Saw this on Auckland Rugby's instagram. Didn't know about this game. From other posts I understand that Tiaki Fabish, Jordan Thompson-Dunn, Joeli Rauca, but also Tiaan Falcon and Neria Fomai were playing. I think Liam Udy-Johns was there, too. Don't know about the rest of the team.
@stockcar86 I would love to advise Stockcar86 of the result in the 20/20 match between NTOB CC and his combined NHSOB-Marist CC outfit played on Friday night but this is a club rugby forum so am sort of prevented from bringing up the 103 run win to the NTOB CC Premiers. Nevertheless I must acknowledge the great effort by the way NHSOB-Marist managed to bat out their 20 overs losing just eight wickets in the process!
Today (Sat 9/11/2019) is the NOBM Invitational Sevens tournament. This tournament is important for the selection of the 2019 Hawke's Bay Sevens team that will play the Central Regional Sevens tournament on Sat 30 November, in Levin.
This is from the HBT article below:
About the NOBM squad:
He [Liam Edwards] pointed out their game plan will be similar to previous years. They will rely a lot on Hawke's Bay forward Ricky Hayes to secure the ball in the air at reception time.
Hayes and fellow key forwards Chris Johnston, who is back from his suspension, Matt Gardner and Will Tremain, who has returned after shoulder surgery, will have the job of protecting the ball and creating space for the likes of Edwards and fellow speedsters Zac Donaldson and Saia Paese to strut their stuff.
About Havelock North's team:
Havelock North have the likes of Latrell Ah Kiong, Ryan Tongia, Trent Hape, Anzelo Tuitavuki and Jacob Stephenson.
About MAC's squad:
While MAC will miss two of last year's kingpins, Johnny Ika and Solomone Funaki, who are attending a family reunion in Tonga, they still have Tom Iosefo, Fa'alemiga Selesele and Alatasi Tupou.
Apart from the Napier Pirate Colts' teams (with a few familiar names from last year's Napier BHS 1st XV), I haven't seen other team line-ups for this tournament.
The Tui have lost their semi 10 - 34. They missed Cottrell badly; without her, there's no good game management, no creativity on attack. That's not Williams fault; she had to play out of position. There were too many handling errors, but the players showed great attitude. They kept playing until the final whistle. Jefferson, Powdrell and Tipiwai looking good, but the Tui desperately need to find younger players in some positions. Several players over thirty in this team and some of them are just too slow.
I'm pissed off about some of the officiating, but can't blame the ref for our loss. It all went to custard after that long injury break in the 68th minute. A mega lapse of concentration and shitty defence followed and boom, Harbour win easily. At least we got a bonus point out of this game, but this just shouldn't happen again and again.
Thought McClutchie had a good debut. The young lad didn't look out of place and didn't show his age. Kereru-Symes has a big future; I hope he keeps getting the starts. Taulagi and Lowe showing also showing lots of class again today.
Not impressed with Braidwood this season (well, I've never really been impressed tbh). I hope Tim Farrell has the last of his big injuries and can take over next season. I also can't help thinking it's May's last season. Both are well into their thirties. Is Tavita-Metcalfe injured and is he a TH or LH? Can't remember.
Our props and midfielders are clearly our weakest links (the latter mainly on defence). Young blood is available for the frontrow; not so sure about our midfield. Can only think of centre Leo Thompson from this year's Napier 1st XV. Not sure there's a good enough future prospect for the 12 jersey.
Something else: what are they going to do when they have engraved all the little shields on the Log? Are they again going to remove them all and replace them with smaller ones? I vaguely remember they've done that before? Obviously, we'll reach a point that the Shield is "full".
Hawke's Bay Magpies winger Mason Emerson has escaped sanction after he was cleared of foul play, meaning he can play in his team’s first home game of the Mitre 10 Cup against Counties Manukau on Sunday.
Emerson was cited after the match for an alleged dangerous tackle under law 9.13 during Hawke’s Bay’s Round Two match against Otago in Dunedin. The Citing Commissioner noted Emerson’s upper arm struck the opposing player’s face with force, leaving the player stunned for a brief period before he carried on with play. He was not sent for a Head Injury Assessment. The referee had noted the tackle as "riding up" and issued a penalty kick only for the offence.
