2018 Mitre 10 Cup

The 2018 Mitre 10 Cup season is the 13th season of New Zealand's provincial rugby union competition since it became a 14 team tournament in 2006. The regular season begins on August 16, with North Harbour host a game against their neighbors, Northland. It involves the top fourteen rugby unions of New Zealand. For sponsorship reasons, the competition is known as the Mitre 10 Cup and it is the third season under the lead sponsor. The winner of the Championship will be promoted to the Premiership, while Taranaki, who placed last in the Premiership, will be relegated.

2018 Mitre 10 Cup season
CountriesNew Zealand New Zealand
Date16 August – 27 October 2018
ChampionsAuckland
Runners-upCanterbury
PromotedWaikato
RelegatedTaranaki
Matches played76
Tries scored590
(average 7.8 per match)
Top point scorerFletcher Smith (Waikato)
130 points
Top try scorerSevu Reece (Waikato)
14 tries
Official website
mitre10cup.co.nz
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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 4
(3rd)
9
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
19
(1st)
24
(1st)
29
(1st)
31
(3rd)
36
(3rd)
46
(1st)
Canterbury 0
(6th)
5
(6th)
10
(4th)
15
(3rd)
22
(2nd)
27
(3rd)
32
(2nd)
37
(2nd)
41
(3rd)
Counties Manukau 1
(5th)
2
(7th)
8
(7th)
13
(5th)
13
(6th)
14
(6th)
15
(6th)
16
(6th)
17
(6th)
North Harbour 4
(4th)
9
(3rd)
9
(6th)
9
(7th)
14
(5th)
19
(5th)
24
(5th)
29
(5th)
30
(5th)
Taranaki 0
(7th)
5
(5th)
10
(5th)
10
(6th)
10
(7th)
12
(7th)
13
(7th)
13
(7th)
13
(7th)
Tasman 4
(2nd)
9
(1st)
14
(1st)
14
(4th)
19
(4th)
28
(2nd)
33
(1st)
38
(1st)
43
(2nd)
Wellington 5
(1st)
6
(4th)
11
(3rd)
17
(2nd)
22
(3rd)
27
(4th)
28
(4th)
29
(4th)
34
(4th)
Championship
Team W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
Bay of Plenty 4
(3rd)
8
(2nd)
8
(2nd)
9
(4th)
9
(5th)
9
(5th)
10
(5th)
16
(5th)
21
(5th)
Hawke's Bay 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
12
(1st)
17
(1st)
17
(2nd)
18
(2nd)
23
(2nd)
28
(2nd)
28
(3rd)
Manawatu 5
(2nd)
5
(3rd)
5
(5th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
9
(6th)
9
(6th)
14
(6th)
Northland 1
(4th)
1
(5th)
5
(4th)
6
(5th)
11
(4th)
16
(3rd)
21
(3rd)
22
(4th)
24
(4th)
Otago 0
(6th)
1
(6th)
6
(3rd)
10
(3rd)
15
(3rd)
15
(4th)
20
(4th)
25
(3rd)
29
(2nd)
Southland 0
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
2
(7th)
3
(7th)
4
(7th)
Waikato 1
(5th)
3
(4th)
3
(6th)
13
(2nd)
18
(1st)
23
(1st)
28
(1st)
33
(1st)
34
(1st)

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 dual

Regular seasonEdit

The 2018 Mitre 10 Cup plays across nine weeks with every team playing one Wednesday night fixture in a double-up round where they play twice that week. The competition starts on Thursday August 16, with North Harbour taking on Northland at QBE Stadium. The opening round will see a repeat of the Premiership final with Tasman against current champions Canterbury.[5]

Week 1Edit

Week 2Edit

Week 3Edit

Week 4Edit

Week 5Edit

Week 6Edit

Week 7Edit

Week 8Edit

Week 9Edit

Play-offsEdit

Semi-finalsEdit


19 October 2018
19:35 NZST
Tasman 16–21 Canterbury
Try: Havili 35' c
Con: Hunt (1/1) 36'
Pen: Hunt (3/3) 30', 40', 50'
Report Try: Drummond (2) 64' c, 76' m
Con: Cameron (1/2) 65'
Pen: Cameron (3/3) 3', 40', 43'
20 October 2018
14:35 NZST
Waikato 48–26 Northland
Try: Taukei'aho 15' c
Stratton 37' c
Reece (4) 40' c, 42' c, 53' c, 59' c
Con: Smith (6/6) 16', 38', 40', 43', 54', 60'
Pen: Smith (2/2) 52', 72'
Report Try: Nock 2' c
Gregory 23' c
Wright 30' c
Kitto 66' m
Con: Debreczeni (3/3) 3', 24', 31'
Faiane (0/1)
Pen: Debreczeni (0/1)
20 October 2018
17:05 NZST
Auckland 38–17 Wellington
Try: Nanai 8' c
Lemalu 15' c
Ioane (2) 31' c, 58' c
Fepulea'i 69' c
Con: Plummer (5/5) 9', 16', 32', 59', 70'
Pen: Plummer (1/2) 37'
Report Try: Goosen 5' c
Ben-Nicholas 49' c
Con: Garden-Bachop (2/2) 6', 50'
Pen: Garden-Bachop (1/2) 20'
20 October 2018
19:35 NZST
Otago 20–19 Hawke's Bay
Try: Scott 50' c
Tomkinson 73' c
Con: Ioane (2/2) 51', 74'
Pen: Ioane (2/3) 27', 80'
Report Try: Mikaele-Tu'u 5' c
Weber 13' c
Emerson 62' m
Con: Taulagi (2/3) 6', 14'

