North Harbour v Hawkes Bay Live

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Saturday 27th September 07:35 GMT


Before North Harbour played the first of the two ITM Cup matches that they are faced with in week 7, even their most ardent supporter would have expected their chances of making the post season play-offs to have been all but extinguished. However, on Wednesday night in Albany, Harbour became the first team this season to lower the colours of the red and black juggernaut that has rolled up everything in front of them in 2014. Reigning champions Canterbury were sent back to the South Island, beaten by 29-24.

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On the back of just their second ITM win of the season, Harbour will now welcome Hawkes Bay to the QBE Stadium on Saturday, as they seek to thrust themselves firmly back into the chase for a semi-final place. Hawkes Bay successfully defended the Ranfurly Shield in their last fixture, beating Bay of Plenty 36-17, and lie in second place in the ITM championship, trailing leaders

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Manawatu by just a single point, but with a game in hand. It will be interesting to see, not only how Harbour cope with the physical challenge of two games in four days, but also whether they raise their game against the lesser rated Hawkes Bay, just as they did against the champions.

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Posted: 27th September 2014

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