After considering evidence from Emerson, and video evidence of the incident, Judicial Officer Chris Morris found the player’s evidence to be credible. He noted that the first contact between the players involved a head to head collision, with Emerson being hit in the chin by the top of the other player’s head.
"It is clear to see that Mr Emerson pulled his head upward at the last moment and avoided what would have been a face to face collision."
Mr Morris said on considering the evidence, he could not be satisfied that Emerson had committed the foul play for which he had been cited.
The citing was not upheld and Emerson was free to be selected for his team’s Round three match at McLean Park this Sunday, 2 September 2018.
HBHS: Ben Tameifuna (Racing92), Marino Mikaele-Tu'u (Highlanders/Magpies), Jacob Devery (Magpies), Folau Fakatava, Devan Flanders, Lincoln McClutchie, Danny Toala and Kianu Kereru-Symes all have Magpies contracts; I don't have a link, but didn't someone say Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe has a contract as well?
Not sure about contracts, but I think Jeriah Mua has at least an academy contract with BOP, but it could also be a full Steamers contract. I think there was another Hastings player at BOP. Maybe Antonio Mikaele-Tu'u has a contract with Waikato, but not sure.
Kini Naholo has been signed by Taranaki on an academy contract
NBHS: Pouri Rakete-Stones
St John's: Jonah Lowe (he went there, before going to King's)
There have been quite a few professional players who went to Te Aute College at some point.
I don't know many, but - apart from Cory Jane and Piri Weepu, who have retired - I can think of Billy Rophia (Dax, in France's Pro D2 comp).
I was being a bit nit picky and semantic there! BBRR would have been a certainty for selection had the tragedy not occurred whereas Israel Dagg would have had a fight on his hands to be selected had his injury not ruled him out.
While I'm disappointed we helped Northland I'm extremely glad we got a win over the Poo!
You love us really. Come on bro give us a hug..
I don't know who I want to lose worse in your semi final with The cough, splutter, stab myself with a fork Bay.
Anyway, to the game, I hope that the Super selectors were reminded enough of the class of Jonah Lowe from this match and he is duly selected for a team - any team, if the Canes as per usual can't see past Porirua and the Rimutakas.
Maybe, I'm reading too much in the following quote from an interview with Lowe, but to me that sounds like he has a contract with the Canes for next season:
The 2014 New Zealand Secondary Schools rep and 2016 New Zealand under-20 rep knows if he can string some consistent performances together for the Magpies this season it will enhance his chances of cracking a spot in the Hurricanes 23 when the 2018 Super season begins.
"I want to be in the 23 and I want to make my debut for the team," said the veteran of 16 first-class games for the Magpies.
Manawatu were first division ... and we weren't ....
Is that the game that Geoff Old poleaxed Peter O'Shaughnessey by the goalposts down at the scoreboard end of the ground and got himself red carded (or should have if he didn't)? My memory is letting me down on that particular unsavoury incident.
Good recall Higgins.
It was the 1981 game at Hastings - O'Shaughnessy went off injured.
The Almanack tells me neither O'Shaughnessy or Old played in the 1985 match.
@steven-harris I understand Emerson has been in the All Blacks Sevens Development squad last season and I've seen him play several invitational sevens tournaments earlier this year via tournament livestreams. He is seriously good at it, but for some reason the coaches preferred the big boys and we've all seen that they weren't quick enough this year (and not great in some other aspects either). I hope the new coach will give him an opportunity.
@number-10 Yes, I agree with that. I have noticed on several occasions how, for example, Mikaele-Tu'u tried to gather the ball from the back of the scrum but either failed to pass to Weber, delivered a hospital pass or dropped the ball. All due to the scrum going backward. Not having a big lump in the scrum like Ben May, really makes a difference.
Speaking of props, I wish the Canes would sign Farrell (and R-S). I think the SR environment could really help him in his development. If you just look at how Lowe has developed this year, both in the way he plays and physically (he has bulked up a lot), a season just training with the Canes has been really beneficial. I assume Falcon will get that experience in 2018 with the Chiefs (I can't imagine him playing SR in 2018, the way he's going at the moment).
Damn, what am I saying. I wish a SR franchise would pick up Mikaele-Tu'u as well. I really rate him.