FinalsEdit


26 October 2018
19:35 NZST
Waikato 36–13 Otago
Try: Reece (2) 7' c, 54' c
Tupaea 20' c
Lansdown 31' m
Campbell 45' c
Con: Smith (4/5) 8', 21', 46', 55'
Pen: Smith (1/1) 69'
Report Try: Lentjes 43' c
Con: Ioane (1/1) 44'
Pen: Ioane (2/2) 14', 17'
27 October 2018
16:05 NZST
Auckland 40–33
(a.e.t)
Canterbury
Try: Manu 34' c
Ioane 48' m
Trainor 62' c
Clarke 72' c
Sosene-Feagai 91' c
Fukofuka 92' c
Con: Plummer (5/6) 34', 62', 74', 91', 94'
Pen: Plummer (0/2)
Report Try: Penalty try 26'
Bridge 32' c
Sanders 84' c
Con: Cameron (2/2) 33', 85'
Pen: Cameron (4/6) 10', 40', 51', 55'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 20,130[13]
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
FB 15 Jordan Trainor
RW 14 Melani Nanai
OC 13 Tumua Manu
IC 12 TJ Faiane (c)
LW 11 Salesi Rayasi
FH 10 Harry Plummer
SH 9 Jonathan Ruru   62'
N8 8 Akira Ioane   26' to 36'
OF 7 Adrian Choat   62'
BF 6 Evan Olmstead
RL 5 Michael Fatialofa   52'
LL 4 Fa'atiga Lemalu
TP 3 Marcel Renata
HK 2 Robbie Abel   55'
LP 1 Sam Prattley   5'
Replacements:
HK 16 Mike Sosene-Feagai   55'
PR 17 Jarred Adams   5'
PR 18 Marco Fepulea'i
LK 19 Taleni Seu   52'
FL 20 Hoskins Sotutu   62'
SH 21 Leon Fukofuka   62'
FH 22 Daniel Kirkpatrick
WG 23 Caleb Clarke
FB 15 George Bridge
RW 14 Josh McKay
OC 13 Braydon Ennor
IC 12 Phil Burleigh   85'
LW 11 Caleb Makene   26'
FH 10 Brett Cameron
SH 9 Mitchell Drummond (c)   62'
N8 8 Luke Whitelock
OF 7 Billy Harmon   41' to 51'
BF 6 Reed Prinsep
RL 5 Mitchell Dunshea
LL 4 Luke Romano
TP 3 Sef Fa'agase   49'
HK 2 Nathan Vella   49'
LP 1 Alex Hodgman   53'
Replacements:
HK 16 Brodie McAlister   49'
PR 17 Harry Allan   53'
PR 18 Chris King   49'
N8 19 Tom Sanders
FL 20 Tom Christie
SH 21 Ere Enari   62'
CE 22 Sam Beard   85'
WG 23 Ngane Punivai   26'

StatisticsEdit

Leading point scorersEdit

No. Player Team Points Average Details
1 Fletcher Smith Waikato 130 10.83 2 T, 54 C, 4 P, 0 D
2 Brett Cameron Canterbury 121 10.08 1 T, 37 C, 14 P, 0 D
3 Josh Ioane Otago 116 9.67 4 T, 30 C, 12 P, 0 D
4 Mitchell Hunt Tasman 116 10.55 4 T, 27 C, 14 P, 0 D
5 Harry Plummer Auckland 113 9.42 1 T, 42 C, 8 P, 0 D
6 Bryn Gatland North Harbour 109 10.90 2 T, 27 C, 15 P, 0 D
7 Jack Debreczeni Northland 100 9.09 2 T, 30 C, 10 P, 0 D
8 Beaudein Waaka Taranaki 93 9.30 4 T, 20 C, 11 P, 0 D
9 Jackson Garden-Bachop Wellington 91 8.27 1 T, 28 C, 10 P, 0 D
10 Sevu Reece Waikato 70 5.83 14 T, 0 C, 0 P, 0 D

