2017 Mitre 10 Cup

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2017 Mitre 10 Cup season
Countries New Zealand New Zealand
Date 17 August – 28 October 2017
Champions Canterbury
Runners-up Tasman
Promoted Wellington
Relegated Waikato
Matches played 76
Tries scored 589
(average 7.8 per match)
Top point scorer Richie Mo'unga (Canterbury)
160 points
Top try scorer Tevita Li (North Harbour)
11 tries
Official website
mitre10cup.co.nz
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The 2017 Mitre 10 Cup season was the 12th season of New Zealand's provincial rugby union competition since it turned professional in 2006. The regular season began on August 17, when the 2016 Championship winners North Harbour hosted a game against Otago. It involved the top fourteen rugby unions of New Zealand. For sponsorship reasons, the competition is known as the Mitre 10 Cup and it is the second season under the lead sponsor. The winner of the Championship will be promoted to the Premiership, the 7th placed Premiership team will be relegated to the Championship.

Format[edit]

Waikato vs Bay of Plenty in Week 9.

The Mitre 10 Cup standings are sorted by a competition points system. Four points are awarded to the winning team, a draw equals to two points, whilst a loss amounts to zero points. Unions can also win their side a respectable bonus point. To receive a bonus point, they must score four tries or more or lose by seven or fewer points or less.[1] Each team is placed on their total points received. If necessary of a tiebreaker, when two or more teams finish on equal points, the union who defeated the other in a head-to-head gets placed higher. In case of a draw between them, the side with the biggest points deferential margin will get rights to be ranked above. If they are tied on points difference, it is then decided by a highest scored try count or a coin toss.[2] This seeding format has been implemented since the beginning of the 2006 competition.

The competition included a promotion-relegation process with the winner of the Championship receiving automatic promotion to the Premiership replacing the seventh-placed team in the Premiership which is relegated to the Championship for the following year. The regular season consisted of two types of matches. The internal division matches are when each team played the other six unions in their division once, home or away. The cross-division matches are when each team played four teams from the other division, thus missing out on three teams, each from the opposite division. Each union played home or away games against teams from the other division, making a total of ten competition games for each union.[3] The finals format allows the top four teams from each division move on to the semi-finals. The top two division winners, based on table points, received a home semi-final. In the first round of the finals, the semi-finals, the second division winner hosted the third division winner, and the first division winner hosted the fourth division winner. The final was hosted by the top remaining seed.[4]

Standings[edit]

Standings progression[edit]

Premiership
Team W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
Auckland 1
(6th)
5
(5th)
5
(7th)
6
(6th)
11
(6th)
12
(7th)
17
(5th)
17
(6th)
18
(6th)
Canterbury 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
15
(1st)
20
(1st)
25
(1st)
30
(1st)
35
(1st)
36
(2nd)
41
(2nd)
Counties Manukau 4
(4th)
4
(6th)
5
(5th)
5
(7th)
10
(7th)
13
(6th)
17
(6th)
22
(5th)
27
(5th)
North Harbour 4
(3rd)
9
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
18
(2nd)
22
(2nd)
23
(3rd)
27
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
37
(3rd)
Taranaki 5
(2nd)
6
(4th)
11
(4th)
16
(3rd)
21
(3rd)
26
(2nd)
31
(2nd)
36
(1st)
42
(1st)
Tasman 0
(7th)
0
(7th)
5
(6th)
10
(5th)
15
(4th)
20
(4th)
21
(4th)
30
(4th)
31
(4th)
Waikato 2
(5th)
7
(3rd)
14
(3rd)
14
(4th)
14
(5th)
14
(5th)
14
(7th)
15
(7th)
17
(7th)
Championship
Team W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
Bay of Plenty 1
(5th)
6
(2nd)
6
(4th)
10
(4th)
10
(5th)
18
(3rd)
18
(5th)
23
(3rd)
28
(2nd)
Hawke's Bay 4
(3rd)
4
(5th)
4
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
6
(6th)
6
(6th)
11
(6th)
Manawatu 1
(6th)
6
(3rd)
6
(5th)
7
(5th)
11
(4th)
16
(5th)
21
(3rd)
22
(4th)
24
(5th)
Northland 5
(2nd)
6
(4th)
11
(2nd)
16
(2nd)
16
(2nd)
16
(4th)
20
(4th)
25
(2nd)
25
(4th)
Otago 1
(4th)
3
(6th)
8
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
14
(3rd)
19
(2nd)
21
(2nd)
21
(5th)
26
(3rd)
Southland 0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
Wellington 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
15
(1st)
22
(1st)
27
(1st)
32
(1st)
37
(1st)
42
(1st)
47
(1st)