@Steven-Harris Thanks for your impressions of the game. Always good to hear from someone who was at the ground!
Despite our terrible season, and the high error rate in games, I think some of our young players are coping reasonably well, all things considered. Just out of interest, I looked up the age of the players in today's line-up:
1 Jason Long (25)
2 Ash Dixon (c) (29)
3 Pouri Rakete-Stones (20)
4 Nick Palmer (25)
5 Geoff Cridge (22)
6 Tony Lamborn (26)
7 Hugh Renton (21)
8 Marino Mikaele-Tu'u (19)
9 Brad Weber (vc) (26)
10 Tiaan Falcon (20)
11 Mason Emerson (21)
12 Richard Buckman (28)
13 Jonah Lowe (21)
14 TJ Vaega (20)
15 Ihaia West (25)
16 Jacob Devery (18 or 19)
17 Tim Farrell (19)
18 Jarvy Aoake (29)
19 Josh Eden-Whaitiri (27?)
20 Fa'alemiga Selesele (28)
21 Ellery Wilson (27)
22 Pasqualle Dunn (23)
23 Cardiff Vaega (25)
Rakete-Stones & Mikaele-Tu'u were never meant to start every game, but they do because of injuries to Ben May and Gareth Evans. Three of our six frontrowers are 19-20 years old. Our reserve lock isn't a squad member but a member of our development team. Two of our four loosies are 19 and 21 years old. Of our starting backs, four players (10, 11, 13 and 14) are 20 or 21 years old.
We're having a frustratingly bad season, but looking at the age of many of these players, you could see this as a development year for those players. It's a pity though, that some of the senior players they are supposed to learn from are either injured (May, Allardice, Evans) or have just returned from injury after a long injury break (particularly Weber). Some of these young players also have themselves struggled with injury (Cridge, Farrell & Emerson in particular). All these losses are also bad for self-confidence; while some losses can teach valuable lessons, you don't want these young bucks starting their rugby career without wins either. For the players who debuted last year (Mikaele-Tu'u, Emerson, Lowe and Falcon), it has been two bad seasons already.
It would be nice if we could have at least one more win this season, but I doubt it will happen. Even the Turbos are playing better than us 🤢
Yeah it was a close first half, with the Tuis going down-wind, but Wgtn didn't really do much kicking in the 2nd half anyway, just kept it in hand and ended up running through them. I thought the Tuis did pretty well considering they wouldn't have played much together.
Yep I'll be there sideline Wed night, hopefully the Bay do well, but don't win 🙂
Nepia, I will almost certainly be up in Palmy tomorrow watching a whangai grand daughter playing for St Marys in the Hurricanes Schoolgirls final against a Palmy team at 11.30 so will take in, and give a report from, your outfit against St. Patricks College Silverstream in the boys final if we stick around long enough for that game at 2.30.
We made it up there in plenty of time, a loud beep on the van horn woke me at 5.52am announcing that my ride was had arrived to pick me up. There was never any danger of arriving too late and missing kick off!!!!!! Sadly our driver decided that the return trip would start immediately after the aftermatch formalities and players feed for his daughter's team was finished so cannot give you anything about HBHS v St. Patricks other than I almost skittled their coach Tim Mannix when our paths crossed and I was not paying that much attention. Fortunately I showed I have lost very little of my twinkle toes as I stepped him nicely.
In other results
St. Marys 31 - 10 Manakura in the Hurricanes Girls Final
Feilding Ag 16 - 11 Porirua College in the Hurricanes Co-Ed Schools Final
The girls match was never in doubt with St. Marys proving too powerful up front with their front row bulldozering their way forward giving them the all important go forward. Their No.8 looked very useful and scored a lovely solo try directly from the kick off to the second half whilst the number 5 lock, 1st five and centre looked well skilled.
The co-ed schools match looked to be pretty even with Porirua hitting the front with a beautiful try about dozen minutes from time (in spite of vehement pleading from one supporter for an offside call) only for Feilding to reply with about five minutes to play with converted try out toward the right hand corner. Porirua struck back and got very close to scoring only to lose the ball and that was that.
It was a typical winters day with the chilly wind taking me back to the days where the hip flask was an essential part of the rugby spectators attire.