Waikato v Tasman Live

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Friday 14th August 06:05 GMT


Waikato and Tasman begin their 2015 ITM Cup campaigns on Friday Evening, when they face off  at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. The Mooloos, who avoided relegation to the ITM Championship last season, on the back of Wellington’s woeful season, rather than through their own efforts, will give four players their debuts, against last season’s surprise package, Tasman, who were beaten only twice during the regular season, and went on to be runners-up to Taranaki.

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Two of the debutants are in the front row, where the New Zealand U20 captain, Atu Moli will pack down alongside hooker Michael Mayhew, also appearing for the first time. The others earning their first caps are, Murray Iti at loose forward and Shaun Stevenson wearing the full backs shirt. There will also be three anxious players on the bench, who will also earn first caps if they get to run on, Bryan Gatland the first five-eighth, and forwards Tau Koloamatangi a prop, and second row James Tucker.   

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When the sides met last season in Round 4, Tasman won by 23-16 in a game played in Nelson. One of seven wins during the regular season that Tasman registered, as they progressed to their first Premiership Final, where they were beaten in a thrilling climax to the 2014 season by Taranaki 32-36.

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Posted: 14th August 2015

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