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Farah Palmer Cup: Round 4 Preview

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The action kicks off on Friday night when Manawatu host Waikato in a match that will be broadcast live on Sky Sport. Waikato are at the bottom of the Premiership and will need a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. 

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After dominating the domestic competition for so long, Auckland find themselves near the bottom of the Premiership ladder and face a tricky trek to Porirua to take on the Wellington Pride on Saturday.

Counties Manukau have picked up the maximum 15 points from three games and will be hoping that continues when they face a plucky Canterbury side in Papakura.

North Harbour and Hawke’s Bay are both yet to register a competition point, but that will change when they square off in Albany live on Sky Sport at 12.05pm on Saturday.

The weekend’s action is rounded out on Sunday with another game live on Sky Sport when Bay of Plenty host Tasman. Bay of Plenty sit at the top of the Championship ladder and can all but sew up a playoff spot with victory over the Makos.

A feature of round four will be the live broadcast of three matches on Sky Sport channel 51; Manawatu v Waikato (Friday 22 September), North Harbour v Hawke's Bay (Saturday 23 September) and Bay of Plenty v Tasman (Sunday 24 September).

Farah Palmer Cup – week 4 fixtures

Manawatu Cyclones v Waikato
Friday 22 September, 5.05pm at Central Energy Trust Arena (Live on Sky Sport channel 51)
Played: 5 (2012-2016)
Wins: Manawatu 3, Waikato 2
Last match: Manawatu 25, Waikato 11 (2016)

Wellington Pride v Auckland Storm

Saturday 23 September, 12pm at Porirua Park, Wellington
Played: 25 (1999-2016)
Wins: Wellington 1, Auckland 23, Draws: 1
Last match: Auckland 34 Wellington 27 (2016)

Counties Manukau Heat v Canterbury
Saturday 23 September, 12pm at Massey Park, Papakura
Played: 3 (2013-2015)
Wins: Counties Manukau 1, Canterbury 2
Last match: Counties Manukau 52, Canterbury 15 (2015)

North Harbour Hibiscus v Hawke’s Bay Tui’s
Saturday 23 September, 12.05pm at QBE Stadium, Albany (Live on Sky Sport channel 51)
Only previous match: Hawke’s Bay 47, North Harbour 11 (2003)

Bay of Plenty Volcanix v Tasman Makos
Sunday 24 September, 12.05pm at Tauranga Domain, Tauranga (Live on Sky Sport 51)
These teams are yet to meet in the Farah Palmer Cup.