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The 2016 Mitre 10 Cup season was the 11th season of New Zealand's provincial rugby union competition since it turned professional in 2006. The regular season began on August 18, when North Harbour hosted a game against Counties Manukau. It involved the top fourteen rugby unions of New Zealand. For sponsorship reasons, the competition is known as the Mitre 10 Cup and it is the first season under the lead sponsor. The winner of the Championship will be promoted to the Premiership, the 7th placed Premiership team will be relegated to the Championship.

2016 Mitre 10 Cup season
CountriesNew Zealand New Zealand
Date18 August – 29 October 2016
ChampionsCanterbury
Runners-upTasman
PromotedNorth Harbour
RelegatedHawke's Bay
Matches played76
Tries scored497
(average 6.5 per match)
Top point scorerMarty Banks (Tasman)
161 points
Top try scorerRieko Ioane (Auckland)
10 tries
Official website
mitre10cup.co.nz
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Contents

FormatEdit

The Mitre 10 Cup standings are sorted by a competition points system. Four points are awarded to the winning team, a draw equals to two points, whilst a loss amounts to zero points. Unions can also win their side a respectable bonus point. To receive a bonus point, they must score four tries or more or lose by seven or fewer points or less.[1] Each team is placed on their total points received. If necessary of a tiebreaker, when two or more teams finish on equal points, the union who defeated the other in a head-to-head gets placed higher. In case of a draw between them, the side with the biggest points deferential margin will get rights to be ranked above. If they are tied on points difference, it is then decided by a highest scored try count or a coin toss.[2] This seeding format has been implemented since the beginning of the 2006 competition.

The competition included a promotion-relegation process with the winner of the Championship receiving automatic promotion to the Premiership replacing the seventh-placed team in the Premiership which is relegated to the Championship for the following year. The regular season consisted of two types of matches. The internal division matches are when each team played the other six unions in their division once, home or away. The cross-division matches are when each team played four teams from the other division, thus missing out on three teams, each from the opposite division. Each union played home or away games against teams from the other division, making a total of ten competition games for each union.[3] The finals format allows the top four teams from each division move on to the semi-finals. The top two division winners, based on table points, received a home semi-final. In the first round of the finals, the semi-finals, the second division winner hosted the third division winner, and the first division winner hosted the fourth division winner. The final was hosted by the top remaining seed.[4]

StandingsEdit

Standings progressionEdit

Premiership
Team W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
Auckland 0
(7th)
5
(5th)
10
(4th)
16
(2nd)
17
(5th)
22
(4th)
27
(3rd)
28
(4th)
30
(6th)
Canterbury 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
15
(1st)
20
(1st)
21
(1st)
26
(1st)
35
(1st)
40
(1st)
40
(1st)
Counties Manukau 1
(4th)
6
(4th)
11
(2nd)
12
(5th)
19
(3rd)
24
(3rd)
25
(4th)
29
(3rd)
34
(4th)
Hawke's Bay 1
(6th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
3
(7th)
8
(7th)
10
(7th)
14
(7th)
14
(7th)
15
(7th)
Taranaki 4
(2nd)
9
(2nd)
10
(3rd)
14
(4th)
20
(2nd)
25
(2nd)
27
(2nd)
32
(2nd)
37
(2nd)
Tasman 4
(3rd)
4
(6th)
8
(6th)
9
(6th)
13
(6th)
18
(6th)
22
(5th)
27
(5th)
34
(3rd)
Waikato 1
(5th)
6
(3rd)
10
(5th)
15
(3rd)
17
(4th)
18
(5th)
20
(6th)
25
(6th)
30
(5th)
Championship
Team W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
Bay of Plenty 0
(6th)
2
(5th)
4
(5th)
9
(4th)
9
(4th)
12
(5th)
13
(5th)
18
(5th)
23
(4th)
Manawatu 5
(3rd)
10
(2nd)
10
(2nd)
11
(3rd)
15
(3rd)
15
(3rd)
15
(4th)
22
(3rd)
23
(5th)
North Harbour 4
(4th)
4
(4th)
5
(4th)
9
(5th)
9
(5th)
14
(4th)
19
(3rd)
19
(4th)
26
(3rd)
Northland 2
(5th)
2
(7th)
4
(6th)
4
(6th)
4
(6th)
4
(7th)
9
(6th)
10
(7th)
11
(6th)
Otago 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
20
(1st)
24
(1st)
28
(1st)
29
(1st)
29
(1st)
30
(1st)
34
(1st)
Southland 0
(7th)
2
(6th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
6
(6th)
6
(7th)
11
(6th)
11
(7th)
Wellington 5
(2nd)
5
(3rd)
9
(3rd)
13
(2nd)
18
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
28
(2nd)
30
(2nd)
32
(2nd)

