0 44
2 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 10 9 0 1 270 101 +169 5 1 42
3 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 10 7 0 3 265 183 +82 5 1 34
4 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 10 6 0 4 185 152 +33 2 3 28
5 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 10 6 0 4 225 249 −24 3 1 25
6 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 10 4 1 5 258 235 +23 5 2 25
7 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman 10 4 1 5 188 200 −12 2 3 23
8 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 10 4 1 5 201 209 −8 3 2 23
9 NLTaniwha.png Northland 10 4 0 6 212 227 −15 3 3 22
10 Otagorugby.png Otago 10 4 1 5 207 231 −24 2 2 22
11 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 10 5 0 5 149 193 −44 2 0 22
12 NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour 10 3 0 7 225 285 −61 3 4 19
13 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau 10 2 1 7 140 317 −177 1 2 13
14 ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 10 1 1 8 149 283 −134 2 1 9

Table notes[edit]

  • Pos = Table Position
  • Pld = Played
  • W = Win (Worth 4 points)
  • D = Draw (Worth 2 points)
  • L = Loss (Worth 0 points)
  • PF = For (Total points scored)
  • PA = Against (Total points scored against)
  • PD = Points difference
  • BP1 = Bonus Point (1 Bonus Point will be awarded to any team that scores 4 tries or more regardless of win/loss/draw.)
  • BP2 = Bonus Point (1 Bonus Point will be awarded to the losing side if the loss is by 7 points or less.)
  • Pts = Progressive points tally

NB:

  • It is possible to receive 2 bonus points in a loss.
  • In the event of a tie on points the ranking of teams is decided by:[2]
  1. The winner of the last match between the two provinces if played this season then,
  2. Highest points differential then,
  3. Most tries scored then,
  4. A coin toss.

Points Scorers[edit]

Player Team Pts
1 Blair Stewart SouthlandRugby.png Southland 105
2 Matt Berquist Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 97
3 Mike Delany Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 93
4 Willie Ripia TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 93
5 Jimmy Gopperth NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour 90

Try Scorers[edit]

Player Team Tries
1 Hosea Gear Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 14
2 Zac Guildford Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 8
3= James Paterson CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 7
3= Lote Raikabula ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 7
3= Karne Hesketh Otagorugby.png Otago 7
3= Paul Perez TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 7

Attendances[edit]

Team Played Highest Lowest Total Average
1 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 7 15,242 6,260 80,546 11,507
2 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 7 10,065 7,000 58,565 8,366
3 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 6 13,500 6,300 51,900 8,650
4 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 5 16,000 6,540 47,040 9,408
5 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 5 12,000 7,100 45,600 9,120
6 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 6 10,866 4,000 41,893 6,982
7 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 5 9,000 7,000 37,482 7,496
8 ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 5 8,000 4,000 31,000 6,200
9 NLTaniwha.png Northland 5 14,200 3,000 31,600 6,320
10 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 5 6,500 4,000 28,000 5,600
11 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman 5 6,700 2,500 22,800 4,560
12 NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour 5 5,700 2,500 19,400 3,880
13 Otagorugby.png Otago 5 5,000 2,000 18,500 3,700
14 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau 5 6,500 800 16,850 3,370
Total 76 16,000 800 530,226 6,977

Fixtures and results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
NLTaniwha.png Northland 18–10 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 31 July 2008 Homeworld Stadium, Whangarei 3,000
TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman (1 BP) 7–8 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 31 July 2008 Lansdowne Park, Blenheim 2,500
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington (1 BP) 30–6 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 1 August 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 7,148
TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 20–13 NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour (1 BP) 1 August 2008 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth 6,300
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury (1 BP) 24–25 ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 2 August 2008 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 7,500
SouthlandRugby.png Southland (1 BP) 23–25 Otagorugby.png Otago 2 August 2008 Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill 7,500
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau 17–6 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 3 August 2008 Growers Stadium, Pukekohe 6,500

