2007 Preseason Rankings?

Discussion in 'ITM (NPC) Cup' started by scuubasteve, Jul 20, 2007.

  1. scuubasteve

    scuubasteve Guest

    Its just about that time again for NZ's premier provincial comp to get underway.

    After a revamped round robin format, and a good few player transfers, the second installment of the Air New Zealand cup should provide nationwide excitement outside the World Cup goings on.


    So lets hear from a few Kiwi's about where they think their teams might finish up come finals time (and to any others who feel like they might know something the locals don't).

    Here's my picks:

    1. Auckland
    2. Wellington
    3. Waikato
    4. North Harbour
    5. Canterbury
    6. Otago
    7. Taranaki
    8. Hawkes Bay
    9. Bay of Plenty
    10. Southland
    11. Northland
    12. Manawatu
    13. Tasman
    14. Counties Manukau

    Now lets hear what you guys think...
     
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  3. mimic

    mimic Guest

    I think Auckland will come 3rd before the finals start..

    Waikato and Wellington to lead them
     
  4. InsaneAsylum

    InsaneAsylum Guest

    i'm hoping the mooloos are as strong as they were last year and can make it back to back
     
  5. Jesse

    Jesse Guest



    I cant believ you think manawatu are going to finish higher than Counties and Tasman, maybe tasman but definitley not Counties, i mean they have an aesome backline which is lead by masaga and Niva Tauaso, they will finish higher than last. But i do agree that Aucklan is going to win it, pure class all round, and with David Smith in there who knows what could happen.
     
  6. scuubasteve

    scuubasteve Guest

    Haha, yeah the pick for Manawatu was somewhat swayed by heart rather than head. But they did beat Taranaki lastnight in the preseason.

    Aparently the same Taranaki who thrashed Waikato last weekend??

    So I guess all that means is
    A: This could be a closely fought comp

    and

    B: You can't read too much into preseason!!
     
  7. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    Yes I'm a one-eyed Auckland supporter but not an ignorant one. Looking at the squads, the major unions (apart from Otago) seem to be stacked up of good talents. Waikato still got the majority of their winning squad fromlast year, Canterbury can never be counted out being the pricks they are, Wellington has got some talented young guns coming up the ranks and Log of Wood holders Harbour is gonna rattle the big boys.

    Cant say the same though for the Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Southland, etc... maybe in 5 years time when talent is evely spread, then they will be competitive but in the time being, they should be contend with the bottom-half of the table.

    Here's how I think the Table will look like after the final round game.

    1. Waikato

    2. Canterbury

    3. Auckland

    4. North Harbour

    5. Wellington

    6. Taranaki

    7. Hawkes Bay

    8. Bay of Plenty

    9. Counties Manukau

    10. Otago

    11. Southland

    12. Manawatu

    13. Tasman

    14. Northland
     
  8. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    1. Waikato
    2. Auckland
    3. Wellington
    4. Cantebury
    5. North Harbour
    6. Bay of Plenty
    7. Otago
    8. Southland
    9. Counties Manauka
    10. Taranaki
    11. Hawkes Bay
    12. Tasman
    13. Northland
    14. Manawatu
     
  9. Wellycane

    Wellycane Guest

    Yep yep and a lot coming from the Northern United Rugby Club - Porirua. Norths Repz!

    ...back to the topic, here's my picks.

    1. Auckland
    2. Wellington
    3. Canterbury
    4. Waikato
    5. North Harbour
    6. Otago
    7. Southland
    8. Taranaki
    9. Bay of Plenty
    10. Northland
    11. Tasman
    12. Hawks Bay
    13. Counties - Manukau
    14. Manawatu
     
  10. Mine:

    1.Wellington

    2.Waikato

    3.Auckland

    4.North Harbour

    5.Canterbury

    6.Southland

    7.Otago

    8.Taranaki

    9.Hawkes Bay

    10.Northland

    11.Counties

    12.Bay Of Plenty

    13.Tasman

    14.Manawatu
     
  11. dobrien7

    dobrien7 Guest

    It's funny as a Southland supporter, in that as you read down everyone's lists, our position gets higher and higher, to 6th which would almost be best case scenario. Although, we do have a lot of home games this season we'd be expected to win eg Hawkes Bay, Northland, Counties, Manawatu and away game Taranaki, with possibly Otago, BoP, Harbour wins as well, all being teams we've previously beaten.

    Admittedly the top guns Auckland and Waikato will be hard to beat, but we don't play Canterbury or Wellington either, so looks promising for quarter final at least (and a shield challenge or two).

    Unfortunately our ability to play to the level of our opposition (hence wins over Canterbury etc then losses to BoP and Counties) may be our undoing yet again...
     
  12. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    No disrespect bro but I dont think Southland will do well this year. Yes, a win over Manawatu, BoP, Northland is on the cards but I dont think they will be able to beat Harbour.

    IMO, Harbour is one of the dark horses this year. Look for them to make the semis or even the final.
     
  13. dobrien7

    dobrien7 Guest

    You're probably right looking at the effort vs Hawkes Bay. On paper we should have rolled them, form is a big factor isn't it?
     
  14. teamplayer

    teamplayer Guest

    having had the benefit of watching the first week of the comp... I would say that

    1) Wellington
    2) Auckland
    3) Waikato
    4) Canterbury
    5) North Harbour
    6) Otago
    7) Bay of Plenty
    8) Hawke's Bay
    9) Taranaki
    10) Counties Manukau
    11) Northland
    12) Tasman
    13) Manawatu
    14) Southland

    Maybe I am being a bit harsh on Southland, but they were awful (especially their backline) at home to Hawke's Bay.
     
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