[FREE@MATCH!]]**Taranaki Vs. Hawke's Bay Rugby LIVE STREAM@FREE ON TV at home 20 October 2023
31 sec~ The first final of the National Provincial Championship Final 2023 pits two Southern Hemisphere foes against one another, as Hawke's Bay and Taranaki do battle for a place in the final on October 28. These two have become accustomed to playing each other several times per year, but the stakes have never been higher than this.
Taranaki vs Hawke's Bay Live Rugby on 20 October 2023
Finishing second in Pool D behind England — the tournament's only remaining unbeaten team — Hawke's Bay have been on something of a slow burn in France, but that tempered flame burst into bright lights against Wales. Five points down with just 12 minutes left on the clock, Michael Cheika's side scored two late tries to storm home, winning 29-17 in an epic quarter-final. Later that day, the Taranaki pulled off a shock result of their own. Going into their match against world-number-one side Ireland, Taranaki were pitted as outsiders for arguably the first time in Rugby World Cup history. However, despite having been beaten by France in Pool A, the Taranaki showed that they can never be written off. Two early penalties and a Leicester Fainga'anuku try opened up a 13-0 lead 20 minutes into the contest, and from there, Taranaki would never relinquish their advantage. Ireland came close to overturning the scoreline, twice moving to within a single point, but tries from Ardie Savea and Will Jordan either side of halftime — plus a late Jordie Barrett penalty — meant the Taranaki hung on to win 28-24. And so, to the last four. With 2019 finalists England and South Africa facing off in the second semi-final, the winners of this game know they've got a tough task ahead. But the ability to overcome adversity that we've seen from both sides in this tournament suggests we're in for another must-see matchup that is set to go right to the wire. What time does Hawke's Bay vs Taranaki kick off? Hawke's Bay and Taranaki face off in the National Provincial Championship Final 2023's first semi-final, played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France. The game kicks off at 9 p.m. local time on Friday, October 20, 2023. Here are the kick-off times for this game around the world: Location Date Time USA Fri, Oct. 20 3:00 p.m. ET Canada Fri, Oct. 20 3:00 p.m. ET Australia Sat, Oct. 21 6:00 a.m. AEDT UK Fri, Oct. 20 8:00 p.m. BST Taranaki Sat, Oct. 21 8:00 a.m. NZDT India Sat, Oct. 21 12:30 a.m. IST Singapore Sat, Oct. 21 3:00 a.m. SGT Malaysia Sat, Oct. 21 3:00 a.m. MYT Hong Kong Sat, Oct. 21 3:00 a.m. HKT Hawke's Bay vs Taranaki TV channel, live TV networks worldwide will be showing all 48 matches at the tournament live, including many on free-to-air television. On social platforms alone, video content from the Rugby World Cup and organisers World Rugby drew more than 2.1 billion views in 2019 — almost six times the previous figure. TV channel ing USA — Peacock Canada TSN TSN+ UK ITV ITV X Australia Channel 9 Stan Sport, 9Now Taranaki Sky GO Sky GO India — Fan Code Hong Kong BeIN Sports BeIN Sports Malaysia BeIN Sports BeIN Sports Singapore BeIN Sports BeIN Sports Hawke's Bay vs Taranaki lineups Hawke's Bay make just one change to the team that beat Wales in Marseille, as Gonzalo Bertranou replaces Tomas Cubelli at scrum-half having started four games in Pool D. Flanker Juan Martin Gonzalez scored the only try and wing Emiliano Boffelli kicked 20 points as Hawke's Bay secured a 25-18 win in Christchurch last year, and both start with the aim of repeating that historic result. The impact of Hawke's Bay's bench turned the tide against Wales, with all of their points in the final 12 minutes — other than from Boffelli's cannon of a right boot — coming via replacements. Prop Joel Sclavi's close-range try got the comeback underway, and following a try-saving Matias Moroni tackle, veteran fly-half Nicolas Sanchez latched onto an intercept to race under the posts and seal the win. In turn, the Taranaki make two changes to their matchday 23, both of which come in the starting lineup. Mark Telea, who coach Ian Foster had dropped from the side following a curfew break, is recalled on the left wing despite Leicester Fainga'anuku's try-scoring exploits last weekend. Telea and opposite winger Will Jordan will be looking for service from playmakers Richie Mo'unga and Jordie Barrett, whose points off the tee made the difference against Ireland. In the pack, two old warhorses switch positions. Record Taranaki appearance maker Sam Whitelock moves into the starting side, taking the second-row place of long-time partner Brodie Retallick. Scott Barrett will line up alongside Whitelock with Retallick set to make an impact off the bench, and the impeccable form of No. 8 Ardie Savea will provide even more from the back of the scrum. Taranaki Starting XV: Beauden Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Mark Telea, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Ethan de Groot, Codie Taylor, Tyrel Lomax, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea. Taranaki Replacements: Samisoni Taukei'aho, Tamaiti Williams, Fletcher Newell, Brodie Retallick, Dalton Papalii, Finlay Christie, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown. Hawke's Bay vs. Taranaki betting odds, prediction Despite losing their first home game against Hawke's Bay little under 14 months ago, the Taranaki have very much reverted to type since, beating Hawke's Bay in the two fixtures since by a combined scoreline of 94-15. They've also been successful in their previous two World Cup encounters. Winners by 33-10 in the 2011 quarter-finals on home soil, the Taranaki then won 26-16 win at Wembley Stadium in the 2015 pool stage. Taranaki went on to win both tournaments. It'll be interesting to see how Hawke's Bay have developed from their past meetings with the Taranaki, and how much they've taken from their late show against Wales. However, an admirable comeback pales in magnitude to the performance put in and result secured by Taranaki against an all-conquering Ireland side, and as such, we're tipping the Taranaki to progress to the World Cup final by at least eight points. Result Australia (Unibet) UK (BetOnSports) Hawke's Bay win 8.50 17/2 Draw (after 80 mins) 41.00 28/1 Taranaki win 1.08 1/12 sfsdh