Round 2[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour (1 BP) 27–30 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington (1 BP) 7 August 2008 North Harbour Stadium, Albany 3,500
ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 5–18 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 8 August 2008 FMG Stadium, Palmerston North 7,000
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato (1 BP) 14–16 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman 8 August 2008 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 7,100
Otagorugby.png Otago (1 BP) 13–20 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 9 August 2008 Carisbrook, Dunedin 5,000
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty (1 BP) 45–3 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau 9 August 2008 International Stadium, Rotorua 6,300
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay (1 BP) 43–31 NLTaniwha.png Northland 9 August 2008 McLean Park, Napier 4,000
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Ranfurly Shield icon.png 22–6 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 10 August 2008 Eden Park, Auckland 9,500

Round 3[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
ManawatuTurbosColours.pngManawatu (1 BP) 38–38 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato (1 BP) 14 August 2008 FMG Stadium, Palmerston North 4,000
Otagorugby.png Otago 23–18 NLTaniwha.png Northland (1 BP) 15 August 2008 Carisbrook, Dunedin 3,500
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington (1 BP) 64–7 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau 15 August 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 6,260
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty (1 BP) 38–31 NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour (2 BP) 16 August 2008 Baypark Stadium, Mount Maunganui 9,200
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay (1 BP) 16–20 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 16 August 2008 McLean Park, Napier 5,600
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury (1 BP) 34–3 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 16 August 2008 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 9,000
TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman 33–23 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 17 August 2008 Trafalgar Park, Nelson 5,600

Round 4[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
CountiesAirNZ.pngCounties-Manukau 8–22 Otagorugby.png Otago 21 August 2008 Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland 1,000
NLTaniwha.png Northland (1 BP) 10–15 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 22 August 2008 Homeworld Stadium, Whangarei 14,200
SouthlandRugby.png Southland 7–26 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington (1 BP) 22 August 2008 Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill 7,500
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Ranfurly Shield icon.png 25–3 ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 23 August 2008 Eden Park, Auckland 7,500
TasmanMakosRugbyColours.pngTasman 6–41 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay (1 BP) 23 August 2008 Lansdowne Park, Blenheim 3,500
TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 0–14 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 23 August 2008 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth 6,400
NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour 15–10 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato (1 BP) 24 August 2008 North Harbour Stadium, Albany 3,800

Round 5[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
SouthlandRugby.png Southland (1 BP) 31–8 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau 28 August 2008 Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill 7,000
TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki (1 BP) 39–21 NLTaniwha.png Northland 29 August 2008 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth 4,000
Otagorugby.png Otago 10–19 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 29 August 2008 Carisbrook, Dunedin 4,500
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington (1 BP) 48–12 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 30 August 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 15,242
ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu (1 BP) 17–20 NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour 30 August 2008 FMG Stadium, Palmerston North 7,000
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato (1 BP) 34–13 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 30 August 2008 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 9,500
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury (1 BP) 44–15 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman 31 August 2008 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 8,000

Round 6[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 18–14 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki (1 BP) 4 September 2008 McLean Park, Napier 6,300
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty (1 BP) 31–20 Otagorugby.png Otago 5 September 2008 Baypark Stadium, Mount Maunganui 13,500
ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 13–36 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington (1 BP) 5 September 2008 FMG Stadium, Palmerston North 8,000
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Ranfurly Shield icon.png 13–9 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 6 September 2008 Eden Park, Auckland 7,500
NLTaniwha.png Northland 10–31 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman (1BP) 6 September 2008 Homeworld Stadium, Whangarei 6,000
NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour 9–36 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury (1BP) 6 September 2008 North Harbour Stadium, Albany 3,900
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 20–15 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau (1 BP) 7 September 2008 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 12,000

Round 7[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 14–3 ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 11 September 2008 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth 4,800
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty (1 BP) 20–25 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 12 September 2008 International Stadium, Rotorua 8,000
NLTaniwha.png Northland (1 BP) 3–5 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 12 September 2008 Homeworld Stadium, Whangarei 4,200
TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman 21–21 Otagorugby.png Otago 13 September 2008 Trafalgar Park, Nelson 6,700
SouthlandRugby.png Southland (1BP) 43–7 NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour 13 September 2008 Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill 6,482
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington (1BP) 45–33 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato (1 BP) 13 September 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 13,122
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau 14–45 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay (1 BP) 14 September 2008 Growers Stadium, Pukekohe 4,850

