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Sunday 14th September 04:35 GMT

 

Having snatched the Ranfurly Shield from Counties at the end of August Hawkes Bay put the Logo Wood up for challenge on Sunday when Otago visit McLean Park in Napier.The game is also a vital ITM Cup Championship match, with the outcome vital to both sides with regard to that tournament as well as the Shield challenge itself.

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With the Stadium packed for last week's All Blacks international against Argentina, it will be interesting to see how many spectators will be tempted out to see the Magpies defend the Shield against the Razorbacks. The attendance is certainly likely to be significantly higher than if the contest were merely an ITM fixture.

The two sides are locked in third and fourth position in the table on 10 points, although Hawkes Bay have a game in hand on their rivals. Sunday's victors will steal a march on the losers, as the tournament enters the second half of the qualifying stage.

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Otago with one eye on the Shield challenge have already played once this week, when they suffered a thumping 40 point defeat at home to Northland, having the previous week given the rampant Canterbury side its closest match of the 2014 season to date.


Tags: McLean Park, ITM Cup, Hawkes Bay, Otago
Posted: 14th September 2014


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