Waikato com­pet­ing in con­gested field

South Waikato News - - COMPETITION 2010 - By MATHEW GROCOTT

With five rounds to go in the ITM Cup Waikato are in the top half of a con­gested points ta­ble.

Waikato sit in sixth place on 22 points with their record of four wins and one draw in eight games

Lurk­ing just be­low Waikato are North­land and Bay of Plenty with 21 points and Coun­ties-Manukau with 20.

Waikato are five points shy of sec­ond placed Auck­land and even fifth placed Welling­ton is three points ahead of the Hamil­ton-based side.

The points sit­u­a­tion means Waikato will need to win the ma­jor­ity of their re­main­ing games to stay in the top. Reach­ing the semi fi­nals could mean win­ning at least four of the last five games.

Af­ter this year’s com­pe­ti­tion the teams will be split be­tween the top and bot­tom seven and play in two di­vi­sions in next year’s ITM Cup.

Such is the un­pre­dictable na­ture of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, how­ever, it is hard to pre­dict how the last rounds will pan out.

Waikato’s next five games are against Tas­man at home, North­land away, Otago at home, Manawatu away and Can­ter­bury at home. The Tas­man, Otago and Manawatu games should be wins for Waikato while North­land and Can­ter­bury test.

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