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Mitre 10 Cup 2018: Hawke’s Bay v Northland Preview

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Hawke’s Bay and Northland will get Round 7 of the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup underway when they square off on Wednesday the 26th of September.

With only three rounds of the regular season left Wednesday’s game between second-placed and third-placed Championship sides Hawke’s Bay and Northland could have a massive bearing on which of the two teams claims a home semi-final berth.

Hawke’s Bay v Northland
Wednesday 26 September
McLean Park


To Win (80 Mins)
Hawke’s Bay 21/20
Draw 16/1
Northland 17/20

Hawke’s Bay
The hosts for Wednesday’s encounter head into the match off the back of two successive defeats, which has seen them drop to second on the Championship standings. They really are a side that has lost confidence as was evident during their 34-51 defeat to North Harbour last Saturday.

Hawke’s Bay haven’t really dropped their attacking standards, it’s the defensive side of their game that has been their Achilles heel. I mean this is a side that has conceded 93 points in their past two games. If they don’t plug their defensive line then I can’t see them having any chance of returning to the top of the Championship table before the close of the regular season.

Northland have enjoyed a far more positive fortnight than their hosts and head into this one off the back of two crucial victories with the first being a 49-19 home win over Manawatu and the second being a 26-10 win over Southland.

While the visitors were far from the polished article against struggling Southland last week they did show a hell of a lot of grit on defence. They will need to reproduce that effort here as Hawke’s Bay are capable of scoring tries from anywhere.

Verdict: Northland 21/20
I’m going to have a small play on the visitors here. They’re in solid touch and may be able to get one over an out of sorts Hawke’s Bay.

Written by Darry Worthington for Hollywoodbets

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