Hawkes Bay v North Harbour Live

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Saturday 5th September 07:35 GMT


Hawke's Bay maintained their perfect start to the 2015 ITM Cup Championship season, three wins and three try-scoring bonus points, when they recorded a comfortable win in Pukekohe last week against the Counties Manukau 35-11.

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The Hawkes Bay will expect to keep that record intact on Saturday Evening, when they play host to struggling North Harbour at the McLean Stadium in Napier, even though North harbour managed to secure their first points of the season in Week 3. Just as importantly to the Magpies, is that Saturday's fixture doubles as a Ranfurly Shield defence, and they will be eager to beat off the challenge of Harbour, who haven't held the Log o' Wood since 2006, the one and only occasion that it has rested in their trophy cabinet.

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Harbour staged a remarkable second half comeback in Invercargill, when after trailing the Stags by 15-points at the interval, they struck back to win by 26-25, thanks in no small measure to their fly-half Daniel Halangahu who knocked over six kicks off of the tee. The result may give them more confidence going into the Shield challenge than they might otherwise have had, but it is unlikely that they can upset the form book on this occasion.

Tags: ITM Cup, Hawkes Bay, McLean Stadium, North harbour
Posted: 5th September 2015

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