Mitre 10 Cup Tips and Predictions - Best bets and previews for the Finals

James Wells 25 Oct 2018
  • Preview of this week's Mitre 10 Cup action

The Mitre 10 Cup has reached the Premiership and Championship finals stage and we preview the action and pick out the best bets to be backing.

In our in-depth preview of this week's rugby, we take a look at the deciders and make our predictions for what we think will unfold in the latest Mitre 10 Cup games.

Read our previews for the Premiership and Championship finals:

Championship Final - Waikato vs Otago

Friday, October 26

After being relegated from the Premiership last year, Waikato find themselves with an opportunity to spring straight back up with a win this weekend. Waikato conceded an early lead to Northland last weekend, trailing 21-7, but their explosive attack ultimately had little trouble running the Taniwha down, winning 48-26. Otago went through a much tougher fight, escaping with a one point against Hawkes Bay on the back of a Josh Ioane penalty after the final hooter. If the Championship crown, and the chance for promotion wasn't enough, there's very immediate history here with Otago having captured the Ranfurly Shield from Waikato just two rounds ago with an iconic 23-19 victory. Waikato dug themselves into a difficult hole that day, but still had plenty of opportunities to take the win, undone by some tough defense from Otago, and some poor discipline of their own. There would be no better revenge for Waikato than to claim victory here, giving the Mooloo men further incentive here. It would be easy to look at Otago to win again given that performance just two weeks ago, but that was one of Waikato's weaker performances of the year. If we look at the season as a whole, this Waikato team scored the most points in Mitre 10 Cup this year, 62 clear of Otago. They also were the clear best defensive team in the Championship conceding just 243 points to Otago's 302. Waikato will be ready for the early ambush this time round. 

Premiership Final - Auckland vs Canterbury

Saturday, October 27

Throughout the history of New Zealand Rugby, no two regions have been more important to the countries success than traditional rivals Auckland and Canterbury. Recent years have not been kind to Auckland, having failed to win the competition since 2007. Incredibly, in the 10 seasons since then, Canterbury have won nine of them, an unprecedented, undeniable, unstoppable decade of dominance in New Zealand Rugby. Auckland's resurgence has been a surprise to many this year, but they consistently showed they were the real deal, losing just once all season, with nine try scoring bonus points leading 10 outings. Canterbury were typically excellent themselves, dropping just two games throughout the year, one of those, however, came at the hands of Auckland 34-29 on their home Christchurch turf. That win ended a six game losing skid to Canterbury, one of many monkeys Auckland brushed off their back this season. Auckland come storming into the final having ignited fans with a 38-17 runaway against Wellington, Canterbury did things much tougher upsetting Tasman 21-16. A strong reminder for everyone of their championship pedigree. Seizing the moment, Auckland have flung the gates open allowing fans to attend the game for free which, in theory, should see a very raucous Eden Park crowd with locals ready to usher in a new period of success for the region. Auckland have been the better team this year, they will understand the significance of bringing a title to their region, and a packed crowd willing them on should put them over the top.

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