This season in the Mitre 10 Cup, the Championship Division teams will once again be competing for Premiership Division promotion. Taranaki, Otago, Hawke’s Bay and Bay of Plenty are the top 4 favorites to claim the 2019 Championship Division win. However, Taranaki stand out as favorites with promising 2019 Mitre 10 Cup betting odds.
Mitre 10 Cup is New Zealand’s second tier rugby competition featuring 14 competitive teams playing in the Championship and Premiership Division. Winners of the Championship Division receive automatic promotion to the Premiership Division. These are the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup betting odds of the top Championship Division hopefuls on Bet365 Sportsbook:
|Bay of Plenty||6.50|
Taranaki have favorable 2019 Mitre 10 Cup betting odds to top Championship Division
According to the online sportsbook news in New Zealand, Taranaki are the current front runners to be the 2019 Championship Division winners. Their 2019 Mitre 10 Cup betting odds of doing so are promising at 2.75 on Bet365 Sportsbook. Last year, Taranaki suffered relegation to the Championship Division. This year, they’ll likely work their way up again and secure promotion.
Their 2018 Mitre 10 Cup season is one they and their fans will want to forget. Taranaki lost 8 out of their 10 Regular season games and as a result, failed to qualify for the Playoffs. Fortunately, their Championship Division winning chances with a promising 2019 Mitre 10 Cup lineup.
Some of these players include Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi and Waisake Naholoto who failed to make the All Blacks 2019 Rugby Championship squad. Consequently, the duo will be keen on using the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup to boost their 2019 World Cup selection.
Otago look to bounce back following 2018 Mitre 10 Cup Finals loss
Otago currently trail behind Taranaki with a good chance to win this year’s Championship Division in the Mitre 10 Cup. Their 2019 Mitre 10 Cup betting odds are 4.33 on Bet365 Sportsbook, one of the online sportsbooks in New Zealand. This means they’ll likely be one of the 4 Championship Division teams to advance to the Playoffs.
Last year, Otago came close to winning their Division and ensuring promotion to the Premiership. However, they suffered a heavy 36-13 defeat against Waikato in the 2018 Final. Fortunately, they stand a good chance to pick up from where they last left off this year. According to our 2019 Mitre 10 Cup predictions, Otago will likely contest for this year’s Championship Division title against Taranaki.
Unfortunately, Otago will likely start their 2019 Mitre 10 Cup season without Josh Ioane who will play at the Rugby Championship. He was a crucial component in their 2018 Mitre 10 Cup campaign with scoring an impressive 16 points.
Hawke’s Bay look to return to Premiership Division following 2016 relegation
After finishing 3rd in the 2018 Championship Division, Hawke’s Bay will be eager be this year’s Division winners. You can bet on Hawke’s Bay with 2019 Mitre 10 Cup betting odds at 6.00 to achieve promotion. However, it won’t be an easy task with top Bet365 Sportsbook top hopefuls Taranaki and Otago all eyeing promotion.
Fortunately, it’s expected Hawke’s Bay will still be among the top 4 teams to advance to the Playoffs. One player that could impress at this year’s Mitre 10 Cup is their new 2 year signing Caleb Makene. He could be the best replacement for departed fullback JJ Taulagi.
Bay of Plenty to complete list of Championship Division teams to advance to Playoffs
Bay of Plenty (6.50) are also among the top contenders to win this year’s Championship Division. They will need all the motivation they can get after failing to qualify for the 2018 Championship Division Playoffs. The club hasn’t announced their 2019 Mitre 10 Cup squad yet. However, one particular addition to their management could boost their Mitre 10 Cup winning chances.
They’ll welcome new assistant coach Mike Delany who previously played 77 games for Bay of Plenty. Although he’ll make his coaching debut this year, Delany’s 13-year professional rugby experience could prove vital for Bay of Plenty.
The club will likely advance to the Playoffs, however, their performance in the knockout stages is uncertain. Currently, their 2019 Mitre 10 Cup betting odds are smaller in comparison to the other top Bet365 Sportsbook contenders.
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