The table above shows a team's progression throughout the season.
For each week, their cumulative points total is shown with the overall division log position in brackets.
Key: win draw loss bye

Regular seasonEdit

The 2016 Mitre 10 Cup played across nine weeks with every team playing one Wednesday night fixture in a double-up round where they played twice that week. The competition started on Thursday, August 18, with North Harbour taking on Counties Manukau at QBE Stadium. Hawke's Bay hosted Wellington and Auckalnd versed Canterbury, in two repeat matchups of last year's finalists.[5]

Week 1Edit

Week 2Edit

Week 3Edit

Week 4Edit

Week 5Edit

Week 6Edit

Week 7Edit

Week 8Edit

Week 9Edit

Play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit


21 October 2016
19:35 NZST
Otago 27–20 Bay of Plenty
Try: Franklin 6' c
Dawai 21' c
Lentjes 41' c
Con: Smith (3/3) 7', 22', 42'
Pen: Smith (1/2) 57'
Eade (1/1) 71'
Report Try: Foketi 46' c
Hepetema 76' c
Con: Hollinshead (1/1) 46'
Toma (1/1) 77'
Pen: Hollinshead (1/1) 4', 19'
22 October 2016
14:35 NZST
Wellington 37–40 North Harbour
Try: Apisai 11' c
Goosen 25' m
Hill 58' m
Aumua 66' c
Rangihuna 80' c
Con: Garden-Bachop (3/5) 12', 68', 80'
Pen: Garden-Bachop (2/2) 19', 22'
Report Try: Li 4' c
Preston 40' c
Mayhew 41' c
Hilton-Jones 70' c
Con: Gatland (4/4) 5', 40', 42', 71'
Pen: Gatland (4/5) 3', 14', 50', 76'
23 October 2016
14:05 NZST
Canterbury 22–7 Counties Manukau
Try: Funnell 22' c
Barrett 37' c
Stratton 68' m
Con: Barrett (2/3) 23', 38'
Pen: Barrett (1/1) 1'
Report Try: Taufua 61' c
Con: Laulala (1/1) 62'
Pen: Laulala (0/1)
23 October 2016
16:35 NZST
Taranaki 29–41 Tasman
Try: Tamanivalu 3' m
Fa'auli 31' c
Tahuriorangi 50' c
O'Donnell 64' m
Crosswell 71' m
Con: McKenzie (2/5) 32', 51'
Report Try: Geldenhuys 19' c
Nankivell 35' c
Hunt 37' c
Guyton 46' c
Banks 79' c
Con: Banks (5/5) 20', 36', 38', 47', 80'
Pen: Banks (2/2) 14', 54'

