New Zealand’s exclusive domestic competition, consisting of a Premiership and a Championship, with seven teams in each. The Mitre 10 Cup isn’t featured much in the UK, but we at TalkingRugbyUnion will keep you up to date with all of the latest results and reaction.
We are now over the halfway stage of the regular season and the top four in the Premiership is starting to take shape. Tasman and Canterbury remain unbeaten whilst Auckland and last year’s Champions Taranaki are starting to make their moves.
Taranaki claimed their first win in the 2015 ITM Cup this week as they beat Counties Manukau to get Week Four’s action underway and Talking Rugby Union previews the rest of the fixtures from this round as well as a look back at Week Three.
With Bay Of Plenty claiming their first win over Southland since 2011 earlier on today, here is Talking Rugby Union’s preview of the rest of the action in Week Three of the ITM Cup as well as a look back at Week Two.
Nice cup of tea and armchair rugby courtesy of Sky Sports Rugby and Wolf Blass Wines. That was our morning start here in the UK offices of Talking Rugby Union. Rugby Union Fans have never had it so good!
The ITM Cup 2014 is here already, we have seen 14 teams in action over 69 matches. Interestingly in this competition, eight of the 14 teams make the semi-finals of either the Premiership or Championship.
What a Mickey Mouse weekend of ITM Cup 2014 with the narrowest winning margin being a 24-10 win for Counties Manukau over Southland in the cold Invercargill. The average winning margin was 24 points, while Canterbury got thrashed at home by the Tasman Makos, while the Magpies showed that they are strong at home, but terrible on the road.
The sixth round of the ITM Cup saw some enormous margins of victories and defeat combined with a lack of upsets. Otago's win over Waikato was really the only one that went against the thoughts of most tipsters.
The fourth round of the ITM Cup starts on Wednesday with Championship sides Manawatu and Bay of Plenty playing each other. Both of these teams have a double round and so it is difficult to know how they will go out the other end of the round.
The third round of the 2014 ITM Cup saw the star-studded Hawke's Bay Magpies win the Ranfurly Shield off Counties Manukau Steelers – not bad for an ITM Cup Championship team! Three rounds is now long enough to get a gauge on the relative quality of teams…
Waking up this morning, we expected to see reports of the Women's Rugby World Cup, the ruthlessness of England, the catalyst for rugby growth in Ireland, the French crowds and that 90 metre Canadian try.
The ITM Cup Championship Final was one of the games of the season, a perfect finale to the competition’s second tier, as Tasman won promotion after a nail-biting 26-25 victory over Hawke’s Bay at Trafalgar Park on Friday night.