Source: mitre10cup.co.nz/Stats

Leading try scorersEdit

No. Player Team Tries Average
1 Sevu Reece Waikato 14 1.17
2 Tevita Li North Harbour 10 1.00
3 Salesi Rayasi Auckland 9 0.75
4 Will Jordan Tasman 9 0.82
5 Samisoni Taukei'aho Waikato 9 0.82
6 Tumua Manu Auckland 7 0.58
7 Quinn Tupaea Waikato 7 0.58
8 Matt Faddes Otago 7 0.58
9 Akira Ioane Auckland 6 0.50
10 Braydon Ennor Canterbury 6 0.50

Source: mitre10cup.co.nz/Stats

Points by weekEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Average
Auckland 23 19 28 12 35 17 36 10 34 29 31 30 26 31 29 24 101 37 343 209 34.30 20.90
Bay of Plenty 30 10 22 17 19 31 28 29 20 32 21 54 15 17 60 67 38 35 253 292 25.30 29.20
Canterbury 17 25 27 20 31 19 34 23 60 55 47 25 49 24 41 7 19 14 325 212 32.50 21.20
Counties Manukau 19 23 17 22 48 51 43 26 12 53 19 21 20 24 26 36 14 19 218 275 21.80 27.50
Hawke's Bay 31 10 31 25 25 29 29 28 22 42 34 51 79 90 45 17 0 29 296 321 29.60 32.10
Manawatu 24 19 21 41 17 50 23 34 19 49 26 78 17 15 17 45 38 26 202 357 20.20 35.70
North Harbour 21 20 29 28 20 32 23 35 53 51 51 34 55 26 36 26 29 45 317 297 31.70 29.70
Northland 20 21 12 28 18 17 23 27 49 19 26 10 65 75 28 71 35 38 276 306 27.60 30.60
Otago 16 34 25 31 50 17 27 23 43 24 25 47 31 26 66 81 23 19 306 302 30.60 30.20
Southland 10 31 24 45 7 52 26 43 24 43 10 26 11 42 22 26 34 94 168 402 16.80 40.20
Taranaki 10 30 41 21 43 37 19 33 17 53 30 31 26 55 7 41 10 34 203 335 20.30 33.50
Tasman 25 17 45 24 32 20 10 36 53 17 50 38 28 22 47 21 29 0 319 195 31.10 19.50
Waikato 19 24 28 29 17 35 76 50 42 22 54 21 42 11 71 28 19 23 368 243 36.80 24.30
Wellington 34 16 20 27 52 7 66 66 53 12 49 7 22 28 24 29 34 10 354 202 35.40 20.20

Tries by weekEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Average
Auckland 3 3 4 2 5 3 5 1 5 4 5 4 4 5 4 3 15 5 50 30 5.00 3.00
Bay of Plenty 3 1 3 3 3 4 3 4 2 4 3 8 2 2 9 9 6 5 34 40 3.40 4.00
Canterbury 2 3 4 3 4 3 5 2 8 8 7 3 7 3 6 1 3 2 46 28 4.60 2.80
Counties Manukau 3 3 3 3 7 7 6 4 2 8 3 3 3 3 4 5 2 3 33 39 3.30 3.90
Hawke's Bay 4 1 5 3 4 4 4 3 3 6 4 7 12 12 7 2 0 4 43 42 4.30 4.20
Manawatu 4 3 3 5 3 7 2 5 3 7 4 13 2 2 2 7 5 4 28 53 2.80 5.30
North Harbour 2 2 4 4 2 4 2 5 7 6 7 4 9 4 5 4 4 7 42 40 4.20 4.00
Northland 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 3 7 3 4 1 8 12 4 11 5 6 36 44 3.60 4.40
Otago 1 4 3 5 7 3 3 2 7 3 3 7 5 4 9 12 3 3 41 43 4.10 4.30
Southland 1 4 4 7 1 8 4 6 3 7 1 4 1 6 3 4 5 13 23 59 2.30 5.90
Taranaki 1 3 5 3 5 5 3 5 2 7 4 5 4 9 1 6 1 5 26 48 2.60 4.80
Tasman 3 2 7 4 4 2 1 5 7 2 7 6 4 3 7 3 4 0 44 27 4.40 2.70
Waikato 3 4 4 4 3 5 11 8 6 3 8 3 6 1 11 4 3 3 55 35 5.50 3.50
Wellington 4 1 3 4 8 1 10 8 8 2 9 1 3 4 3 4 5 1 53 26 5.30 2.60
Offensive Defensive

