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Saturday 5th September 05:35 GMT


Southland Stags have to pick themselves up from the disappointment of losing in Invercargill last week to North Harbour by 25-26, despite having a 15-point halftime lead, as they entertain second placed the Wellington Lions on Saturday, in an all Championship ITM Cup fixture.

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Although Southland still occupy fourth position on the ladder, that result against North Harbour, has allowed the gap between themselves and the top two to grow to seven points, with both Wellington and Hawke's Bay also having a game in hand. That gap looks set to widen even further this week, with Wellington in impressive form as they seek an instant return to the Premiership.

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While the Lions have been impressive in attack, and have secured two try-scoring bonus points in their three matches, it is their defence that is really catching the eye. Last week's 29-0 shutout of Northland, follows a 43-0 drubbing of North Harbour the week before. Only the reigning Champions Taranaki, in New Plymouth in week 1, have so far managed to record any points against the Lions, when they were beaten 14-19. With the Hawke's bay Magpies at home in Napier to North Harbour, a likely home win, Wellington who kick off a couple of hours earlier than their rivals, will be keen to secure the win that will keep the pressure up on the only side above them in the table.

Tags: ITM Cup, Southland, Wellington
Posted: 5th September 2015

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