FinalsEdit


28 October 2016
19:35 NZST
Otago 14–17 North Harbour
Try: Fuatai 1' c
Franklin 47' c
Con: Smith (2/2) 2', 49'
Pen: Eade (0/2)
Report Try: Little 17' m
Con: Gatland (0/1)
Pen: Gatland (3/4) 28', 42', 40'
Drop: Gatland (1/1) 79'
29 October 2016
19:35 NZST
Canterbury 43–27 Tasman
Try: McDuling 0' m
Earle 5' c
Mo'unga (2) 24' c, 59' c
Thompson 45' c
Harmon 68' c
Con: Barrett (5/6) 6', 25', 46', 60', 69'
Pen: Barrett (1/3) 30'
Report Try: Frizell 19' c
Guyton 55' c
MacDonald 62' c
Con: Banks (3/3) 20', 56', 63'
Pen: Banks (2/2) 9', 17'
FB 15 Johnny McNicholl
RW 14 Nathan Earle   10' to 20'   74'
OC 13 Jordie Barrett
IC 12 Rob Thompson   70'
LW 11 George Bridge
FH 10 Richie Mo'unga
SH 9 Ere Enari   61'
N8 8 Luke Whitelock (c)
OF 7 Tom Sanders   74'
BF 6 Reed Prinsep   60'   76'
RL 5 Dominic Bird
LL 4 David McDuling
TP 3 Siate Tokolahi   71'
HK 2 Ben Funnell   63'   74'
LP 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown   49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Vella   63'   74'
PR 17 Alex Hodgman   49'
PR 18 Oliver Jager   71'
FL 19 Jed Brown   74'
FL 20 Billy Harmon   60'   76'
SH 21 Jack Stratton   61'
CE 22 Inga Finau   70'
FB 23 Ben Volavola   74'
FB 15 Mitchell Hunt
RW 14 Viliami Lolohea
OC 13 Kieron Fonotia   42'
IC 12 Alex Nankivell
LW 11 James Lowe
FH 10 Marty Banks   69'
SH 9 Billy Guyton   63'
N8 8 Pete Samu   71'
OF 7 Shane Christie (c)
BF 6 Shannon Frizell
RL 5 Quinten Strange   57'
LL 4 Alex Ainley   40' to 50'
TP 3 Ross Geldenhuys   47'
HK 2 Andrew Makalio   61'
LP 1 Tim Perry   47'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jesse MacDonald   61'
PR 17 Kane Hames   47'
PR 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka   47'
LK 19 Pari Pari Parkinson   57'
FL 20 Ethan Blackadder   71'
SH 21 Finlay Christie   63'
CE 22 David Havili   42'
FB 23 Caleb Makene   69'

StatisticsEdit

Leading point scorersEdit

No. Player Team Points Average Details
1 Marty Banks Tasman 161 16.10 2 T, 26 C, 33 P, 0 D
2 Marty McKenzie Taranaki 145 13.18 2 T, 30 C, 25 P, 0 D
3 Simon Hickey Auckland 143 14.30 2 T, 29 C, 25 P, 0 D
4 Bryn Gatland North Harbour 123 10.25 0 T, 21 C, 26 P, 1 D
5 Jordie Barrett Canterbury 123 10.25 5 T, 22 C, 18 P, 0 D
6 Jackson Garden-Bachop Wellington 122 12.20 2 T, 32 C, 16 P, 0 D
7 Ihaia West Hawke's Bay 109 10.90 3 T, 23 C, 16 P, 0 D
8 Fletcher Smith Otago 106 8.83 0 T, 20 C, 22 P, 0 D
9 Otere Black Manawatu 89 8.90 0 T, 22 C, 15 P, 0 D
10 Richie Mo'unga Canterbury 88 8.00 5 T, 18 C, 9 P, 0 D

Source: mitre10cup.co.nz/Stats

Leading try scorersEdit

No. Player Team Tries Average
1 Rieko Ioane Auckland 10 1.00
2 Joe Tupe Bay of Plenty 7 0.64
3 Tevita Li North Harbour 7 0.58
4 Ngani Laumape Manawatu 7 0.70
5 Iliesa Ratuva Waikato 7 0.70
6 Asafo Aumua Wellington 6 0.55
7 Naulia Dawai Otago 6 0.50
8 Jordan Taufua Countis Manukau 6 0.55
9 Lalakai Foketi Bay of Plenty 6 0.55
10 Jonah Lowe Hawke's Bay 5 0.50

Source: mitre10cup.co.nz/Stats

Points by weekEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Average
Auckland 3 43 37 15 51 16 57 59 26 30 44 38 54 17 31 49 32 35 335 302 33.50 30.20
Bay of Plenty 22 30 34 39 32 33 52 25 10 24 54 64 34 44 38 33 26 24 302 316 30.20 31.60
Canterbury 43 3 45 14 52 34 63 7 13 19 45 34 68 57 47 18 21 33 397 219 39.70 21.90
Counties Manukau 17 20 39 34 48 20 27 28 59 56 35 26 10 15 16 14 33 21 284 234 28.40 23.40
Hawke's Bay 26 36 28 55 20 48 31 88 43 29 29 36 30 21 22 46 24 26 253 385 25.30 38.50
Manawatu 34 27 34 31 10 19 25 29 19 13 19 30 21 30 83 66 14 21 259 266 25.90 26.60
North Harbour 20 17 15 26 17 21 29 25 13 24 35 14 44 34 18 47 71 55 262 263 26.20 26.30
Northland 27 34 15 37 62 85 25 52 23 33 21 29 48 27 31 39 28 44 280 380 28.00 38.00
Otago 40 17 44 21 66 60 30 27 24 13 34 45 17 54 14 16 21 14 290 267 29.00 26.70
Southland 17 40 31 34 16 51 14 30 29 43 34 51 21 60 39 31 0 56 201 396 20.10 39.60
Taranaki 30 22 55 28 20 25 30 14 50 49 30 19 34 39 54 31 35 32 338 259 33.80 25.90
Tasman 24 19 14 45 25 20 27 30 33 23 36 29 15 10 49 31 83 27 306 234 30.60 23.40
Waikato 19 24 26 15 19 10 35 32 20 20 26 35 50 77 46 22 28 24 269 259 26.90 25.90
Wellington 36 26 21 44 21 17 28 27 24 10 29 21 60 21 59 104 24 28 302 298 30.20 29.80

