Week 7 see’s the final farewell to Carisbrook in Dunedin, as the famous old ground hosts its last ever game of rugby union – farewell old girl and thanks for the memories. With all 14 teams involved this week some will be managing quick turnarounds after mid-week clashes. The weekend’s rugby action is rounded out with a great local derby when the two Auckland teams lock horns and go toe to toe in what is affectionately known as ‘The Battle of the Bridge’.

**Week 6 Review**

The highlight of Week 6 was the first win of the season for the Tasman Mako’s as they upset top of the table Hawke’s Bay away from home. The remaining three fixtures all went the way of the home side.

**Week 6 Results & Analysis**

Game 29 Hawke’s Bay (19) v (21) Tasman Prediction: Hawke’s Bay by 15-20 points

Game 30 Manawatu (32) v (21) North Harbour Prediction: North Harbour 1-5 points

Game 31 Otago (30) v (14) Counties Manukau Prediction: Counties Manukau 10-15 points

Game 32 Auckland (39) v (26) Southland Prediction: Auckland by 10-15 points

Week 5 Win Percentage 1/4 25% Season Win Percentage 16/32 50%

Sharksworld Superbru Pool (Pool Size 43)

Leaderboard

1st BIG BITE 31.08

2nd Sam 30.00

3rd renuka 28.92

6th HH 26.08

ITM Premiership Points Table – Week 5 (Games played in brackets)

1. Bay of Plenty (4) – 19

2. Taranaki (4) – 14

3. Canterbury (4) – 12

4. Auckland (5) – 11

5. Wellington (4) – 10

6. Waikato (4) – 10

7. Southland (5) – 9

ITM Championship Points Table – Week 5 (Games played in brackets)

1. Manawatu (5) – 16

2. Hawke’s Bay (5) – 14

3. Otago (5) – 14

4. Counties Manukau (5) – 10

5. Northland (4) – 9

6. North Harbour (5) – 6

7. Tasman (5) – 4

**Match Previews – Week 7**

**Game 33 Northland v Bay of Plenty **Prediction: Bay of Plenty by 10-15 points

Bay of Plenty is the form team of the ITM Cup and look bound to test the ‘Taniwha’ in every department. Bay of Plenty should have far too many gears for the Northlanders.

TEAMS:

Northland: 1. Justin Davies, 2. Ross Wright, 3. Scott Vessey, 4. Bryce Williams, 5. Marty Veale, 6. Joel McKenty (capt), 7. Dan Pryor, 8. Cameron Eyre, 9. Rhyan Caine, 10. Ash Moeke, 11. Bryce Heem, 12. Aaron Bancroft, 13. Derek Carpenter, 14. Simon Munro, 15. Lachie Munro.

Reserves: 16. Tevita Vaipulu, 17. Aterea Davis, 18. Mark Burman, 19. Dan Faleafa, 20. Wayne Ngaluafe, 21. Jack McPhee, 22. Warren Dunn, 23. Jamie Corsi.

Bay of Plenty: 1. Pingi Tala’apitanga, 2. Daniel Perrin, 3. Bronson Murray, 4. Leon Power, 5. Leighton Price, 6. Carl Axtens, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Luke Braid (capt), 9. Taniela Moa, 10. Daniel Waenga, 11. Lance MacDonald, 12. Steve Kefu, 13. Jason Hona, 14. Lelia Masaga, 15. Chris Noakes.

Reserves: 16. John Pareanga, 17. Tristan Moran, 18. Culum Retallick, 19. Tanerau Latimer, 20. Jamie Nutbrown, 21. Toby Arnold, 22. Ben W Smith, 23. Greg Pleasants-Tate.

REFEREE: Mike Fraser

**Game 34 Tasman v Canterbury **Prediction: Canterbury by 15-20 points

Tasman will still be flying high after their giant killing effort mid-week. This however is a quick turnaround against Super franchise neighbours Canterbury. Canterbury will have to work away from home however should get to the line.

TEAMS:

Tasman: 1. Fai Mika, 2. Quentin MacDonald, 3. Sam Prattley, 4. Filipo Levi, 5. Joe Wheeler, 6. Jonathon Poff, 7. Shane Christie, 8. Mark Bright, 9. Shawn Begg, 10. James Marshall, 11. Mitchell Scott, 12. Andrew Goodman (capt), 13. Kieron Fonotia, 14. Lucky Mulipola, 15. Tom Marshall.

