12-08-2023 Daily Prediction Bunnings NPC Counties Tasman vs Auckland

Tasman vs Auckland   

Tasman plays host to Auckland at Nelson Park in this round 2 encounter in the Bunnings NPC. Both teams recorded victories in their opening round matches, although they were achieved in very different circumstances. Tasman led for most of their match and were never really troubled in their 27-15 win over Otago.

Auckland on the other hand did things the hard way, as they trailed Bay of Plenty by 18 points in the second half only to score a try in injury time to claim a superb 32-30 comeback victory. They will need to start this match in better fashion as the Mako will not let a big lead slip away.

TIP: Tasman will lose All Blacks centre David Havilli for the rest of the campaign after his call up to the World Cup squad. The rest of the team should retain their places as the Coach will be reluctant to make too many changes to a winning team. Auckland could be set for multiple changes especially if players like Akira Ioane and AJ Lam are fit for selection. The bookies have Tasman as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.72, Gbets 1.70 and Hollywoodbets 1.71


Tasman vs Auckland  

  • The last four matches between the teams are split with two wins apiece.
  • The home team have won seven of the last eight matches between the sides.

Latest results for both teams

Tasman beat Otago 27-15 in their last match while Auckland beat Bay of Plenty 32-30 in their last match.


Tasman made the perfect start to the new season after their disappointing campaign last year in which they failed to make the semi-finals. They have a star studded team with powerhouse outside centre Levi Aumua leading the charge along with his center partner Alex Nankivell. The visitors will be buoyed with their excellent comeback win but will know that they will need to improve their defence if they are to win. The home side has been heavily favoured in this fixture, winning seven of the last eight. I am expecting this trend to continue therefore I predict a home win by 7 points

Probable Starting XVs (TBC)



Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Tasman victory are as follows:

Betway 1.72

Gbets 1.70

Hollywoodbets 1.71

Odds comparison on the Tasman handicap:

The complete odds on the Tasman handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-2.5)

Gbets 1.87 (-2.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-2.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are decent returns on the Tasman outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-2.5), Gbets 1.87 (-2.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-2.5)

Other tips for the weekend (Predicted winners are in BOLD text)

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