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ITM Cup – Round 13 Preview


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 21 Oct 2010 at 10:28

With the All Blacks named and not involved this weekend the leading sides will have to rely on their squad depth at the business end of the season. Seven teams will fight it out for the semi final spots on offer. Thursday evenings match sees BOP well motivated for a tilt at the finals with their visit to Northland, as will Taranaki be when they visit North Harbour. Both teams will be poised to strike if the more fancied Wellington, Waikato and Auckland slip up and fail to nail down a top four slice of the action.

Round 12 Analysis

Game 78 Manawatu (25) v Waikato (27) Prediction: Waikato by 10-15 pts
Game 79 Tasman (34) v Northland (29) Prediction: Tasman by 0-5 pts
Game 80 Bay of Plenty (33) v Southland (22) Prediction: Southland by 0-5 pts
Game 81 Canterbury (39) v Counties-Manukau (21) Prediction: Canterbury by 15-20 pts
Game 82 Wellington (49) v Taranaki (15) Prediction: Wellington 10-15 pts
Game 83 Auckland (39) v Otago(11) Prediction: Auckland by 20-25 pts
Game 84 Hawke’s Bay (36) v North Harbour (21) Prediction: Hawke’s Bay by 5-10 pts

Round 11 Win Percentage 6/7 86% Season Win Percentage 59/84 70%

Leading Point Scorer(s) after Round 12

161 – Lachie Munro (Northland)
109 – Matt Berquist (Auckland)
105 – Mike Harris (North Harbour)
104 – Colin Slade (Canterbury)
102 – Willie Ripia (Taranaki)
98 – Robbie Robinson (Southland)
94 – Glen Dickson (Otago)
91 – Stephen Donald (Waikato)
84 – Trent Renata (Waikato)
81 – Mike Delany (Bay of Plenty)

Leading Try Scorer(s) after Round 12

10 – Leila Masaga (Waikato)
9 – Robbie Fruean (Canterbury)
8 – Julian Savea (Wellington)
8 – Ashlee Tuala (Counties)
7 – Jared Payne (Northland)
7 – Telusa Veainu (Canterbury)
6 – Dean Budd (Northland)
6 – Sean Maitland (Canterbury)
6 – Matt Luamanu (North Harbour)
6 – Lachie Munroe (Northland)

Table Movement

Seven does not go into four Semi Final places.

Top 4 Next Weeks Potential Semi Finalist’s

1. Canterbury (45)
2. Waikato (40)
3. Auckland (40)
4. Wellington (38)

Destined for First Division Status – Playing with the ‘Big Boys’ in 2011

5. Taranaki (37)
6. Bay of Plenty (37)
7. Southland (34)

Second Division Bound in 2011

8. Counties-Manukau (29)
9. Hawke’s Bay (28)
10. Northland (24)
11. Tasman (20)
12. North Harbour (19)
13. Manawatu (13)
14. Otago (10)

Round 13 Match Previews

Game 85 Northland v Bay of Plenty Prediction: Bay of Plenty by 1-5 points

Bay of Plenty will be well motivated for their visit to Northland and will be hoping the more fancied, Auckland, Waikato, and Wellington. They just may be motivated enough to edge it in a close one.

Game 86 Waikato v Canterbury Prediction: Waikato by 1-5 points

Canterbury looks likely to be still able to secure top spot on the log even if they lose. Waikato have lost a few key All Blacks but with the services of Sitiveni Sivavatu allowed by the All Black selectors, they may have enough petrol in the tank left to just knock off the defending champions.

Game 87 North Harbour v Taranaki Prediction: Taranaki by 1-5 points

Taranaki are another side that is well in the mix this weekend and again will be looking for an away win. Again the visitors for me to get up in a close one.

Game 88 Otago v Manawatu Prediction: Otago by 5-10 points

Otago have been on the end of one of their worst ever seasons in the history of the province this year, and will have to be well motivated to not finish bottom. I’ll be there for the first time in years, so I’ll get behind the boys in Blue n’ Gold.

Game 89 Southland v Wellington Prediction: Southland 5-10 points

Southland has had a memorable season with many highs and lows to date. They will have the services of several disappointed players who missed All Black selection and may take their frustration out on the visiting lads from the capital. They just may shatter the dream of the title for their visitors.

Game 90 Auckland v Tasman Prediction: Auckland by 20-25 points

Auckland by a cricket score.

Game 91 Counties-Manukau v Hawke’s Bay Prediction: Counties-Manukau by 1-5 points

Another close contest with Hawke’s Bay riding the crest of a wave, this however just may be one set too many.



71 Comments

  • First result in already.

