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Saturday 19th September 05:35 GMT


The match at Rugby Park in Invercargill on Saturday may not appear at first glance to be one that will set the pulses racing. Southland Stags in fifth place in the Championship, against the Manawatu Turbos who are languishing in sixth place on the Premiership ladder. However, it is a game that is vital to both sides for differing reason, but which could produce an edge of the seats thriller, even if it isn’t a classic game in the true sense of the words.

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The Southland Stags may have only won a solitary game this season, but they trail North Harbour who occupy the final play-off place by just one point, going into the final month of the regular season. They have however, played a game more than Harbour going into Round 6. That game will have been played by the time Saturday’s game kicks off, as Harbour travel to Tasman on Wednesday, a match where they can expect little reward. Defeat for the Stags would effectively end their hopes of making it into the end of season promotion play-offs, especially as North Harbour appear to have the easier run in.

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Manawatu pulled themselves out of the relegation position last week when they defeated Northland, while their rivals at the foot of the table, Counties-Manukau were losing at North Harbour. With Copunties travelling to Northland this weekend, victory appears imperative for the Turbos if they want to end the weekend still above the drop zone.

Posted: 12th October 2012


On Friday, October 12th, the ITM Cup continues when Southland and Manawatu face off in Invercargill at 19:35 local time and 06:35 GMT. Right now, Southland comes in at the sixth spot in the Championship Standings on the ITM Cup table. They have been able to win three games so far, of the nine that they have played in total. That has earned them a total of fifteen points, and that ties them with their opponents this week, Manawatu, who have also won three games, out of nine played. However, both teams are on the verge of catching Northland with sixteen.

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As far as the leaders of the ITM Cup tables, we have Counties Manukau leading with five wins and four losses and 29 points. In the Premiership division, Canterbury takes the top spot with 7 wins and 2 losses and 34 points, tied with Wellington.

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Posted: 19th September 2015

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