Hertford Highlander

ITM Cup Preview – ‘All at sea’


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Super Rugby on 22 Sep 2010 at 05:15

It was my intention to be able to continue the weekly ITM Cup Preview (in the same format) over the next month while at sea. However when I looked at the scale of the task (and the tariff) it became evident it would be next to impossible due to cost and all the distractions on board. So I’ve held my hand up and admitted defeat early in the voyage.

Without boring you with my life story, (which incidentally should be available in paperback and available at all good bookstores for £9.95 by the end of the month). My family and I are emigrating back to New Zealand after 10 great years living in Hertford in the UK.
We are fortunate in the fact that we are not rushing back on a 24 hour flight from Heathrow, and are cruising home on the Pacific Princess, which will take a month and drop us off in our hometown of Dunedin (Otago), New Zealand.

My family and I have never cruised before, so we are learning the ropes as we go. It really is a wonderful way to travel with all the luxuries and conviences you could ever wish for, however you do pay for them. The point I’m really trying to make is that if I paid for the internet access that I use in compiling our ITM Cup Previews on a weekly basis. I would be more broke than I already am upon disembarkment in Port Chalmers, Dunedin.

So my plan is this. I will do my best to keep as much as possible to the existing template in the coming weeks, however I won’t include and update team news and team lists as they become available. This week’s article is a totally different format, but next week I hope normal service will resume (well kind of).

The article may also lack its regular highlighting and italicing – something I know you all look forward to.

So that’s the plan, however the proof will be in the pudding.

When I get my feet back on ‘Terra Firma’, I will look to get back into the groove.

ITM Cup Round 9

This week’s action is chocked full of mouth watering-clashes. Let’s just hope the elements don’t have as much of an influence as they did last week. We kick the round off with a huge North v South Ranfurly Shield clash, with table topping Southland defended the log against an Auckland side that has welded in the heavy artillery for the encounter. Canterbury versus Wellington will also be a tasty affair on Saturday.

Game 57 Southland v Auckland Prediction: Southland by 1-5 points

Auckland’s form has been a little scratchy in recent weeks but they will be well motivated for this one. With potentially several All Blacks back, they should be in with a real chance here, but I’m sticking with the ‘Stags’ (just).

Game 58 Bay of Plenty v Otago Prediction: Bay of Plenty by 5-10 points

Bay of Plenty got out of jail last week to steal a 24-21 win over Counties-Manukau. They will be looking for an easier route to victory this week against an out of sorts Otago side.

Game 59 Canterbury v Wellington Prediction: Canterbury by 5-10 points

Clash of the super heavyweights. Both sides are in need of victory just to keep their play-off ambitions alive.

Game 60 Hawke’s Bay v Taranaki Prediction: Taranaki by 10-15 points

Taranaki were tipped out at the start of the season as potential First Division material, and they sure have lived up to that billing. They rounded off the union’s 125th anniversary celebrations in New Plymouth last week by out-scoring the champions by five tries to two. This although away from home, should be another notch in their belt.

Game 61 Waikato v Tasman Prediction: Waikato by 10-15 points

Waikato were held ‘try less’ (is that a word) last week at home and will be seriously looking to make amends this weekend.

Game 62 North Harbour v Manawatu Prediction: North Harbour by 10-15 points

Craig Dowd and Jeff Wilson are really starting to earn their ‘corn’ with this Harbour outfit – which looks to have plenty left in the tank.

Game 63 Counties-Manukau v Northland Prediction: Counties-Manukau by 1-5 points

This really could go either way. Both sides are locked in a mid table battle, making this a must win, to stay in touch with the competition leaders. The Bombay Boy’s for me to bounce back after losing last week at the hands of BOP.

Over the next four weeks I will try to keep the ‘Preview’ afloat. I am however quite excited that my next full article will come to you from Dunedin, and I am hoping to drop into ‘Sharksworld’ now and again to touch base.

When finally Down Under, I will have to come to grips with reading the ‘Sharksworld’ developments while you’re all asleep, something that will obviously take time to adjust to. Looking forward to blogging with all again soon.

Until Dunedin !

Yours in Rugby

HH



43 Comments

  • Thank you for still doind an article HH. We appreciate it!

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.09.10 07:09:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Don’t worry about us HH, enjoy the cruise.
    7 out of 7 is the same, even the margins are close :twisted:

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.09.10 07:35:02 by Jarson Reply
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  • Southland 0 – 0 Auckland

    10 minutes

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.09.10 09:51:13 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Southland 3 – 0 Auckland

    32 minutes

    very entertaining game.. yawn..