    Northland 36 – 24 Bay of Plenty

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.10.10 10:30:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Thank you HH for still getting the article up even though you are out at sea. Hope you are enjoying it!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.10.10 10:36:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • And i got it wrong !

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.10.10 10:36:49 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 3) :

    Long time no see uncle?!

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.10.10 10:37:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) :

    The Highlander has landed !

    Going to Otago v manawatu on Saturday !

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.10.10 10:37:43 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 5) :

    Oh awesome.. you sure have your priorities right.

    You think they can win on Saturday?

    How was the trip? You glad to be back in the land of the long white cloud?

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.10.10 10:39:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • It is a shame that Colin Slade was left out of the AB’s touring party. He would have been a much better choice than Donald. Even Brett would have been a better option.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.10.10 11:01:24 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 7) :

    Donald has been in superb form lately. He won two games for his province almost single handedly..

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.10.10 11:03:39 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) : He has had some pretty decent games but those last few games were the bottom half of the table teams. He also has a history of falling apart when the pressure is on.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.10.10 11:12:50 by lostfish Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 5) : Hi there !

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.10.10 11:13:10 by rekinek Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 9) :

    I agree.. but Carter is there, so why take anybody else anyway?!

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.10.10 11:15:17 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : I didn’t realise Carter was fit enough to play.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.10.10 11:23:42 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 12) :

    Well he is going on tour, so I assume he will keep his record going, try and get as many points and caps for the record books..

    If I had to pick a backup to him, Id go for Cruden..

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.10.10 11:26:10 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 13) : Only if he can better his kicking stats.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.10.10 11:30:33 by lostfish Reply
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  • 0/1 not a good start to the weekend for me. at least I’m consistent. :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.10.10 12:27:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) :

    Im finally off to a winning start.. too late in the competition to peak now..

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.10.10 12:30:09 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Gee what a S!@t day yesterday counldn’t do me pick we had no net at all for a day and a morning :evil:

    but got a point for the 1st game a default pick its better than a no point at all ;-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.10.10 21:01:42 by chaz Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 3) : gee welcome back uncle :razz:

    and thanks again for the previews of all the games so far with out u i think we counld of made it :lol: ;-)

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.10.10 21:04:16 by chaz Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 5) : good for u my friend :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.10.10 21:05:03 by chaz Reply

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  • well i don’t think i’m doing so bad at least i’m not stone last me 21st so far :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.10.10 21:06:02 by chaz Reply

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  • This morning we have Waikato taking on Canterbury.

    Stay tuned for live updates…

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.10.10 08:29:31 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • morning all :smile:

    hoping to get a bit higher this week-end :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.10.10 08:31:40 by chaz Reply

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  • Got Waikato by 4
    hope i’m not wrong maybe i should hv gone with

    Canter by 3 :???:

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.10.10 08:45:35 by chaz Reply

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  • Waikato 3 – 0 Canterbury

    10 minutes

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.10.10 08:46:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Waikato 6 – 0 Canterbury

    15 minutes

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.10.10 08:52:06 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Looks like this is one hard game Rich :smile:

    nearly HT and still no try :???:

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.10.10 09:06:59 by chaz Reply

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  • Waikato 9 – 0 Canterbury

    after 29 min

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.10.10 09:08:08 by chaz Reply

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  • Waikato 16 – 0 Canterbury

    35 minutes

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.10.10 09:14:00 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Waikato 16 – 3 Canterbury

    after 35 min

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.10.10 09:14:14 by chaz Reply

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  • Waikato 16 – 3 Canterbury

    36 minutes

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.10.10 09:14:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Waikato 16 – 6 Canterbury

    HALF TIME

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.10.10 09:21:42 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Waikato 16 – 6 Canterbury

    40 min

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.10.10 09:21:54 by chaz Reply

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  • @chaz (Comment 32) : hello again chazzie :razz:

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.10.10 09:23:58 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 33) : hello :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.10.10 09:30:38 by chaz Reply

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  • Waikato 21 – 6 Canterbury

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  • Waikato 23 – 6 Canterbury

    58 min

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.10.10 09:52:52 by chaz Reply

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  • Waikato 26 – 6 Canterbury

    FULL TIME

    2 from 2 for me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.10.10 10:36:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • HI ALL….. just a quick hi to say i am back Down Under and am looking forward to catching up again with you all soon.

    I am going the the Otago Match tonight to see the boys in a battle for the wooden spoon.

    Chat soon !

    PS …. Only been home a couple of days….but there is plenty of players about !

