Auckland vs. Northland
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15 Jordan Trainor (Ponsonby, 1 Auckland cap)
14 Vince Aso (Ponsonby, 29)
13 Malakai Fekitoa (Pakuranga, 24)
12 George Moala (Grammar TEC, 46)
11 Caleb Clarke (Suburbs, 1)
10 Daniel Bowden (Ponsonby,
9 Jono Hickey (Grammar TEC, 23)
8 Blake Gibson (Ponsonby, 13)
7 Sinclair Dominikovich-Murray (University, 2)
6 Samuel Slade (Ponsonby, 1)
5 Scott Scrafton (Grammar TEC, 24)
4 Patrick Tuipulotu (Ponsonby, 15, c)
3 Marcel Renata (University, 12)
2 Greg Pleasants-Tate (Ponsonby, 17)
1 Sam Prattley (Pakuranga, 35)
16 Kurt Eklund (University, 23)
17 Isi Tu’ungafasi (Suburbs, 13)
18 Dexter Fa’amoana (College Rifles, 1)
19 Ben Nee-Nee (Pakuranga, 6)
20 Josh Kaifa (Manukau, 5)
21 Leon Fukofuka (Marist, 18)
22 TJ Faiane (Pakuranga,
23 Otumaka Mausia (College Rifles, 0) +
Injured/unavailable: Tom McHugh (season), Jamason Fa’anana-Shultz (season), Dalton Papali’i, Taleni Seu, Michael Fatialofa, Tumua Manu, Melani Nanai
No Akira - interesting.
The Aussie loose forward last week broke his ankle and is out for the year.
Same poor midfield. Same garbage front rowers (more the bench than the starters, though Prattley sucks).
Northland should be licking their lips here.
1 positional change in pack with Douglas going from 6 to lock, where Josh Goodhue drops to bench and Jack Ram starts, then a few changes in the backs, most notably, Jack Goodhue to make his debut.
3 sets of brothers in the 23.
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@KiwiMurph ABs obviously aren't releasing anyone this weekend.
Could be an upset on the cards here. Northland on a high after last week and Auckland missing Ioane which makes our pack look a lot weaker.
@African-Monkey big mental hurdle to get over...2 wins over Auckland this century, last one was witj Gus and Holwell on the park, admittedly both wins were in Auckland but still gonna take some effort for them to get one over Auckland.
I just want more of what we saw in the second 40 where we played the footy unlike the first half where BOP dictated things and we couldn't get into the game.
I think the biggest thing for us is the mental aspect as TR said. The notion of Auckland always seems to psych us out. We usually have a scrap for a while, but then drop the lollies..
Hopefully we can just see them as 15 blokes in blue and white hoops this time.
Our best chance ever albeit a massive challenge.
Would love to actually play them in Whangarei for once though!! How many years since we got them at home?
@J77 pretty sure the Kerikeri game was the last one up this way.
@taniwharugby shit, so 8 years ago. Maybe, just maybe we'll get them at home in the next 8 years or so...
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I'm not a fan of the system for determining crossover matches because you can get locked into this lack of variety
However, Northland could have picked Auckland for an Okara park match but opted for Waikato instead (see the round two picks in this article)
@Duluth yeah I know Auckland has picked us most years in this format but we haven't them which I find odd given the general dislike for Aucklanders up this way, always pulls in a few extra fans.
Not a terrible 1st half from us. Defence was good but need to improve our exit strategies.
@African-Monkey I reckon it's looking ominous for you guys, we lack any punch at moment, you guys will get some ball and score.
I'll pay some French club to sign Jono Hickey.
@African-Monkey Defence and forward play were good. Need to tidy up areas like restarts.
Bowden missed a big overlap there.
And our accuracy at breakdown....
Awful decision from Trainor to take that quick throw.
This ref has missed a lot of knock-ons.
Moala and Fekitoa have kept the Northland midfield very quiet.
@Tim and vice versa....
Yay, Hawkins on to save the day
Harbour should beat Auckland this year. Hall and Gatland are a much better combination.
Aso with that matador defense.
Tua ran in front of Macilai to block Fekitoa to attempt a tackle though.
This Auckland side is so fucking shit. Trainor's decision making from the back is atrocious.
@Dice ref missing a fair bit of simple stuff...is he the 7s guy?
First penalty on the maul was shit, second fair enough
@taniwharugby He's done some super rugby stuff, especially as an assistant. But yes he's missed plenty.
Would like to see TJ Faiane take the ball at 1st receiver.
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Come on Northland - get into it!!!!
Ummm.....relegation for us?
Very messy but I guess it's pretty greasy out there
Haha Aso that is atrocious. First he gets bumped off for a try then that.
@KiwiMurph Aso and Trainor can go after todays effort.
Been pretty tough for both teams with some interesting calls by ref
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Seems to be lots of random or missed decisions by the ref going both ways
Ranger doing his best to give Auckland the win.
26 phases to get the win....not sure what to think,we didn't offer much but we're still in it at the nd ...
Kaifa is much better than Dominikovich-Murray. Unsure why Dominikovich-Murray moved ahead of him in the pecking order.
Jeez that was an awful half of rugby. Auckland are in danger of getting relegated.
Need some changes. Hopefully Nanai is back next week.
- Does is have to be Bowden?
- Not Aso