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.09.10 10:11:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Southland 3 – 3 Auckland

    HALF TIME

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.09.10 10:22:54 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Go Southland :!:

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.09.10 10:32:22 by Jarson Reply
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  • Southland 6 – 6 Auckland

    45 minutes

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.09.10 10:37:18 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Southland 6 – 6 Auckland

    70 minutes

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.09.10 11:04:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Southland 9 – 6 Auckland

    73 minutes

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.09.10 11:10:52 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Southland 9 – 6 Auckland

    FULL TIME

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.09.10 11:22:12 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I have Southland by 2 :cool:

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.09.10 11:39:30 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 10) : looks like another exciting game by Southland :roll:

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.09.10 12:46:09 by rekinek (in pink) Reply
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  • and I was led to believe that NZ rugby is the running one when Sa teams just kick :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.09.10 12:47:37 by rekinek (in pink) Reply
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  • Fulltime
    Bay o Plenty 40 – 30 Otago
    Margin – 10

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.09.10 11:17:37 by Jarson Reply
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  • 2 from 2 and 2 margin points for me :cool: :razz:

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.09.10 11:18:34 by Jarson Reply
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  • No movement on the ladder for me :shock:

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.09.10 11:26:18 by Jarson Reply
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  • I’m strugling to find this thread everytime :evil:

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.09.10 21:23:53 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 15) : well got 2 so far South and Auck got MP & BP and BOP only a MP :mrgreen: @Jarson (Comment 17) : i do also but go to top of the page and type in ITM CUP and it brings me to where i want to be ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.09.10 21:41:09 by chaz Reply

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  • I know the feeling, unfortunately we have a lot of OC coming in and it does get bumped down rather quickly. :sad:

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.09.10 21:42:10 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 19) : thanks it explains it now here and then down their ;-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.09.10 21:45:25 by chaz Reply

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  • @Jarson (Comment 15) :

    1 from 2 with 1 MP but I’m ahead of WPW so in my book i’ve already won. :razz:

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.09.10 21:45:56 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 21) : It seems that he has lost his sence of direction :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.10 08:54:56 by Jarson Reply
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  • Fulltime
    Canterbury 37 – 30 Wellington

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.09.10 08:57:14 by Jarson Reply
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  • 3 from 3 and 3 margin points :shock: :cool: And I move up 1 place.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.09.10 08:58:57 by Jarson Reply
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  • Comment 25, posted at 25.09.10 09:13:15 by Jarson Reply
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  • 3 from 4 and 3 margin points. Guess my good run is over now :sad:

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.09.10 09:14:37 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 25) :

    ONCE again I’m not doing so well.

    Game 57: Southland v Auckland: Auckland by 6
    Game 58: Bay of Plenty v Otago: Bay of Plenty by 15
    Game 59: Canterbury v Wellington: Canterbury by 8
    Game 60: Hawke’s Bay v Taranaki: Taranaki by 16
    Game 61: Waikato v Tasman: Waikato by 6
    Game 62: North Harbour v Manawatu: North Harbour by 6
    Game 63: Counties Manukau v Northland: Northland by 10

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.09.10 09:19:31 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 27) : 2 from 4 is not that bad yet :mrgreen:

  • Comment 28, posted at 25.09.10 09:23:11 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 25) :

    WPW is going to have a full 2,5 point haul from that game. pushing him to right back next to me. :sad:

  • Comment 29, posted at 25.09.10 09:24:18 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • @Jarson (Comment 28) :

    2 from 7 WILL be. :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 25.09.10 09:25:02 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • Waikato by 12
    North Harbour by 9
    Counties by 2

  • Comment 31, posted at 25.09.10 09:26:29 by Jarson Reply
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  • @KSA Pink Shark © (Comment 30) : I hope not :razz: 2 of my picks are the same as yours, so we better get those right :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.09.10 09:28:21 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 32) : :razz:

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.09.10 09:31:59 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • Waikato 10 – 10 Tasman
    27mins

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.09.10 10:04:33 by Jarson Reply
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  • So far so good for me. and with that i’m out for a while :(

  • Comment 35, posted at 25.09.10 10:08:08 by KSA Pink Shark © Reply

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  • I kinda can’t wait for the S15, I would like to see the Melbourne Rebels in action

  • Comment 36, posted at 25.09.10 10:10:35 by Jarson Reply
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  • Halftime
    Wai 15 – 10 Tas

  • Comment 37, posted at 25.09.10 10:20:31 by Jarson Reply
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  • Wai 33 – 15 Tas
    60mins

  • Comment 38, posted at 25.09.10 10:52:18 by Jarson Reply
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  • Fulltime
    Waikato 33 – 15 Tasman
    Margin is 18

  • Comment 39, posted at 25.09.10 11:15:51 by Jarson Reply
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  • 4 from 5 so far with 2 games remaining :???:

  • Comment 40, posted at 25.09.10 11:21:24 by Jarson Reply
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  • Fulltime
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  • Comment 41, posted at 26.09.10 07:34:49 by Jarson Reply
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  • Comment 42, posted at 26.09.10 07:36:38 by Jarson Reply
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  • 6 from 7 with 4 margin points and I’m still in 19th spot :shock: :sad:

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