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From the very early stages of the 2015 ITM Cup, Wednesday's clash at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington always looked likely to be the fixture that would decide top spot in the Championship division of the tournament.When the Wellington Lions and the Hawke's Bay Magpies take the field on Wednesday evening, it appears certain that the winners will finish in top position and secure home advantage through the play-offs. The losers should finish second, barring an unlikely sequence of results over the last two weeks of the regular season, and pick up the consolation of a home semi-final.
Hawkes Bay currently hold a slight advantage, having recorded 28 points, three more than their rivals, both sides having played seven matches.There is little to separate the Lions and Magpies in attacking potential, with the Lions having scored 30 tries in the 2015 ITM Cup, just one more than the Magpies. However, the Lions defence has been almost watertight, their line having been crossed just 10 times, a record no other team in either division can come close to matching.
Hawke's Bay have been magnificent during the season, defending the Ranfurly Shield, as well as maintaining their promotion challenge. Surprisingly, both of Wellington's defeats have come at home, to Tasman and Otago. It will be interesting to see if they can cope with the pressure in the pressure cooker that will be the Westpac on Wednesday, as they seek an immediate return to the Premiership.
Posted: 28th August 2012
Tuesday, August 28th, the ITM Cup will see Wellington and Hawkes Bay go head to head at 19:35 in Wellington, 07:35 GMT. The ITM Cup has just started and so there are very few teams that have gotten anything on the board yet. Wellington and Hawke's Bay are both Premiership teams, and lucky, they do have some points keeping them in their spot. Wellington has played one game so far this season, and were able to take home a win for four points. As for Hawke's Bay, they have also played one game, but lost and only earned one point.
Wellington is actually the leader of the Premiership division, followed by Auckland in second who have also earned four points, and Canterbury in third. As for the Championship, Tasman leads with four points, followed by Northland and North Harbour.
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