Counties Manukau v Canterbury



  • Canterbury:

    1. Alex Hodgman
    2. Ben Funnell
    3. Siate Tokolahi
    4. Scott Barrett
    5. Dave McDuling
    6. Tom Sanders
    7. Jed Brown
    8. Luke Whitelock (c)
    9. Ere Enari
    10. Ben Volavola
    11. George Bridge
    12. Inga Finau
    13. Jack Goodhue
    14. Johnny McNicholl
    15. Jordie Barrett

    Reserves:
    16. Tom Crozier, 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18. Lee-Roy Atalifo, 19. Reed Prinsep, 20. Dylan Nel, 21. Jack Stratton, 22. Nathan Earle, 23. Poasa Waqanibau.

    Richie Mo'unga being rested to recover from an ankle injury & replaced by Volavola. That's one of many changes. Canterbury is already certain of a home semi next weekend.

    http://canterburyrugby.co.nz/news/340-canterbury-team-to-play-counties-manukau-13-10-16



  • Counties:

    1. Pauliasi Manu
    2. Hika Elliot
    3. Kalolo Tuiloma/Sean Paranihi
    4. Viliame Rarasea
    5. Matiaha Martin
    6. Jimmy Tupou ©
    7. Jordan Taufua
    8. Sootala Fa’aso’o/Onosa’i Auva’a
    9. Augustine Pulu ©
    10. Piers Francis
    11. Toni Pulu
    12. Cardiff Vaega
    13. Sam Vaka
    14. Sione Fifita
    15. Luteru Laulala

    Reserves:
    16. Gafatasi Su’a
    17. Sean Bagshaw
    18. Kalolo Tuiloma/Sean Paranihi
    19. Matt Vaai
    20. Onosa’i Auva’a/Viliami Taulani
    21. Richard Judd
    22. Joe Ikenasio
    23. Sherwin Stowers

    Pauliasi Manu, Hika Elliot and Toni Pulu getting their first start of the season; Augustine Pulu returns from his one week suspension; and a few players are bracketed due to injury concerns.

    http://steelers.co.nz/news/article/1619/



  • As written in the Premiership thread, this game is now in a strange position.

    Canterbury can't move on the table. They have nothing to gain and plenty to lose (through injury). Do they look to keep performance levels up heading into the finals, take it easy or look to give as much time to second string players as possible?

    As for CM, they have a slim possibility of moving up one place and avoiding a rematch the following week. That would depend on Tasman getting less points in their last match against Southland though.

    I seem to think that CM will have a crack at getting 5 and hope that Canterbury ease up and save themselves for next week. If it looks like it is going to be a tough battle though it will be interesting to see who waves the white flag first and stores away the gunpowder.



  • Clearly Robertson has decided that with 1st spot on the ladder guaranteed, this is the time to give some of his starting players a rest before the finals. I think this is a smart move and a luxury any coach would love to have this time of the season. The downside is that it;s going to be bloody tough to beat Counties away from home. Especially as they've got arguably more to play for.



  • that musta been very close to a YC there for Counties.



  • Counties running Cantabs off thier feet at the moment.

    26-16 with 10 to go



  • @Crucial said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    As written in the Premiership thread, this game is now in a strange position.

    Canterbury can't move on the table. They have nothing to gain and plenty to lose (through injury). Do they look to keep performance levels up heading into the finals, take it easy or look to give as much time to second string players as possible?

    As for CM, they have a slim possibility of moving up one place and avoiding a rematch the following week. That would depend on Tasman getting less points in their last match against Southland though.

    I seem to think that CM will have a crack at getting 5 and hope that Canterbury ease up and save themselves for next week. If it looks like it is going to be a tough battle though it will be interesting to see who waves the white flag first and stores away the gunpowder.

    Canterbury play the surrender monkey card and roll over.

    Thanks for nothing you useless bastards! 🙂



  • 33-21 FT.

    A few of the Cantab players looked out of thier depth today.



  • Went pretty much as I thought it might. CM kept pushing until the Cantabs gave up.
    The big positive is that after a few weeks of struggling to find their attacking mojo the Steelers may have got it back. They really do have some exciting players to watch when they get going.
    Welcome back Tony Pulu! The stint in the Chiefs has lifted him a level above your average NPC player and from the bits I saw he looked classy.
    The negative was head knocks to Tupou and Francis.
    I'll take a win over Canterbury however it comes, so feeling pretty happy.
    I guess it would be good to put a week between any potential rematch so will be cheering for the Stags to spoil the party and deny a four try win to the Makos. Sorry Chris B but I'd rather the semis involved a "battle of the inbreds"



  • @taniwharugby said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    33-21 FT.

    A few of the Cantab players looked out of thier depth today.

    Yeah we should recruit some of those northland losers 😉



  • @SammyC said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    @taniwharugby said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    33-21 FT.

    A few of the Cantab players looked out of thier depth today.

    Yeah we should recruit some of those northland losers 😉

    You did ... Jack Goodhue. 😉



  • @Nepia said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    @SammyC said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    @taniwharugby said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    33-21 FT.

    A few of the Cantab players looked out of thier depth today.

    Yeah we should recruit some of those northland losers 😉

    You did ... Jack Goodhue. 😉

    Completely out of his depth 🙂 bring back Scott Hamilton



  • @SammyC ha, he wasnt one, Canterbury usually have a token Northlander running about from time to time ;)...even thought Barrett wasnt very sharp...but then as said earlier in the thread, some of your lads needed a rest.



  • @taniwharugby said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    @SammyC ha, he wasnt one, Canterbury usually have a token Northlander running about from time to time ;)...even thought Barrett wasnt very sharp...but then as said earlier in the thread, some of your lads needed a rest.

    Barrett hasn't been that good lately actually, lack of physicality has been exposed a few times in recent matches.

    I said to the old man recently if I had to choose between keeping Goodhue and Jordie I'd take Goodhue for sure (this was when rumours were about we were gonna lose both)



  • @SammyC I dunno if Goodhue was planning on leaving 'saders was he? I think he was keen to link up with his bro for Northland but not sure about Blues.



  • @taniwharugby said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    @SammyC I dunno if Goodhue was planning on leaving 'saders was he? I think he was keen to link up with his bro for Northland but not sure about Blues.

    Heard via a crusaders board member that the Blues were chasing him pretty hard.

    But had also heard the same as you from a different source.

    Whatever the truth is, I'm stoked he's staying. Have followed his development at club level for a while and he's a player I have extremely high hopes for.

    Wouldn't mind if he played for northland to be honest, it's commendable that he has that sort of loyalty. Just don't want the blues anywhere near him 🙂



  • @SammyC
    I agree. I think Goodhue could be the better player longterm. Mainly because I think Barrett is potentially a little tall and gangly to be an effective midfielder, and he lacks genuine speed over the first 10-15 metres. Barrett's best position could be 15, where he can use his kicking game, and he has a bit more time to get up to full speed.



  • @Crucial said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:
    Sorry Chris B but I'd rather the semis involved a "battle of the inbreds"

    Happily, Southland can't deny us third, so you'll have to wait a week to play your Taranaki sister-wives - if you get the chance. 🙂



  • @Chris-B. said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:

    @Crucial said in Counties Manukau v Canterbury:
    Sorry Chris B but I'd rather the semis involved a "battle of the inbreds"

    Happily, Southland can't deny us third, so you'll have to wait a week to play your Taranaki sister-wives - if you get the chance. 🙂

    I was referring to your lot wanting to play against your uncle-grandads 😉


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