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Sunday 13th September 04:35 GMT


Manawatu Turbos may have managed to secure four bonus points during their five ITM Cup fixtures this season, but the win column still shows a zero return. On Sunday at the FMG Stadium, they face a vital, and certainly winnable match against the visitors from Northland. Going into the weekend's fixtures, Manawatu are at the foot of the ladder, trailing Counties, who are the only team they appear to have a chance of catching in order to avoid relegation, by four points.

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With Northland sitting rock bottom of the Championship and also winless, Manawatu may see this as their big chance to collect that first win, and possibly even leapfrog over Counties. However, the Counties Manukau Steelers are away to struggling North Harbour on Saturday, so may well have increased the gap, and heaped the pressure even more on Manawatu Turbos by kick off time at the FMG Stadium.

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Northland, may not actually be as poor as their record suggests. In their four games so far, they have played the top two in the Championship, Hawke's Bay and Wellington, and the Premiership table toppers, Tasman. A fixture list that could leave any team floundering after a month of the season.

Posted: 4th October 2013


Manawatu are clinging to a faint hope that results can still go their way, which will enable them to squeeze into the play-offs, almost by the back door, and they will hope to boost those hopes by starting with a convincing win over the bottom side, Northland at Palmerston. Last time out, Manawatu had managed to overcome the elements as well as Taranaki, in springing a surprise by winning 12-6 at FMG Stadium in Palmerston North on Saturday. Championship side the Turbos led by 6-3 at half time, but held on when playing into the sweeping wind and rain in the second half to notch a notable victory over their premiership opponents. Coming on the back of a 72-7 thumping from Canterbury the previous Wednesday, the result was all the more surprising. 

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Bottom side Northland, have little but their pride to play for, and they will hope that they will be able of ending a four game losing streak. The latest loss in that run came at the hands of Tasman in Whangarei on Thursday night, despite the return of their captain Rene Ranger. Coach Derren Witcombe will be in no doubt that he must dig deep to find the answers to why the Taniwha's keep wasting attacking positions, as they give away possession on a consistent basis.

Tags: ITM Cup, Manawatu, Northland, Palmerston North, Rene Ranger, Derren Witcombe
Posted: 13th September 2015

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