Well, we’ve had seven weeks of some amazing rugby and watched some amazing tries being scored and this coming weekends games look no different. We have gone from six to four in the premiership and five to three in the championship and it’s do or die now!
Our first game sees last years Premierships winners Counties Power Heat face 17 time champs the Auckland Storm in what will be a fierce game against two proud provinces looking to make it back to back finals. Unfortunately only one team can go through to the finals. Counties have a dominating forward pack and a backline who can run in tries from anywhere off the park. While Auckland have experience and Black Ferns captain Fiao’o Fa’amausili leading from the front. This game is either going to go one of either two ways, it will be either very close maybe one or two points or one of the teams is going to put a strangle hold on and completely blow out the score board. There, I said it! This game will be played at Ecolight Stadium (Growers Stadium on Google Maps) and kick off is at 12pm.
In the second semi final of the Premiership, Canterbury host Waikato at AMI Stadium in Christchurch as a curtain raiser for the Mitre 10 Cup semi final later in the evening. Both teams only meet two weeks ago and Canterbury won that encounter 31-20. Waikato come into the game off the back of a historic win against Auckland last win against them for the first time ever since the inception of the womens provincial championship, so they will be on a high and fuelled by the knowledge that they can take on the big guns. Canterbury need to keep focussed on the task at hand and keep doing what they have been doing over the past few weeks and it should work well for them. Kick off is at 2.15pm and tickets are available here
Whoever ends up in the finals are well deserved to be there.
Our Championship semi final sees the Otago Spirit host the North Harbour Hibiscus at Forsyth Barr Stadium (entry is gold coin donation for the car park). This game will be a rematch of last weeks dress rehearsal and a good indicator on how well next weeks final will play out also. Otago have an amazing forward pack and a backline who know how to score tries. North Harbour do need to work on their defence and discipline along with their handling skills. It will be a close game for both teams and I don’t think there will be much in it. The winner of this game will travel to the Bay of Plenty to battle it out with the Volcanix to see who moves to the Premiership next year. Kick off is at 12pm.
And there you have it folks. Three amazing games being played this weekend.
I am not aware of any of them being live streamed or televised on Sky Sport this weekend, but I will be live tweeting the Canterbury v Waikato game and will have updates available for the Otago Spirit v North Harbour Hibiscus game too.