Round nine: Preview and team lists
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Thursday 3 October, 7.35pm, Navigation Homes Stadium, Pukekohe. TICKETS.
Played: 55 (1956-2018)
Won: Counties Manukau 29, Hawke’s Bay 25, drawn 1
Last match: Hawke’s Bay 29, Counties Manukau 25 (2 September 2018)
Referee: Mike Winter
Counties Manukau sit at the foot of the Premiership ladder and need a victory this week if they are to have any hope of avoiding relegation to the Championship. The Magpies have been in hot form in 2019 with their only blip coming in last week’s 51-24 loss to Bay of Plenty. It shapes as an intriguing clash between one side fighting for survival and another looking for momentum into the playoffs.
Counties Manukau: 1: Conan O’Donnell 2: Donald Maka 3: Tim Metcher 4: Mickey Wooliams 5: Daymon Leasuasu 6: Jonathan Kawau 7: Sam Henwood 8: Dan Hyatt 9: Jonathan Taumateine 10: Orbyn Leger 11: Liam Fitzsimons 12: Cardiff Vaega 13: Nikolai Foliaki 14: Kirisi Kuridrani 15: Andrew Kellaway
Reserves: Sean Bagshaw, Joseph Royal, Suetena Asomua, Sikeli Nabou, Malgene Ilaua, Liam Daniela, Nathaniel Apa, Josh Gray
Hawke’s Bay: 1: Jason Long 2: Ash Dixon 3: Joel Hintz 4: Michael Allardice 5: Tom Parsons 6: Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7: Josh Kaifa 8: Gareth Evans 9: Folau Fakatava 10: Lincoln McClutchie 11: Mason Emerson 12: Danny Toala 13: Stacey Ili 14: Neria Fomai 15: Caleb Makene
Reserves: Kianu Kereru-Symes, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Namatahi Waa, Geoff Cridge, Devan Flanders, Zach Donaldson, Tiaan Falcon, Ollie Sapsford
North Harbour v Wellington
Friday 4 October, 7.35pm, North Harbour Stadium, Albany. TICKETS.
Played: 32 (1986-2018)
Won: Wellington 20, North Harbour 12,
Last match: Wellington 35, North Harbour 23
Referee: Tipene Cottrell
North Harbour were the big movers in round eight with a bonus point win over Manawatu lifting them from sixth to fourth on the Premiership ladder. Another victory this weekend will have the Hibiscus well placed for another playoff appearance. However, it won’t come easy against a Wellington Lions side who know a victory will secure a home semi-final.
North Harbour: 1: Karl Tuinukuafe 2: Luteru Tolai 3: Sione Mafileo 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti 5: Jacob Pierce 6: Ethan Roots 7: Dillon Hunt 8: Murphy Taramai 9: Bryn Hall 10: Matt McGahan 11: Mark Telea 12: Harrison Groundwater 13: Asaeli Tikoirotuma 14: Matt Duffie 15: Shaun Stevenson
Reserves: David Meki, Luatangi Li, Jimmy Roots, Ben Nee-Nee , Lotu Inisi, Lewis Gjaltema, Fine Inisi, Osea Qamasea
Wellington: 1: Xavier Numia 2: Asafo Aumua 3: Alex Fidow 4: Josh Furno 5: James Blackwell 6: Mateaki Kafatolu 7: Du’Plessis Kirifi 8: Vaea Fifita 9: Kemara Hauiti-Parapara 10: Jackson Garden-Bachop 11: Pepesana Patafilo 12: Peter Umaga-Jensen 13: Vince Aso 14: Wes Goosen 15: Billy Proctor
Reserves: James O’Reilly, Sitiveni Paongo, Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Campbell Woodmass, Trent Renata, Thomas Umaga-Jensen
Bay of Plenty v Manawatu
Saturday 5 October, 2.35pm, Tauranga Domain. TICKETS.
