Week Five Review

Hey fam! We are winding down to the business end of the tournament with only one week left of round robin play to go.

Check out the results for week five below.

Auckland Storm v Bay of Plenty Volcanix  29-34

Waikato v Manawatu Cyclones     31-08

North Harbour Hibiscus v Wellington Pride    10-50

Taranaki Whio v Otago Spirit     0-65

Canterbury v Counties Power Heat    39-22

Hawkes Bay Tuis v Tasman Mako     47-12

Week five saw the upset of the round with the Bay of Plenty Volcanix holding onto their first-ever win over the Auckland Storm. This puts Auckland in the very real position of getting relegated to the Championship for next season if they don’t win their final game against Canterbury.

It’s still up in the air with the top four teams as none of them has cemented a home semifinal. Any team place second, third or fourth could potentially leapfrog the leaders in week six.

Check out some of the highlights for the Auckland Storm v Bay of Plenty Volcanix below.

Thanks to Sky Sport for the coverage.

Here are the highlights for the Canterbury v Counties Power Heat game.

Also, the winner for this weeks Unofficial Fantasy Rugby Game is user tavitatui. If you can message me through the facebook page that would be great and I’ll send your prize out for last week and this week.

Until next week where it’s do or die for a majority of teams.

Cora

 

Week Five Preview

 

Hey fam! It’s the second to last round of normal play this weekend and all the teams will be making moves to secure a semi final sport. With only the two top Premiership teams guaranteed a semi-final berth it will be all or nothing for everyone else. Also on the line is the JJ Stewart Trophy. With Canterbury hosting Counties Power Heat in Christchurch on Sunday morning the Trophy will be up for grabs. Will it head north or will it stay one more week in the Garden City. Find out on Sunday at 11.35am live on Sky Sport.

 

Auckland Storm
Bay of Plenty Volcanix

The first game of the round sees the Auckland Storm host the Bay of Plenty Volcanix at Eden Park at 5.05pm on Friday night. Both teams need to win this game to keep their semi final dreams alive. This game will be live on Sky Sport.

 

Waikato
Manawatu Cyclones

Waikato host the Manawatu Cyclones at FMG Stadium in Hamilton for a middle of the table clash. Both teams are sitting on 15 and 11 points respectively a need a win to secure their semi final place. Kick off is at 11.35am on Saturday, live on Sky Sport.

 

North Harbour Hibiscus
Wellington Pride

North Harbour Hibiscus host the Wellington Pride at Windsor Park in Mairangi Bay, North Harbour. This is one of only two games not live on Sky Sport. This game is the difference between who gets a home semi final and an away semi final. Kick off is 12pm Saturday afternoon.

 

Taranaki Whio (TBA)
Otago Spirit

The Whio host the Otago Spirit at Yarrow Stadium at 2.35pm live on Sky Sport. Taranaki are looking for their first elusive win of the season while the Spirit need to straigthen the ship for a semi final chance.

 

Canterbury (TBA)
Counties Power Heat (TBA)

Game of the round sees Canterbury host Counties Power Heat not only for a home semi final place but also the JJ Stewart Trophy. Whoever wins this game is guranteed a home semi final. Live on Sky Sport at 11.35am Sunday.

 

Hawkes Bay Tuis 
Tasman Mako (TBA)

The last game of the round has the Hawkes Bay Tuis host the Tasman Mako at Tremain Field in Napier with a kickoff of 12pm Sunday. The Tuis will be looking to secure their home semi final with a win while the Mako will be looking to upset the boat by sneaking in to a semi final slot.

Don’t forget Daylight Savings begins on Saturday night/Sunday morning so remember to put all your analog clocks and watches forward 1 hour. All clock/watches that are connected to the internet are automatically updated to the new time.

Also the Unofficial Fantasy Rugby game is still going strong and you can still register to play here.

Good luck to all the players in their teams.

Cora.

Week Four Review

Hey fam! A good set of games were played over the weekend and we are starting to see who may be going through to the semi-finals in three weeks time.

The scores for the weekends’ games are as follows.

Bay of Plenty Volcanix v Taranaki Whio   73-0

Hawkes Bay Tuis v North Harbour Hibiscus    54-10

Waikato v Auckland Storm    45-14

Otago Spirit v Counties Power Heat    8-39

Tasman Mako v Wellington Pride    3-88

Manawatu Cyclones v Canterbury    12-48

All links will take you to the game page where you can see who scored what and by how many.

Thanks to Stuff.co.nz for the review here and also the allblacks.com website review as well.

In Unofficial Fantasy Rugby news, the chocolaty goodness prize goes to user tavitatui. I will be emailing you soon to check what type of Whittakers chocolate you like.

It isn’t too late to register to play, you can register here.

We are into the business end of the season with this weekend and next weekend being the final two rounds of normal play. The majority of the teams are still in the hunt for a semi-final berth with Counties and Canterbury setting up a top of the table clash this coming weekend.

That’s all from me for now, I’ll have the picks for this weekends games up soon and the Preview for be out on Friday afternoon.

Cheers