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Manawatu and Taranaki go head to head at the FMG Stadium in Palmerston North on Saturday, in a game that is vital to both sides, although they are at opposite ends of the ITM Cup Premiership table.
Two wins in their last three games, at hime to Northland and North Harbour, haven’t managed to lift Manawatu off of the foot of the Premiership table. But, those victories have at least given them a fighting chance going into the final fortnight of the regular seasonm, with a chance of avoiding the drop into the Championship in 2016. The two sides that Manawatu could possible catch, Waikato and Counties, meet each other on Friday in Hamilton. By the time the Turbos run on to face the Bulls, they will have a much greter understanding of what they need to do, to drag themselves from the foot of the table.
Taranaki meanwhile, are the form team of the Premiership, having won five successive games, after struggling early on in the season, in defence of their hard won title in 2014. Having taken Canterbury’s unbeaten record last week, the Champions still harbour ambitions to finish in the top two, if not on top the pile, and in their current form, it would take a brave man to bet against them.
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