Battle of the Bays



  • Well the path is clear now (having consulted my abacus). Win with a bonus point today and we're into the semi-finals - unless Harbour gets 2 points in their game against Northland and then it will be a 3-way tie and I'm not digging that far into the rules. A bonus point win means we finish level on points with Manawatu but above them as we beat them head to head.

    Win without bonus point and we need Northland to stop Harbour getting any points at all. Lose and we're goneburger.

    Good to see Joe Tupe back and Chase Tiatia on the bench.

    1. Aidan Ross
    2. Joseph Royal
    3. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi
    4. Keepa Mewett
    5. Culum Retallick
    6. Shahn Eru*
    7. Henry Stowers
    8. Joe Tupe
    9. Te Aihe Toma
    10. Dan Hollinshead
    11. Regan Ware
    12. Teddy Stanaway
    13. Lalakai Foketi
    14. Monty Ioane
    15. Isaac Te Aute

    Reserves:
    16. James O’Reilly/Sabastian Siataga
    17. Solomona Sakalia
    18. Pingi Tala’apitaga
    19. Jeff Thwaites
    20. Matty Axtens
    21. Ruki Tipuna
    22. Kelly Haimona
    23. Chase Tiatia



  • well our coach has again made more consistent (due to inconsistancy) selections so I am fence sitting on my previous prediction that NH will lose...sorry lads 😉

    We have the personal get 5 points and deny them any, but all depends on our start.



  • Yay !! A pretty deserving win. Its nice to know we can win when there is still so much to improve on. I'm rapt !!



  • @Snollygoster said in Battle of the Bays:

    Yay !! A pretty deserving win. Its nice to know we can win when there is still so much to improve on. I'm rapt !!

    Deserving? That ref is likely getting a dress and a casual watch in his Xmas stocking this year. 😉

    Nah, congratulations on the win - enjoy your 12 months as the Bay.



  • Was nervous at half-time as our defensive line was breached every time Hawke's held onto the ball. Luckily they gave a lot of ball away. We dominated in the setpieces and eventually turned the domination into points. Disallowed try was a shocking call but ref made up for it with a harsh penalty try call.



  • I thought that try we had overturned was pretty dubious. He barely touched him, would have expected that sort of acting from the Wellington Phoenix. We were lucky to hang on in the end, but we were definitely the more dominant of the two teams for most of the match, but a bit concerning was how we let Hawkes back into it towards the end.

    Kinda seems a little unjust that you can make the semis with a 3 and 7 record. but I'll take it!



  • @aucklandwarlord said in Battle of the Bays:

    Kinda seems a little unjust that you can make the semis with a 3 and 7 record. but I'll take it!

    Yeah win 1 of the first 8, lose the 2 must win games against Southland and Harbour and still sneak in - what baffled me was them desperate for 4 tries so early in the game - we'd managed it in almost every game this season, why the stress and turning down points? Almost bit us in the end.


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