Mitre 10 Cup Round 3 Preview - Wellington vs Bay Of Plenty

Mitre 10 Cup Round 3 Preview - Wellington vs Bay Of Plenty

Bay Of Plenty’s challenge to Wellington heralds the commencement of Round 3 in this year’s Mitre 10 Cup.


Wellington did well last weekend to stem the Auckland tide, completing a 39-21 victory. Wellington were precise and intelligent on attack – smart use of the halfbacks’ boots yielding a brace of valuable tries. While nine points separated the teams at half-time, there was plenty more to come from the men in black in the second half.

Bay of Plenty’s Round 2 win was on the narrower side as they squeaked home 17-14 against Southland. It was an evenly matched encounter, the teams jogging off into the shed with the scores level at 14-all after BOP crossed the try-line just before half-time. As the final score suggests, the second stanza was a dull affair with the only points coming from an Otere Black penalty for the victory.

Bay of Plenty

One has to feel that Wellington have the upper hand in the run-up to this clash, if Round 2 is anything to go by. BOP will need to dig very deep in order to subdue the expansive attack of Wellington.

However, last time the teams met, a lively display ensued out of which Wellington emerged victorious by a single point. If the game tomorrow produces such flair as it was able to a year ago, we should be in for a great contest.

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