The table above shows a team's progression throughout the season.
For each week, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall division log position in brackets.
Key: win draw loss bye

Regular season[edit]

The 2017 Mitre 10 Cup played across nine weeks with every team playing one Wednesday night fixture in a double-up round where they played twice that week. The competition started on Thursday, August 17, with North Harbour taking on Otago at QBE Stadium, in a repeat of the previous seasons Championship Division final. The opening round saw a repeat of the Premiership final with Tasman against the then current champions Canterbury.[5]

Week 1[edit]

Week 2[edit]

Week 3[edit]

Week 4[edit]

Week 5[edit]

Week 6[edit]

Week 7[edit]

Week 8[edit]

Week 9[edit]

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals[edit]


20 October 2017
19:35 NZST
Wellington 49–21 Northland
Try: Umaga-Jensen 37' c
Goosen (2) 42' c, 79' c
Renata 48' c
Fahamokioa 58' m
Verney 66' c
Con: Garden-Bachop (5/6) 38', 44', 49', 67', 80'
Pen: Garden-Bachop (3/3) 4', 9', 27'
Report Try: Hyland 10' c
Alaimalo 16' c
Nock 73' c
Con: Hawkins (2/2) 11', 17'
Nock (1/1) 74'
21 October 2017
14:35 NZST
Bay of Plenty 48–32 Otago
Try: Webber (2) 16' m, 49' c
Foketi (2) 24' c, 39' c
Stowers 59' m
Hepetema 70' c
Penalty try 81' m
Con: Delany (4/6) 25', 40', 50', 71'
Pen: Delany (1/1) 11'
Report Try: Anderson-Heather 28' m
Teu 46' c
Koroi 63' c
Walden 76' c
Con: Smith (3/4) 47', 64', 77'
Pen: Ioane (2/2) 2', 35'
21 October 2017
17:05 NZST
Canterbury 35–24 North Harbour
Try: Drummond 18' c
Bridge 28' c
Harmon 43' m
Bateman 74' c
Con: Cameron (3/4) 19', 29', 75'
Pen: Cameron (3/4) 27', 66', 79'
Report Try: Volavola 10' c
Eves 41' c
Taramai 68' c
Con: Volavola (3/3) 11', 42', 69'
Pen: Volavola (1/1) 6'
21 October 2017
19:35 NZST
Taranaki 29–30 Tasman
Try: O'Donnell 25' c
Ngatai 33' c
Tahuriorangi 52' c
Tamanivalu 55' m
Con: McKenzie (3/4) 26', 34', 53'
Pen: McKenzie (1/2) 13'
Report Try: Fainga'anuku 28' m
Hunt 43' c
Con: Hunt (1/2) 44'
Pen: Hunt (6/8) 4', 10', 16', 36', 47', 64'

Finals[edit]


