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Hawkes Bay                          Auckland
Wednesday 7th September 07:35 GMT

 

Hawkes Bay Magpies, who kick off Round 4 of the ITM Cup on Wednesday with a home fixture against the Auckland Gulls at McLean Park in Napier, could find themselves on the brink of relegation back to the Championship Division by the end of the weekend. Sitting at the foot of the Premiership table at the end of Round 3, winless and already six points adrift of their closest rivals Tasman, the Hawkes Bay Magpies now have to play the two teams that contested last year's Grand Final within the space of 5 days.

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While two losses wouldn't be terminal to the Bay's immediate top flight status, it would leave them with a mountain to climb during the course of the second half of the season. Auckland, the visitors to Napier on Wednesday, have had to overcome the shock of a record defeat against Canterbury in their opening fixture. But they have fought back with successive victories against Northland and Southland, albeit those are the two bottom sides in the Championship Division. Auckland's 10 points from their bonus point wins has lifted them into fourth spot in the table, and they will look to consolidate a play-off position with another victory on Wednesday.

Posted: 24th September 2015

 

McLean Park in Napier will host a match that is vital to the 2015 future of both competing sides in the ITM Cup, and doubles up as a Ranfurly Shield defence, for the Hawkes Bay Magpies, who host the Auckland Seagulls. The Magpies won the battle of the Bay's in Round 6, which not only kept the Log o' Wood in their possession, but also all but clinched a home semi-final in the post-season play-offs, As they opened a 10 point gap between themselves and Bay of Plenty following their 23-17 win. Hawkes Bay have just a three point advantage over second placed Wellington Lions at the top of the Championship table, a side they visit at the beginning of Week 8, in a game that looks like it will decide who finishes the regular season at the top of the pile.

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Auckland come into Thursday Shield challenge on the back of four successive wins, the latest of which saw them become the first side in 2015 to defeat the Tasman Makos. A 13 point buffer between themselves and fifth placed Waikato appears to have assured the Seagulls of a play-off place, but trailing the Makos by just three points after last week's victory, their ambition now, will be for a top two finish, and a home semi-final in the play=offs.

Posted: 23rd August 2012

 

On the ITM Cup this week, Hawkes Bay and Auckland face off in Napier, at 19:35 local time and 07:35 GMT. Charlie Faumuina will start for the Auckland in this opener. He had to go through a training session with the All Blacks first. Hawke's Bay has prop Ben Tameifuna and hooker Hika Elliot so Auckland will need the boost from Faumuina. Auckland has Malakai Fekitoa starting as well, and he is the only player on the team that is making his debut. Wayne Pivac is thrilled at the talent that he has on his field.

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Auckland has a rough start this year because their first two games are going to be away games, one of them this week against Hawke's Bay and the other one will be the upcoming game against Canterbury. Canterbury are the defending champions.


Tags: ITM Cup, McLean Park, Hawkes Bay, Auckland, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Tameifuna
Posted: 7th September 2016


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