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Canterbury Bulls have reached their third grand final in six seasons of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup rugby league competition, defeating last year's champions Mt Albert, by 34-24 yesterday afternoon at Ericsson Stadium.
Travelling up to Auckland proved fruitful as they finally beat the Lions after 3 attempts this year.
A quick start and confident finish for the Bulls proved to be the undoing of a sometime sluggish looking Lions pack which seemed to take a while to get into the match.
The Lions will now have to face Counties Manukau Jets next weekend in the major semi-final.
In a somewhat scrappy match, the Jets knocked the Tigers out of the 2005 competition on Saturday afternoon when the Counties side won by 32-30. A late try to the Jets sealing the victory in a very close encounter.
Bartercard Cup results:
Saturday 3 September 2005
Sunday 4 September 2005