27 October 2017
19:35 NZST
Wellington 59–45
(a.e.t)
Bay of Plenty
Try: Umaga-Jensen 13' m
Lousi 32' c
Fahamokioa (2) 36' m, 58' m
Shields 41' m
Fidow 72' c
Goosen 84' c
Paongo 86' m
Savea 93' c
Con: Garden-Bachop (4/9) 33', 73', 85', 94'
Pen: Garden-Bachop (2/3) 27', 46'
Report Try: Campbell 3' c
Webber (2) 22' c, 52' c
Ardron 48' c
Parete 61' m
Hepetema 77' c
Karpik 100' m
Con: Delany (5/6) 4', 23', 49', 53', 78'
Tiatia (0/1)
28 October 2017
19:35 NZST
Canterbury 35–13 Tasman
Try: Mo'unga (2) 19' m, 25' c
Bateman 39' c
Stratton 74' c
Con: Mo'unga (3/4) 26', 40', 75'
Pen: Mo'unga (3/4) 42', 55', 64'
Report Try: Aumua 7' c
Con: Hunt (1/1) 8'
Pen: Hunt (1/1) 14'
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
FB 15 George Bridge Substituted off 76'
RW 14 Josh McKay
OC 13 Tim Bateman
IC 12 Rob Thompson Substituted off 76'
LW 11 Braydon Ennor
FH 10 Richie Mo'unga
SH 9 Mitchell Drummond Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Luke Whitelock (c)
OF 7 Billy Harmon Substituted off 27'
BF 6 Tom Sanders Substituted off 76'
RL 5 Dominic Bird
LL 4 Hamish Dalzell
TP 3 Siate Tokolahi Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Ben Funnell Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Alex Hodgman Substituted off 76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Vella Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Chris Gawler Substituted in 76'
PR 18 Oliver Jager Substituted in 65'
LK 19 Reed Prinsep Substituted in 27'
FL 20 Tom Christie Substituted in 76'
SH 21 Jack Stratton Substituted in 56'
FH 22 Brett Cameron Substituted in 76'
WG 23 Inga Finau Substituted in 76'
FB 15 Will Jordan
RW 14 Tomas Aoake Substituted off 66'
OC 13 Levi Aumua Substituted off 77'
IC 12 Alex Nankivell
LW 11 James Lowe
FH 10 Mitchell Hunt
SH 9 Finlay Christie Substituted off 65'
N8 8 Jordan Taufua Substituted off 41'
OF 7 Vernon Fredericks
BF 6 Ethan Blackadder
RL 5 Shannon Frizell
LL 4 Alex Ainley (c) Substituted off 48'
TP 3 Tyrel Lomax Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Andrew Makalio Substituted off 65'
LP 1 Siua Halanukonuka Substituted off 34' Substituted in 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ti'i Paulo Substituted in 65'
PR 17 Tom Hill Substituted in 34' Substituted off 41'
PR 18 Ryan Coxon Substituted in 41'
LK 19 Pari Pari Parkinson Substituted in 48'
FL 20 Peter Samu Substituted in 41'
SH 21 Billy Guyton Substituted in 65'
FH 22 Tim O'Malley Substituted in 77'
CE 23 Trael Joass Substituted in 66'

Statistics[edit]

Leading point scorers[edit]

No. Player Team Points Average Details
1 Richie Mo'unga Canterbury 160 16.00 5 T, 42 C, 17 P, 0 D
2 Jackson Garden-Bachop Wellington 142 12.90 3 T, 47 C, 11 P, 0 D
3 Fletcher Smith Otago 116 10.54 5 T, 26 C, 13 P, 0 D
4 Marty McKenzie Taranaki 100 11.11 1 T, 34 C, 9 P, 0 D
5 Bryn Gatland North Harbour 96 10.67 0 T, 18 C, 20 P, 0 D
6 Mike Delany Bay of Plenty 94 9.40 0 T, 29 C, 2 P, 0 D
7 Mitchell Hunt Tasman 94 8.55 4 T, 16 C, 14 P, 0 D
8 Jono Hickey Auckland 75 7.50 1 T, 14 C, 14 P, 0 D
9 Daniel Hawkins Northland 66 7.33 0 T, 15 C, 12 P, 0 D
10 Jade Te Rure Manawatu 66 6.60 3 T, 9 C, 9 P, 0 D

