N Harbour 20

23 Manawatu

Manawatu rob North Harbour at death

Manawatu halfback Papa Wharewera's hand emerged out of a ruck on North Harbour's goal-line to put downward pressure on uncontrolled ball to give his side a 23-20 win at North Harbour Stadium on Thursday.
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Preview: North Harbour v Manawatu

Both these sides were among the favoured teams in the Championship but neither has got off to a good start, so this match almost takes on double importance as the winner will stay in touch while the loser will fall some way off the pace.
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