2017 Mitre 10 Cup

The 2017 Mitre 10 Cup season was the 12th season of New Zealand's provincial rugby union competition since it turned professional in 2006. The regular season began on August 17, when the 2016 Championship winners North Harbour hosted a game against Otago. 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 second 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.

2017 Mitre 10 Cup season
CountriesNew Zealand New Zealand
Date17 August – 28 October 2017
ChampionsCanterbury
Runners-upTasman
PromotedWellington
RelegatedWaikato
Matches played76
Tries scored589
(average 7.8 per match)
Top point scorerRichie Mo'unga (Canterbury)
160 points
Top try scorerTevita Li (North Harbour)
11 tries
Official website
mitre10cup.co.nz
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FormatEdit

 
Waikato vs Bay of Plenty in Week 9.

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 1
(6th)
5
(5th)
5
(7th)
6
(6th)
11
(6th)
12
(7th)
17
(5th)
17
(6th)
18
(6th)
Canterbury 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
15
(1st)
20
(1st)
25
(1st)
30
(1st)
35
(1st)
36
(2nd)
41
(2nd)
Counties Manukau 4
(4th)
4
(6th)
5
(5th)
5
(7th)
10
(7th)
13
(6th)
17
(6th)
22
(5th)
27
(5th)
North Harbour 4
(3rd)
9
(2nd)
14
(2nd)
18
(2nd)
22
(2nd)
23
(3rd)
27
(3rd)
32
(3rd)
37
(3rd)
Taranaki 5
(2nd)
6
(4th)
11
(4th)
16
(3rd)
21
(3rd)
26
(2nd)
31
(2nd)
36
(1st)
42
(1st)
Tasman 0
(7th)
0
(7th)
5
(6th)
10
(5th)
15
(4th)
20
(4th)
21
(4th)
30
(4th)
31
(4th)
Waikato 2
(5th)
7
(3rd)
14
(3rd)
14
(4th)
14
(5th)
14
(5th)
14
(7th)
15
(7th)
17
(7th)
Championship
Team W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
Bay of Plenty 1
(5th)
6
(2nd)
6
(4th)
10
(4th)
10
(5th)
18
(3rd)
18
(5th)
23
(3rd)
28
(2nd)
Hawke's Bay 4
(3rd)
4
(5th)
4
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
5
(6th)
6
(6th)
6
(6th)
11
(6th)
Manawatu 1
(6th)
6
(3rd)
6
(5th)
7
(5th)
11
(4th)
16
(5th)
21
(3rd)
22
(4th)
24
(5th)
Northland 5
(2nd)
6
(4th)
11
(2nd)
16
(2nd)
16
(2nd)
16
(4th)
20
(4th)
25
(2nd)
25
(4th)
Otago 1
(4th)
3
(6th)
8
(3rd)
13
(3rd)
14
(3rd)
19
(2nd)
21
(2nd)
21
(5th)
26
(3rd)
Southland 0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(7th)
0
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
1
(7th)
Wellington 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
15
(1st)
22
(1st)
27
(1st)
32
(1st)
37
(1st)
42
(1st)
47
(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 bye

Regular seasonEdit

The 2017 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 17, with North Harbour taking on Otago at QBE Stadium, in a repeat of the previous seasons Championship Division final. The opening round saw a repeat of the Premiership final with Tasman against the then 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