Played: 33 (1952-2018)
Won: Bay of Plenty 20, Manawatu 11, drawn 2
Last match: Manawatu 17, Bay of Plenty 15 (8/9/2018)
Referee: Dan Waenga
Bay of Plenty were in imperious form last week with a 51-24 win over Championship front-runners Hawke’s Bay at the Tauranga Domain. The Steamers got great support from the locals last week and you can expect another bumper crowd at the Domain as Bay of Plenty hunt a fourth straight win.
Bay of Plenty: 1: Aidan Ross 2: Kurt Eklund 3: Ross Geldenhuys 4: Baden Wardlaw 5: Alex Ainley 6: Aaron Caroll 7:: Hugh Blake 8: Hoani Matenga 9: Richard Judd 10: Kaleb Trask 11: Joseva Ravouvou 12: Chase Tiatia 13: Mathew Skipwith-Garland 14: Emoni Narawa 15: Collier Pryor
Reserves: Nathan Vella, Tevita Mafileo, Chris Eves, Stan Van de Hoven, Abraham Papali’i, Joe Johnston, Leroy Carter, Jason Robertson
Manawatu: 1: Fraser Armstrong 2: Nick Grogan 3: Samuela Tawake 4: Fraser Stone 5: Liam Mitchell 6: Nick Crosswell 7: Johnny Galloway 8: Brayden Iose 9: Jamie Booth 10: Otere Black 11: Josiah Maraku 12: Ngani Laumape 13: Hamish Northcott 14: Te Rangatira Waitokia 15: Andre Taylor
Reserves: Sam Stewart, Sione Fa’alelei, Paulo Leleisiuao, Sione Tuipulotu, Rhys Pedersen, Atutahi Henare, Sam Malcolm, James Tofa
Auckland v Southland
Saturday 5 October, 5.05pm, Eden Park, Auckland. TICKETS.
Played: 56 (1903-2018)
Won: Auckland 45, Southland 8, drawn 3
Last match: Auckland 56, Southland 8 (27/8/18)
Referee: Tim Griffiths
Almost 50 points separated these two teams when they last met but it’s fair to say that Southland has improved considerably since then. Auckland are precariously placed at fifth on the Premiership ladder and need a victory to stay in the playoff race. Southland are out of semi-final contention in the Championship but would love nothing more than to play spoilers for the boys from the big smoke.
Auckland: 1: Alex Hodgman 2: Leni Apisai 3: Marcel Renata 4: Scott Scrafton 5: Jack Whetton 6: Dalton Papalii 7: Adrian Choat 8: Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa 9: Jonathan Ruru 10: Harry Plummer 11: Salesi Rayasi 12: TJ Faiane 13: Tanielu Tele’a 14: Caleb Clarke 15: Jordan Trainor
Reserves: Robbie Abel, Jarred Adams, Marco Fepulea’I, Jamie Lane, Akira Ioane, Danny Tusitala, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Tumua Manu
Southland: 1: Joseph Walsh 2: Greg Pleasants-Tate 3: Morgan Mitchell 4: Craig Smith 5: Mike McKee 6: Brayden Mitchell 7: Matthew James 8: Charles Alaimalo 9: Logan Crowley 10: Marty McKenzie 11: Rory van Vugt 12: Raymond Nu'u 13: Isaac Te Tamaki 14: Tauasosi Tuimavave 15: Josh Moorby
Reserves: Ryan Carter, Howard Silioto, Christopher Apoua, Raymond Tatafuu, Bill Fukofuka, Jay Renton, Mitchell Taylor, Seb Wileman
Otago v Canterbury (Ranfurly Shield)
Saturday 5 October, 7.35pm, Forsyth-Barr Stadium, Dunedin. TICKETS.
Played: 165 (1881-2018)
Won: Canterbury 92, Otago 63, drawn 3
Last match: Canterbury 47, Otago 25 (22/9/2018)
Referee: Glen Jackson
This is the big clash of round nine - it’s New Zealand’s oldest rivalry with the Ranfurly Shield on the line. Otago have done well to keep hold of the log o’ wood so far this season but now face their toughest challenge of the season. If you are an Otago fan, round up your mates and head along to Forsyth Barr Stadium to see if your team can keep the Shield for the summer.
