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Thursday 9th October 06:35 GMT


Waikato round off their 2014 ITM Cup campaign in Hamilton on Thursday with what for them is a dead rubber against championship bottom side Bay of Plenty.The home side will be thankful for Wellington's fall from grace this year, and the woeful form that has seen last year's runner-up lose all nine games that they have played in 2014. But for Wellington, Waikato would have found themselves in the middle of a desperate relegation battle.

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Bay of Plenty have managed just two victories in the 2014 Championship, and prop up the table. But due to a combination of results and Southland's inability to secure more than just a single bonus point this season, they are still in with a chance of overhauling the three teams above them in the table, and qualifying for the promotion play-offs.

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The first requirement for Bay, will be to secure a try-scoring bonus point win on Thursday. They then require Southland, North Harbour and Otago to all lose their final fixture. The chances of that combination of results occruing is remote in the extreme. However, Bay will cling to the fact that still have all to play for, and may just find that their opponents with nothing but pride to play for, are not mentally up for the challenge, and the season will go on for another day or so at least.

Tags: ITM Cup, Bay of Plenty, Waikato
Posted: 9th October 2014

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