Bunnings NPC Results

2021 saw a new name, the Bunnings NPC, for the competition started in 1976 as the National Provincial Championship. It has had other names due to sponsorship over the years including the Air NZ Cup and the ITM Cup. The NPC moniker is used for the first time since 2005.

In 2021, the same format used in the previous years was continued with and an August start used following the later dates in 2020. This had been a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bunnings NPC has 2 divisions, the  Premiership and the Championship, both with 7 teams in each one. They all play each other once in each division. They also play 4 teams from the other division to make a total of 10 games in the season.

At the conclusion of this, the top 4 teams move on into semi-finals, with the winners playing the final.

The top team in the Bunnings NPC Championship gets automatic promotion to the Bunnings NPC Premiership, replacing the bottom team which is relegated. Due to the COVID-19 disruptions to the competition, no promotion/relegation was made in 2021.

2021 Bunnings NPC Premiership

PremierTable
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Hawke's Bay 8 7 1 280 197 6 38
Waikato 9 5 4 261 264 8  30 
Canterbury 9 5 4 228 242 6 28 
Tasman 8 5 3 240 187 4 28
Wellington 8 3 5 270 226 9 25
Bay Of Plenty 8 3 5 222 252 8 24

2021 Bunnings NPC Championship

Championship Table
Team Played Won Lost Drawn For Against BP Points
Taranaki 8 8 302 181 3 39
Manawatu 8 4 4 239 229 4 24
Otago 7 3 4 144 170 2 20
Southland 7 1 6 134 222 3 13
Northland 8 1 7 167 292 4 12

Due to the COVID-19 situation in the Auckland region the 3 teams there were unable to participate in the Bunnings NPC after round 2. Teams drawn to play against them were awarded 2 points for each unplayed match.

The 3 Auckland based teams have been removed from the above tables for clarity.



2021 Fixtures and Results

August 6

August 7

  

  

August 8

   

   

   

August 13

August 14

  

  

August 15

Manawatu

Taranaki

Otago

Wellington

Bay of Plenty

North Harbour

Auckland

  

Counties Manukau

Tasman

Hawke's Bay

Canterbury

Waikato

Southland

Northland

v

v

v

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

v

v

v

Counties Manukau

Hawke's Bay

Southland

Northland

Tasman

Waikato

Canterbury

  

North Harbour

Auckland

Otago

Manawatu

Wellington

Bay of Plenty

Taranaki


Palmerston North

New Plymouth

Dunedin

Wellington

Tauranga

Albany

Auckland

  

Pukekohe

Nelson

Napier

Christchurch

Hamilton

Invercargill

Whangarei

39

33

26

54

14

15

35

  

6

16

34

25

43

11

14

21

19

19

7

27

28

24

  

14

11

10

22

37

31

48

After 2 rounds of play New Zealand went into a lockdown due to COVID-19 and all rugby was postponed. After 4 weeks it was due to restart, without the 3 teams in the Auckland region which remined in lockdown.

A new draw was released to continue with the competition. With the Auckland teams unable to take part after a further 4 weeks the new draw was confirmed without them. It included a non-competition match each week to ensure that teams that would have played an Auckland region team did not have 2 weeks without playing.

Teams that were drawn to play one of the Auckland region teams would receive 2 points for each unplayed match.

There would be no promotion or relegation.

September 17

September 18

  

September 19

   

September 24

September 25

   

September 26

  

  

October 1

October 2

   

October 3

    

October 8

October 9

   

October 10

  

October 15

October 16

    

   

October 17

    

October 22

October 23

  

  

October 24

   

October 29

October 30

  

  

October 31

   

November 3

     

November 5

November 6


  

November 7

   

Semi-Finals

         

November 12

November 13

    

November 13

 

Finals

      

November 19

  

    

November 20

Waikato

Taranaki

Northland

Hawke's Bay


Tasman

Southland

Manawatu

Wellington

Bay of Plenty

   

Northland

Bay of Plenty

Manawatu

Tasman

   

Wellington

Hawke's Bay

Otago

Southland

   

Northland

Waikato

Canterbury

Manawatu

Tasman

  

Otago

Taranaki

Wellington

Hawke's Bay

Bay Of Plenty

  

Canterbury

Southland

Bay Of Plenty

Manawatu

Otago

   

Bay Of Plenty

   

Waikato

Tasman

Canterbury

Hawke's Bay

Taranaki

 

   

Championship

Manawatu

Taranaki

Premiership

Hawke's Bay

Waikato

       

Championship

Taranaki

  

Premiership

Waikato

v

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

v

v

   

v

v

v

v


v

v

v

v

  

v

v

v

v

v

 

v

v

v

v

v

 

v

v

v

v

v

  

v

  

v

v

v

v

v

   

 

   

v

v

  

v

v

  

 

v

 

  

v


Canterbury

Wellington

Tasman

Bay of Plenty


Waikato

Canterbury

Northland

Hawke's Bay

Taranaki

  

Waikato

Wellington

Otago

Southland

  

Canterbury

Tasman

Taranaki

Manawatu

  

Otago

Taranaki

Hawke's Bay

Wellington

Bay Of Plenty

  

Canterbury

Manawatu

Southland

Waikato

Northland

  

Tasman

Northland

Waikato

Hawke's Bay

Wellington

   

Northland

   

Otago

Wellington

Bay Of Plenty

Northland

Southland

  

  

  

Otago

Southland

  

Tasman

Canterbury

  

  

Otago

  

  

Tasman

Hamilton

Inglewood

Whangarei

Napier


Nelson

Invercargill

Palmerston North

Wellington

Tauranga

  

Whangarei

Rotorua

Palmerston North

Blenheim

  

Wellington

Napier

Dunedin

Invercargill

  

Whangarei

Taraunga

Christchurch

Palmerston North

Nelson*

  

Dunedin

Inglewood

Wellington*

Napier

Tauranga

  

Christchurch

Invercargill

Tauranga

Palmerston North

Dunedin*

   

Rotorua

   

Hamilton

Blenheim

Christchurch

Napier*

Inglewood

  

  

  

Palmerston North

Inglewood

  

Napier

Rotorua

  

  

Inglewood

  

  

Hamilton

19

32

29

36

   

22

16

31

28

28

  

38

33

27

51

  

35

34

23

27

  

13

26

26

16

26

  

22

47

24

41

P

  

24

37

33

31

33

  

22

  

27

34

40

25

24

  

  

  

16

25

  

27

17

  

  

32

  

  

23

20

26

48

33

  

39

19

19

31

55

  

28

32

14

14

  

30

22

30

38

  

24

33

45

36

9

  

20

35

22

14

P

  

20

33

37

40

28

  

14

  

25

22

28

16

10

  

  

  

44

13

  

33

14

  

  

19

  

  

20

 * Non-competition matches



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