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Time is rapidly running out for Northland as they seek a first victory of the 2015 ITM Cup. They sit rooted to the foot of the Championship table, and irrespective of what happens over the course of the final week of the regular season, that is where they will finish.
Eight game, eight defeats and a mere 11 tries scored tell a story, and not a single losing bonus point to display as any sort of consolation. On Wednesday, Northland will play in front of their own supporters for the final time this season, when they face the Otago Razorbacks at the Toll Stadium in Whangarei. The Razorbacks having lost four of their first five games of the season, have run into form at the right time, if they can maintain the momentum going into the play-offs.
They are in third place in the table, having won three successive fixtures, during the course of which they have scored 137 points. A bonus point win in the far North on Wednesday, will keep alive their slim hopes of stealing a top two spot from Wellington, and thereby securing a home-semi-final. The most likely outcome is that they will remain in third spot, and have to travel to take on the Lions at the Westpac.
Posted: 9th October 2013
The ITM Cup competition enters its last week of the regular season, with a number of issues still to be decided, which is how the sponsors and the rugby loving public like things. While Wednesday's match at Whangarei will be of little significance to the home side, other than playing for pride, and perhaps to start the re-building process for next season, it is a n extremely important match for the visitors. Otago sit in third place in the Championship division, but their place in the Promotion play-offs is not yet certain, although victory over Northland will ensure that their season will be extended. However, at the same time, there is still a chance for them to clinch a home match in the semi-final.
A win on Wednesday night, will see Otago leapfrog over Hawkes Bay into second place on the ladder. With Otago facing the daunting prospect of a home match with Auckland, and Hawkes Bay, the even more daunting prospect of a match with Wellington on the last day of the regular season, a victory on Wednesday may well be sufficient to claim that all important home match for Otago, in which they may well find themselves facing Hawkes Bay.
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