In a week that has been dominated by Rugby World Cup selections, spare a thought for un-wanted All Blacks Hosea Gear, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Liam Messam, Jarred Hoeata and Wyatt Crocket who may all return for their Provincial sides this weekend in the ITM Cup.

**Week 12 Review**

Twenty nations announcing their RWC squads. A 89 point thriller in Whangarei. The leaders of the Premiership beaten by a team that had lost three-in-a-row and Taranaki lifting the Ranfurly Shield in Invercargill – you can’t complain about that for mid-week rugby action.

**Week 12 Results & Analysis **

Game 60 Waikato (31) v (27) Wellington Prediction: Waikato by 10-15 points

Game 61 Bay of Plenty (35) v (31) Canterbury Prediction: Canterbury by 10-15 points

Game 62 Northland (45) v (34) Hawke’s Bay Prediction: Hawke’s Bay by 10-15 points

Game 63 Southland (12) v (15) Taranaki (RS) Prediction: Southland by 5-10 points

Week 12 Win Percentage 1/4 25% Season Win Percentage 33/62 53%

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Leaderboard

1st Widcow 52.08

2nd BIG BITE 52.08

3rd Smiley 50.47

12th HH 46.08

ITM Premiership Points Table – Week 12 (Games played in brackets)

1. Canterbury (9) – 29

2. Waikato (9) – 28

3. Taranaki (9) – 27

4. Bay of Plenty (9) – 26

5. Auckland (9) – 25

6. Wellington (9) – 21

7. Southland (9) – 20

ITM Championship Points Table – Week 12 (Games played in brackets)

1. Manawatu (8) – 29

2. Hawke’s Bay (9) – 29

3. Otago (8) – 19

4. Northland (9) – 19

5. Counties Manukau (9) – 17

6. North Harbour (9) – 12

7. Tasman (9) – 12

**Match Previews – Week 13**

**Game 64 Tasman v Manawatu **Prediction: Tasman by 10-15 points

This pits top of the Championship against bottom. However, due to the nature of this season that means very little.

TEAMS:

Tasman: 1. Fai Mika, 2. Quentin MacDonald, 3. Sam Prattley, 4. Craig Moore, 5. Joe Wheeler, 6. Liam Squire, 7. Shane Christie, 8. Mark Bright, 9. Steve Alfeld, 10. James Marshall, 11. Mitchell Scott, 12. Andrew Goodman (capt), 13. Kieron Fonotia, 14. Robbie Malneek, 15. Tom Marshall.

Reserves: 16. Francis Smith, 17. James Hadfield, 18. Vernon Fredricks, 19. Jonathan Poff, 20. Shawn Begg, 21. James Proctor, 22. Jack Umaga, 23. Hamish Cochrane.

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

Reserves: 16. Bryn Templeman, 17. Jared Brock, 18. Fraser Stone, 19. Doug Tietjens, 20. Hamish Gosling, 21. Isaac Thompson, 22. Lewis Marshall, 23. David Te Moana.

REFEREE: Mike Fraser

**Game 65 North Harbour v Wellington **Prediction: Wellington by 10-15 points

Wellington was unlucky last time out against Waikato and may be buoyed by the return of arguably the best winger in the world last year – Hosea Gear.

**Game 66 Waikato v Auckland **Prediction: Auckland by 5- 10 points

Mooloo, Auckland clashes are always close. With this week looking a week for the away sides I’ll therefore opt for the visitors.

**Game 67 Counties Manukau v Northland **Prediction: Northland by 5-10 points

Northland was stunning at home mid-week and it looks impossible to bring that form south. However, even if they bring an ounce of that form they will still be a handful for the South Aucklanders.

**Game 68 Otago v Canterbury **Prediction: Canterbury by 15-20 points

After a false start last time out due to snow, Dunedin’s new stadium will welcome its first game of ITM Cup action with the reigning Champions Canterbury coming to town.

**Game 69 Southland v Bay of Plenty **Prediction: Bay of Plenty by 10-15 points

Southland will have to lift themselves off the floor for this tussle, an ask that may be just too tough – relegation looms.

**Game 70 Taranaki v Hawke’s Bay **(RS) Prediction: Hawke’s Bay by 5-10 points

Taranaki the new holders of the Ranfurly Shield will welcome one of the form teams of this year’s Championship competition. The Magpies will be in with a real chance here and the tenure of the holders could be short lived.

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7 away wins in a row for me!

I had 2 picks opposite from you and still only managed 1\4

Tuesday I had 2/2 and 2 margin points, yesterday I got 0/2 and 1 margin point

North Harbour 10 – 3 Wellington

12 minutes

NH 18 – 10 Wellington

26 minutes

North Harbour 23 – 10 Wellington

HALF TIME

North Harbour 23 – 26 Wellington

50 minutes

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 6) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : That must have been a hectic 10mins!

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) :

@Ben (Comment 8) :

That was supposed to say 23 – 16, but they have now scored another try..

North Harbour 23 – 26 Wellington

60 minutes

North Harbour 28 – 26 Wellington

67 minutes

North Harbour 28 – 29 Wellington

72 minutes

North Harbour 28 – 29 Wellington

FULL TIME

0 from 2

At least got the Win point but far from margin…..

2 from 2 for me, but no margins

2 from 2 for me, one margin point

Waikato 26 – 19 Auckland

FULL TIME

Counties 39 – 19 Northland

FULL TIME

Otago 13 – 11 Canterbury

Half Time

Otago 16 – 11 Canterbury

43 minutes

Otago 16 – 14 Canterbury

46 minutes

Otago 16 – 17 Canterbury

52 minutes

Terrific try by Canterbury fullback Taylor

Otago 16 – 22 Canterbury

57 minutes

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : I needed that, am 3/4 with 1 margin so far this round a win and margin/bonus here would do me the world of good! Have canterbury by 18

I’m on a roll here this round, 4 from 4 so far

@Greg (Comment 24) :

Im 4 from 4 but I went with Otago..

Watching the game, it looks like its only a matter of time until Canterbury pull away..

The Canterbury centre pairing of Freuan and Crotty looks dangerous..

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 26) : Just turned game on a few minutes ago, stats look fairly even?

@Greg (Comment 28) :

Otago lead when I started watching..

Canterbury have come close a lot..

Otagto havent had an attacking move in almost 20 minutes now..

Not that it really matters, I am so far behind here, my gsp for this round is out the window, even a bonus point won’t do me much good!

Cmon Otago!!

@Greg (Comment 30) :

If Otago can win this.. I am 5 from 5.. would help a bit to get the GSP..

@Richard Ferguson (Comment 29) : that was close..

Game Set Match…

Freuan with an intercept try..

Oooooops that try seals it… I think

Otago 16 – 29 Canterbury

75 minutes

Fruean try under the posts, that’s more like it!

Okay that’s me for the time being..

I will be back for the Tri Nations match a little later..

That wil be 5 from 5 for me….

An unconverted try sees me spot on

Otago 16 – 29 Canterbury

FULL TIME

@Franshark (Comment 41) : Margin point for me!

2 from 5 for me

Was this on ss?

@bergshark (Comment 44) : yes