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
    16. Steven Misa (Hamilton Marist)
    17. Josh Iosefa-Scott (Melville)
    18. Latu Talakai (Fraser Tech)
    19. Leva Fifita (Hamilton Old Boys)
    20. Adam Burn (Hamilton Old Boys)
    21. Pele Cowley (Hamilton Old Boys)
    22. Jason Robertson (University)
    23. Milford Keresoma

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/provincial/84657267/waikato-ring-changes-in-forward-pack-for-ranfurly-shield-defence-v-canterbury

    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:
    16. Nathan Vella
    17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
    18. Oli Jager
    19. David McDuling
    20. Billy Harmon
    21. Alby Mathewson
    22. Inga Finau
    23. 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 🙂



  • I suppose it could be 12 and under sue to RS factor.

    What time is kick off?



  • I'm waiting for this rain to arrive. 🙏



  • Waikato 13+ $13
    Waikato 1-12 $5
    Draw $26
    Canterbury 1-12 $2.85
    Canterbury 13+ $1.95



  • fark me, southern motorway poked, and state highway 1 closed.

    looking forward to the slow journey to the game.. joy.

    if we lose it will be a sh*t arvo!



  • Dammit. Knew this was going to happen, but still bloody frustrating to see the Mooloos lose the Shield to Canterbury. A Shield challenge on 8 October could maybe have lifted the Magpies a bit in this very frustrating season.

    I wonder how long it is going to take for the Shield to change hands again? This Canterbury team is so hard to beat. Who's going to do it? Doubt it will be Harbour, so we'll have to wait until next year's draw comes out to discover who will get a shot at it.



  • Hmm it could stay in Chch for a very long time. Can't see it leaving anytime soon.



  • Stop yer whinging jealous pig islanders, a fucking fantastic result. Being hard to win is the entire point of the shield, if you want it to change hands every week than why don't you make your own shitty trophy just for your flaky inconsistent shithouse amateurs.

    The first time the shield's been home in my sons' lifetime, when's the parade?



  • Great game i thought. Some really good tries. There are some really promising players running around that will be making the step up to Super rugby next year. J Barrett, Trainor, Goodhue etc. first time ive see Trainor play. Is he with the chiefs next year? Will be interesting to see what they do with Dmac, Cruden and Trainor. With Webber the have their fair share of skinny/mini white fellas. Does Trainor play any positions other than 15?

    Thought the penalty against Barrett for the tackle without the ball was a bit rough. Thought you were able to tackle some who has 'bobbled' the ball. Tackle wasn't dangerous either.

    The two Waikato wingers looked promising too. Lots of pace.



  • It's HOOOOOMMMMEEE.

    Been a long time.

    Congrats to Waikato, they played well and showed excellent endeavour.

    Was good to see the young Cantabs step up away from home.



  • Pretty good game that one. Waikato certainly didn't roll over and let the Cantabs take it off them. The problem was that at 23-23 when they had momentum, they didn't do anything right. Canterbury kick penalty to take the lead, Christie puts kickoff straight into touch, Canterbury kick penalty, Christie puts the kickoff dead - once is bad, twice is giving the game away.



  • @Canerbry Sounds like a good idea. Names for it please?

    Nah, well done Canterbury as much as I hate to say it and hate the pricks. No doubt if there is a parade the missus will try and drag me along to it haha.



  • @African-Monkey The Waiwhakamukau Bedpan



  • Good game to be at. Bit sad that more people couldn't turn up on a balmy evening. That's mickey mouse cup rugby though.

    I like that the speights ale house does massive jugs of beer. That was the highlight of the evening.



  • @Hooroo well and there i was thinking that the highlight for you would have been getting to watch some of the game with a fellow ferner. What a fcuker. Hope you got fcuking wet.

    Great game to remind everyone what a bunch of dicks backs are. Especially when they kick the ball away to the opposition with 2 mins on the clock and behind on the score board.

    Was extremely tempting to run on the pitch and punch him in the nuts as a friendly reminder to never do that again.



  • @pukunui Trainor is with the Blues on a multi-year deal



  • @WillieTheWaiter oh yes. Good to see you too mate. Did not get wet.

    Kicking the ball out on the full at restart and then dead lost any momnentum they had



  • What's with this "the Shield's home'' bullshit that all the boorish Ca/unterbury supporters have been flinging all over social media like a mad woman's scat? Wasn't it first given to Auckland in 1902?



  • Home is surely where rugby was invented in this country. It's Nelson - and the poor bloody refugee orphan thing has never been home.

    But, now it has a chance...Go North Harbour.....FFS! 🙂



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

    Great game to remind everyone what a bunch of dicks backs are. Especially when they kick the ball away to the opposition with 2 mins on the clock and behind on the score board.

    I couldn't believe that - firstly couldn't believe the Cantabs kicked it away with 2 minutes left and straight to the full back, but then to kick it straight back at them when possession is EVERYTHING with these trial laws.



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

    What's with this "the Shield's home'' bullshit that all the boorish Ca/unterbury supporters have been flinging all over social media like a mad woman's scat? Wasn't it first given to Auckland in 1902?

    That's what some supporters of every team - that has ever held the Shield - say, when they win it. So what?


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