Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Mitre 10 Cup: Northland v Southland Preview

Mitre 10 Cup: Northland v Southland Preview

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Northland will be looking to claim the full five-point haul when they take on Championship cellar-dwellers Southland on Thursday the 20th of September.

Northland will sense blood in the water when they take on a Southland side that is yet to win a game this season. The hosts currently lie in fourth spot on the Championship standings and a bonus point win here would entrench them inside the top four heading into the final few rounds.

Southland, on the other hand, are languishing in last spot on the Championship standings and look destined to claim this year's wooden spoon.

Northland v Southland
Thursday 20 September
Toll Stadium

To Win (80 Mins)
Northland 1/25

Draw 70/1 
Southland 15/2

The hosts for Thursday's encounter could really use a bonus point win here as it would move them well inside the semi-final positions with only three rounds of the regular season remaining.

They head into the fixture off the back of a solid result having beaten an out of sorts Manawatu 49-19. If they can show the same sort of verve on attack here, then they will have no problems registering another big win.

2018 is fast becoming an absolute nightmare for Southland who currently sit at the foot of the Championship with only two points to their names. They are yet to win a game this season and have conceded a staggering 214 points while only scoring 91 of their own.

This weekend's visitors were once again well beaten last week as they went down 24-43 to Otago. While they did show a lot of fight during the defeat, they seem a side unable to compete at this level.

Verdict: Northland 1/25
Southland will enjoy a few solid spells during this game but they'll eventually be over-run by a very competent Northland side. My money is on the visitors taking this one by 18 points or more.

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Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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