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Saturday 5th September 02:35 GMT


Third plays fourth position in the ITM Cup Premiership table on Saturday, when the Waikato Mooloos welcome the Auckland Seagulls to Hamilton, for a fixture that promises to be a close fought contest, between two teams anxious not to lose even more ground on the top two, Tasman and Canterbury, who remain the only unbeaten teams in the Premiership.

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The Mooloos pummelled the Bay of Plenty last week to the extent of 43-10, the six try romp providing them with their biggest win for three years, to go along with a previous win against Manawatu. Their only loss so far coming against table toppers, Tasman. It is still difficult to gauge just how good this Auckland team is. A draw in Invercargill, was followed by a narrow won against mis-firing Taranaki, before they lost their unbeaten record at Eden Park that stretched back to July 2011 last week, when their great rivals took the spoils in a fiercely contested match by 27-21.

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One way the seagulls could certainly improve, and help themselves, is to stop the self inflicted errors that have been all too common in the early weeks, including giving up three interception tries, the latest of which was scored by Ryan Crotty last week for Canterbury. However, this week, home advantage may see Waikato sneak home.

Tags: ITM Cup, Waikato, Auckland, Eden Park, Ryan Crotty
Posted: 5th September 2015

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