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ITM Cup 2011 – Week 4 Preview


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Original Content on 25 Jul 2011 at 04:09
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After 3 Rounds / Weeks of the ITM Competitions we have surprise leaders of both the Premiership and Championship divisions as well as some teams that seasons could be over already. Premiership front runners the Steamers will be thrown straight back into the cauldron tomorrow against big brother neighbours the ‘Mooloo Men’ to see if their Premiership credentials are just an aberration.

Week 3 Review

Week 3 saw both Bay of Plenty and Manawatu continue their rich vein of form, for them both to lead their respective competitions. The result however of the weekend was Sunday afternoons clash between Ranfurly Shield holders and ITM Champions Canterbury against Southland. In a classic Shield tussle the men from Southland wrestled away the coveted ’Log of Wood’ back to Invercargill in what was an inspired team effort from the Stags. Their first defence will be against an in form Counties Manukau side that has never held the Shield in their history – is there a chance ‘Tana’ may be rolled out for the occasion? Only time will time.

Week 3 Results & Analysis

Game 12 Waikato (23) v (30) Taranaki Prediction: Waikato by 10-15 points
Game 13 Manawatu (30) v (22) Northland Prediction: Northland by 5-10 points
Game 14 Canterbury (19) v (22) Southland Prediction: Canterbury by 15-20 points
Game 15 Bay of Plenty (38) v (17) North Harbour Prediction: Bay of Plenty by 10-15 points
Game 16 Wellington (17) v (21) Auckland Prediction: Auckland by 5-10 points
Game 17 Hawke’s Bay (27) v (13) Otago Prediction: Otago by 5-10 points
Game 18 Tasman (23) v (32) Counties Manukau Prediction: Counties Manukau by 5-10 points

Week 3 Win Percentage 3/7 43% Season Win Percentage 7/18 39%

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Leaderboard
1st prishern 18.92
2nd Sam 17.50
3rd Wimpie 16.25

33th HH 9.08

ITM Premiership Points Table – Week 1 (Games played in brackets)

1. Bay of Plenty (2) – 9
2. Canterbury (2) – 6
3. Auckland (3) – 6
4. Wellington (2) – 5
5. Waikato (2) – 5
6. Taranaki (2) – 5
7. Southland (3) – 4

ITM Championship Points Table – Week 1 (Games played in brackets)

1. Manawatu (3) – 11
2. Counties Manukau (3) – 10
3. Otago (3) – 9
4. Hawke’s Bay (3) – 8
5. North Harbour (3) – 6
6. Northland (2) – 4
7. Tasman (3) – 0

Match Previews – Week 4

Game 19 Bay of Plenty v Waikato Prediction: Waikato by 5-10 points

Bay of Plenty has been particularly impressive in their two outings of the season and have won them both well. However Waikato have never travelled to Rotorua with anything else than a victory on their minds.

TEAMS:

Bay of Plenty: 1. Tristan Moran, 2. Daniel Perrin, 3. Josh Hohneck, 4. Leon Power, 5. Culum Retallick, 6. Luke Andrews, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 8. Colin Bourke (capt), 9. Jamie Nutbrown, 10. Daniel Waenga, 11. Ben W Smith, 12. Steve Kefu, 13. Phil Burleigh, 14. Lelia Masaga, 15. Toby Arnold.

Reserves: 16. John Pareanga, 17. Pingi Tala’apitanga, 18. Sam Cane, 19. Luke Braid, 20. Taniela Moa, 21. Chris Noakes, 22. Lance MacDonald or Nick McCashin, 23. Bronson Murray.

Waikato: 1. Ben May, 2. Aled de Malmanche, 3. Nathan White (capt), 4. Toby Lynn, 5. Chris Middleton, 6. Jack Lam, 7. Zack Hohneck, 8. Alex Bradley, 9. Brendon Leonard, 10. Trent Renata, 11. Henry Speight, 12. Rena Schuster, 13. Jackson Willison, 14. Frank Halai, 15. Tim Mikkelson.

