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    Air New Zealand Cup 2009

    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.

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    Don't get to watch many games of this due to a lack of foxsports, gun competition though.

    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
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    Er...it starts Thursday 30th, I thought? (Bit of a shame as that means the knockouts collide with Tests against Oz and Wales )

    Hope Guildford has a storming season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Er...it starts Thursday 30th, I thought? (Bit of a shame as that means the knockouts collide with Tests against Oz and Wales )

    Hope Guildford has a storming season.
    Haha - you're quite right, looks like I was a bit too keen to post the topic up!


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    HDS ran a tipping comp via the SuperBru website last season (see sig for winner ), if there's any interest we could do it again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    HDS ran a tipping comp via the SuperBru website last season (see sig for winner ), if there's any interest we could do it again?
    The not unimportant cba factor increases exponentially by having to log onto another website, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    The not unimportant cba factor increases exponentially by having to log onto another website, imo.
    Fair dos. Can keep it in thread if Somers is game at tallying things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Fair dos. Can keep it in thread if Somers is game at tallying things up.
    If not, tempted to include it in a union tipping comp with some matches from up north, too.

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    Up to you guys if you want to have the competition on Superbru or here, really doesn't bother me.

    For the record my picks for week one:
    Taranaki
    Bay of Plenty
    Wellington
    Hawkes Bay
    Canterbury
    Waikato
    Manawatu

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    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

    oops, same tips as Somerset. Didn't look, honest.
    Last edited by Samuel_Vimes; 27-07-2009 at 09:09 AM.

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    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

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    Tasman
    Bay of Plenty
    Wellington
    Hawkes Bay
    Canterbury
    Southland
    Manawatu


    Nice to see Volty get behind his boys early doors.

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    It's the old insurance bet/mockers, Brumbers.

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    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

    Chaos in the BoP camp this week. Northland have a good chance to upset them, even without the legend that is David Holwell. Lachie Munro has big boots to fill. Tempted to tip Tasman to turn Taranaki as the Naki boys will be without Jason Eaton and last year's top try talent, Paul Perez.

    Auckland look to have an awful squad this year. Wouldn't be surprised to see them tank again. And would enjoy it if they do. Canterbury could struggle too, would be tipping against them if North Harbour weren't a shambles as well.

    Otago have made some interesting signings over the off season. Michael Witt could be a bloody useful player at this level. Wellington have a point to prove after losing to Manawatu in pre-season and in turn, the Turbos look a solid unit. Look out for Cruden.

    Can we include the Heartland Championship in the tipping comp when this starts up too? Should add a bit more to the tourney and I am, as usual, planning a few NPC grand tours this year. Taranaki & King Country one weekend, Manawatu & Hawke's Bay the next and also a trip to Otago/Canterbury/Tasman for another weekend.
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    I'd love to tip the Heartland Championship as well - some of the most enjoyable rugby I've seen has been in the Heartland - but it may be a bit tough on our overseas pals to consider the relative merits of East Coast v South Canterbury. Maybe those of us who want to tip, can tip it, and that can be worked out as a sub-comp?

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