Auckland vs Tasman



    1. Sam Prattley (Pakuranga)

    2. Kurt Eklund (University)

    3. Marcel Renata (University)

    4. Scott Scrafton (Grammar TEC)

    5. Michael Fatialofa (Ponsonby)

    6. Liaki Moli (Manukau Rovers)

    7. Akira Ioane (Ponsonby)

    8. Steven Luatua (University)

    9. Jono Hickey (Grammar TEC)

    10. Simon Hickey (Grammar TEC)

    11. Pryor Collier (Ponsonby)

    12. Vince Aso (Ponsonby)

    13. Rieko Ioane (Ponsonby)

    14. Lolagi Visinia (Suburbs)

    15. Melani Nanai (Manukau Rovers)

    16. Blake Hill (Eden)

    17. Tom McHugh (Grammar TEC)

    18. James Lay (Pakuranga)

    19. Ben Nee Nee (Pakuranga)

    20. Josh Kaifa (Manukau Rovers)

    21. Leon Fukofuka (Marist)

    22. Liam Steel (University)

    23. Latiume Fosita (Papatoetoe)

    Moli on the blindside..



  • Those big loosies and big outside backs are going to be a huge problem for Tasman.

    Very important, I think, that Kane Hames is fit for us. Scrum is the one place we dominated Auckland last year and we definitely need that advantage again (if we can get it). Need to start Hames and Halanukonuka at tighthead - that's very strong and Perry/Geldenhuys are excellent as bench props (not so much as starters).

    I think we're going to get our arses kicked, though!

    Those linebreak stats for the Ioane brothers are pretty scary.



  • @Chris-B.

    Set pieces are where Tasman should have an advantage

    At least the Auckland scrum has Prattley back. Renata looked significantly better when playing alongside him.

    Apart from Moli's defence my biggest concern is Ecklund. His throwing has not been good and the scrum always goes better when GPT is playing.



  • @Duluth Our lineout has been pretty poor, as well. If Shane Christie is fit, I expect we'll have a loose forward trio of Koloamatangi, Christie and Samu - none of whom is very tall.

    They used Frizell at blindside last week which added some lineout height, but otherwise he didn't impress. Might be worth giving Blackadder MkII a start.

    I think Guyton and Banks are better than the Hickeys, but may not get a lot of chance to show it.



  • Yeah should be a good game - Tasman will throw everything at it and after their one great performance this year it's tough to know which Auckland team will show up this week.

    Agreed that Moli is a worry - i'd rather see Kaifa at 7 and Akira at 6, i'd like to see Kaifa come on if Moli is poor.



  • I'd of gone with Kaifa at 7 and Akira at 6 as well. Put Moli on the bench as a lock and call up Uini Fetalaiga up from the Colts to be the backrower on the bench.

    Most games I watch of Fetalaiga, he just sticks out. He reminds me so much of Luke Braid. I was surprised he came back to Auckland after being named Counties U19s player of the year last year.



  • The front row looks a lot stronger with Prattley there (didn't think I'd be saying that last year), and as has been said, Renata benefits as a result. Hopefully we won't see much more of Isi Tu'ungafasi as he offers absolutely nothing apart from making the very average Tom McHugh look up to standard.

    I thought Moli went quite well last week in the 2nd row but I don't like him at 6. Kaifa should be starting with Moli/Scrafton on the bench. Hopefully we see GPT back soon.

    Other than that our side looks ok on paper. I would also like to see someone get a bit of time at 10 for next season but that looks unlikely this late into the comp (unless we plan on playing Fosita there next season).



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  • Makos come out on fire. Auks come out like they've dosed themselves on valium.

    Sleep on lads! 🙂

    10-0



  • Tasman have a good game plan - run at the Hickeys and Eklund.



  • Auckland wake up and hit back - fuck it. 🙂

    No idea why Samu got penalized in the play that got them into position to score though. These ruck laws remain a mystery to me.



  • We don't have a clue on how to defend with Tasman playing so flat and Tasman are struggling to deal with our big ball runners. A 60-60 draw wouldn't suprise me the way this game is going.

    Kurt Eklund can't throw and can't tackle. Reminds me of Tom McCartney all over again but worse.



  • Annoyingly, Tasman is a point behind at halftime having played more and better rugby.

