Canterbury wins Ranfurly Shield

Canterbury have beaten Waikato 29-23 in Hamilton to lift the Ranfurly Shield for the 15th time.

RNZ reports Waikato scored three tries to the visitors two, but Canterbury kicked their goals taking penalty opportunities when they were on offer.

Canterbury led 20-12 at half time.

The game was level at 23-all late on, but Waikato couldn't get their hands on the ball and Canterbury kicked two late penalties.

Johnny McNicholl and ben Funnell scored tries for Canterbury while Richie Mo'unga kicked two penalties and two conversions and Jordie Barrett kicked three penalties.

Jordan Maniehra, Whetu Douglas and Iliesa Ravatu scored tries for Waikato, while Jordan Trainor kicked two penalties and a conversion.

Canterbury top the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership standings and face Taranaki in New Plymouth on Sunday before North Harbour travel south to challenge for the Ranfurly Shield on Friday October 7.

The loss has left Waikato at fifth on the Premiership ladder, making every game a must win if they are to make the playoffs.