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Saturday 19th September 07:35 GMT


Northland will probably already be thinking forward towards the 2016 ITM Cup season, with the current campaign having been such a disaster, as they still seek a first win of the season as the regular season enters the final month of competition. With five games played, just six tries and 52 points scored, it is no surprise that the Taniwhas are rooted to the foot of the Championship table. On Saturday, they will make a sixth attempt to claim that first successive of the 2015 tournament, when they welcome the Counties Manukau Steelers to the Toll Stadium in Whangarei.

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The visitors have not fared much better to date in the Premiership, having managed just a solitary victory. They are like Saturday’s hosts, at the foot of their table. However, they are a mere one point adrift of Manawatu, who by coincidence defeated Northland last week, to climb out of the relegation zone. A win for the Steelers appears to be an absolute must if they are to have a fighting chance of retaining their top flight status for the 2016 ITM Cup.

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The sides haven’t met since 2012, when Counties Manukau won an entertaining contest by 44-31 in Whangarei, while Northland have to search back to 2007 for their last win against Saturday’s opponents, when they were successful by 20-10, also in Whangarei.

Posted: 13th October 2012


On Saturday, October 13th, Northland and Counties Manukau play in Whangarei in the ITM Cup at 14:35 local time. Northland is the team that is currently ranked in fourth in the Championship division right now. They have played nine games as of the time of this writing, and out of those nine they were only able to win a third of those. The rest of their games were losses without any draws earned so far. That gives them sixteen points, and puts them above Manawatu and Southland by one point, as they are both tied at 15 each.

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As for Counties Manukau, they are the top team on the Championship table, with 5 wins already from their nine games played. That earns them a total of 29 points, and puts them three points ahead of the second placed Otago.

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Posted: 19th September 2015

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