Mitre 10 Cup 2020 Round 2 Predictions

We had a cracking weekend of games where New Zealand Sport Radio got round 4 Mitre 10 Cup and 3 Farah Palmer Cup games. I’ve put some of our post-match interviews below. There’s another wonderful round of games lined up this weekend too with the All Blacks still involved!

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Tasman v Northland – Tasman by 15

Northland had a good win last weekend when they came back against Manawatu. This weekend though is another matter and it’s on a Sunday to Friday turn around.

The reigning champions with all their All Blacks should win this one comfortably.

Waikato v North Harbour – Waikato by 7

This is an intriguing one. On the surface this is a comfortable home win after a statement win over Wellington. However talking to Andrew Strawbridge afterwards he was cautious after last season where they had a good start but faltered.

Harbour put in a decent show against Canterbury but faded as their bench couldn’t compete with one that had All Blacks on it. This weekend there won’t be the same late cavalry to face but still Waikato did look good last weekend.

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Canterbury v Taranaki – Canterbury by 15

Taranaki got a home win over promoted Bay of Plenty last weekend. This weekend though away to Canterbury is a totally different prospect. Comfortable home win even if the Barretts are playing in black and yellow.

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Bay of Plenty v Southland – Bay of Plenty by 7

Bay of Plenty came up short and didn’t look like the side from last year. Southland on the other hand got a good win but it was in wet conditions. In the dry I still think they’ll struggle against The Bay even if the Stags are much improved.

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Hawke’s Bay v Counties Manukau – Hawke’s Bay by 3

I found this one really hard to call. I’m going to put last weekend’s loss for Hawke’s Bay down to the conditions. It was very wet. With dry ball so they can play their game I think that they should have too much for a brave Counties side.

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Manawatu v Otago – Manawatu by 5

Both these sides lost by big margins last weekend. Manawatu started very well but they got dominated. Otago just got dominated but that was against an All Black heavy Auckland side. I’m backing Manawatu at home to bounce back from their loss.

This weekend though will be a better indication on where Otago are. Remember in their pre-season interview they said that they are gunning for promotion this year.

Auckland v Wellington – Auckland by 10

Oh boy this could be a cracker. Both sides with their All Blacks going head to head. Wellington couldn’t get and hold onto the ball last weekend and they really looked like a side that didn’t know each other. Will a week of training help with that?

Whilst Auckland got a comfortable win their set piece wasn’t firing on all cylinders and another week of training should help them. With that momentum this looks like a home win to me.

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Farah Palmer Cup

The Farah Palmer Cup is the women’s provincial competition here in New Zealand. Here are the round 3 fixtures and we’ll be covering the bold games on our Facebook Page:

  • Wellington v Hawke’s Bay – Wellington by 20
  • Canterbury v Otago – Canterbury by 20
  • Taranaki v North Harbour – North Harbour by 15
  • Bay of Plenty v Waikato – Bay of Plenty by 3
  • Auckland v Counties Manukau – Counties by 3

Farah Palmer Cup tables:

Courtesy of http://www.provincial.rugby

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