Source: mitre10cup.co.nz/Stats

Leading try scorers[edit]

No. Player Team Tries Average
1 Tevita Li North Harbour 11 1.22
2 Braydon Ennor Canterbury 10 1.11
3 Jona Nareki Otago 9 1.00
4 Tim Bateman Canterbury 9 0.81
5 Joe Webber Bay of Plenty 8 0.73
6 Alex Fidow Wellington 8 0.73
7 Lalakai Foketi Bay of Plenty 8 0.67
8 Asafo Aumua Wellington 7 0.70
9 Vince Aso Auckland 7 0.70
10 George Bridge Canterbury 7 0.58

Source: mitre10cup.co.nz/Stats

Points by week[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Average
Auckland 14 16 10 8 37 92 38 49 27 17 26 34 38 19 18 31 27 32 235 298 23.50 29.80
Bay of Plenty 23 28 46 17 10 31 20 17 7 29 88 31 19 38 36 28 36 32 285 251 28.50 25.10
Canterbury 39 0 30 24 53 10 78 20 92 65 41 28 37 17 43 55 32 27 445 246 44.50 24.60
Counties Manukau 16 14 21 33 27 30 18 27 38 92 31 31 25 16 29 24 52 30 257 297 25.70 29.70
Hawke's Bay 24 16 17 46 10 53 48 104 14 33 17 48 30 33 7 34 36 31 203 398 20.30 39.80
Manawatu 29 41 35 20 30 40 17 20 23 10 39 25 25 20 24 29 56 82 278 287 27.80 28.70
North Harbour 19 17 45 20 57 10 27 18 31 22 28 41 33 30 27 32 64 33 331 223 33.10 22.30
Northland 28 23 8 10 44 13 37 7 22 31 25 39 48 55 34 7 18 36 264 221 26.40 22.10
Otago 17 19 24 30 40 30 64 21 27 29 34 26 54 59 28 36 43 19 331 269 33.10 26.90
Southland 16 24 20 45 13 44 20 78 17 27 17 107 20 25 12 61 19 43 154 454 15.40 45.40
Taranaki 34 29 26 42 30 27 49 38 29 7 48 17 40 26 55 43 79 89 390 318 39.00 31.80
Tasman 0 39 20 35 31 29 37 35 29 27 50 17 26 40 52 32 30 52 275 306 27.50 30.60
Waikato 29 34 33 21 64 58 7 37 10 23 10 34 17 37 11 13 32 36 213 293 21.30 29.30
Wellington 41 29 42 26 31 10 75 64 60 14 34 10 27 24 61 12 36 18 407 207 40.70 20.70

Tries by week[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Average
Auckland 2 1 1 1 4 11 5 6 4 2 4 5 4 3 2 5 3 4 29 38 2.90 3.80
Bay of Plenty 2 4 6 2 1 5 2 2 1 4 13 5 3 4 5 3 5 5 38 34 3.80 3.40
Canterbury 5 0 4 4 7 1 11 2 13 9 5 4 4 3 6 7 4 3 59 33 5.90 3.30
Counties Manukau 1 2 3 5 3 4 2 2 6 13 5 4 3 1 4 3 8 4 35 38 3.50 3.80
Hawke's Bay 3 1 2 6 1 7 7 15 2 5 3 7 3 3 1 4 6 4 28 52 2.80 5.20
Manawatu 5 6 4 2 3 6 2 2 2 2 4 3 4 2 3 4 7 13 34 40 3.40 4.00
North Harbour 1 2 6 2 7 1 2 2 3 1 4 5 3 3 3 4 10 5 39 25 3.90 2.50
Northland 4 2 1 1 6 1 5 1 1 3 3 4 3 6 4 1 2 6 29 25 2.90 2.50
Otago 2 1 4 4 6 3 9 3 3 4 5 4 5 6 3 5 6 3 43 33 4.30 3.30
Southland 1 3 2 6 1 6 2 11 2 4 3 17 2 4 2 9 3 6 18 66 1.80 6.60
Taranaki 6 4 4 5 4 3 6 5 4 1 7 3 6 4 7 6 12 13 56 44 5.60 4.49
Tasman 0 5 2 4 4 5 4 5 4 3 8 3 4 6 8 4 4 8 38 43 3.80 4.30
Waikato 4 6 5 3 9 7 1 5 2 2 1 5 3 4 1 1 5 5 31 38 3.10 3.80
Wellington 6 5 5 4 5 1 11 8 8 2 5 1 4 2 9 2 6 2 59 27 5.90 2.70
Offensive Defensive