20 October 2017
19:35 NZST
Wellington 49–21 Northland
Try: Umaga-Jensen 37' c
Goosen (2) 42' c, 79' c
Renata 48' c
Fahamokioa 58' m
Verney 66' c
Con: Garden-Bachop (5/6) 38', 44', 49', 67', 80'
Pen: Garden-Bachop (3/3) 4', 9', 27'
Report Try: Hyland 10' c
Alaimalo 16' c
Nock 73' c
Con: Hawkins (2/2) 11', 17'
Nock (1/1) 74'
21 October 2017
14:35 NZST
Bay of Plenty 48–32 Otago
Try: Webber (2) 16' m, 49' c
Foketi (2) 24' c, 39' c
Stowers 59' m
Hepetema 70' c
Penalty try 81' m
Con: Delany (4/6) 25', 40', 50', 71'
Pen: Delany (1/1) 11'
Report Try: Anderson-Heather 28' m
Teu 46' c
Koroi 63' c
Walden 76' c
Con: Smith (3/4) 47', 64', 77'
Pen: Ioane (2/2) 2', 35'
21 October 2017
17:05 NZST
Canterbury 35–24 North Harbour
Try: Drummond 18' c
Bridge 28' c
Harmon 43' m
Bateman 74' c
Con: Cameron (3/4) 19', 29', 75'
Pen: Cameron (3/4) 27', 66', 79'
Report Try: Volavola 10' c
Eves 41' c
Taramai 68' c
Con: Volavola (3/3) 11', 42', 69'
Pen: Volavola (1/1) 6'
21 October 2017
19:35 NZST
Taranaki 29–30 Tasman
Try: O'Donnell 25' c
Ngatai 33' c
Tahuriorangi 52' c
Tamanivalu 55' m
Con: McKenzie (3/4) 26', 34', 53'
Pen: McKenzie (1/2) 13'
Report Try: Fainga'anuku 28' m
Hunt 43' c
Con: Hunt (1/2) 44'
Pen: Hunt (6/8) 4', 10', 16', 36', 47', 64'

FinalsEdit


27 October 2017
19:35 NZST
Wellington 59–45
(a.e.t)
Bay of Plenty
Try: Umaga-Jensen 13' m
Lousi 32' c
Fahamokioa (2) 36' m, 58' m
Shields 41' m
Fidow 72' c
Goosen 84' c
Paongo 86' m
Savea 93' c
Con: Garden-Bachop (4/9) 33', 73', 85', 94'
Pen: Garden-Bachop (2/3) 27', 46'
Report Try: Campbell 3' c
Webber (2) 22' c, 52' c
Ardron 48' c
Parete 61' m
Hepetema 77' c
Karpik 100' m
Con: Delany (5/6) 4', 23', 49', 53', 78'
Tiatia (0/1)
28 October 2017
19:35 NZST
Canterbury 35–13 Tasman
Try: Mo'unga (2) 19' m, 25' c
Bateman 39' c
Stratton 74' c
Con: Mo'unga (3/4) 26', 40', 75'
Pen: Mo'unga (3/4) 42', 55', 64'
Report Try: Aumua 7' c
Con: Hunt (1/1) 8'
Pen: Hunt (1/1) 14'
AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 9,500
Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
FB 15 George Bridge   76'
RW 14 Josh McKay
OC 13 Tim Bateman
IC 12 Rob Thompson   76'
LW 11 Braydon Ennor
FH 10 Richie Mo'unga
SH 9 Mitchell Drummond   56'
N8 8 Luke Whitelock (c)
OF 7 Billy Harmon   27'
BF 6 Tom Sanders   76'
RL 5 Dominic Bird
LL 4 Hamish Dalzell
TP 3 Siate Tokolahi   65'
HK 2 Ben Funnell   65'
LP 1 Alex Hodgman   76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Nathan Vella   65'
PR 17 Chris Gawler   76'
PR 18 Oliver Jager   65'
LK 19 Reed Prinsep   27'
FL 20 Tom Christie   76'
SH 21 Jack Stratton   56'
FH 22 Brett Cameron   76'
WG 23 Inga Finau   76'
FB 15 Will Jordan
RW 14 Tomas Aoake   66'
OC 13 Levi Aumua   77'
IC 12 Alex Nankivell
LW 11 James Lowe
FH 10 Mitchell Hunt
SH 9 Finlay Christie   65'
N8 8 Jordan Taufua   41'
OF 7 Vernon Fredericks
BF 6 Ethan Blackadder
RL 5 Shannon Frizell
LL 4 Alex Ainley (c)   48'
TP 3 Tyrel Lomax   65'
HK 2 Andrew Makalio   65'
LP 1 Siua Halanukonuka   34'   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Ti'i Paulo   65'
PR 17 Tom Hill   34'   41'
PR 18 Ryan Coxon   41'
LK 19 Pari Pari Parkinson   48'
FL 20 Pete Samu   41'
SH 21 Billy Guyton   65'
FH 22 Tim O'Malley   77'
CE 23 Trael Joass   66'

