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Sunday 21st September 02:35 GMT


The match that will take place on Saturday at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin between Otago and Waikato might easily be considered the most important fixture in the context of the 2014 ITM Cup to take place this season.

Both teams are currently in fifth positions in their respective divisions, and are desperate for a victory that will keep them in the shake up for a post-season play-off spot.

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Otago were faced with three matches within the space of 10 days, and lost all of them, the last of which was their fixture against Hawkes Bay, which doubled as a Ranfurly Shield challenge. Their trip to McLean Park was something of a horror story and they were vanquished by 41-0.

In the Premiership, it very much looks as if Waikato will have to battle it out with Auckland for the fourth and last play-off position, as the top three teams have now opened up some daylight between themselves and the rest of the division.

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Having played a game more than Auckland, and with their rivals facing what should be a routine home match against North Harbour, it becomes even more imperative for the Mooloos to build on last week's 26-21 win over the Counties-Manukau.

Tags: Forsyth Barr Stadium, ITM Cup, Otago, Waikato
Posted: 21st September 2014

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