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1978 National Provincial Championship Results
New Zealand's provincial rugby competition

The 1978 NPC, the Radio New Zealand National Provincial Championship, was the third year of the provincial rugby championship in New Zealand.

There were 3 Divisions, a Division 1 with 7 North Island teams and 4 South Island teams, a Division 2 (NI) with 9 teams and a Division 2 (SI) with 6 teams.

The bottom placed NI team in Division 1 was relegated, replaced by the winner of Division 2 (NI). The bottom SI team in Division 1 played off against the winner of Division 2 (SI).

This ensured that there would always be 4 SI teams in Division 1.


1978 National Provincial Championship
Division 1


NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
Wellington 10 8 2 172 111 16
Counties 10 7 3 167 110 14
Canterbury 10 6 4 152 144 12
Auckland 10 6 4 123 100 12
North Auckland 10 6 4 129 137 12
Manawatu 10 5 4 1 141 122 11
Taranaki 10 4 4 2 156 129 10
Southland 10 5 65 114 101 10
Otago 10 3 76 1 115 164 7
South Canterbury 10 2 7 1 92 150 5
Hawke's Bay 10 0 9 1 68 161 1


1978 NPC Division 1 Fixtures and Results

June 5

June 10

June 14

June 21

June 24


July 1

July 5

July 8

July 15


July 29



August 5


August 12


August 15

August 16

August 19


August 23

August 26

August 27

August 30




September 2




September 5

September 6

September 10




September 12

September 13



September 16





September 20


September 23

September 24


September 27


September 30

Counties

Manawatu

Hawke's Bay

Counties

Auckland


South Canterbury

Otago

Southland

South Canterbury

North Auckland

Southland

Canterbury


Canterbury  

North Auckland

Otago

South Canterbury

Southland

Otago

Taranaki

Southland

South Canterbury

Wellington

Taranaki

South Canterbury

Southland

North Auckland


Auckland

Otago

Hawke's Bay

Manawatu

Canterbury

Wellington

Wellington

Canterbury

Hawke's Bay

Taranaki

Manawatu

Auckland

Counties

Taranaki

Auckland

Manawatu

North Auckland

Wellington


Counties

North Auckland

Hawke's Bay

Wellington

Canterbury

Taranaki

Otago

Auckland

Manawatu

Counties

Hawke's Bay

v

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Wellington

Taranaki

Auckland

Manawatu

Manawatu


Manawatu

Manawatu

Manawatu

Southland

Counties

Otago

Hawke's Bay


South Canterbury

Hawke's Bay

Wellington

Taranaki

Wellington

Hawke's Bay

North Auckland

Hawke's Bay

North Auckland

North Auckland

Auckland

Auckland

Counties

Canterbury


Canterbury

Counties

Taranaki

Wellington

Counties

South Canterbury

Auckland

Otago

South Canterbury

Southland

North Auckland

Southland

South Canterbury

Otago

Otago

Hawke's Bay

Southland

Canterbury


Auckland

Otago

Counties

Taranaki

Southland

Canterbury

South Canterbury

North Auckland

Canterbury

Taranaki

Wellington

Pukekohe

Palmerston North

Napier

Pukekohe

Auckland


Timaru

Dunedin

Invercargill

Timaru

Whangarei

Invercargill

Christchurch


Christchurch

Whangarei

Dunedin

Timaru

Invercargill

Dunedin

New Plymouth

Invercargill

Timaru

Wellington

New Plymouth

Timaru

Invercargill

Whangarei


Auckland

Dunedin

Hastings

Palmerston North

Christchurch

Wellington

Wellington

Christchurch

Hastings

New Plymouth

Palmerston North

Auckland

Pukekohe

New Plymouth

Auckland

Palmerston North

Whangarei

Wellington


Pukekohe

Whangarei

Napier

Wellington

Christchurch

New Plymouth

Dunedin

Auckland

Palmerston North

Pukekohe

Napier

23

17

4

21

6


7

14

14

0

7

6

23


18

12

9

10

16

20

15

15

6

22

10

3

13

13


7

9

10

13

6

26

12

15

7

15

10

15

24

25

21

21

13

29


12

26

7

19

21

26

12

15

4

11

10

4

17

9

4

24


26

16

6

6

26

7

0


7

3

14

0

7

10

26

7

10

10

13

21

10

21


13

19

10

6

21

10

6

21

25

10

12

12

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3

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23

18

Hawke's Bay were relegated to Division 2 (NI).

South Canterbury played against the winner of the Division 2 (SI), Marlborough. The match was a 10-10 draw so South Canterbury remained in Division 1.


