There is bite to the final regular round of club rugby matches on Saturday.
Dave Fredericks has put more than four decades of effort in to the Feilding Yellows.
Feilding took their second major rugby scalp in the space of four days
Hirsute Manawatu rugby players Heiden Bedwell-Curtis and Jamie Booth have a wager on growing their hair.
It is funny how Manawatu players are proving so critical to the two Super Rugby finalists.
Feilding's win over Old Boys-Marist on Saturday showed what might have been.
Feilding High School's 95-0 massacre of the Wanganui Collegiate School's first XV on Thursday brought into question the imbalance in this year's Central North Island competition.
For the sides outside the top four, there is still something to aim for.
Bryn Templeman has returned from Germany after playing in their national league.
The Manawatu Turbos are planning to get by for the season without Nehe Milner-Skudder.
Nick Crosswell has already returned to Wales for pre-season training.
College Old Boys cannot be headed for the top spot in Manawatu club rugby.
Tu Toa claim first-up honours against Manukura first XV
Manawatu club rugby leaders College Old Boys made no race of the main club rugby game in a watery Palmerston North on Saturday.
Boys' High's first XV loss to New Plymouth was hard to swallow
Just twice since 2010 have Old Boys-Marist toppled College Old Boys in the Centennial Shield round.
Manawatu Evergreens spent much of the trial game at Waipukurau on defence
Maoates seem to be everywhere in Manawatu senior rugby.
Another army midfield back is in Manawatu contention.
George Tilsley is heading for the south of France to play rugby.
Palmerston North Boys' High School's first XV get bogged down against Hamilton Boys'.
College Old Boys fell to only their second loss of the season on Saturday.
Injuries have ruled out a half dozen players for Manawatu trial.
Kia Toa must erase memories of their first clash with College Old Boys.
Former Turbos flanker Doug Tietjens is now the Manawatu coaching development manager
A shoulder injury has temporarily sidelined Manawatu's Jason Emery
A flat Feilding High School first XV was too hot for the boys from Cambridge.
At last Linton Army and Te Kawau lit up the Manawatu club competition.