v Auckland



    1. Howard Sililoto

    2. Matt Moulds

    3. Namatahi Waa

    4. Tim Bond

    5. Murray Douglas

    6. Jack Ram

    7. Kara Pryor

    8. Dan Pryor

    9. Sam Nock

    10. Peter Breen

    11. Solomon Alaimalo

    12. Tamati Tua

    13. Jack Goodhue

    14. Rene Ranger

    15. Matt Wright

    Replacements

    1. Jordan Olsen

    2. Ross Wright

    3. Ropate Rinakama

    4. Joshua Goodhue

    5. Matt Matich

    6. Malcolm MacLeod

    7. Dan Hawkins

    8. Jone Macilai



  • interesting pushing Goodhue to the bench...Nock fit, for now...

    Bar Goodhue, not surprised with other tweaks.

    Damn good side if they click.



  • @taniwharugby Goodhue has stitches in that eye split, so I think it's a good move to keep his playing minutes limited for this week.
    Looking forward to see this squad perform V Auckland, they have no Ioane's that's got to be a bonus for the Taniwha.



  • @taniwharugby said in v Auckland:

    interesting pushing Goodhue to the bench...Nock fit, for now...

    Bar Goodhue, not surprised with other tweaks.

    Damn good side if they click.

    It seemed like Josh Goodhue had a bit of a knock last week, maybe they're reducing his workload for this match..

    Would like to see Macilai get at least half a game this time, would chuck him on the wing and shift Alaimalo to 15.

    We'll have to match fire with fire this week, as Auckland will be pissed off after dipping out to Counties.

    Our loosies look menacing again, looks like we're opting for speed around the park this time. I hope we target their 9-10 combo, as I think we can apply some heat there..

    As always, Auckland will be favoured, but this is our best chance in a long time of tipping them over. Time to start backing wins up Northland!



  • @Northlandallday ah ok, he had that black headband on when I took a photo of my son with him after the game, but knew he had gone off just didn't know what for.

    @justin77 yeah that loose trio is pretty quick and aggressive.

    Is interesting they see Marckwick as a better starter than MacLeod but rate MacLeod as a better bench option (again unless Marckwick is injured as he did get seen to a few times IIRC last week)

    Yeah Auckland will be tough, and hurt from last week, so we need to come out of the blocks firing, I don't think we'll be allowed to play catch up with them if we give them a start like BOP.

    Both our wins over Auckland this century, have come in Auckland, but yeah when did we last have back to back wins, probably 2014?



  • @taniwharugby Markwick went off relatively early in the BOP game so I'd suggest perhaps he's injured?? McLeod play far better than last year, even tho he had a couple of loose kicks, it was a big step up from last year skill wise.



  • @Northlandallday yeah the Physio or Dr's went on to treat his leg? a couple of times...was more the fact he wasn't in the 23, then Nock got injured and he slotted in to start.

    MacLeod def played well but I still think his passing technique in particular needs work to provide quicker ball.





  • this ref is missing alot of knock ons by both sides...denied Auckland a try when they didnt knock on, but was one just before anyway.

    Lacking a bit of accuracy at the moment and Auckland out muscling us at the breakdown a bit



  • Error rate and lack of security particularly at the break down



  • Goodhue making a massive difference in midfield.



  • Pretty harsh call on pulling that maul down I reckon



  • Great work by Matich...wtf



  • Undone by MacLeod who has injured himself...



  • Ref is consistent with his 'knock ons'



  • in many ways, disappointing result, but in others, happy to get a BP as in previous years we would conceded 2 or 3 tries in that final 10...

    This side does appear to have a bit more steel in it though, which will no doubt see us pick up a few more wins this year

    Wellington looking ominous though!



  • @taniwharugby In the end a game there for the taking as this Auckland side despite all it's stars is one dimensional. Loved that we matched them physically. With some better game management, and some better work in the line out we will present a challenge to most teams. Funny, me and Steve were agreeing that Daniel Bowden wasn't much chop nowadays and the guy next to us said he was his Dad. 😀



  • @kev thats gold!



  • @kev haha, well Dan Bowden hasn't been much chop for a while, his poor dad tho. 😁



  • @Northlandallday I walked into the 2011 RWC Semi with Stephen Moore's father. He's a decent fella, and his boy was a decent hooker at that time. Finished a yarn by wishing him luck, but not much luck 🙂


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