    Auckland constructed one excellent try and grabbed an intercept - and at the end we're denied a try by some ginger haired clown - like that fucker was going to save the try! 🙂

    Touchies in for that - but where were they on the totally obvious held back on Makalio. I saw that from 1000 kilometres away! 🙂

    On the plus side - things are going far better for us than I expected.



  • Reiko gonna get a hat trick tonight?



  • @taniwharugby one try looks unlikely let alone 3.



  • Good to see us addressing our 1st half problems.



  • Is Renata really ther next best prop we got in Auckland?



  • Simon Hickey is so fucking shit



  • @KiwiMurph said in Auckland vs Tasman:

    Simon Hickey is so fucking shit

    His goalkicking is pretty good though



  • Jono is worse



  • Don't forget Kurt Eklund.



  • Get Jono Hickey off now.



  • Wow, that kick from Havili!



  • And another fuck up.



  • auckland scrum went backwards so fast



  • Auckland love to break historical records this season.

    That was some 60 meter nudge for three points.



  • We really do have some shocking players in this side that would not make any other side in the country.



  • lol is this team coached at all? set piece is a real shambles



  • Great game, Auckland pretty boys don't like the tough stuff.



  • @mimic Especially with Kurt Eklund there. Richard Turner really is a clown if he thinks Eklund has been one of our better players.



  • @mimic said in Auckland vs Tasman:

    lol is this team coached at all? set piece is a real shambles

    White was the forwards coach, or technical coach for the Blues wasnt he, thier set peice has never been that poor??



  • Anyone who has watched Auckland play this season (aside from the Otago game) should not be surprised by this result



  • If we miss out on the playoffs (becuse we're not gonna win in anyway) and Nick White goes, then I would say that some good has come out of this season. Hopefully Jono Hickey and Eklund can follow him.



  • Man, I would have been pissed if we hadn't won that game. Easily our best effort of the season.

    Havili - banging that kick over from his own 10 metre line. He does some good shit, he does a lot of dumb shit, but that was impressive shit! 🙂

    Without wanting to be an arse about it - Auckland didn't really turn up for that game. It was almost as if they had tickets on Tasman. We just seemed to have vastly more enthusiasm and Auckland kept in touch from a few bad Tasman mistakes, one or two brilliant plays, Hickey's goal-kicking, and a few friendly calls from Jackson.

    How the fuck - with those huge men in the scrum - were they getting so badly embarrassed?



  • @Chris-B. We've been bad all season and our scrum has been poor for a very long time now. Two of your front rowers (Halanukonuka and Makalio) we're destroying us yet never got a look in while playing club rugby in Auckland, obviously Hames and Perry did their bit too but it really is annoying to see the rubbish front rowers we have getting destroyed by guys who we had the opportunity to sign up.

    As you said, you guys wanted it a lot more than us and the margin I thought was a fair reflection of the game. Once the Ioane's are shut down we don't offer much. We're far too reliant on individual brilliance and have no idea on defence with these rules in place along with our awful set piece.



  • @African-Monkey said in Auckland vs Tasman:

    @Chris-B. We've been bad all season and our scrum has been poor for a very long time now. Two of your front rowers (Halanukonuka and Makalio) we're destroying us yet never got a look in while playing club rugby in Auckland, obviously Hames and Perry did their bit too but it really is annoying to see the rubbish front rowers we have getting destroyed by guys who we had the opportunity to sign up.

    As you said, you guys wanted it a lot more than us and the margin I thought was a fair reflection of the game. Once the Ioane's are shut down we don't offer much. We're far too reliant on individual brilliance and have no idea on defence with these rules in place along with our awful set piece.

    Yeah - last year, the only place we had an advantage over you was at scrum time and I think both Perry and Hames took turns at dominating your tighthead in respective games. Someone can factcheck that, but I think Hames missed the first encounter. Other than that we got thumped twice and I was expecting more of the same at Eden Park. If you'd offered me a four try bonus point and a solid loss I would have taken it.

    Usually, I'm a bit reticent on offering comments about opposition teams, but you guys have a right to be pissed with your team. With at least four fringe ABs - the two Ioanes, Nanai and Luatua - your guys should have been way better than that. Tony Johnston noted at one point that the Auckland loosies were heavier than the Auckland front row and should have had a massive weight advantage at scrum time over our fairly small back five forwards.

    Gotta think your coaches have to go.



  • Pretty effective rush defence employed by the Makos tonight.

    Some good attack from both sides, but a poor set piece let Auckland down badly.

    A solid all round game from the Makos.


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