v Tasman.



  • Saturday night's game shapes as a contest that could very produce a spectacle well worth watching. On the one hand Tasman will bring a pack that likes to bully opposition and provide time and space for Banks Fonotia and Havili to punch holes. They rely a lot on there set pieces especially there scrum and rolling maul. There work at the breakdown is dubious but they exploit it well. Hawkes Bay have a pack more than capable of standing up to this (they showed that against Auckland). The backline if at full strength can create try scoring opportunities, but these opportunities have to be taken. The whole mindset has to be one of being the bully not the bullied. Northland showed the way by forgetting about reputations and getting in there head by tackling hard and constantly. Forget all about bogey teams, the points ladder or any other bullshit, and rip into these guys. As I said Northland showed it and so did Manawatu. Now it's up to us. Stand up be counted and show pride in that Jersey.



  • Magpies team for the game against Tasman:

    1. Ricky Riccitelli
    2. Ash Dixon (c)
    3. Ben May
    4. Geoff Cridge
    5. Mark Abbott
    6. Trent Boswell-Wakefield
    7. Tony Lamborn
    8. Fa'alemiga Selesele
    9. Brad Weber
    10. Ihaia West
    11. Mason Emerson
    12. Tiaan Falcon
    13. Jonah Lowe
    14. Robbie Fruean
    15. Matt Garland

    Reserves:

    1. Jorian Tangaere
    2. Jason Long
    3. Tolu Fahamokioa
    4. Ross Filipo
    5. Ben Hamelink
    6. Chris Eaton
    7. Billy Ropiha
    8. Ryan Tongia

    No changes compared to the team that played Southland last week. Considering all the injuries, this is probably the best team we can field. I wonder whether we are going to see Sam McNicol at all this season; bit of a worry how long his recovery from concussion is taking.



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    That's a damn strong Tasman team.



  • That looks like the strongest possible HB team (excluding injuries) so I am holding out hope



  • Hawkes Bay missing more tackles than they have made so far.

    Tasman playing like a team, HB like a group of strangers

    Hello demotion.



  • They need to pull Weber and put on Eaton.



  • @Stockcar86 said in v Tasman.:

    They need to pull Weber and put on Eaton.

    There is a lesson in why drinking alcohol is bad for you kids



  • And then Eaton gives away a try by throwing it 10 meters behind every HB player for a try to Tasman



  • The only HB backs this season I would give a pass mark to are Emerson, Lowe and Garland - the kids. I hope at least one of them gets a WTG position this year



  • The only positive I can see from this system is a change in the management/coaching for the Magpies.



  • @Stockcar86 said in v Tasman.:

    The only HB backs this season I would give a pass mark to are Emerson, Lowe and Garland - the kids. I hope at least one of them gets a WTG position this year

    Lowe is pure class!



  • @Stargazer said in v Tasman.:

    @Stockcar86 said in v Tasman.:

    The only HB backs this season I would give a pass mark to are Emerson, Lowe and Garland - the kids. I hope at least one of them gets a WTG position this year

    Lowe is pure class!

    yeah, and Emerson is basically a young Shane Williams



  • I don't even know where to start. My God, that was frustrating. And why did the ref penalise us there at the end? Several strange reffing decisions against us, but no excuses. This lot deserves relegation.

    What on earth is wrong with Weber? Seriously!

    Geez, I feel like I've swallowed all the angry pills that they should feed the Magpies instead.



  • @Stockcar86 said in v Tasman.:

    The only positive I can see from this system is a change in the management/coaching for the Magpies.

    You can forget about that! They will not sack Philpott and he has another season to go on his contract.



  • Me right now

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  • @Stargazer You aren't the only one mate. I thought we were a chance in this one, but as usual this team has the ability to rip your heart out.



  • Missed the game, stupid bar we were at decided that playing AFL on one channel and NRL 1980's highlights was more important than customers asking to watch a sport. Fuckers!
    Seems like my season supporting the warriors hasn't finished yet as the magpies have taken over with disappointing me.