Week 2 kicks off with the Taniwha home to the Naki. Itâ€™s almost a must win for both sides really even at this early stage of the competition. Iâ€™ve got a feeling Northland will lodge the points at home though Taranaki wont be left asking questions. Win to Northland with standard points. (Iâ€™m on a train between Sydney and Newcastle so the game is probably already underway across the ditch). Harbour will be brimming with confidence after snatching the upset over the Crushers in week 1 and will add another South Island scalp to the totem pile in week 2. The Makos donâ€™t look like easy beats at this stage but North Harbour are starting the season at full gallop. A Highlander derby sees Otago coming off almost snatching the shield off the Lions up against a confident Stags outfit. Iâ€™m going with the home team here as the House of Pain factor is going to kick in big time. On the page Waikato should have little problem accounting for Manawatu, but was that really the Poo playing last weekend? Iâ€™m going to go with the stats and give an open running game to Mooloo under duress. Waikato to win and look toward bonus point city. Surprisingly the match of the round sees the high flying Magpies up against the Lions as two of the big franchises clash early. The Bay accounted for the â€œAâ€ team with ease last weekend but will face a stronger task in shield holders the Lions who have a couple of AB players on call. Still itâ€™s at Fortress MacLean so Iâ€™m going to drop another tick in the Maggies win column. Should be a ripper and will be close, the home side need to come home in top gear. Strangely an Auckland v Canterbury clash isnâ€™t exactly high on the agenda over the weekend, been a while since Iâ€™ve said that if ever. An inexpierance â€œAâ€ team to go down big time against the rampaging Crushers smarting from a first up lose. Itâ€™s going to be trench warfire out there with the rear gunner punishing any Auckland indiscretions. Final game of the round sees the Steelers at home against the Steamers. Not going to win any friends here but Iâ€™m ticking Counties-Manukau to pip Bay of Plenty on a hunch, in other words I have no idea and have just gone with the home team.