  • Comment 38, posted at 23.10.10 02:24:58 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 38) :

    Hi
    and welcome back :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 23.10.10 06:01:23 by chaz Reply

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  • Full Time

    Taranaki 49 / 47 North Harbour

  • Comment 40, posted at 23.10.10 06:09:43 by chaz Reply

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  • Morning all,

    Otago v Manawatu

    has started

    for the 1st time i hv pick Otago so i hope HH at the game brings me luck :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 23.10.10 06:34:02 by chaz Reply

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  • Otago 7 / 3 Manawatu

  • Comment 42, posted at 23.10.10 06:42:39 by chaz Reply

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  • Otago 7 / 6 Manawatu

    16 min

  • Comment 43, posted at 23.10.10 06:48:56 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 13 / 7 Otago

    18 min

  • Comment 44, posted at 23.10.10 06:53:48 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 18 / 7 Otago

    26 min

  • Comment 45, posted at 23.10.10 07:00:02 by chaz Reply

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  • come on HH go and talk to ur team i need Otago to win by 3 :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 46, posted at 23.10.10 07:01:48 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 18 / 7 Otago

    and that is HT score

  • Comment 47, posted at 23.10.10 07:22:37 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 21 / 7 Otago

    45 min

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.10.10 07:33:48 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 21 / 14 Otago

    47 min

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.10.10 07:39:22 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 21 / 17 Otago

    52 min

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.10.10 07:41:39 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 24 / 17 Otago

    55 min

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.10.10 07:48:20 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 31 / 17 Otago

    59 min

  • Comment 52, posted at 23.10.10 07:52:27 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 36 / 17 Otago

    67 min

  • Comment 53, posted at 23.10.10 08:01:00 by chaz Reply

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  • Manawatu 41 / 24 Otago

    71 min

  • Comment 54, posted at 23.10.10 08:05:20 by chaz Reply

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  • Full Time

    Manawatu 46 / 24 Otago

    :cry:
    remind me never to pic the Otago again

  • Comment 55, posted at 23.10.10 08:16:22 by chaz Reply

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  • Southland v Wellington

    live updates to follow

    hope i’m lucking with this game

    got Southland by 8 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 56, posted at 23.10.10 08:22:23 by chaz Reply

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  • Southland 7 / 0 Wellington

    7 min

  • Comment 57, posted at 23.10.10 08:44:21 by chaz Reply

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  • Southland 7 / 3 Wellington

    16 min

  • Comment 58, posted at 23.10.10 08:52:13 by chaz Reply

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  • Wellington 10 / 7 Southland

    20 min

  • Comment 59, posted at 23.10.10 08:59:24 by chaz Reply

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  • Southland 14 / 10 Wellington

    31 min

  • Comment 60, posted at 23.10.10 09:16:21 by chaz Reply

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  • Half Time

    Southland 14 / 10 Wellington

  • Comment 61, posted at 23.10.10 09:25:36 by chaz Reply

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  • Southland 14 / 15 Wellington

    43 min

  • Comment 62, posted at 23.10.10 09:39:56 by chaz Reply

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  • Wellington 17 / 14 Southland

    44 min

  • Comment 63, posted at 23.10.10 09:43:07 by chaz Reply

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  • Wellington 20 / 14 Southland

    55 min

  • Comment 64, posted at 23.10.10 09:52:52 by chaz Reply

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  • No punt of the weekend article for us? :sad:

  • Comment 65, posted at 23.10.10 14:25:49 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • 6 from 7 and the yellow cap for me this week.

    I know what the Lions supporters feel like. toooo little tooooooo late. :wink:

  • Comment 66, posted at 24.10.10 16:08:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 66) :

    Well done KSA.. I started off well and then hit a brick wall..

  • Comment 67, posted at 25.10.10 07:05:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 66) : :shock: I got 1/7 with 2 margin points. My worst round ever :sad: :oops:

  • Comment 68, posted at 25.10.10 07:11:47 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Jarson (Comment 68) : Don’t feel to bad I had afew of thos rounds.

    Rekinek had a SHOCKER!!! not one single point from the round. :shock:

  • Comment 69, posted at 25.10.10 08:05:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Lads…….had an absolute shocker myself….worst round yet !

    So now to the semis;

    …..could go either way

    Canterbury v Wellington

    Auckland v Waikato

    Head says Canterbury & Auckland

    ….however really tempted with Wellington & Waikato (both won well last weekend)

    ahhhhhh it’s good to be back !

  • Comment 70, posted at 25.10.10 08:11:27 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 69) : :shock: Thank you KSA – I guess not point in checking SB now – could get depressed. oh no wait – i must see whether I am still above you and Jarson :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 71, posted at 25.10.10 09:49:28 by rekinek Reply
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