v Waikato

  • I think our chances of an 'upset' win on Sunday may depend a lot on what happens tonight in the shield challenge, I reckon a tight win to Waikato will do us better than Canterbury taking the Shield.

    As to our team, have heard Nock and Goodhue both out for rest of the season, Markwick, Stokes and Uluviti all called up.

    My team:

    Waa, Wright, Kite,
    Neville, Robinson
    Ram, Pryor, Matich
    Markwick, Breen
    Hyland, Tua,
    Macilai, Woods, Alaimalo

  • Dream on! We will get smoked tonight and if we don't and we pull off an upset, I would happily watch our team take a bit of a bath up your way.

  • @Hooroo bro, I'm a Northland fan, I spend most of my time dreaming! 🙂

  • Have heard Matt Moulds should be back from what was supposed to be a season ending neck injury

  • @Haydos hope so, he hasn't had much of a run this year. That said Ross Wright has been good for us.

  • @taniwharugby wonder what has happened to Larsen - he was good?

  • @kev Yeah not sure, he might have got injured cos Uluviti was called in for the Canterbury game wasnt he but when Robinson was available dropped back out?

    I think our loosies and locks seem to be operating pretty well (lineout excepted) regardless of who comes in.

  • Waikato losing the Shield tonight = trouble for us on Sunday

    They'll be a little unhappy and wanting to take it out on someone I think....

    On another note, very sad to hear of that young fulla Javon Halverson (sorry sp?) from the Northland bs was killed in a car accident at Towai a few days ago. Thoughts go out to his family, friends and team mates. What a tragedy.

  • Damn really, I hadnt heard that! Kinda puts things into perspective! 😞

  • be nice to know about injuries...Ram? Wood? Yet another change in the mid-field.


  • Good luck to the guys - start strong, play tough and smart and we can win this.

  • This wet weather might be a good thing for us, as our pack is our strength.
    Tuck the ball up your jumpers lads and prepare for a battle in the trenches.

  • I think Nock out for the season, Goodhue will be 50-50 for the harbour game,
    Agree with everything Gunner said

  • Thought it was a tad arrogant to go to the line out with 3 points on the offer, shame we could only get 3

  • C'mon Northland!

  • Thought if you were on your feet you could do what you like at the breakdown?

  • Don't let up northland!

    25-8 5 to go in half

  • @taniwharugby You are winning for the first time in a while. Don't be greedy.

  • 32- 8 at the break...

    Wtf....hopefully Waikato run out of steam.

  • Kicking a lot better, exits still need work. Waikato have made a lot of mistakes handing us the ball and releasing pressure.

    Breen's little chip kick was a little cute and inside our red zone - we should try not to do that again. Play position and pressure and grind them down. Waikato look ( mentally ) tired.

  • I can't believe what I'm watching.

    Up 32-8 at half time, I'm just waiting for the shit to hit the fan...

    Need to do better on our exits, especially when they're giving us al the time in the world.

    Lose is a knob, he has said about 5 times that Breen is a loan player. Bugger of you idiot.

  • Dumb rugby - don't create the mall, but the penalty before had was average

  • Make substitutions now....

  • For fs get the subs on now!!!

  • Fuck my picks, Go Taniwha!

  • Here they come....get markwick on!

  • These breakdown rules suck

  • Bloody exits shit, shit, shit

  • Fuck...1 more will seal it surely

  • Come on Waikato. Get within 8.

  • Finally

  • Looked like they got the jitters, bearing in mind half these guys haven't won at this level.

    Lots of players stood out today, helped by waikatos errors but fully deserved.

  • Congratulations to the coaches and players. Good work guys - a great team effort. Build from this and finish with two more!

  • Thought that was one of the best games we've seen from MOulds.

    Our tight 5 were excellent, uncompromising.

    Our loosies were excellent, surely some super coaches are looking at Matich, dude has been one of our best all season, huge work rate.

    Mcleod's passing isnt the best, but he plugged away.

    Breen suffered form the slow ball, but did a good job.

    Hawkins, well, as anyone here knows, I am not a fan, but I like him at 12 and I reckon he has come back from Aus a better player, I like the combo of him and Dunn, hopefully we'll see it next week, for an unprecedented 2 weeks in a row.

    Our back 3 were very good, reckon Alaimalo needed to back hmself on that break he got, Hyland was excellent in the first half, we still need to get Macilai involved much more.

    All our subs stepped up too.

    Granted this wasnt a great performance by Waikato, but the bigger hurdle we faced was mental, I reckon that 40-60mins we got the wobbles and were ripe for the taking, but we ticked over the points!

  • Good win over a team that didnt deserve to win. Liked the way that Larsen came back and stepped into the role that Goodhue was playing, Robinson getting better.

  • Gee, what a performance. Where has this team been for the past 20 odd games?

    Waikato were poor, but we still had to take advantage, in previous games we haven't been able to do that.

    Forwards were great, can't think of anyone who didn't play well.
    I'm with TR Hawkins is much improved and is doing a great job at 12.
    I've been a critic of Hyland, but this was easily his best game for Northland. Had some really good touches.

    Just bloody pleased hat this horrid losing streak is over.

    I'm a believer after that performance, that we can win our next two, as long as that team turns up, not those other Muppets who drop the ball every 5 seconds and cant win lineouts.

    Oh, and Markwick is better than MacLeod.

  • Last year showed us that we had some things wrong. Again I think the two coaches that exited off season and the time it took to make replacements revealed how thin our support structures are ( club competition included ) and the impact that has on a team like ours.

    But this year the squad is better ( the young talent we have bodes well for the future), the fitness is better, the set pieces are better, and you can see that we are learning from game to game. We still need to improve game management ( exits! ) to change those close losses to wins but we played smart on Sunday which was so good to see.

    Hope we don't now do BOP and get ahead of ourselves. Confident we won't. A couple of really good performances to finish the season and you would have to be happy.

  • still not convinced these coaches are the ones to take us forward, as many of our best moments tend to be off the cuff typical 'Northland' throw caution to the wind stuff...although I did really like the move that put Dunn in v Auckland last year and the move that got Matich over v Waikato, that is obviously a bit more than just instinct.

    That being said, if they were gonna get rid of them, they needed to be looking now, so I think Harris will see out his 3 years...who knows what next year will bring, they have the core of a very good side, one that I think could be in the Premiership (or is it Championship??)

  • @taniwharugby I agree with you in regards to the coaches, when you have the likes of Dean Kenny, Doug Te-Puni, David Howell, Gus Collins and others all hanging around the Northland club scene you have a massive wealth of coaching experience and knowledge of Northland Rugby and Players.
    even when it comes to the fitness of the team there are up and coming coaches that can handle this part of the job, ie Adam Clarke ex Mid Western.

  • @Nath-Jac Is Dooley doing any coaching? I know he helps out with an U11 team, but does he help MN at Seniors too?
    Gus seems to be stalking the sidelines for Kamo, Cam Goodhue is another that seems to be looking at a career in coaching.
    Adam Clarke was doing some coaching stuff wasn't he, as well as being a PT.

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