Tries by weekEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Average
Auckland 0 6 5 2 6 1 6 7 2 4 6 6 7 2 4 4 4 5 40 37 4.00 3.70
Bay of Plenty 3 3 5 5 4 4 8 3 1 4 8 8 5 6 5 5 4 3 43 41 4.30 4.10
Canterbury 6 0 5 1 8 4 8 1 1 1 7 4 7 7 6 2 2 5 50 25 5.00 2.50
Counties Manukau 2 2 5 5 5 2 3 3 8 5 5 4 1 0 1 2 5 2 35 25 3.50 2.50
Hawe's Bay 4 5 4 7 2 5 3 10 6 2 4 5 2 3 3 6 3 4 31 47 3.10 4.70
Manwatu 4 4 4 4 1 1 3 3 1 1 1 4 3 2 13 9 2 3 32 31 3.20 3.10
North Harbour 2 2 2 4 2 0 3 3 1 2 4 1 6 5 2 6 9 7 31 30 3.10 3.00
Northland 4 4 2 5 7 12 3 8 2 3 3 4 5 4 5 5 4 6 35 51 3.50 5.10
Otago 5 1 5 3 8 7 3 3 2 1 4 7 2 7 2 1 3 2 34 32 3.40 3.20
Southland 1 5 4 4 1 6 1 3 2 6 3 6 3 9 5 5 0 8 20 52 2.00 5.20
Taranaki 3 3 7 4 2 1 3 1 6 7 4 1 4 5 7 4 5 4 41 30 4.10 3.00
Tasman 2 1 1 5 1 2 3 3 3 2 5 4 0 1 4 4 11 3 30 25 3.00 2.50
Waikato 1 2 4 2 1 1 5 4 3 3 4 5 7 7 6 3 4 4 35 31 3.50 3.10
Wellington 5 4 3 5 0 2 3 3 4 1 4 3 9 3 8 15 4 4 40 40 4.00 4.00
Offensive Defensive

SanctionsEdit

Player Team   Red   Yellow Suspended for match(es):
Sam Vaka Counties Manukau 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Hamish Northcott Manawatu 0 1 vs. Northland
Melani Nanai Auckland 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Montanna Ioane Bay of Plenty 0 1 vs. Counties Manukau
Kieran Moffat Southland 0 1 vs. Auckland
Lima Sopoaga Southland 0 1 vs. Auckland
Lee Roy Atalifo Canterbury 0 1 vs. Northland
Shane Neville Northland 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Tom Robinson Northland 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Isaia Walker-Leawere Wellington 0 1 vs. Counties Manukau
Jonathan Ruru Otago 0 1 vs. Tasman
Jonah Lowe Hawke's Bay 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Loni Uhila Waikato 0 1 vs. Auckland
Mikaele Mafi Southland 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
Ihaia West Hawke's Bay 0 1 vs. Southland
Howard Sililoto Northland 0 1 vs. Tasman
Luke Whitelock Canterbury 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Tawera Kerr-Barlow Waikato 0 1 vs. Taranaki
Solomona Sakalia Bay of Plenty 0 1 vs. Southland
Kara Pryor Northland 0 1 vs. Wellington
Ash Dixon Hawke's Bay 0 1 vs. Tasman
Jimmy Cowan Southland 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Augustine Pulu Counties Manukau 0 1 vs. Tasman
Mitchell Brown Taranaki 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Sam Lousi Wellington 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Tevita Taufu’i Waikato 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
Jared Proffit Taranaki 0 1 vs. Wellington
Culum Retallick Bay of Plenty 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Ethan Blackadder Tasman 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Kieron Fonotia Tasman 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Kylem O'Donnell Taranaki 0 1 vs. Auckland
Scott Scrafton Auckland 0 1 vs. Taranaki
Joshua Dickson Otago 0 1 vs. Manawatu
Sione Fifita Counties Manukau 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Ben Funnell Canterbury 0 1 vs. Counties Manukau
Henry Stowers Bay of Plenty 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
Tomasi Palu Wellington 0 1 vs. Waikato
Daniel Hawkins Northland 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Afa Fa'atau North Harbour 0 1 vs. Northland
Tom Franklin Otago 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Glenn Preston North Harbour 0 1 vs. Otago
Nathan Earle Canterbury 0 1 vs. Tasman
Alex Ainley Tasman 0 1 vs. Canterbury

