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ITM Cup Week Five Preview

allblacks.com and James Mortimer     11 Sep 2013    

The Magpies, who joined Otago as one week holders of the Ranfurly Shield, conceded the Log o'Wood to Counties, who in turn will defend the famous trophy against the Amber and Blacks on Sunday afternoon.

North Harbour will hope to win their first match of the season when hosting the Championship's leading team in Tasman on Friday night at North Harbour Stadium.

Super Saturday sees a double header, with Canterbury hosting Otago, while Waikato will welcome Auckland, with the Mooloo releasing a special ticket offer for the massive clash.

To see the official results after the first month, click here.

To see the referee appointments for this week, click here. 

Week Five action

TARANAKI v HAWKE'S BAY
Wednesday 11 September, 7.35pm at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Played: 49, 1885-2012 | Hawke's Bay wins: 17 | Taranaki wins: 27 | Draws: 6
Last match: Taranaki 22 Hawke's Bay 6, 07.09.12 in New Plymouth (ITMC, RS)
Last Hawke's Bay win: Hawke's Bay 32 Taranaki 24, 25.09.10 in Napier (ITMC)
Biggest Taranaki score: 35 (35-3), 03.09.1901 in New Plymouth; and 35 (35-14), 16.09.95 in New Plymouth (NPC)
Biggest Hawke's Bay score: 32 (32-24), 25.09.10 in Napier (ITMC)
Biggest differential: Taranaki by 29 (32-3), 03.09.1901 in New Plymouth

WELLINGTON v BAY OF PLENTY
Thursday 12 September, 7.35pm at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Played: 32, 1912-2012 | Bay of Plenty wins: 5 | Wellington wins: 25 | Draws: 2
Last match: Wellington 36 Bay of Plenty 26, 25.09.12 in Mt Maunganui (ITMC)
Last Bay of Plenty win: Bay of Plenty 32 Wellington 0, 04.11.11 in Mt Maunganui (ITMC)
Biggest Wellington score: 74 (74-20), 06.10.02 in Tauranga (NPC)
Biggest Bay of Plenty score: 32 (32-38), 10.09.05 in Wellington (NPC); and (32-0), 04.11.11 in Mt Maunganui (ITMC)
Biggest differential: Wellington by 54 (74-20), 06.10.02 in Tauranga (NPC)

MANAWATU v SOUTHLAND
Friday 13 September, 6.05pm at FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
Played: 40, 1905-2012 | Manawatu wins: 20 | Southland wins: 17 | Draws: 3
Last match: Southland 17 Manawatu 11, 12.10.12 in Invercargill (ITMC)
Last Manawatu match: Manawatu 25 Southland 23, 14.08.09 in Invercargill (ANZC)
Biggest Southland score: 61 (61-6), 10.09.86 in Palmerston North (NPC)
Biggest Manawatu score: 42 (42-30), 27.08.94 in Palmerston North (NPC)
Biggest differential: Manawatu by 55 (61-6), 10.09.86 in Palmerston North (NPC)

NORTH HARBOUR v TASMAN
Friday 13 September, 8.05pm at North Harbour Stadium, North Harbour
Played: 5, 2006-2012 | North Harbour wins: 4 | Tasman wins: 1
Last match: North Harbour 42 Tasman 10, 13.10.12 in Nelson (ITMC)
Last Tasman win: Tasman 19 North Harbour 15, 07.08.09 in North Shore City (ANZC)
Biggest North Harbour score: 42 (42-10), 13.10.12 in Nelson (ITMC)
Biggest Tasman score: 27 (27-33) 30.07.06 in Blenheim (ANZC)
Biggest differential: North Harbour by 32 (42-10), 13.10.12 in Nelson (ITMC)

WAIKATO v AUCKLAND
Saturday 14 September, 2.35pm at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Played: 136, 1922-2012 | Waikato wins: 38 | Auckland wins: 93 | Draws: 5
Last match: Auckland 32 Waikato 22, 08.09.12 in Auckland (ITMC)
Last Waikato win: Waikato 26 Auckland 19, 27.07.11 in Hamilton (ITMC)
Biggest Auckland score: 50 (50-4), 25.08.84 in Hamilton (NPC)
Biggest Waikato score: 59 (59-11), 28.08.04 in Hamilton (NPC)
Biggest differential: Waikato by 48 (59-11), 28.08.04 in Hamilton (NPC)

CANTERBURY v OTAGO
Saturday 14 September, 4.35pm at AMI Stadium (Addington), Christchurch
Played: 159, 1881-2011 | Canterbury wins: 87 | Otago wins: 63 | Draws: 10
Last match: Canterbury 29 Otago 16, 27.08.11 in Dunedin (ITMC)
Last Otago win: Otago 37 Canterbury 22, 14.10.05 in Christchurch (NPC SF)
Biggest Canterbury score: 62 (62-19), 15.09.01 in Dunedin (NPC)
Biggest Otago score: 56 (56-25), 19.06.94 in Dunedin (NPC)
Biggest differential: Canterbury by 43 (62-19), 15.09.01 in Dunedin (NPC)

COUNTIES MANUKAU v TARANAKI (RS)
Sunday 15 September, 2.35pm at ECO Light Stadium, Pukekohe
Played: 31, 1956-2010 | Counties Manukau wins: 12 | Taranaki wins: 18 | Draws: 1
Last match: Taranaki 28 Counties Manukau 19, 12.09.10 in New Plymouth
Last Counties Manukau win: Counties Manukau 33 Taranaki 21, 23.08.09 in Pukekohe (ANZC)
Biggest Counties Manukau score: 46 (46-48), 08.10.00 in Pukekohe (NPC)
Biggest Taranaki score: 55 (55-22), 29.09.01 in New Plymouth (NPC)
Biggest differential: Taranaki by 33 (55-22), 29.09.01 in New Plymouth (NPC)

HAWKE'S BAY v NORTHLAND
Sunday 15 September, 4.35pm at McLean Park, Napier
Played: 30, 1929-2011 | Hawke's Bay wins: 10 | Northland wins: 19 | Draws: 1
Last match: Northland 43 Hawke's Bay 34, 24.08.11 in Whangarei (ITMC)
Last Hawke's Bay win: Hawke's Bay 25 Northland 13, 07.10.10 in Napier (ITMC)
Biggest Hawke's Bay score: 41 (41-22), 13.08.94 in Napier (NPC)
Biggest Northland score: 66 (66-12), 01.11.03 in Napier (NPC PR)
Biggest differential: Northland by 54 (66-12), 01.11.03 in Napier (NPC PR)