Last weekend in the Mitre 10 Cup 2019 Tasman ended Taranaki’s winning start to the season. Wellington dodged a bullet and Otago retained the Ranfurly Shield. Steven and I talked about all that in The Mitre 10 Cup Show.
This weekend we have another intreging round of games. Including another Ranfurly Shield challenge and one of the biggest rivalries as Auckland host Canterbury.
I’ll be getting to 3 games this weekend, bringing you live coverage on Twitter as well as Post Match Interviews on YouTube. I could really use your Support in getting round to all these games as I’m not paid by any organisation to do so.
Manawatu v Northland – Northland by 7
Manawatu’s problem has been scoring points, with only 46 points from their 4 games so far that’s even less than Southland. That’s going to be a problem for them as Northland can score points. They just tend to let more in than score themselves. That shouldn’t be a problem this week and I expect Northland to pick up their second win of the season.
Hawke’s Bay v Southland – Hawke’s Bay by 15
Maybe I’m being nice to Southland in this one. Only Tasman and Canterbury have scored more points than Hawke’s Bay. This should be a high scoring affair if the weather plays nice. If not then it could be a leveller as we saw earlier this season between Manawatu and Taranaki. I fully expect Hawke’s Bay to strengthen their position at the top of the Championship.
Counties Manukau v Tasman – Tasman by 10
This is going to be a tough game for Counties. They do have the pack to front unto Tasman but Tasman are looking might impressive. Tasman might have to dig a bit deeper into their bag of tricks this weekend if they don’t get the gain-line dominance we have seen in recent weeks. However they are looking champions elect at the moment.
I will be at Navigation Homes Stadium for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.
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
North Harbour v Waikato – Waikato by 5
Waikato have had a stunning start to life in the Premiership having only lost to Bay of Plenty so far this season. Compare that to Harbour who’s only win was against Southland and the Mooloos will be looking forward to their trip up highway 1. Random trivia: both these sides have drawn with Auckland this season.
I will be at QBE Stadium for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.
Bay of Plenty v Wellington – Bay of Plenty by 5
This should be a cracking game. I got it right in the end last weekend when I said that Counties forwards would cause Wellington issues. Wellington got out of jail that time as Counties ran out of steam in the last 10 minutes. Bay of Plenty will be a similar challenge and can Wellington pull it off again? I say no.
Auckland v Canterbury – Auckland by 5
After this weekend Canterbury’s schedule looks very nice, this is the final hard game of the season for them and they are coming of a moral boosting win. However Auckland at home is a very tough ask, not only are they the reigning champions but also they haven’t lost so far this season. I asked Alama Ieremia if they have forgotten how to lose? Listen to his reply in the video below.
I will be at Eden Park Stadium for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.
Otago v Taranaki – Taranaki by 7
So far Otago have defended the Ranfurly Shield against the 2 weakest teams in the competition. That comes to an end this weekend. Taranaki have been looking good with their only loss so far coming at the hands of the mighty Tasman. The Naki should be taking the Shield home to New Plymouth on Sunday (or Monday if that’s when they fly).
Btw Supporters of DrivingMaul can also watch my opinion on what’s going to happen to the Ranfurly Shield in 2019.
Farah Palmer Cup
The Farah Palmer Cup is the women’s provincial competition here in New Zealand. Steven and I gave our predictions in The Mitre 10 Cup Show this week and the fixtures are:
- Counties Manukau v Manawatu – I’ll be covering this game, follow me on Twitter for updates
- Wellington v Bay of Plenty
- Hawke’s Bay v Northland
- Tasman v North Harbour
- Auckland v Canterbury – I’ll be covering this game, follow me on Twitter for updates
- Otago v Taranaki
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