North Harbour set up Championship showdown with Otago

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North Harbour produced a clinical performance to see off Wellington 40-37 and earn a spot in the Mitre 10 Cup Championship final.

In a thrilling contest in Wellington on Saturday, North Harbour - who were up 20-18 at half-time - held on to win their first play-off match since 1994.

Daniel Hilton-Jones proved to be the match-winner at Westpac Stadium, crossing over for a try to split a tie and give North Harbour a 37-30 lead.

It was a lead they never relinquished, despite Sheridan Rangihuna's late try and Jackson Garden-Bachop's conversion

The reward for North Harbour is a showdown against Otago in next week's decider in Dunedin, with the winner to gain promotion to the Premiership.