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Thursday 10th September 07:35 GMT

 

Thursdays ITM Cup fixture, sees a crossover match at the Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, between Premiership Waikato Mooloos and the Southland Stags from the Championship. Both sides look as if they will be involved in a scrap to the end of the season to try and make the post-season play-offs. With the Mooloos currently just outside the top four in the top division, with 10 points, leaving them three adrift of the two sides immediately above them, the reigning Champions Taranaki who have played a game more, and Auckland, who scored 50 points against them in Hamilton in Week 4.

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Despite three successive defeats, two of which were in Invercargill, including a 50 point thrashing by high flying Wellington, the Stags are still occupying a play-off position. Fourth on the ladder, they hold a two points advantage over the chasing Otago and North Harbour, but have played a game more than both their rivals..

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Waikato have had the upper hand over the years, with 23 wins to the Southland Stags 9, but when the teams last met, which was in 2013 in Invercargill, the home side ran out winners by 20-16. The Mooloos last win coming back in 2011, when they travelled to the far south and returned with a 19-9 win to their credit.


Tags: ITM Cup, Waikato Stadium, Waikato, Southland
Posted: 10th September 2015


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