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ITM Cup Preview – Week 2


Two of last week’s big winners, Waikato and Canterbury, will clash tonight in Hamilton as week two of the ITM Cup continues.


Waikato ($3.70) v Canterbury ($1.25)
Tonight 6:05pm | Bet Now

waik_can2While most of the talk after the first week was about the 6-times defending champions Canterbury, what can’t be ignored was the performance of a somewhat unheralded  Waikato side against Wellington.

Sure the capital city boys were well understrength but Waikato also introduced a number of new players to first class rugby and they came away with a handsome victory.

Canterbury made a very strong start in defence of their title and they simply didn’t allow a fancied Auckland team into the match at any stage.  The red and blacks will be favoured in this one but expect a strong showing from the mooloo men.

Friday 22 August, 6.05pm at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Played: 48, 1929-2013 | Waikato wins: 18 | Canterbury wins: 29 | Draws: 1
Last match: Canterbury 47 Waikato 10, 29.08.13 in Christchurch (ITMC)
Last Waikato win: Waikato 27 Canterbury 13, 10.08.11 in Christchurch (ITMC)
Biggest Canterbury score: 58 (58-30), 19.08.95 in Christchurch (NPC, RS)
Biggest Waikato score: 59 (59-41), 07.09.02 in Hamilton (NPC)
Biggest differential: Canterbury by 37 (47-10), 29.08.13 in Christchurch (ITMC)

Waikato: 15 Albert Nikoro, 14 Declan O’Donnell, 13 Jordan Payne, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Joe Webber, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber (c), 8 Adam Burn, 7 Zak Hohneck, 6 Whetu Douglas, 5 David Morgan, 4 Nick Ross, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Loni Uhila.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 James McGougan, 18 Josh Tyrell, 19 Marty Holah, 20 Harrison Levien, 21 Wharenui Hawera, 22 Shayne Anderson.

Canterbury: 15 Richie Mo’unga, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Willi Heinz (c), 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Jed Brown, 6 Matt Todd, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Siate Tokolahi, 18 Joel Everson, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Mitchell Drummond, 21 Jack Goodhue, 22 Milford Keresoma.


Hawke’s Bay ($1.55) v Taranaki ($2.35)
Tonight 8:05pm | Bet Now

hb_tar2The game will be followed, at 8.05pm, by Hawkes Bay against Taranaki and although they come from different sections, Hawkes Bay from the Championship, and Taranaki from the Premiership, there may not be much in this game.

Hawkes Bay were dusted last week by Tasman but that is no disgrace because Tasman look to be a side that will trouble every team they meet in 2014.

Taranaki were involved in a real grind against Counties in their first match and it was very hard to get a line on them.

In more favourable conditions Taranaki should be able to show their true credentials this week against a Bay side that is very keen to get back to the Premiership.

Friday 22 August, 8.05pm at McLean Park, Napier
Played: 50, 1885-2013 | Hawke’s Bay wins: 16 | Taranaki wins: 28 | Draws: 6
Last match: Taranaki 23 Hawke’s Bay 10, 11.09.13 in New Plymouth (ITMC)
Last Hawke’s Bay win: Hawke’s Bay 32 Taranaki 24, 25.09.10 in Napier (ITMC)
Biggest Taranaki score: 35 (35-3), 03.09.1901 in New Plymouth; and 35 (35-14), 16.09.95 in New Plymouth (NPC)
Biggest Hawke’s Bay score: 32 (32-24), 25.09.10 in Napier (ITMC)
Biggest differential: Taranaki by 29 (32-3), 03.09.1901 in New Plymouth

Hawke’s Bay: 15 Ryan Tongia, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Andrew Horrell, 11 Mikey Vuicakau, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 6 Tony Lamborn, 5 Mark Abbott, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Jason Marshall, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 22 Matt Berquist, 21 Jason Shoemark, 20 Ellery Wilson, 19 Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 18 Tom Parsons, 17 Adrian Barone, 16 Ged Robinson.