 

1978 National Provincial Championship
Division 2 (North Island)

NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
Bay Of Plenty 8 7 1 160 84 14
Waikato 8 7 1 205 77 14
Wanganui 8 6 2 117 71 12
Horowhenua 8 4 4 101 128 8
Poverty Bay 8 4 4 128 127 8
Thames Valley 8 3 4 1 88 167 7
King Country 8 2 6 106 152 4
Wairarapa Bush 8 2 6 108 105 4
East Coast 8 0 7 1 85 187 1

1978 NPC Division 2 (NI) Fixtures and Results

July 15

July 22


July 29




August 5



August 10

August 12



August 19

August 20


August 23

August 26



August 29


August 31


September 2

September 7

September 10


September 11

September 13

September 16



September 20

September 23

September 24

September 30


Wanganui

East Coast

King Country

Horowhenua

King Country

Wanganui


Thames Valley

East Coast

King Country

Horowhenua

Bay Of Plenty

Wairarapa Bush

Waikato

Wanganui

Poverty Bay

Waikato

Bay Of Plenty

King Country

Thames Valley

Wairarapa Bush

Thames Valley

Waikato

Wairarapa Bush


Horowhenua

Thames Valley

Bay Of Plenty

Poverty Bay

Horowhenua

East Coast

Bay Of Plenty

Poverty Bay

Wairarapa Bush

East Coast

Poverty Bay

Wanganui

Waikato

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v


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v

v

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v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Horowhenua

Bay Of Plenty

Thames Valley

Wairarapa Bush

Poverty Bay

Thames Valley


Bay Of Plenty

Poverty Bay

Waikato

East Coast

King Country

East Coast

Thames Valley

King Country

Thames Valley

Wairarapa Bush

Horowhenua

East Coast

Horowhenua

Wanganui

East Coast

Horowhenua

Poverty Bay


Poverty Bay

Wairarapa Bush

Wairarapa Bush

Wanganui

King Country

Wanganui

Wanganui

Waikato

King Country

Waikato

Bay Of Plenty

Waikato

Bay Of Plenty

Wanganui

Te Araroa

Te Kuiti

Levin

Taumarunui

Wanganui


Te Aroha

Tolaga Bay

Otorohanga

Levin

Rotorua

Masterton

Hamilton

Wanganui

Gisborne

Hamilton

Rotorua

Turangi

Thames

Masterton

Waihi

Hamilton

Pahiatua


Levin

Paeroa

Rotorua

Gisborne

Levin

Tokomaru Bay

Rotorua

Gisborne

Masterton

Ruatoria

Gisborne

Wanganui

Hamilton

14

12

23

6

19

17


11

6

6

19

23

26

45

4

17

23

31

26

0

9

9

34

30


7

16

18

7

17

10

10

3

10

15

19

18

3

6

30

25

0

28

7


22

21

34

16

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20

14

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17

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12

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31

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12

Bay Of Plenty were automatically promoted to Division 1.


 

1978 National Provincial Championship
Division 2 (South Island)

NPC
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against Points
Marlborough 5 5 0 124 33 10
Nelson Bays 5 4 1 76 54 8
Mid Canterbury 5 3 2 49 41 6
North Otago 5 2 3 55 94 4
West Coast  5 1 4 53 81 2
Buller 5 0 5 27 81 0

1978 NPC Division 2 (SI) Fixtures and Results

June 5

June 24


July 6

July 8


July 11

July 22


August 12

August 17

August 19

August 20

August 28


September 8

September 10

September 16

Buller

West Coast


West Coast

Buller

Nelson Bays

Nelson Bays

North Otago


Mid Canterbury

Marlborough

Nelson Bays

Buller

North Otago


Nelson Bays

Marlborough

Mid Canterbury

v

v


v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v


Nelson Bays

Buller


Mid Canterbury

Mid Canterbury

Marlborough

Mid Canterbury

Buller


Marlborough

North Otago

North Otago

Marlborough

West Coast


West Coast

West Coast

North Otago

Westport

Greymouth


Greymouth

Westport

Motueka

Motueka

Oamaru


Ashburton

Blenheim

Nelson

Westport

Oamaru


Motueka

Blenheim

Ashburton

6

17


9

6

6

8

12


0

35

26

3

10


23

32

23

13

6


10

16

19

0

6


15

18

12

23

4


17

6

3

Marlborough, as winners of Division 2 (SI) played against the bottom placed SI team in Division 1, South Canterbury, in a promotion/relegation match.

The match was a 10-10 draw so Marlborough stayed in Division 2 (SI).