Ranfurly ShieldEdit

Pre-season challengesEdit

After winning the Ranfurly Shield off Hawke's Bay in their final game of 2015, Waikato confirmed their pre-season defences against Thames Valley, King Country and Wanganui. The Thames Valley and King Country unions would take on Waikato for the fifth time, while Wanganui gained a mandatory shield challenge as the current holders of the Meads Cup. The first challenge for 2016 was against Thames Valley at the Paeroa Domain. King Country's challenge was played at Bedford Park in Matamata with Wanganui being the last pre-season challenge.[17]

Waikato had little trouble getting a victory in their first shield defense of the season, winning 83–13 in Paeroa. They ran in thirteen tries in front of a 2,500 capacity crowd. Winger Iliesa Ratuva scored a hat-trick on debut for his province, while number 8 Whetu Douglas and prop Atunaisa Moli both got a brace. Thames Valley managed two second-half tries, the first after Waikato had reached fifty points to veteran Brett Ranga. Their second came when centre Jone Koroinsagana scored an intercept. The match also featured a return for former Ireland half-back Isaac Boss, who first played for the province in 1999 before heading to Ulster in 2005.[18]

In their second defense, Waikato got past King Country 55–0 in Matamata. First scoring was lock Brian Alainu'uese, getting over after a series of pick and goes. Jordan Trainor then soon after added a penalty. Flanker Murray Iti scored his side's fifth, but there was no further scoring action until the 74th minute, when Sevu Reece, on as a substitute, crossed over in the far left corner. Matthew Lansdown, another substitute, then added Waikato's seventh with two minutes to play, and he was followed in the final minute by Tevita Taufu’i, who got their eighth.[19]

6 June 2016
14:35 NZST
Waikato 83–13 Thames Valley
Try: Talakai 5' m
Ratuva (3) 17' c, 33' m, 70' c
Moli (2) 22' m, 72' m
Douglas (2) 26' c, 68' c
Ale 29' c
Robertson 35' c
Reece 41' c
Faiva 56' c
Iti 78' c
Con: Robertson (6/9) 18', 28', 30', 36', 42', 57'
Lansdown (3/4) 69', 71', 79'
Pen: Robertson (0/1)
Preview
Report
Try: Ranga 44' m
Koroinsagana 61' m
Con: O'Flaherty (0/2)
Pen: O'Flaherty (1/1) 12'
Paeroa Domain, Paeroa
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Brett Johnson (New Zealand)
30 June 2016
14:35 NZST
Waikato 55–0 King Country
Try: Alainu'uese 12' c
Faiva (2) 32' m, 40' c
Trainor 33' c
Iti 47' c
Reece 74' m
Lansdown 77' c
Taufu'i 80' c
Con: Trainor (6/8) 13', 34', 40', 48', 78', 80'
Pen: Trainor (1/1) 21'
Preview
Report
Bedford Park, Matamata
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
6 August 2016
14:35 NZST
Waikato 32–12 Wanganui
Try: Ratuva 2' m
Taufu'i 22' m
Trainor (2) 49' m, 68' m
Douglas 55' c
Misa 80' m
Con: Trainor (1/6) 56'
Preview
Report
Try: Thornbury 69' c
Hughes 75' m
Con: Whale (1/2) 70'
Memorial Park, Cambridge
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Michael Lash (New Zealand)

ReferencesEdit

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  19. ^ "Waikato ease past King Country in the wet to hold on to the Ranfurly Shield". stuff.co.nz. 30 July 2016.

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