It’s bitter sweet, we have 2 massive games coming up but this is the last weekend of Mitre 10 Cup 2019 games. It’s the end of the season and we have the top 2 teams in both the Premiership and Championship competing to be champions. It couldn’t get any better….
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Bay of Plenty v Hawke’s Bay – Bay of Plenty by 15
Bay of Plenty beat Hawke’s Bay 51-24 in Tauranga this season to gain the right to be called The Bay. So shame on the Mitre 10 Cup for using BAY in their hashtags to refer to Hawke’s Bay. The correct hashtag for this game I think should be #BOPvHAW this weekend but I can see the argument for #BAYvHAW.
Anyway onto the less important matter of the actual game. The Steamers managed to keep their discipline and contain the Magpies pack in Tauranga which was a day game. An evening match in Rotorua will be colder and those hands will have to be working. Luckily it looks like it’s going to be a dry game at least.
For Hawke’s Bay they are going to have to make sure that they are defending well down their right wing. All season long Bay of Plenty have got a lot of benefit attacking down that side. So matching up on defence in the backs is crucial. I’m not convinced they’ll be able to do that but it shoudl be a great battle.
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Tasman v Wellington – Tasman by 7
The weather is looking nice and dry down in Nelson for the Premiership final too. We have to go back to the opening round for when these sides met in the regular season. That game finished 8-45 with Tasman winning in Wellington. It was a real statement game that made everyone sit up and take notice. We all knew that Tasman would be a contender this season but that result took them to another level.
Wellington have done a very good job since then of knowing how to win games. Maybe not with the big dominating margins that we have seen from other sides but always getting the job done. When you look at the details they have also grown this season. Their first 3 wins were all by less than 10 points. Since then though all their victories have all been by double digits. I still can’t see Tasman losing this game, they have a perfect 11 wins from 11 games and I expect that to be 12 from 12 after this weekend.
Farah Palmer Cup
The Farah Palmer Cup is the women’s provincial competition here in New Zealand. Here are the final fixtures:
- Canterbury v Auckland
- Otago v Hawke’s Bay
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