Mitre 10 Cup 2020 Round 8 Predictions

Been a crazy few weeks for me as I’ve been working on the New Zealand general election and also I’m in the process of moving house. More on that though in my Pulling Back The Curtains series that I promise I’ll be catching up on.

This weekend we’ll be getting around the grounds again in the Mitre 10 Cup. I’m at Auckland v Waikato and Battle of the Bays, Bay of Plenty v Hawke’s Bay. Steven will be at Northland v North Harbour. We’ll be bringing you our post match interviews as usual over on our Facebook page.

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You’re here for my Mitre 10 Cup predictions so let’s get straight into them.

Canterbury v Otago – Canterbury by 3

Canterbury clearly aren’t the side that they have been over the last decade or so. They just don’t have the same depth that they once did which means when they lose their All Blacks they are beatable as we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks. Is this down to Tasman having a Crusaders academy now???

Otago are starting to show that promise of going for the Championship title. Still I feel a trip up to Canterbury is a tough ask but it’s not going to be a blow out.

Wellington v Tasman – Tasman by 5

Intriguing one this one. Two sides only separated by 1 point. Wellington have been going well, they have had a couple of losses but they were close games (5 points and 1 point).

Tasman have been shown to be fallible on the road with losses to Harbour and Auckland. Still I think that Tasman are the team to beat in this competition even if they aren’t top of the table.

Northland v North Harbour – Northland by 3

Oh boy this is a difficult one to call! Harbour have won three out of their last four games but they have all been at home. Northland have lost their last two but they were on the road. With both sides doing better at home than away, I’m going with the home side but not with much confidence.

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Auckland v Waikato – Waikato by 3

This has the makings of a cracking game. Top of the table clash with only 2 points separating them! Auckland did come unstuck in the Battle of the Bridge last weekend but how much were they looking forward to this weekend?

Waikato having a fantastic season with just the one loss to Tasman away and that’s going to happen to most if not all people. Waikato are the form side this season but going to Eden Park is a mighty ask.

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Manawatu v Southland – Southland by 5

Things have just gone from bad to worse for Manawatu as they lose Jamie Booth for the season. He’s the heat beat of that team and I can’t see them doing much for the rest of the season to be honest.

We’ve been talking Southland up all season however they are on a 4 game losing streak. Only one though have blown out and that was last weekend against Tasman. All the others have been single figure wins or losses. I think this will be single figures again but on the win side for the Stags.

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Bay of Plenty v Hawke’s Bay – Bay of Plenty by 5

For me this is the game of the weekend and I’m looking forward to being in Tauranga for it. As you’ll hear in the interviews from last weekend the Steamers enjoy playing at the Domain in Tauranga and they see it as a fortress for them.

The Magpies have been going well too though with their Ranfurly Shield run. How much has that taken out of them emotionally? Also they have one more defence this season against Wellington. Will they be focused on this game? Only time will tell but I’m backing the home side.

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Taranaki v Counties Manukau – Taranaki by 7

I’ll be honest I’m not expecting much from this game. The Naki should pick up the win and further their playoff hopes. Counties are having a tough old season with just the solitary win and no bonus points, telling you that they games haven’t been that close.

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