Sanctions[edit]

Player Team Red card.svg Red Yellow card.svg Yellow Suspended for match(es):
Elliot Dixon Southland 1 2 vs. Bay of Plenty
Viliami Lolohea Tasman 1 2 vs. Taranaki
Levi Aumua Tasman 1 0 vs. Otago
Augustine Pulu Counties Manukau 1 0 vs. Manawatu
Albert Nikoro Counties Manukau 1 0 vs. Tasman
Tony Lamborn Hawke's Bay 1 0 vs. Manawatu
Newton Tudreu Manawatu 1 0 vs. Hawke's Bay
Sam Henwood Counties Manukau 0 2 vs. Auckland & Waikato
Pouri Rakete-Stones Hawke's Bay 0 2 vs. Bay of Plenty & Taranaki
Marcel Renata Auckland 0 2 vs. Waikato & Bay of Plenty
Ryan Tongia Southland 0 2 vs. Canterbury & Wellington
James Tucker Waikato 0 2 vs. Northland & North Harbour
Geoffrey Cridge Hawke's Bay 0 1 vs. Southland
Jordan Trainor Auckland 0 1 vs. Northland
Tima Fainga'anuku Tasman 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Jordan Taufua Tasman 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Nick Werahiko Canterbury 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
James Lowe Tasman 0 1 vs. Waikato
Heiden Bedwell-Curtis Manawatu 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Henry Stowers Bay of Plenty 0 1 vs. Taranaki
Lachlan Boshier Taranaki 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Josh Ioane Otago 0 1 vs. Tasman
Alex Ainley Tasman 0 1 vs. Otago
Asafo Aumua Wellington 0 1 vs. Waikato
Regan Verney Wellington 0 1 vs. Waikato
Kara Pryor Northland 0 1 vs. Otago
James Lentjes Otago 0 1 vs. Northland
Slade McDowall Otago 0 1 vs. Northland
Will Jordan Tasman 0 1 vs. Taranaki
Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a North Harbour 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
Billy Proctor Wellington 0 1 vs. Otago
Trael Joass Tasman 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Antonio Kiri Kiri Manawatu 0 1 vs. Counties Manukau
Tevita Nabura Counties Manukau 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Tim Nanai-Williams Counties Manukau 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Sam Nock Northland 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
Sevu Reece Waikato 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Michael Alaalatoa Manawatu 0 1 vs. Taranaki
Declan O'Donnell Taranaki 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Ben Nee-Nee Auckland 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Inga Finau Canterbury 0 1 vs. Auckland
Lalakai Foketi Bay of Plenty 0 1 vs. Waikato
Pita Ahki Waikato 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Phil Halder Southland 0 1 vs. Otago
Baden Kerr Counties Manukau 0 1 vs. Tasman
Sam Moli Tasman 0 1 vs. Counties Manukau
Dan Pryor Northland 0 1 vs. Wellington
Hugh Blake Bay of Plenty 0 1 vs. Otago
Latu Vaeno Otago 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Seta Tamanivalu Taranaki 0 1 vs. Tasman

Ranfurly Shield[edit]

Pre-season challenges[edit]

