Mitre 10 Cup

Canterbury and Tasman into Premiership final

Canterbury were at their brilliant best as they outclassed Counties Manukau to reach the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership final.

Ben Funnell, Jordie Barrett and Jack Stratton all crossed over in Sunday's 22-7 victory.

Canterbury - bidding to win an eighth provincial crown in nine seasons - led 17-0 at half-time and defended sternly to progress to next week's decider.

"It was a huge task for the boys after [33-21 the loss to Counties to end the regular season last week] Pukekohe. We talked about squeezing up around that breakdown. They are really dangerous around that area," said Canterbury captain Luke Whitelock.

Next up for Canterbury are Tasman, who saw off Taranaki 41-29.

Tasman went into the break leading 24-12 and held firm, producing 29 phases late in the game to emerge victorious in the entertaining semi-final.

Marty Banks sealed the win with a try and a conversion, finishing with 21 points.