Waikato v Canterbury (Ranfurly Shield game)



  • Waikato:

    1. Tau Koloamatangi (University)
    2. Hame Faiva (University)
    3. Sefo Kautai (Hamilton Marist)
    4. Jacob Skeen (University)
    5. Brian Alainu’ese (University)
    6. Jordan Manihera (Hamilton Old Boys)
    7. Murray Iti (Ototohanga)
    8. Whetu Douglas – Captain (University)
    9. Harrison Levien (Hamilton Marist)
    10. Sam Christie (Fraser Tech)
    11. Sevu Reece (Melville)
    12. Tevita Taufui (Melville)
    13. Willis Halaholo
    14. Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara (Hamilton Old Boys)
    15. Jordan Trainor (Fraser Tech)

    Reserves

    1. Steven Misa (Hamilton Marist)
    2. Josh Iosefa-Scott (Melville)
    3. Latu Talakai (Fraser Tech)
    4. Leva Fifita (Hamilton Old Boys)
    5. Adam Burn (Hamilton Old Boys)
    6. Pele Cowley (Hamilton Old Boys)
    7. Jason Robertson (University)
    8. Milford Keresoma

    I've never hoped for a Waikato win as much as I do now! Keep that shield just one more time ....🙏🏽



  • AFL and NRL grand finals meh, there's no more important game this weekend, or even this year....

    BRING IT ON



  • I truly do not think we have a chance. We had a slim chance against Taranaki and took it.



  • from a Northland POV to have any chance of beating Waikato this weekend they need to have a tight win over the Cantabs.

    Mooloo!



  • I'm not overly confident about this game. We all know that defending the Shield lifts teams immensely and Wednesday night will be no exception. Waikato at home are tough enough, let alone when they're playing for the most coveted silverware in NZ provincial rugby. With Rob Thompson injured, the Canterbury backline loses a lot of experience and spark. I think our best bet is to play for territory and field position, and let our pack grind out a win. We certainly can't match Waikato for speed out wide.



  • @Cantab79 we've currently got 15 or so players out from injury.. so you'd have to feel relatively confident!



  • @WillieTheWaiter
    Never confident when it's a shield game. That Log of wood is an inspiration, and I'm sure the Waikato boys will play the game of their lives. Also, Canterbury are down about that many players when you take into account injury and All Black duties.



  • Lol All Black duties don't count. Canterbury should win in a canter.



  • Canterbury by 20 pts. I expect the Cantabs to dominate the scrum and lineout, and therefore possession, so Waikato will need to make their tackles.

    Our only chance is if it's pissing down on Wed night. Good to see Trainor back but obviously Stevenson is a long-term injury.



  • @Cantab79 said in Waikato v Canterbury (Ranfurly Shield game):

    I'm not overly confident about this game. We all know that defending the Shield lifts teams immensely and Wednesday night will be no exception. Waikato at home are tough enough, let alone when they're playing for the most coveted silverware in NZ provincial rugby. With Rob Thompson injured, the Canterbury backline loses a lot of experience and spark. I think our best bet is to play for territory and field position, and let our pack grind out a win. We certainly can't match Waikato for speed out wide.

    Thompson is a big loss. He's a good foil between Richie and Goodhue. But hopefully we will see Barrett into 2nd 5.



  • Whilst I'd love for Canterbury to win the Ranfurly Shield, I don't want it to become a distraction for the team. And truth be told, if I had to choose between winning the Ranfurly Shield and winning this Mitre 10 Cup, I'd take the latter every time. That's what will maintain Canterbury's culture of excellence and attract the best young talent to our academy. And that's what will earn players Super Rugby contracts, whether for the Crusaders or one of the other franchises.



  • So the shield is going to be in Canterbury for the next 10 years.



  • Unfortunately Waikato don't have a shitshow in hell. I just hope they can keep the scoreline respectable.



  • Anyone know when the Canterbury team is being named?



  • @Cantab79 said in Waikato v Canterbury (Ranfurly Shield game):

    Anyone know when the Canterbury team is being named?

    Thursday morning......



  • Looking at the Canterbury squad for the game v Waikato, they really want the Shield. This looks like the strongest possible team they can field at the moment:

    1. Alex Hodgman
    2. Ben Funnell
    3. Siate Tokolahi
    4. Scott Barrett
    5. Dominic Bird
    6. Reed Prinsep
    7. Jed Brown
    8. Luke Whitelock (c)
    9. Ere Enari
    10. Richie Mo'unga
    11. Nathan Earle
    12. Jordie Barrett
    13. Jack Goodhue
    14. Marshall Suckling
    15. Johnny McNicholl

    Reserves:

    1. Nathan Vella
    2. Daniel Lienert-Brown
    3. Oli Jager
    4. David McDuling
    5. Billy Harmon
    6. Alby Mathewson
    7. Inga Finau
    8. Ben Volavola


  • Yes strongest possible team for the RS challenge, as you'd expect from Canterbury.



  • Apparently Razor brought in Don Hayes to speak to the team before they left Christchurch, let them know what the shield means.

    Reminds me of something Grizz or Deans would have done.

    Now I'm really looking forward to tonight 🙂



  • @SammyC Canterbury by 17+

    Tight for first 20 mins. I hope.



  • @Hooroo

    I hope you're right....

    I actually bet pretty large on Canterbury beating Manawatu by 17+ a couple of weeks back, and look what happened there 🙂