Central Energy Trust Arena, Saturday, 18 August at 2:35 PM
After a rough year in 2017, Waikato will be desparate to turn things around this year. They were relegated from the Premiership, but now have former All Black Jono Gibbs at the helm. Manawatu won the match 23-10 last year with Jamie Booth turning on a storming performance and the Manawatu scrum getting the upper hand. Turbonation will need to be out in full force to drown out the cow bells.