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A real ITM Cup Championship match is scheduled for the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday, when the Otago Razorbacks welcome the Southland Stags.
Otago in fifth position in the table, trail Southland by just a single point, but have a game in hand. A win for the home side will be a giant stride towards making the semi-final play-offs. The Razorbacks produced their performance and result of the season last week, when they travelled to the Westpac Stadium, and overcame the Wellington Lions by 37-36. Becoming the first Championship side to defeat the Lions this season. The Stags were also successful in week 6, recording a 49-14 win against Premiership Manawatu. Their first win since week 2 when they beat Northland. Southland, with matches against the top team in both Premiership and Championship, Canterbury and Hawke's Bay to come after Saturday's contest, will be only too aware of the importance of a win to put some more distance between themselves and their hosts, as the ITM Cup enters the final couple of weeks of the regular season.
The Razorbacks undoubtedly have the easier run in, with games against North Harbour and Northland the bottom two sides in the Championship table, and the Bay of Plenty.
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