The tus­sle is go­ing to get tough this match

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A cou­ple of top four sides with ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions meet in this week­end’s Coun­ties Power Game of the Week as Ma­nurewa hosts four-time de­fend­ing McNa­mara Cup cham­pi­ons Bom­bay at Mount­fort Park.

The home side has hardly missed a beat this sea­son, drop­ping only a cou­ple of games and hold­ing down sec­ond spot on the lad­der.

Bom­bay strug­gled out of the gate early be­fore steady­ing the ship mid­way through the first round. That saw them put to­gether a five-game win­ning streak that came to an end last week at the hands of Pa­tuma­hoe.

Ma­nurewa got the choco­lates the last time the sides met ear­lier in the sea­son and McLean in­sists his side is high­ly­mo­ti­vated to re­verse that re­sult on Satur­day.

‘‘We just have to play the way we can play,’’ he said. ‘‘Ma­nurewa is a good side – they are up the top of the table for a rea­son.

‘‘We will have a look and see how they have been play­ing and try to an­a­lyse things a bit to see what can work best for us.’’

Ma­nurewa coach Jeremy Clark thinks his side’s win over Bom­bay in the first round counts for lit­tle now. He ac­knowl­edges that Bom­bay has clearly im­proved and the re­sult this week will have sig­nif­i­cantly more bear­ing on the sea­son.

‘‘After we got the job done [against Pukekohe] on Satur­day the boys were a bit sore,’’ Clark ex­plained.

‘‘After our team chat in the dressing room at the end of the match we spoke about this week. We put some em­pha­sis on how this is go­ing to be a mas­sive game for us.

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