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Saturday 8th October 06:35 GMT


Waikato Mooloos and the Hawkes Bay Magpies meet in an all Premiership clash in Round 8 of the 2016 ITM Cup, National Provincial Championship (NPC) on Saturday at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. The match could be decisive in the relegation battle at the foot of the table. The Mooloos have 20 points from their eight fixtures, which gives them a six point advantage over bottom side the Magpies. If the Magpies fail to win on Saturday, they will be doomed to an immediate return to the Championship Division, from where they were promoted at the end of the 2015 season.

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If Bay record a third win of the season, to close the gap on the Mooloos, it will set up a fascinating last weekend of the regular season, with the Magpies facing a winnable home game against the Bay of Plenty, and the Mooloos having to travel to top of the Championship table, the Wellington Lions. While Waikato are looking over their shoulder at the chasing Magpies, they are still not out of the running entirely for a play-off place. They trail the fourth place Taranaki by seven points, so although a place in the semi-finals is unlikely, a win on Saturday could keep their hopes alive into the final weekend of action.

Posted: 13th October 2012


Waikato and Hawkes Bay will go head to head this week in the ITM Cup, with the match on Saturday, October 13th at 17:35 local time. Waikato is sitting in fifth in the Premiership table right now. They have five wins and four losses. None of the teams in the Championship or the Premiership division have yet to take home a draw, but Waikato still has 24tpoints. That is a long way from the 37 points that Auckland has right now, with eight games won out of ten played, but much more than those who are lower than Waikato.

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As for Hawkes Bay, they are also on the Premiership table. They take the very last spot on the rankings right now, with 14 points earned, and three wins out of nine games. Bay of Plenty is in sixth, and has the same amount of wins, but was able to earn 16 points instead.

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Posted: 8th October 2016

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