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Mitre 10 Cup 2019 Round 9 Predictions

We are nearly in the finals of the Mitre 10 Cup 2019. Just 2 rounds to go and so teams know that every point really counts. Whilst we probably know who the top 2 teams are going to be in both divisions there’s still questions to be answered.

I’ll be getting to 23 Mitre 10 Cup and 8 Farah Palmer Cup games this season, 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.

Counties Manukau v Hawke’s Bay – Hawke’s Bay by 7

This is a must win game for both teams but for very different reasons. Counties need the points to have any chance of avoiding relegation. However Hawke’s Bay are thinking about a home final if they can finish top of the ladder. Hawke’s Bay might be the Championship side but they are favourite as their pack has given their young backs a good platform this season.

I will be at Navigation Homes Stadium for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.

North Harbour v Wellington – Wellington by 10

Wellington might have started out as a light weight pack with devastating backs. However after losing their opening game and drawing the second they have been on a 6 game winning streak. They have learnt the kick of winning and that’s something that Harbour have been missing. 3 of their 4 losses have been by single figures. I think they’ll struggle again this Friday.

I will be at QBE 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

Bay of Plenty v Manawatu – Bay of Plenty by 15

Bay of Plenty learnt the right to be called The Bay last weekend. That put them in a position where they could finish top of the ladder but they will need 2 wins for that to happen. Manawatu have been playing well but it all comes down to is Laumape is playing. If he is then they have a chance, if not the The Bay will take it comfortably.

I will be at Tauranga for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.

Auckland v Southland – Auckland by 15

Southland have ended their winging streak but they are still one of the weakest teams in the competition. Auckland might be having a tough season as they haven’t been able to recreate the form from last year. However they should add to their 3 wins this weekend.

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Otago v Canterbury – Otago by 5

A Ranfurly Shield challenge and at the beginning of the season I wouldn’t have thought that Otago would still be holding it. As it is their big brother from the north is heading down to try and take it away. Canterbury haven’t been at their best this year but they still are a very good side. Maybe this is a heart of head pick but Otago have raised their level when defending the shield and this is 1 last push to hold it over summer.

Check out my video on where the Ranfurly Shield could go this year.

Tasman v Northland – Tasman by 30

Best against worst. It’s as simple as that, so it’s going to be a very big home win.

Waikato v Taranaki – Waikato by 5

Two sides that have flattered to deceive at times this year. Taranaki have failed to use their best weapons and Waikato have allowed themselves to be stifled at times. I’m going with the home side but it could go either way and both have the capability to blow the other away comfortably.

I will be at FMG Stadium for this game, follow me on Twitter for my live coverage.

Farah Palmer Cup

The Farah Palmer Cup is the women’s provincial competition here in New Zealand. Here are the round 6 fixtures:

  • North Harbour v Taranaki – I’ll be covering this game on Twitter
  • Hawke’s Bay v Otago
  • Bay of Plenty v Manawatu – I’ll be covering this game on Twitter
  • Northland v Tasman
  • Auckland v Counties Manukau
  • Waikato v Canterbury – I’ll be covering this game on Twitter

Farah Palmer Cup tables:

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