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

 

 

Week Four Preview

Hey fam! Welcome to week four! We’re over the half way mark and the teams are about to come to the business end of the competition. No one has really stamped their mark on the tournament just yet but this round could be the one where we see it!

Ok, the first game of round four is tonight at 5.05pm.

 

BOP Volcanix
Taranaki Whio

The first crossover game of the round sees the Volcanix host the Whio at Rotorua Stadium on Friday night. Both teams have yet to register a win on the board so this is a do or die game for them. Live on Sky TV at 5.05pm, Friday afternoon.

 

Hawkes Bay Tuis
North Harbour Hibiscus

The Tuis host the Hibiscus on Saturday morning 11.35am at McLean Park in Naiper. With only one bonuspoint separating them, both teams will look to put a stamp on the game early to make sure they stay in contention for the semi finals. Live on Sky TV at 2pm, Saturday afternoon.

 

Waikato
Auckland Storm

Waikato host the Auckland Storm on Saturday afternoon at 1pm at the Taupiri Rugby Club just south of Huntly. Both teams need this win to keep their semi finals dreams alive, Auckland more so. Currently the only game of the round not being televised.

 

Otago Spirit
Counties Power Heat (TBA)

The second crossover game of the round sees the Otago Spirit host Counties Power Heat at Forysth Barr Stadium at 2pm on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to Elevate Analysis for the livestream coverage. You can watch it here.

  

Tasman Mako (TBA)
Wellington Pride

The next game has the Tasman Mako take on the Wellington Pride at Trafalgar Park in Nelson on Sunday morning at 11.35am. Wellington are sitting at the top of the Championship table while the Mako are lurking in fifth place looking for their second win of the season. Live on Sky TV at 11.35am, Sunday morning.

 

Manawatu Cyclones
Canterbury

The last game of the round sees the Cyclones host Canterbury at Central Energy Trust Stadium in Palmerston North. Canterbury are sitting top of the table with the Cyclones only one point behind them. Both teams need the win to advance their cause into the semifinals. Live on Sky TV at 2.05pm, Sunday afternoon.

Also, the Unofficial Fantasy Rugby Game is going strong in its forth week. Remember to make your picks here.

Good luck to all the teams playing this weekend.