December 2016, Canterbury accepted Ranfurly Shield challenges from both Wanganui and Mid Canterbury after it was confirmed that several offers were received from Mitre 10 Cup and Heartland Championship unions. Wanganui will travel to Christchurch and play at AMI Stadium, while the Shield will go on the road for a challenge against Mid-Canterbury which will be played at the Ashburton Showgrounds.[6]

In the first challenge, Canterbury beat Wanganui 71−5 in Christchurch, after running in 10 tries with 10 uncapped players.[7] Canterbury's win ensured them their 133rd successful Shield defence. Captain and halfback Jack Stratton scored the opening try in the 10th minute, before four more first-half tries resulted in the lead out to 36−5 at the break. Also early in the half, a yellow card was awarded to Wanganui prop Viki Tofa, for a high tackle on flanker Billy Harmon. Debutant first-five eighth Brett Cameron kicked 17 points in the match, while hooker Nick Werahiko scored a double. Wing Ngane Punivai impressed with his power and speed. Midfielder Timoci Seruwalu scored the visitors' only try late in the first half, when he powered over the line on the back of a close scrum.[8] Wanganui veteran Peter Rowe retired after the loss with 112 games.

The late pre-season match saw the current holders take on Mid Canterbury, with the opposition losing all 13 of their Ranfurly Shield challenges, with eight of the defeats against Canterbury. Canterbury went on to win another successful defence 69–7. Having led 33–0 at halftime, the defending Mitre 10 Cup champions went on to run in eleven tries to one and beat the Heartland Championship side at the Ashburton Showgrounds.[9] Former New Zealand under-20s World Cup winner Josh McKay was one of four Canterbury players to make their debut in the match, with himself and outside back Nigel Gibb, who beat four defenders on his way to the line, scoring tries in the blowout win. Wing Marshall Suckling and hooker Nathan Vella scored doubles in the win also.[10]

21 June 2017
19:35 NZST
Canterbury 71–5 Wanganui
Try: Stratton 10' c
Maitland 15' c
Nel 25' c
Werahiko (2) 28' c, 56' c
Suckling 31' m
Dunshea 47' c
Waqanibau 66' c
Alfeld 70' c
Makene 75' c
Con: Cameron (7/8) 11', 16', 26', 29', 48', 57', 66'
Hart-Strawbridge (2/2) 70', 76'
Pen: Cameron (1/2) 2'
Preview
Report
Try: Seruwalu 39' m
Con: Whale (0/1)
Drop: Clare (0/1)
4 August 2017
14:35 NZST
Canterbury 69–7 Mid Canterbury
Try: Brown 4' c
Sanders 11' c
Cameron 18' c
Suckling (2) 26' m, 40' c
Vella (2) 44' c, 55' c
McKay 52' c
Gibb 58' m
Waqanibau 61' m
Dalzell 75' m
Con: Cameron (4/5) 5', 12', 19', 40'
McKay (3/6) 45', 53', 56'
Preview
Report
Try: Sau 73' c
Con: Kjestrup (1/1) 74'

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adjustment to Mitre 10 Heartland Championship bonus points system". Rugby Heartland. 2 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "NEW ZEALAND RUGBY UNION Competition Regulations Handbook 2016" (pdf). New Zealand Rugby. Retrieved 1 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "2010 ITM Cup Competition Structures". Manawatu Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "ITM Cup Finals schedule". allblacks.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "2017 draws released for Mitre 10 Cup and Mitre 10 Heartland Championship". mitre10cup.co.nz. 7 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Canterbury Confirm 2017 Ranfurly Shield Challenges". mitre10cup.co.nz. 5 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rugby: Canterbury crush Wanganui Ranfurly Shield challenge". New Zealand Herald. 22 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Canterbury defeat Wanganui 71-5 to defend Ranfurly Shield". Newshub. 22 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Canterbury rout Mid Canterbury to retain Ranfurly Shield in Ashburton". Stuff. 4 August 2017. 
  10. ^ "Canterbury defeat Mid-Canterbury 69-7 to retain Ranfurly Shield". Newshub. 4 August 2017. 

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