Round 8[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury (1 BP) 37–20 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 18 September 2008 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 9,500
TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman (1 BP) 3–6 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 19 September 2008 Lansdowne Park, Blenheim 4,500
Otagorugby.png Otago (2BP) 27–31 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki (1BP) 19 September 2008 Carisbrook, Dunedin 2,000
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau (1BP) 27–14 ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 20 September 2008 Growers Stadium, Pukekohe 3,700
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay (1BP) 24–15 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 20 September 2008 McLean Park, Napier 7,800
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland Ranfurly Shield icon.png
0–27
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington (1BP) 20 September 2008 Eden Park, Auckland 16,000
NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour (1BP) 24–35 NLTaniwha.png Northland (1BP) 21 September 2008 North Harbour Stadium, Albany 2,500

Round 9[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 24–22 SouthlandRugby.png Southland (1BP) 25 September 2008 Baypark Stadium, Mount Maunganui 8,100
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato (1 BP) 39–10 Otagorugby.png Otago 26 September 2008 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 8,500
TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 13–13 CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau 26 September 2008 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth 6,500
NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour (1BP) 22–29 Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland (1BP) 27 September 2008 North Harbour Stadium, Albany 5,700
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington Ranfurly Shield icon.png 26–20 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman (1BP) 27 September 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 14,143
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury (1BP) 31–7 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 27 September 2008 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 10,065
NLTaniwha.png Northland (1 BP) 45–24 ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu (1 BP) 28 September 2008 Homeworld Stadium, Whangarei 4,200

Round 10[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Attendance
Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato (1BP) 45–41 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki (2BP) 2 October 2008 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 8,500
SouthlandRugby.png Southland 6–25 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 3 October 2008 Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill 9,000
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay (1BP) 46–12 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 3 October 2008 McLean Park, Napier 7,327
ManawatuTurbosColours.png Manawatu 7–36 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman (1BP) 4 October 2008 FMG Stadium, Palmerston North 5,000
CountiesAirNZ.png Counties-Manukau (1BP) 28–57 NorthHarbourRugby.png North Harbour (1 BP) 4 October 2008 (1BP) Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland 800
Otagorugby.png Otago (1BP) 36–21 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 4 October 2008 Carisbrook, Dunedin 3,500
Auckland colours, Air NZ Cup.png Auckland 13–21 NLTaniwha.png Northland 5 October 2008 Eden Park, Auckland 6,540

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
10 October - AMI Stadium, Christchurch        
 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury  48
18 October – AMI Stadium, Christchurch
 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman  10  
 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury  31
12 October - McLean Park, Napier
     Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay  21  
 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay  31
25 October – Westpac Stadium, Wellington
 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato  28  
 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury  7
11 October - Westpac Stadium, Wellington    
   Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington  6
 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington  50
17 October – Westpac Stadium, Wellington
 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki  30  
 Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington  28
11 October - Baypark Stadium, Mount Maunganui
     SouthlandRugby.png Southland  19  
 Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty  11
 SouthlandRugby.png Southland  45  
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Crowd
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 48–10 TasmanMakosRugbyColours.png Tasman 10 October 2008 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 7,500
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 50–30 TaranakiRugby.png Taranaki 11 October 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 13,164
Bopcolours.png Bay of Plenty 11–45 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 11 October 2008 Baypark Stadium, Mount Maunganui 6,800
Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 31–28 Waikato colours, Air NZ Cup.png Waikato 12 October 2008 McLean Park, Napier 10,866

Semifinals[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Crowd
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 28–19 SouthlandRugby.png Southland 17 October 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 11,517
CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 31–21 Hawkes Bay Air NZ Cup colours.png Hawke's Bay 18 October 2008 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 7,000

Final[edit]

Home Score Away Match Information
Date Venue Crowd
Wellington Lions colours.png Wellington 6–7 CanterburyColours.png Canterbury 25 October 2008 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 21,237

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnstone, Duncan (2008-09-27). "Northland and Tasman saved from axe". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2009-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Competitions review: new competitions information summary" (PDF). New Zealand Rugby Union. 2005-06-02. Retrieved 2009-02-06.