Firstly, Thanks for putting the results up for us Richard. I really have
missed people posting weekly NPC updates like this.
> Canterbury 5 4 1 0 205 115 4 0 20
> Waikato 5 4 1 0 207 92 2 0 18
> Otago 5 3 2 0 146 146 3 0 15
> Nth Harbour 5 3 2 0 112 113 2 0 14
> Wellington 5 3 2 0 139 119 1 1 14
> Taranaki 5 3 2 0 119 100 0 1 13
> Auckland 5 2 3 0 136 146 1 2 11
> Southland 5 2 3 0 64 200 0 0 8
> Counties Manukau 5 1 4 0 104 147 1 2 7
> Northland 5 0 5 0 77 131 0 3 3
> With the way things are currently going it looks like teams will need
> 26 or more points to make the finals.
> This means...
> Canterbury, should easily make the finals. There toughest match will
> in the penultimate round when the challenge Waikato for the Ranfurly
fight. Almost certain to make top 4.
> make the finals as long as the Ranfurly Shield defenses don't upset
> their flow.
the finals (although they would not have the Shield and will have to play
away), so there is much at stake for them. Their home games are against
Harbour, Northland and Canterbury, before playing away against Taranaki.
> capable of winning all four. But three wins will see them in the
them on the table, and have a relatively easy run to the end. They have
to pick themselves up and finish strongly, or they run the risk of losing
their position in the top four.
> plus Auckland. With only one home game it will be difficult to make
> the finals. But if they win all four then that should get them to the
> top of the table.
table, Harbour are in for a rough ride if they are to claim a spot in the
top four, starting with a Ranfurly Shield Challenge at Rugby Park against
Waikato this Saturday.
> If they win that game then they'll be setup well to make the finals.
> They'll need to win one of these matches to make the finals.
thrashings at the Bull Ring in the past too. Taranaki have the team to
pull off an upset, which by the recent results are showing that could
> Auckland's remaining matches are against four other teams that could
> also make the finals. Their finals destiny is in their hands; if they
> win their remaining matches well then they'll make the finals.
> all four of their remaining games. Even then they would probably end
> up equal on points with another team, and their for/against record is
> not in good shape after the thrashing that Waikato gave them.
> Counties and Northland, are also really out of finals contention
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