Farah Palmer Cup: Round 6 Preview

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The three matches to be broadcast on SKY Sport are: Otago Spirit v Bay of Plenty Volcanix, Tasman Makos v North Harbour Hibiscus and Waikato v Canterbury.


With all six Premiership teams in contention for the playoffs, this weekend could be make or break time.

Reigning champions Counties Manukau sit at the top of the ladder but face a tricky assignment in Porirua against a Wellington Pride team that has showed a lot of determination in 2017.

The clash between Auckland and Manawatu is critical for both teams with just one point separating the teams on the ladder. The winner will be well-placed in the top four while the loser may have to rely on other results falling their way to have a chance of making the playoffs.

Canterbury are second on the ladder and have the chance to secure a playoff spot with victory over the Premiership’s bottom-placed side Waikato.

In the Championship division, all eyes will be on the clash between the top two sides – Bay of Plenty and Otago. The Volcanix sit eight points clear of Otago, but if the southerners get up then they are still a chance of claiming top spot in the Championship.

The final match-up sees Tasman taking on North Harbour for the first time. Tasman are winless in 2017 but a victory over the Hibiscus will see them still in contention for a Championship playoff spot.

Farah Palmer Cup – week 6 fixtures

Wellington v Counties Manukau
Saturday 7 October, 12pm at Porirua Park, Wellington
Played: 6 (2013-2016)
Wins: Wellington 3, Counties Manukau 3
Last match: Counties Manukau 60, Wellington 7 (2016)

Otago v Bay of Plenty
Saturday 7 October, 12.05pm at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
*This match will be broadcast on SKY
Played: 4 (2001-2015)
Wins: Otago 3, Bay of Plenty 1
Last match: Otago 41, Bay of Plenty 10 (2015)

Manawatu v Auckland
Saturday 7 October, 1pm at Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
Played: 9 (2006-2016)
Wins: Manawatu 0, Auckland 9
Last match: Auckland 30 Manawatu 25 (2016)

Tasman v North Harbour
Sunday 8 October, 12.05pm at Trafalgar Park, Nelson
*This match will be broadcast on SKY
This will be the first match between these sides.

Waikato v Canterbury
Sunday 8 October, 2.05pm at FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
*This match will be broadcast on SKY
Played: 9 (2001-2016)
Wins: Waikato 2, Canterbury 7
Last match: Canterbury 27 Waikato 26 (2016)