Taranaki: 15 Codey Rei, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 James Marshall (c), 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Jamison Gibson-Park, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Berny Hall, 6 Mitchell Crosswell, 5 James Broadhurst, 4 Riki Hoeata, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Mitchell Graham.
Replacements: 16 Timo Tutavaha, 17 Sione Lea, 18 Toa Halafihi, 19 Doug Tietjens, 20 Warwick Lahmert, 21 Jackson Ormond, 22 Beaudein Waaka.

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Northland ($4.75) v Wellington ($1.16)
Saturday 2:35pm | Bet Now

nth_wgtn2zNorthland has the luxury of opening their season with two home games and Saturday afternoon sees them up against Wellington.

The boys in blue showed some nice touches last week in their narrow loss to Manawatu and they may feel that they can catch a young and relatively inexperienced Wellington off guard.

Coach Chris Boyd has made changes to his side after the Waikato defeat and he will be looking at defence that was a real issue at times for Wellington in their opening game.

Saturday 23 August, 2.35pm at Toll Stadium, Whangarei
Played: 32, 1939-2011 (DNP 2012/13) | Wellington wins: 22 | Northland wins: 8 | Draws: 2
Last match: Wellington 43 Northland 19, 10.08.11 in Wellington (ITMC)
Last Northland win: Northland 30 Wellington 24, 27.08.00 in Wellington (NPC)
Biggest Northland score: 37 (37-10) 26.08.89 in Whangarei (NPC)
Biggest Wellington score: 65 (65-12), 02.10.04 in Wellington (NPC)
Biggest differential: Wellington by 53 (65-12), 02.10.04 in Wellington (NPC)



Counties-Manukau ($1.45) v Otago ($2.60)
Saturday 4:35pm | Bet Now

co_ot2Otago held the Ranfurly Shield briefly in 2013 and they enjoyed it so much they are hell bent on getting it back. They get that chance tomorrow afternoon at Pukekohe when they take on the holders, Counties-Manukau.

Otago started their campaign last week with a solid win over Bay of Plenty and coach Tony Brown was able to get some good value out of players who had never previously surfaced at this level.

Counties, like Taranaki, had to cope with tough conditions in their opener but with the Shield at stake they are certain to raise themselves several levels for this one.

Saturday 23 August, 4.35pm at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe
Played: 35, 1961-2012 (DNP 2013) | Otago wins: 18 | Counties Manukau wins: 17
Last match: Counties Manukau 41 Otago 16, 26.10.12 in Pukekohe (ITMC F)
Last Otago win: Otago 30 Counties Manukau 14, 03.08.11 in Dunedin (ITMC)
Biggest Counties Manukau score: 43 (43-12), 14.09.12 in Pukekohe (ITMC)
Biggest Otago score: 47 (47-25), 05.09.98 in Dunedin (NPC)
Biggest differential: Otago by 36 (43-7), 02.06.90 in Dunedin (NPC)



Sunday 24 August, 2.35pm at FMG Stadium, Palmerston North
Played: 28, 1917-2013 | Manawatu wins: 6 | Auckland wins: 22
Last match: Auckland 21 Manawatu 18, 25.08.13 in Palmerston North (ITMC)
Last Manawatu win: Manawatu 15 Auckland 9, 27.06.81 in Palmerston North (NPC)
Biggest Auckland score: 59 (59-3), 17.09.88 in Auckland (NPC, RS) and (59-16), 02.09.12 in Auckland (ITMC)
Biggest Manawatu score: 24 (24-6), 24.06.78 in Auckland (NPC)
Biggest differential: Auckland by 56 (59-3), 17.09.88 in Auckland (NPC, RS)

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Sunday 24 August, 4.35pm at ASB Baypark, Tauranga
Played: 6, 2006-2012 (DNP 2013) | Tasman wins: 2 | Bay of Plenty wins: 4
Last match: Tasman 17 Bay of Plenty 3, 04.10.12 in Nelson (ITMC)
Last Bay of Plenty win: Bay of Plenty 24 Tasman 13, 17.09.09 in Mt Maunganui (ANZC)
Biggest Tasman score: 41 (41-39), 10.10.10 in Blenheim (ITMC)
Biggest Bay of Plenty score: 39 (39-41), 10.10.10 in Blenheim (ITMC)
Biggest differential: Tasman by 14, 04.10.12 in Nelson (ITMC)




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