Not sure if we want a competition this year on the Superbru site like last year, or if we use the forum for predictions and add the points up ourselves? The competition starts Thursday night (in NZ).
The TAB have Canterbury, Wellington, Auckland and Waikato as the best chances to make the semi finals and its difficult to disagree too much with that, though I'm sure Hawkes Bay will again prove a challenge to beat, and I've higher hopes with Otago than in the last couple of years.
If we want to do predictions on the forum, week one's draw is as follows:
Tasman vs Taranaki
Bay of Plenty vs Northland
Wellington vs Otago
Hawkes Bay vs Auckland
North Harbour vs Canterbury
Southland vs Waikato
Manawatu vs Counties Manukau
Wellington vs Otago the best match of the opening round IMO, with the Ranfurly Shield on the line.