Wellington Lions head coach Chris Gibbes is more than happy with the 2019 Mitre 10 Cup draw after it was released this week.
The draw sees the Lions kick off their season travelling to fellow Premiership side Tasman on Saturday, August 10.
The first cross-over match for the Lions comes in week two of the competition when the side travel to Napier to take on Championship side Hawke’s Bay.
The Lions enjoy home advantage for the first time against Canterbury at Westpac Stadium on Friday, August 23 before they host Counties Manukau the following Thursday night.
Five of the next six matches will be played at weekends for the Lions, the exception being a trip to Whangarei on Friday, October 4 where they will meet Northland.
The round robin stage of the competition concludes for the Lions with a home match against traditional rivals Waikato on Saturday, October 12.
Gibbes said there were a number of positive aspects about the draw from a Lions perspective.
“One of the best things is we have a good amount of time between each match – something we feel could make a big difference to overall performance given there are no real short turnarounds.
“They are all going to be tough matches and we have some real quality sides coming to Wellington which should please our fans.”