The Mitre 10 Cup is about to kickoff! It’s a wonderful competition that sees the New Zealand provinces go head to head and it’s a real shame that the mainstream media have forgotten about it. I hope to give it much more exposure this year getting to over 20 games and providing live coverage on Twitter as well a weekly Monday night Mitre 10 Cup show on YouTube.
Get up to speed with the Mitre 10 Cup Season preview where we go through each team and who we think they are going to go in 2019.
Here is my video with my Mitre 10 Cup 2019 Round 1 Predictions:
Southland v Northland – Northland by 15
I’m not sure how many people can remember the last time that Southland won a game in the Mitre 10 Cup. Things aren’t looking too promising this season either as they host their furthest opposition in the opening game. I made this prediction before I saw what the weather was like. With snow and the cold down in Invercargill it could be closer than I originally thought.
Join us on Monday’s at 8pm for the Mitre 10 Cup show as we review the weekend’s action, cover the hot topics and look forward to the next round
Auckland v North Harbour – Auckland by 7
The Battle of the Bridge, what a great way for these teams to kick off the tournament. At the end of the day though Harbour should find this a difficult game. Auckland are the reigning champions and have a settled coaching setup and squad. With Tom Coventry moving to the Blues Harbour don’t have that luxury.
I will be at Eden Park for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.
Tasman v Wellington – Tasman by 5
This is a battle of the heavy weights and 2 sides that we expect to be in the finals come the pointy end of the season. Tasman have such a stacked all round squad that they are going to be hard to beat. For Wellington it’s all going to come down to if they can get some quality ball. Their back devision is second to none but I think they will get pushed around this weekend.
Counties Manukau v Taranaki – Taranaki by 3
This is going to be an important game for Counties if they are going to avoid relegation. Having 1 of the toughest crossover games doesn’t help them. Taranaki only went down due to bonus points instead of Counties. I’m expecting this to be a tight tussle but I just don’t see points in the Counties backs.
Waikato v Canterbury – Canterbury by 15
This is a tough start for Waikato in the Premiership. Facing off against losing finalists and with a long list of early season injuries by all reports. Canterbury look a quality squad yet again even with all the players away with the All Blacks and they’ll be looking to regain their crown.
I will be at FMG Stadium for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.
Bay of Plenty v Otago – Bay of Plenty by 5
This should be a cracking all Championship affair. 2 sides that will be looking to make the playoffs and be in with a shout of promotion. Bay of Plenty’s season last year was a write off due to injuries. Otago lost in the final to Waikato, making this a great early test for the Steamers.
I will be in Tauranga for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.
Btw Supporters of DrivingMaul can also watch my opinion on what’s going to happen to the Ranfurly Shield in 2019.
Manawatu v Hawke’s Bay – Manawatu by 5
This is one of the hardest games to call and we’ll know a lot more about both these sides after this game. Manawatu really disappointed last season and parted ways with their coach. They have an experienced hand at the helm in Peter Russell who’s come back from overseas. Hawke’s Bay will be missing inspirational leader in Brad Webber and we’ll see how much they miss him.
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