Last weekend Tasman continued their dominance and Canterbury lost their 3rd on the trot! In the Championship it’s increasingly looking like a 3 horse race. This season I’ll getting to over 20 games and providing live coverage on Twitter as well a weekly Monday night Mitre 10 Cup show on YouTube.
Here is my video with my Mitre 10 Cup 2019 Round 4 Predictions:
Wellington v Counties Manukau – Counties Manukau by 3
I’m going for an upset in the opening game of the round. Counties are having a really rollercoaster of a season as I talked about with their head coach last weekend. However I think this is a great matchup for them. Wellington’s issues are Counties strengths. As they say no scrum no win and that’s the attitude I’m taking in this game.
Otago v Manawatu – Otago by 10
Otago have had a tough start to the season, there was a lot of optimism coming into the season with the Ranfurly Shield. Their 2 away games have been humbling encounters though. Luckily for them their first 2 shield defences are against the weakest 2 teams in the competition with Southland 2 weeks ago and Manawatu this weekend.
Btw Supporters of DrivingMaul can also watch my opinion on what’s going to happen to the Ranfurly Shield in 2019.
Canterbury v Southland – Canterbury by 15
This is where Canterbury’s 3 game loosing streak comes to an end. Their Southern neighbours are on an even longer losing streak going back a couple of years. Sure Canterbury aren’t as strong as they have been in recent years but still they will have far too much for Southland.
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
Northland v Hawke’s Bay – Hawke’s Bay by 5
Northland got a hammering last weekend against Taranaki and a real lesson in how to play a in a windy game. Hawke’s Bay have impressed me this season and are putting some good results together. They have a good pack and some decent backs as well. I think that’s just going to be too much for Northland who’s squad is looking a bit thin this season.
Waikato v Auckland – Waikato by 5
This should be a cracking game. Waikato are a young side in their development as much as their players. They did well last weekend even with some players coming back and other dropping out. Those changes and still getting the result away is a good sign. Their lack of fitness, as I heard form the coach, is not so much. This Auckland side are the defending champions for a reason and haven’t lost so far this year so it’s definitely going to be tough.
I will be at FMG Stadium for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.
North Harbour v Bay of Plenty – North Harbour by 3
Another really interesting game. Last weekend Harbour just did what they had to do for the win down Southland. Where as Bay of Plenty pushed Auckland all the way. This is another cross division game for Bay and even getting a losing bonus point will be good for them in the long run. I don’t think Harbour will be as complacent as they were last weekend.
I will be at QBE Stadium for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.
Taranaki v Tasman – Tasman by 10
We will only have 1 team with 4 wins at the end of round 4 as the 2 perfect teams go head to head. Put simply Tasman are looking like an unstoppable force this year. Already people are saying they are heading to the title. For Taranaki to lost this game won’t be the end of the world as it’s another cross division tie.
Farah Palmer Cup
The Farah Palmer Cup is the women’s provincial competition here in New Zealand. It kicks off this Saturday with the below fixtures:
- Canterbury v Wellington
- Bay of Plenty v Counties Manukau
- Waikato v Auckland – I’ll be covering this game, follow me on Twitter for updates.
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