Reserves: 16. Francis Smith, 17. Craig Moore, 18. Pablo Heuete or Riki Hoeata, 19. Tevita Kolomatangi, 20. Steve Alfeld, 21. Jack Umaga, 22. Robbie Malneek, 23. Hamish Cochrane.

Canterbury: 1. Paea Fa’anunu, 2. Steve Fualau, 3. Andrew Olorenshaw, 4. Reuben Thorne, 5. Luke Romano, 6. George Whitelock (capt), 7. Brendon O’Connor, 8. Nasi Manu, 9. Mark Swanepoel, 10. Tyler Bleyendaal, 11. Patrick Osborne, 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Robbie Fruean, 14. Telusa Veainu, 15. Sean Maitland.

Reserves: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Nepo Laulala, 18. Ash Parker, 19. Luke Whitelock, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tom Taylor, 22. Johnny McNicholl, 23. Sam Cottam.

REFEREE: Keith Brown

**Game 35 Hawke’s Bay v Wellington **Prediction: Wellington by 5-10 points

Both these sides will want to put their last outings out of their minds having both experienced embarrassing losses. Hawke’s Bay’s quick turnaround will not do them any favours and Wellington may just have enough to get past the Magpies in a close one.

TEAMS:

Hawke’s Bay: 1. Sona Taumalolo, 2. Hikawera Elliot (capt), 3. Anthony Perenise, 4. Kane Thompson or Brodie Retallick, 5. Bryn Evans, 6. Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 7. Adam Bradey, 8. Karl Lowe, 9. Isaac Paewai, 10. Kahn Fotuali’i, 11. Gillies Kaka, 12. Andrew Horrell, 13. Tua Saseve, 14. Richard Buckman, 15. Mark Jackman.

Reserves: 16. Danny Logan, 17. Hikairo Forbes, 18. Ashton Johnson, 19. Hugh Reed, 20. Brad Weber, 21. Ryan McLeod, 22. Sinoti Sinoti or Tino Nemani, 23. Ben Tameifuna.

Wellington: 1. Jacob Ellison, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Neemia Tialata, 4. Jeremy Thrush (capt), 5. Mark Reddish, 6. Faifili Levave, 7. Scott Fuglistaller, 8. Victor Vito, 9. Frae Wilson, 10. Michael Hobbs, 11. Julian Savea, 12. Shaun Treeby, 13. Alipate Leiua, 14. Lote Raikabula, 15. Jason Woodward.

Reserves: 16. Motu Matu’u, 17. Whetu Henry, 18. Brad Shields, 19. Dean Brunsdon, 20. TJ Perenara, 21. Lima Sopoaga, 22. Apoua Stewsrt, 23. Reg Goodes.

REFEREE: Matt Muir

**Game 36 Otago v Southland **Prediction: Southland by 5-10 points

In what is finally and officially the last game at Carisbrook before Dunedin welcomes in its new stadium, southern neighbours do what they have done for 100 years, slug it out at Carisbrook.

TEAMS:

Otago: 1. James McGougan, 2. Jason MacDonald, 3. Kees Meeuws, 4. Daniel Ramsay, 5. Tom Donnelly (capt), 6. Gareth Evans, 7. Adam Hill or TJ Ioane, 8. Andrew Stead, 9. Sean Romans, 10. Tony Brown, 11. Buxton Popoali’i, 12. Glenn Dickson, 13. Ben Atiga, 14. Joe Hill, 15. Ben R Smith.

Reserves: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Pieter van der Merwe, 18. Rob Verbakel, 19. Ioane or Paul Grant, 20. Johnny Legg, 21. Hayden Parker, 22. Jayden Spence, 23. Scott Manson.

Southland: 1. Jamie Mackintosh (capt), 2. Jason Rutledge, 3. Chris King, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 5 Alex Ryan, 6. John Hardie, 7. Tim Boys or Tom Chamberlain, 8. Elliot Dixon, 9. Scott Cowan, 10. James Wilson, 11. Glen Horton, 12. Matt Saunders, 13. Kendrick Lynn, 14. Kade Poki, 15. Robbie Robinson.

