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Wednesday 9th September 07:35 GMT


Auckland bounced back from the disappointment of losing their long standing unbeaten record at Eden Park, against Canterbury in Week of the 2015 ITM Cup, by producing their most convincing performance of a stuttering season, in posting 50 points against Premiership rivals Waikato, in Hamilton. They begin Week 5, returning to Eden Park, to host Manawatu. With the Turbos rock bottom of the Premiership ladder, without a win in the first four weeks, Auckland will be disappointed if they fail to secure a third win of the season, and consolidate their position in the top four.

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Manawatu are five points behind their nearest rivals, Counties Manukau, but have a game in hand. They welcome back their captain Callum Gibbins for the trip to Auckland, one of nine changes to the side that was beaten by 50 points last week in Palmerston North by Canterbury. Auckland will be anxious to make the most of the two home games that they have this week, they face Otago on Sunday, as they have testing trips to the Premiership table topping Tasman, and the Champion table topping Hawke's Bay to follow in weeks six and seven.

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With reigning Champions Taranaki seeming to have found their form at last, and Tasman and Canterbury well ahead of the field, Auckland could well be battling with Waikato for the final play-off place, and despite last weeks win, they hold a slender three point advantage over their rivals.

Posted: 2nd September 2012


On Sunday, the 2nd of September, Auckland is the host city for the match between Auckland and Manawatu, held at 14:35 local time and 02:35 GMT. Right now we find Auckland in the second to last spot on the ITM Cup table. They have played a total of two games so far and they were able to win one of them, earning themselves four points. Hawke's Bay is the only team that is lower than them on the standings, with only one point and the top team is Wellington who has been able to earn nine points so far.

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As for Manawatu, we find them in fifth on the Championship Table. They have played won game and they didn't win it, nor were they able to take home any points from it. However, they are not the only team with no points right now.

Tags: ITM Cup, Eden Park, Manawatu, Callum Gibbins, Auckland
Posted: 9th September 2015

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