Mitre 10 Cup Review: Week Eight
Sunday, October 8, 2017 Lynn McConnell Getty Images
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However, Taranaki have their double schedule of games to get through which if they were successful in both could see them qualify in first place.
They defend the shield against Manawatu on Wednesday and then play North Harbour in Albany on Sunday afternoon.
North Harbour made life difficult for Waikato when claiming a 13-11 win in Hamilton. While lifting North Harbour to third, it left Waikato needing to beat Bay of Plenty at Tauranga on Saturday to decide the relegation race.
Auckland, who lost to Tasman 18-31 on Sunday, play host to Canterbury on Friday and will need a win to send Waikato to relegation even before they meet Bay of Plenty. However, if Auckland can't win the pressure goes on Waikato.
Counties Manukau are eight points behind fourth-placed Tasman after their 29-24 win over Manawatu and fifth place is the best they can hope for when playing Tasman on Saturday.
Just who will reach the top four with Wellington will depend on Manawatu who face two games, Taranaki on Wednesday and Hawke's Bay on Sunday. Manawatu warmed up for their tough week with a 29-24 loss to Counties Manukau.
Bay of Plenty will have plenty to play for when meeting Waikato because their own hopes of making the top four could depend on a win.
Otago are sitting in fifth place, after their 28-36 loss to Bay of Plenty in Dunedin but only four points separate second from fifth.
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