Click here to Watch Counties Manukau v Tasman Live Saturday 26th September 02:35 GMT
But for Auckland's defeat away to Hawke's Bay in their ITM Cup/Ranfurly Shield challenge double header, the Tasman Makos who had led the table in the 2015 Premiership from Round 1, until Canterbury's narrow win against Waikato on Wednesday, could have found themselves out of the top two, going into Saturday's match at the ECO Light Stadium in Pukekohe against Counties Manukau.
Counties themselves will be anxious to get a positive result on Saturday, as they currently occupy sixth position, and have just a four point advantage over Manawatu, their rivals in the battle against relegation to the Championship for 2016. With Manawatu at home to struggling Championship outfit, North Harbour. also on Saturday, the four point buffer currently enjoyed by the Steelers could be wiped out by the end of the weekend's fixtures. Tasman now trail Canterbury by two points at the top of the table, both teams having played seven games. With the Mkos due to host their rivals at Trafalgar Park in nelson next week.
A win on Saturday in Pukekohe, would set that fixture up as a winner take all contest, to see who will top the regular season table, and secure home advantage through the play-offs.
Posted: 9th October 2012
On Tuesday, the 9th of October, the ITM Cup continues with Counties Manukau taking on Tasman in Pukekohe at 19:35 local time and 06:35 GMT. Counties Manukau is the number one ranked team in the ITM Cup's Championship table right now. They have played eight games throughout the season so far, and took home a win from five of those games, which gave them three losses and a total of 29 points earned. Otago comes in second on the table with 25 points, after winning five of the nine games that they played.
The third placed team on the Championship table is Tasman, who also has played eight games so far this season. They were only able to win four of their games and that leaves them with twenty points and nine away from the top.
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