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The Final Countdown

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With the final week of ITM Cup games nearing an end I wonder how many people would have predicted the semi finalists, and in what qualifying order.

With Tasman and Taranaki guaranteed home semi’s and Canterbury in 3rd spot, Counties Manukau will be battling for a win over Tasman and then hope Auckland get toppled by Northland. On form, probably not going to happen but great to see the final make up of semi finalists going down to the wire (will Sonny Bill make a difference?)

Unfortunately for the Lion’s their position on the ladder has been ‘well and truly secured’.

Similar to a headline I read from an Irish newspaper many year’s ago after Ireland’s defeat at the hands of England. It read “Ireland clinch wooden spoon!”

Lets hope they can at least register one win to finish off the season.

Also, the final Ranfurly Shield Challenge from Southland should again get the supporters from the bay along to support their boys.

Should be a great tussle as both unions have a memorable history when it comes to the “log of wood”.

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