Reserves: 16. Marcel Cummings-Toone, 17. Toby Smith, 18. Romana Graham, 19. Matt Vant Leven, 20. Malcolm Barnes, 21. Sam Christie, 22. Save Tokula, 23. Latu Talakai.

REFEREE: Mike Fraser

Game 20 Wellington v Canterbury Prediction: Canterbury by 10-15 points

Wellington finished the game strongly last time out when losing to Auckland at home in horrendous conditions. Canterbury on the other hand will have to be on their mettle to avoid their second loss on the bounce. With an exceptionally quick turnaround expect Canterbury to freshen up their side with a few Crusaders returning to full time duty as well as some fringe players to feature in the team mix. It’s once again going to be a very close contest.

TEAMS:

Wellington: 1. Jacob Ellison, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Whetu Henry, 4. Jeremy Thrush (capt), 5. Mark Reddish, 6. Brad Shields, 7. Scott Fuglistaller, 8. Victor Vito, 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 11. Julian Savea, 12. Michael Hobbs, 13. Alipate Leiua, 14. Jason Woodward, 15. Apoua Stewart.

Reserves: 16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Arden David-Perrot, 18. Api Naikatini, 19. Faifili Levave, 20. Dean Brunsdon, 21. Frae Wilson, 22. Michael Lealava’a, 23. Reg Goodes.

Canterbury: 1. Paea Fa’anunu, 2. Paul Ngauamo, 3. Andrew Olorenshaw, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Joel Everson, 6. Ash Parker (capt), 7. Brendon O’Connor, 8. Nasi Manu, 9. Mark Swanepoel, 10. Tyler Bleyendaal, 11. Matt Thatcher, 12. Tom Taylor, 13. Robbie Fruean, 14. Telusa Veainu, 15. Johnny McNicholl.

Reserves: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Nepo Laulala, 18. Reuben Thorne, 19. Luke Whitelock, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Takerei Norton, 22. Robbie Flynn, 23. Sam Cottam.

REFEREE: Bryce Lawrence

Game 21 Northland v Taranaki Prediction: Taranaki by 5-10 points

Northland will be pleased to be home after letting it slip in the weekend against the Turbos in Palmerston North. Taranaki however will be buoyed by their comeback win against the more fancied Waikato side. Again it could go either way but I’m tipping the visitors to edge it.

TEAMS:

Northland: 1. Justin Davies, 2. Ross Wright, 3. Scott Vessey, 4. Mark Burman, 5. Bryce Williams, 6. Joel McKenty, 7. Dan Pryor, 8. Cameron Eyre, 9. Rhyan Caine, 10. Jack McPhee, 11. Bryce Heem, 12. Aaron Bancroft, 13. Rene Ranger, 14. Lachie Munro, 15. Jared Payne (capt).

Reserves: 16. Tim Dow, 17. Jamie Corsi, 18. Dan Faleafa, 19. Cam Goodhue, 20. Wayne Ngaluafe, 21. Ash Moeke, 22. Simon Munro, 23. Aterea Davis.

Taranaki: 1. Carl Carmichael, 2. Laurence Corlett, 3. Michael Bent, 4. James Broadhurst, 5. Craig Clarke (capt), 6. Ben Souness, 7. Scott Waldrom, 8. Samuela Vunisa, 9. Tyson Keats, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Jackson Ormond, 12. Jayden Hayward, 13. Isaia Tuifua, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Andre Taylor.

Reserves: 16. Mahonri Schwalger, 17. Shane Cleaver, 18. Jason Eaton, 19. Chris Walker, 20. Brett Goodin, 21. Jack Cameron, 22. George Pisi, 23. Willie Ioane.

