Hey fam! It’s the last week of the round robin and almost every team has something to play for. Here’s the preview for round six.
All six games will be played on Saturday afternoon with the last two games being televised on Sky Sport.
Our first game of the round sees the Wellington Pride host newcomers the Taranaki Whio. This wil be at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua with kickoff at 1pm on Saturday. With diginity to play for Taranaki may surprise us with a tough game. Wellington are guaranteed a home semi-final for next week but against who is the important question.
Hawkes Bay Tuis
The Manawatu Cyclones host the Hawkes Bay Tuis at Central Energy Trust Arena in balmy Palmerston North with kickoff also at 1pm on Saturday. If the Cyclones walk away with a victory here they will be guaranteed a semifinal next week. The Tuis already have a semifinal spot for next weekend but they don’t know who against or where at this stage.
The Tasman Mako host the Otago Spirit at sunny Lansdown Park in Blenheim on Saturday afternoon at 2.05pm. Tasman have their pride to play for in this game while Otago would potentially secure a home semifinal with a win here and other results go their way.
Counties Power Heat
Bay of Plenty Volcanix
Counties Power Heat will host the Bay of Plenty Volcanix at Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe** with a kickoff time of 2.30pm. Both teams have everything to play for here. Counties have secured a semifinal place for next week but they don’t know who against. The Volcanix could surprise us with a win and sneak into the semifinals.
North Harbour Hibiscus host Waikato at QBE Stadium on the North Shore at 2.35pm. This game will be live on Sky Sport. North Harbour will be in the semifinals next weekend. Waikato need this win to secure their home semifinal.
The game of the round sees Canterbury host the Auckland Storm at Christchurch Stadium at 5.05pm live on Sky Sport. Auckland need this win more than anything. *
If they lose this game they will be relegated to the Championship for next season. Canterbury also need the win to secure their home semifinal spot.
*It has come to my attention that next week there will be a playoff of fifth and sixth place in the Premiership. Whoever loses that game next weekend will be relegated to the Championship for next season.
There is a lot to play for this weekend as you can see. I’ll try and keep the updates as up to date as possible but only two games are being televised and I have one person at the Wellington Pride game.
The picks for the Unofficial Fantasy Rugby are up and you can also register too if you want.
**This game is originally advertised as being played at Massey Park in Pakuranga on the All Blacks website. This is incorrect and both Counties Manukau Heat and Bay of Plenty Volcanix have the game at Navigation Homes Stadium in Pukekohe.