Thanks to All Blacks website here is the Round Six preview
It’s make or break time for the teams in the Premiership when Round Six kicks off in the Farah Palmer Cup this weekend.
The first game in the Premiership has the Wellington Pride hosting Counties Power Heat at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua. Both teams need a big win from this to secure a semi finals berth. Wellington need the win to keep their play off dreams alive while Counties only need the win to guarantee a home semi final.
The second game in the Premiership sees the Manawatu Cyclones hosting the Auckland Storm in what is going to be either a do or die match for both teams. With the Cyclones sitting on 16 points and the Storm on 17 points a win for either team would almost get them a home semi final. I say almost because it’s still anyones for the taking at the moment.
The final Premiership game of the round sees second place Canterbury head north to play sixth place Waikato. Waikato are in desperate need to win this game to keep them in semi final contention while Canterbury have not yet automatically qualified for the semi finals (even though they beat top of the table Counties). A win for Canterbury would (again) almost guarantee them the second home semi final if other results go their way.
Over in the Championship the Otago Spirit host the Bay of Plenty Volcanix in a top of the table clash and will also determine who gets the home final. The Spirit could leap frog the Volcanix if they come away with maximum points as the Bay of Plenty have the bye next weekend. If that happens and Otago beat North Harbour Hibiscus next weekend then the Spirit will go top of the table. If the Volcanix walk away with the win today then they have two weeks off and march straight into the Championship final.
The second game of the Championship sees Tasman Makos host North Harbour Hibiscus in sunny Nelson. The Makos are yet to register any competition points and will be looking at this game to see if they can change that. North Harbour come into this game favourites and will be looking to secure the second semi finals spot for the Championship.
This round is very close and will be well contested between the teams. At this point it will come down to week seven to see who actually gets into the semifinals if any of this weeks results are to go by.