Waikato competing in congested field
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.