Reserves: 16. David Hall, 17. Nick Barrett, 18. Ben Nally or Michael Fatialofa, 19. Chamberlain or Boys, 20. Sonny Rangitohereri, 21. Scott Eade, 22. Tim Cornforth, 23. Michael Peterson.

REFEREE: James McPhail

**Game 37 Manawatu v Taranaki **Prediction: Taranaki by 10-15 points

Palmerston North will host two of the form sides in this cross-over clash. Taranaki, Manawatu matches are always spicy affairs and this promises to be another. Taranaki turned in one of the ITM Cup performances of the season last time out against Auckland and will need to be on their mettle again to quell the Championship leaders at home.

TEAMS:

Manawatu: 1. Grant Polson, 2. Rob Foreman, 3. Ma’afu Fia, 4. Fraser Stone, 5. Michael Fitzgerald, 6. Nick Crosswell (capt), 7. Doug Tietjens, 8. James Oliver, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Junior Tomasi Cama, 12. Frank Bryant, 13. Johnny Leota, 14. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 15. Nehe Milne-Skudder.

Reserves: 16. Bryn Templeman, 17. Jared Brock, 18. Reece Robinson, 19. Hamish Gosling or Callum Gibbins, 20. Karl Bryson, 21. Dan Kelly, 22. Craig Clare, 23. Peni Kaufusi or David Te Moana.

Taranaki: 1. Carl Carmichael, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 3. Shane Cleaver, 4. James Broadhurst, 5. Craig Clarke (capt), 6. Chris Walker, 7. Scott Waldrom, 8. Ben Souness, 9. Tyson Keats, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Frazier Climo, 12. Jayden Hayward, 13. George Pisi, 14. Andre Taylor, 15. Kurt Baker.

Reserves: 16. Laurence Corlett, 17. Michael Bent, 18. Jason Eaton, 19. Blade Thomson, 20. Brett Goodin, 21. Jack Cameron, 22. Willie Rickards, 23. Timo Tutavaha.

REFEREE: Nick Briant

**Game 38 Counties Manukau v Waikato **Prediction: Waikato by 15-20 points

Counties Manukau look ripe for the picking here by the Mooloo men after a disappointing outing away to Otago mid-week. Waikato should be fresher and better in all departments.

TEAMS:

Counties-Manukau: 1. Simon Lemalu, 2. Grant Henson, 3. Matt Talaese, 4. Ronald Raaymakers, 5. Jamie Chipman (capt), 6. Taiasina Tuifua, 7. DJ Forbes, 8. Fritz Lee, 9. David Bason, 10. Tasesa Lavea or Baden Kerr, 11. Tyrone Lefau, 12. Niva Ta’auso, 13. Reynold Lee-Lo, 14. Ahsee Tuala, 15. Sherwin Stowers.

Reserves: 16. Mark Price, 17. Jeremiah Fatialofa, 18. Adam Cathcart, 19. Mark Selwyn, 20. August Pulu, 21. Bundee Aki, 22. Tim Nanai-Williams, 23. Ihipa Thompson.

Waikato: 1. Ted Tauroa, 2. Aled de Malmanche, 3. Nathan White (capt), 4. Toby Lynn, 5. Chris Middleton, 6. Jack Lam, 7. Zack Hohneck, 8. Rory Grice, 9. Brendon Leonard, 10. Stephen Donald, 11. Declan O’Donnell, 12. Jackson Willison, 13. Save Tokula, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Tim Mikkelson.

Reserves: 16. Vance Elliott, 17. Ben May, 18. Matt Vant Leven, 19. Marty Holah, 20. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21. Sam Christie, 22. Trent Renata, 23. Latu Talakai.

REFEREE: Kane McBride

**Game 39 North Harbour v Auckland **Prediction: Auckland by 10-15 points

The Battle of the Bridge is always a much anticipated clash in the ‘City of Sails’. This year it hosts two teams that are not travelling well and both will be keen to stop the decent down their respective tables. That said the Premiership side just may have too much class for their Championship neighbours even though they are ravaged by injury.

TEAMS:

North Harbour: 1. James Afoa, 2. James Parsons, 3. Ben Afeaki, 4. James King, 5. Filo Paulo, 6. Solomon King, 7. Malakai Ravulo, 8. Mat Luamanu, 9. Chris Smylie (capt), 10. Ben Botica, 11. David Raikuna, 12. Brendon Watt, 13. Rudi Wulf, 14. Nafi Tuitavake, 15. Willie Walker.