REFEREE: Shaun Elliott



41 Comments

  • :!: a 50% accuracy on SB :oops:

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.07.11 06:25:46 by Franshark Reply
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  • I’m worse :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.07.11 06:58:43 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I’m worse still! :oops:

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.07.11 07:44:53 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 2) :
    @Hertford Highlander (Comment 3) :
    If the object is to be the worst, I am beating you both hands down :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.07.11 11:07:00 by Greg Reply

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  • I think I can make a move on Superbru this Week starting tonight putting me in the frame for Week 5 predictions over the weekend. :cool:

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.07.11 06:18:30 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Bay of Plenty
    Canterbury
    Northland

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.07.11 07:24:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) :

    Taranaki by 25

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.07.11 07:29:25 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 6) :
    @Hertford Highlander (Comment 7) :
    Bay of Plenty by 16
    Canterbury by 12
    Northland by 13

    Any scores yet?

  • Comment 8, posted at 26.07.11 10:00:51 by Greg Reply

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  • BOP 10-0 Waikato … here we go angain! :oops:

  • Comment 9, posted at 26.07.11 10:04:55 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • BOP 13-3

  • Comment 10, posted at 26.07.11 10:06:43 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • BOP 16-3

  • Comment 11, posted at 26.07.11 10:09:41 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • 33 mins gone :oops:

  • Comment 12, posted at 26.07.11 10:10:04 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 10) : works for me! must be nearly half-time?

  • Comment 13, posted at 26.07.11 10:10:15 by Greg Reply

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  • halftime BOP 16-3

    …. the tide will turn! ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 26.07.11 10:25:31 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) : I hope not, a score like that would give me only my sixth win point, and second margin point :oops:

  • Comment 15, posted at 26.07.11 10:37:49 by Greg Reply

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  • Got the pick right :cool:

  • Comment 16, posted at 26.07.11 11:42:58 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Fulltime
    Bop 3X – 8 Waikato

  • Comment 17, posted at 26.07.11 11:44:23 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 16) : Me too, but no margin :cry:

  • Comment 18, posted at 26.07.11 12:03:08 by Greg Reply

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  • Wellington 27 – 14 Canterbury
    50mins

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.07.11 09:11:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Wellington 35 – 14 Canterbury
    70mins
    :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.07.11 09:35:33 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I am now really going to pick the other team. Cant get anyworse :twisted:

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.07.11 09:42:34 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Fulltime
    Wellington 37 – 28 Canterbury
    Margin – 9

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.07.11 09:46:26 by JarsonX Reply
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  • That’s 0 from 2 surely i can’t get all three wrong in the round! :oops:

    ……actually yes i can :oops:

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.07.11 09:48:30 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 23) : I’m going to beat you for the last spot.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.07.11 09:50:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 19) : Doesn’t work for me :cry:

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.07.11 10:06:35 by Greg Reply

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  • Northland 3 – 0 Taranaki
    3mins.

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.07.11 10:10:14 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 26) : Same score!
    15mins

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.07.11 10:26:20 by JarsonX Reply
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  • North 6 – 0 Tara
    27mins

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.07.11 10:35:41 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Halftime
    Northland 13 – 10 Taranaki

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.07.11 11:03:17 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 13 points each
    55mins

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.07.11 11:16:07 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 16 – 13
    60mins

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.07.11 11:25:52 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 31) : No where near my margin, but would still get the win point if it stays like that!

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.07.11 11:30:17 by Greg Reply

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  • Fulltime
    Northland 16 – 23 Taranaki
    Margin – 7

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.07.11 11:46:00 by JarsonX Reply
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  • 1 from 3 :roll:

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.07.11 11:48:11 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 33) : :cry: :cry:

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.07.11 11:50:10 by Greg Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 34) : Yep, me too :oops:

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.07.11 11:53:24 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 36) : I’m telling you we are missing something :sad:

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.07.11 11:55:49 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 34) :

    41 JarsonX
    42 Greg_the_Lion

    Race you for the wooden spoon!

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.07.11 11:58:54 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 38) : You’re on! :oops: :twisted:

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.07.11 12:08:02 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 38) : @JarsonX (Comment 37) : looks like 1 from 3 is the going rate ;) me too

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.07.11 12:22:31 by Franshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 40) : You sitting at 21 on the log, you are way out of our league :oops:

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.07.11 12:32:54 by Greg Reply

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