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Gatland surprised by quality of challenge

Warren Gatland has learned what to expect from rugby teams, both in his highly-successful British career and with Waikato, but he wasn't expecting a record win by his Ranfurly Shield challengers against North Harbour on Saturday.
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Waikato takes Shield by record margin

North Harbour learnt all about what it means to cherish the Ranfurly Shield when Waikato mounted a superb challenge to lift the log of wood by the record-breaking margin of 52-7 at North Harbour Stadium.
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Hooker confident in Harbour hopes

Many are predicting the charming story of North Harbour's Ranfurly Shield reign is about to reach a final conclusion against Waikato on Saturday, but hooker James Hinchco is confident there's a few more chapters yet to be written.
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Wulf returns for Shield match against Waikato

Junior All Black utility Rudi Wulf's inclusion is the only change in the North Harbour starting 15 named today for their Ranfurly Shield defence against Waikato on Saturday.
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Messam & Donald to start in shield challenge

Liam Messam and Stephen Donald return to the starting line-up for Waikato when the Mooloos take on the Ranfurly Shield holders North Harbour in week five of the Air New Zealand Cup this Saturday night.
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Kinikinilau looking forward to Shield challenge

Waikato winger Roy Kinikinilau has firm memories of how silent a rugby dressing room can be after an unsuccessful Ranfurly Shield challenge.
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