Nothing brings out the true colours of arch rivals better than a Chatham Cup encounter, such as the Napier City Rovers v Western Suburbs at Park Island tomorrow.

The top two teams in the Central League won't want to succumb to each other in a defining round of the national knockout competition because it could set the mood for the rest of winter.

Crawl out from under the cosy blanket of pre-match, post-match rituals of conviviality and you'll discover arch rivals simply can't bear the thought of losing.

Sure, pride can get in the way but that

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