Reserves: 16. Mike Mayhew, 17. Alex Woonton, 18. Irwin Finau, 19. Brent Wilson, 20. Brenton Helleur, 21. Pita Ahki, 22. Ken Pisi, 23. Taione Vea.

Auckland: 1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. Tom McCartney (capt), 3. Charlie Faumuina, 4. Steve Luatua, 5. Josh Katene, 6. Nathan Hughes, 7. Sean Polwart, 8. Chris Lowrey, 9. Toby Morland, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 11. George Moala, 12. Teddy Stanaway, 13. Hadleigh Parkes, 14. Brent Ward, 15. Isaia Toeava.

Reserves: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Tevita Mailau, 18. Liaki Moli, 19. Ben Masoe, 20. Alby Mathewson, 21. Piers Francis, 22. Joe Rokocoko, 23. Angus Ta’avao.

REFEREE: Glen Jackson.

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My margins are slightly different in some cases, but win win pick is the same for all games.

For me, rounds 5 & 6 were ok, 71.43%, and 75.00% respectively, 2/7 in week 1, and 1/7 in week 3 has pretty much killed my chances though. A lack of margin points hasn’t helped either!

@Greg (Comment 1) :

Im 37.5% correct, and lying 40th out of 44.. its bad!!!

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : My overall is 35.90%, I have just clawed my way up to 37th in the sw pool!

@Greg (Comment 3) : Not 35.90%, it’s 43.75%

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : @Greg (Comment 3) :

I’m at exactly 50% and I’m 6th … so it’s small margins.

Just being able to win a match rockets you up the SW Pool

I think if you can predict correctly the Hawke’s Bay v Wellington game a GSBP is there for the taking!

@Hertford Highlander (Comment 6) : I got Wellington by 12. With the way my ITM has gone, that will be my only win

@Hertford Highlander (Comment 5) :

Howzit HH

You well? Long time bud!

This comp is a nightmare for me.. Will see how it goes over the next few weeks, aiming for a top 10 finish seems out of reach!

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 8) :

Love your star’s

Northland 10-3 BOP 25 mins

@Hertford Highlander (Comment 9) :

Why thank you.. love your cups..

Care to swop?

@Hertford Highlander (Comment 9) :

Jeez.. Just cant buy a win in this competition!

Northland 17-3 BOP 30 mins

I’ve got BOP by 20

@Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) :

BOP by 8 for me..

Northland 17-10 BOP 35 mins

@Hertford Highlander (Comment 15) :

What do you make of your team for the weekend?

Worth a bet on handicap?

Northland 24 – 10 BOP 38 mins

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 16) :

Punter it would have to be a pretty good hanicap… they did n’t look great last night in winning well.

I potentially would back against them on the handicap … Southland will be out to smash them at Carisbrook!

H/T Northland 24 – 10 BOP

…. must dash dinner time!

…enjoy the upset!

@Hertford Highlander (Comment 13) : That’s my score too.

Southland 30 – 13 BOP

55 minutes

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 21) : No problem, BOP to score 5 tries in the last 20 minutes, convert them all, and add a penalty!

Southland 30 – 23 BOP

FULL TIME SCORE

Southland 30 – 23 BOP

The nice thing about getting the 1st game of the round wrong is that you don’t have to wait till the end of the round to realise you are not getting a GSP!

@ Greg

Tasman 32 – 36 Canterbury

FULL TIME

Hawke’s Bay 8 – 0 Wellington

First Half

HB 8 – 3 Wellington

Wellington by 4.

Got 2/2 with a single margin point thus far.

HB 23 – 10 Wellington

HALF TIME

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 31) :

GO HB !!!!! hehe

seems my margine might have been to small …

Go Wellington! Stay within 5 points at least

HB 33 – 20 Wellington

12 minutes to play

Hawke’s Bay 40 – 20 Wellington

FULL TIME

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 35) : Fantastic! 1/3 this round so far

2 from 3 then

@JarsonX (Comment 37) : 2/3 for this round for me… Making good progress… Was on 50% accuracy no on 51%

All team lists updated

Enjoy the last two games of Round/Week 7

I’m off to the New Dunedin Stadium this afternoon (for it’s first match) to watch West Coast play North Otago!

Heartland Rugby at its best!