Reserves: Sekonaia Pole, Jonah Aoina, George Bower, Josh Hill, Sione Misloi, James Arscott, Taylor Haugh, Henry Purdy
Canterbury: 1: Daniel Lienert-Brown 2: Brodie McAlister 3: Owen Franks 4: Luke Romano 5: Mitchell Dunshea 6: Reed Prinsep 7: Billy Harmon 8: Luke Whitelock 9: Mitchell Drummond 10: Brett Cameron 11: Sam Gilbert 12: Tim Bateman 13: Ngane Punivai 14: Dallas McLeod 15: Josh McKay
Reserves: Seb Siataga, Harrison Allan, Siate Tokolahi, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Tom Christie, Ere Enari, Fergus Burk, Rameka Poihipi
Tasman v Northland
Sunday 6 October, 2.05pm, Trafalgar Park, Nelson. TICKETS.
Played: 9 (2006-16)
Won: Tasman 6, Northland 3
Last match: Tasman 33, Northland 23 (16/9/2016)
Referee: Hugh Reed
This is a tough ask for the men in the Cambridge blue. Sitting at the bottom of the Championship, they head south to take on the unbeaten Tasman Mako. The Mako will be keen to keep their unbeaten record in tact at Trafalgar Park and give their fans even more to cheer about this season.
Tasman: 1: Ryan Coxon 2: Andrew Makalio 3: Tyrel Lomax 4: Quinten Strange 5: Te Ahiwaru Cirikdaveta 6 Liam Squire: 7: Sione Havili 8: Taina Fox-Matumua 9: Finlay Christie 10: Mitch Hunt 11: Leicester Faingaanuku 12: Alex Nankivell 13: Fetuli Paea 14: Jamie Spowart 15: Will Jordan
Reserves: Hugh Roach, Wyatt Crockett, Samuel Matenga, Pari Pari Parkinson, Ethan Blackadder, Declan Smith, Tim O’Malley, Tima Faingaanuku
Northland: 1: Ross Wright 2: Paddy Jo Atkins 3: Jack Straker 4: Temo Mayanavanua 5: Sam Caird 6: Sam McNamara 7: Jarod Byrnes 8: Aorangi Stokes 9: Will Grant 10: Jack Debreczeni 11: Jonty Rae 12: Blake Hohaia 13: James Cherrington 14: Jordan Hyland 15: Scott Gregory
Reserves: Joran Olsen, Isileli Tu'ungafasi, Corey Te Whata-Colley, Setefano Funaki, Matt Matich, Corey Taylor, Tom Smith, Renata Roberts-Te Nana
Waikato v Taranaki
Sunday 6 October, 4.35pm, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton. TICKETS.
Played: 83 (1921-2018)
Won: Waikato 43, Taranaki 33, drawn 7
Last match: Waikato 23, Taranaki 19 (9/9/2018)
Referee: James Munro
A crucial clash for both teams to finish off round eight. Both Waikato and Taranaki are on the cusp of the top four in their respective divisions and know even a single bonus point could be the difference between making the semi-finals or missing out. Expect plenty of running rugby at FMG Stadium as both teams chase a victory.
Taranaki: 1: Chris Gawler 2: Ricky Riccitelli 3: Donald Brighouse 4: Tupou Vaa’i 5: Mitch Brown 6: Heiden Bedwell - Curtis 7: Tom Florence 8: Pita-Gus Sowakula 9: Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi 10: Stephen Perofeta 11: Jackson Ormond 12: Teihorangi Walden 13: Sean Wainui 14: Waisake Naholo 15: Jayson Potroz
Reserves: Bradley Slater, Jared Proffit, Kyle Stewart, Lachlan Boshier, Kaylum Boshier, Lisata Milo-Harris, Daniel Waite, Matthew McKenzie
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