SanctionsEdit

Player Team   Red   Yellow Suspended for match(es):
Jarrad Hoeata Taranaki 1 0 vs. Canterbury
Daniel Lienert-Brown Canterbury 1 0 vs. Taranaki
Sione Misiloi Otago 0 2 vs. Bay of Plenty & Tasman
Mitch Jacobson Waikato 0 2 vs. Northland
Tom Robinson Northland 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Blair Prinsep Tasman 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Michael Allardice Hawke's Bay 0 1 vs. Southland
Gareth Evans Hawke's Bay 0 1 vs. Southland
Josh Timu Otago 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
Chris Eves North Harbour 0 1 vs. Tasman
Malo Tuitama Wellington 0 1 vs. Waikato
Tolu Fahamokioa Wellington 0 1 vs. Waikato
Jordan Manihera Waikato 0 1 vs. Wellington
Tevita Li North Harbour 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Connor Collins Canterbury 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Pasqualle Dunn Hawke's Bay 0 1 vs. Waikato
Sione Asi Manawatu 0 1 vs. Northland
Antonio Kiri Kiri Manawatu 0 1 vs. Tasman
Baden Wardlaw Bay of Plenty 0 1 vs. Waikato
Melani Nanai Auckland 0 1 vs. Taranaki
Kara Pryor Northland 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
Faalelei Sione Manawatu 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Michael Collins Otago 0 1 vs. Auckland
Sio Tomkinson Otago 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Meteaki Kafatolu Wellington 0 1 vs. Auckland
Hamish Northcott Manawatu 0 1 vs. Hawke's Bay
Sikeli Nabou Counties Manukau 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Hugh Renton Canterbury 0 1 vs. Taranaki
Ben Fotheringham Southland 0 1 vs. Bay of Plenty
Nico Costa Southland 0 1 vs. Auckland
Dalton Papalii Auckland 0 1 vs. North Harbour
Michael Curry Tasman 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Will Jordan Tasman 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Sam Nock Northland 0 1 vs. Waikato
James Tucker Waikato 0 1 vs. Northland
Akira Ioane Auckland 0 1 vs. Canterbury
Billy Harmon Canterbury 0 1 vs. Auckland

Ranfurly ShieldEdit

Pre-season challengesEdit

In March 2018, Taranaki accepted Ranfurly Shield challenges from both Heartland Championship unions, Wanganui and Poverty Bay after the regular season draw was confirmed.[14] Tikorangi and Hawera were chosen to host the Ranfurly Shield matches. Taranaki Rugby announced the venues for the pre-season defenses in mid April for July 28 and August 4 at the Tikorangi Domain and TSB Hub.[15]

28 July 2018
14:35 NZST
Taranaki 78–0 Poverty Bay
Try: Vaeno (3) 1' c, 9' c, 77' m
Potroz (2) 3' c, 26' c
Naholo (2) 7' m, 16' c
Waite 20' m
Maka 29' c
Northcott-Hill (2) 35' c, 45' c
Boshier 52' c
Con: Waite (7/9) 2', 4', 10', 17', 27', 36', 46'
Northcott-Hill (1/1) 29'
Matoe (1/2) 54'
Preview
Report
4 August 2018
14:35 NZST
Taranaki 33–10 Wanganui
Try: Naholo 18' c
Penalty try 23'
Lewis (2) 25' c, 28' c
Northcott-Hill 69' m
Con: Waaka (3/4) 19', 26', 29'
Preview
Report
Try: Gilbert 33' m
Dibben 66' m
Con: Scott (0/2)
TSB Hub, Hawera
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Michael Lash (New Zealand)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Adjustment to Mitre 10 Heartland Championship bonus points system". Rugby Heartland. 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ "NEW ZEALAND RUGBY UNION Competition Regulations Handbook 2016" (pdf). New Zealand Rugby. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  3. ^ "2010 ITM Cup Competition Structures". Manawatu Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  4. ^ "ITM Cup Finals schedule". allblacks.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  5. ^ "2018 Mitre 10 Cup and Heartland Championship draw announced". mitre10cup.co.nz. 15 March 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.edenpark.co.nz/uploads/images/Eden%20Park%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf
  7. ^ https://www.edenpark.co.nz/uploads/images/Eden%20Park%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf
  8. ^ https://www.edenpark.co.nz/uploads/images/Eden%20Park%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf
  9. ^ https://www.edenpark.co.nz/uploads/images/Eden%20Park%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf
  10. ^ https://www.edenpark.co.nz/uploads/images/Eden%20Park%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf
  11. ^ https://www.edenpark.co.nz/uploads/images/Eden%20Park%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf
  12. ^ https://www.odt.co.nz/sport/rugby/otago/%E2%80%98belief%E2%80%99-was-key-last-ditch-victory
  13. ^ https://www.edenpark.co.nz/uploads/images/Eden%20Park%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf
  14. ^ "Manawatū Turbos get first crack at Ranfurly Shield". stuff.co.nz. 16 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Tikorangi, Hāwera to host pre-season Ranfurly Shield defences". stuff.co.nz. 15 April 2018.

External linksEdit