StatisticsEdit

Leading point scorersEdit

No. Player Team Points Average Details
1 Richie Mo'unga Canterbury 160 16.00 5 T, 42 C, 17 P, 0 D
2 Jackson Garden-Bachop Wellington 142 12.90 3 T, 47 C, 11 P, 0 D
3 Fletcher Smith Otago 116 10.54 5 T, 26 C, 13 P, 0 D
4 Marty McKenzie Taranaki 100 11.11 1 T, 34 C, 9 P, 0 D
5 Bryn Gatland North Harbour 96 10.67 0 T, 18 C, 20 P, 0 D
6 Mike Delany Bay of Plenty 94 9.40 0 T, 29 C, 2 P, 0 D
7 Mitchell Hunt Tasman 94 8.55 4 T, 16 C, 14 P, 0 D
8 Jono Hickey Auckland 75 7.50 1 T, 14 C, 14 P, 0 D
9 Daniel Hawkins Northland 66 7.33 0 T, 15 C, 12 P, 0 D
10 Jade Te Rure Manawatu 66 6.60 3 T, 9 C, 9 P, 0 D

Source: mitre10cup.co.nz/Stats

Leading try scorersEdit

No. Player Team Tries Average
1 Tevita Li North Harbour 11 1.22
2 Braydon Ennor Canterbury 10 1.11
3 Jona Nareki Otago 9 1.00
4 Tim Bateman Canterbury 9 0.81
5 Joe Webber Bay of Plenty 8 0.73
6 Alex Fidow Wellington 8 0.73
7 Lalakai Foketi Bay of Plenty 8 0.67
8 Asafo Aumua Wellington 7 0.70
9 Vince Aso Auckland 7 0.70
10 George Bridge Canterbury 7 0.58

Source: mitre10cup.co.nz/Stats

Points by weekEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Average
Auckland 14 16 10 8 37 92 38 49 27 17 26 34 38 19 18 31 27 32 235 298 23.50 29.80
Bay of Plenty 23 28 46 17 10 31 20 17 7 29 88 31 19 38 36 28 36 32 285 251 28.50 25.10
Canterbury 39 0 30 24 53 10 78 20 92 65 41 28 37 17 43 55 32 27 445 246 44.50 24.60
Counties Manukau 16 14 21 33 27 30 18 27 38 92 31 31 25 16 29 24 52 30 257 297 25.70 29.70
Hawke's Bay 24 16 17 46 10 53 48 104 14 33 17 48 30 33 7 34 36 31 203 398 20.30 39.80
Manawatu 29 41 35 20 30 40 17 20 23 10 39 25 25 20 24 29 56 82 278 287 27.80 28.70
North Harbour 19 17 45 20 57 10 27 18 31 22 28 41 33 30 27 32 64 33 331 223 33.10 22.30
Northland 28 23 8 10 44 13 37 7 22 31 25 39 48 55 34 7 18 36 264 221 26.40 22.10
Otago 17 19 24 30 40 30 64 21 27 29 34 26 54 59 28 36 43 19 331 269 33.10 26.90
Southland 16 24 20 45 13 44 20 78 17 27 17 107 20 25 12 61 19 43 154 454 15.40 45.40
Taranaki 34 29 26 42 30 27 49 38 29 7 48 17 40 26 55 43 79 89 390 318 39.00 31.80
Tasman 0 39 20 35 31 29 37 35 29 27 50 17 26 40 52 32 30 52 275 306 27.50 30.60
Waikato 29 34 33 21 64 58 7 37 10 23 10 34 17 37 11 13 32 36 213 293 21.30 29.30
Wellington 41 29 42 26 31 10 75 64 60 14 34 10 27 24 61 12 36 18 407 207 40.70 20.70

Tries by weekEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Average
Auckland 2 1 1 1 4 11 5 6 4 2 4 5 4 3 2 5 3 4 29 38 2.90 3.80
Bay of Plenty 2 4 6 2 1 5 2 2 1 4 13 5 3 4 5 3 5 5 38 34 3.80 3.40
Canterbury 5 0 4 4 7 1 11 2 13 9 5 4 4 3 6 7 4 3 59 33 5.90 3.30
Counties Manukau 1 2 3 5 3 4 2 2 6 13 5 4 3 1 4 3 8 4 35 38 3.50 3.80
Hawke's Bay 3 1 2 6 1 7 7 15 2 5 3