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Counties Manukau vs Canterbury Tips - Hosts tipped to cover in NPC clash

Last updated: 12 Sep 2023
Ralph Staniforth 12 Sep 2023
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  • Watch Counties Manukau vs Canterbury in the NPC on Wednesday (17:05 AEST)
  • Manukau have lost their last 5 games against their visitors
  • Can Canterbury get a bonus point win?
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Canterbury set for convincing win (Getty Images)

Counties Manukau vs Canterbury Tips

Canterbury are clear favourites but much of this depends on how many key players each team rests. It is a midweek game with both teams playing last weekend. I expect Canterbury to come out firing though and get the bonus point win.
  • Counties Manukau vs Canterbury Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Counties Manukau Form
  • Counties Manukau Injuries & Team News
  • Canterbury Form
  • Canterbury Injuries & Team News

  • Counties Manukau have lost 4 of their last 6 matches.
  • Canterbury have won their last 5 matches against Counties Manukau.
  • Canterbury have won 4 of their last 6 matches.

Head to Head

Canterbury have won their last five encounters against Counties Manukau. They last met in 2022 where Canterbury won 44-39 away from home.

Counties Manukau Form

Counties Manukau are currently 12th on the NPC table with two wins from their six games. They are level on points with the two sides above them but have an inferior points difference.

The season has not quite gone according to plan for Counties Manukau but they did manage to beat Southland 39-29 last weekend. Their only other win came in an impressive performance against Bay of Plenty in round four.

Counties Manukau Team News

Manukau featured their strongest side on the weekend to ensure victory against Southland. They will have to rest players this time around which makes a result very unlikely.

Canterbury Form

Canterbury are fourth on the table with four wins from six matches. They have been nowhere near their best this season but could spark at any point.

For the most part, Canterbury have been solid. They lost to table-topping Wellington a couple of weeks ago but then suffered another defeat to Auckland last time out.

Canterbury were largely second-best in Auckland, going down 36-29. They still managed to force a losing bonus point which could be crucial later on.

Canterbury Team News

Canterbury will feel they can rest players for this midweek clash and still have enough for a victory.


I am backing Canterbury to cover the -15 handicap.

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