Hey fam! It’s the business end of the tournament in the Farah Palmer Cup and the teams are raring to go. Check out who the teams are below.
The first Championship semifinal sees Wellington Pride host North Harbour Hibiscus at Jerry Collins Stadium at 12pm on Saturday afternoon. Wellington won this game easily in the round robin but North Harbour have made strides since last season.
The first Premiership semifinal will have Canterbury host the Manawatu Cyclones at Rugby Park with kickoff at 12.30pm. Canterbury are the current defending title holders of the Cup so should be able to hold of the Cyclones. Don’t count Manawatu out though, they can play well when they want to and this game may be their surprise one.
The second Premiership semifinal will have Waikato host Counties Manukau Heat at FMG Stadium with a kickoff of 2.05pm. Waikato will go into this game as the favourites after stunning everyone in the first round by beating Counties. The Heat have been off the boil this season and will look to recertify that in this game. This game will be live on Sky Sport
The second Championship semifinal has the Otago Spirit host the Hawkes Bay Tuis at Forsyth Barr Stadium at 2.30pm. Otago will go into this game the clear favourites but the Tuis may have a few tricks up their sleeves. Thanks to Elevate Analysis this game will be livestreamed on Facebook here. Remember to save the link in Facebook.
This game will see the 5th and 6th team play off against each other to see who will be relegated to the Championship League next year. This decision was made before the start of the season by the FPC organisers and NZR.
I haven’t heard about any of the other games being livestreamed or live on Sky TV, only the ones mentioned above. So only the Waikato v Counties Heat and Otago Spirit v Hawkes Bay Tuis games will be on Sky Sport and livestreamed respectively.