Bay of Plenty v Wellington



  • Wellington Lions:

    15 Andrew Wells (Marist St Pats)
    14 Malo Tuitama (Oriental Rongotai)
    13 Wes Goosen (Old Boys University)
    12 Regan Verney (Old Boys University)
    11 Ben Lam (Tawa)
    10 Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United)
    9 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Tawa)
    8 Brad Shields (c) (Petone)
    7 Galu Taufale (Poneke)
    6 Vaea Fifita (Wellington)
    5 Sam Lousi (Marist St Pats)
    4 Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke)
    3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen (Marist St Pats)
    2 Asafo Aumua (Avalon)
    1 Tolu Fahamokioa (Tawa)

    Reserves:
    16 Sitiveni Paongo (Tawa)
    17 Vince Sakaria (Marist St Pats)
    18 Alex Fidow (Oriental-Rongotai)
    19 Will Mangos (Old Boys University)
    20 James Tuia (Marist St Pats)
    21 Carlos Price (Petone)
    22 Dan Kirkpatrick (Petone)
    23 Losi Filipo (Petone)

    http://www.wellingtonlions.co.nz/news/all-blacks-duo-to-start-for-lions-against-bay-of-plenty/



  • Jordan Lay (1)
    Nathan Harris (26)
    James Lay (1)
    Tom Franklin (2)
    Keepa Mewett (26) – Captain
    Hugh Blake (10)
    Mitchell Karpik (2)
    Jesse Parete (11)
    Richard Judd (2)
    Mike Delany (63) – Vice Captain
    Joe Webber (2)
    Terrence Hepetema (9)
    Lalakai Foketi (20)
    Monty Ioane (13)
    Chase Tiatia (16)
    

    Reserves:

    Liam Polwart (6)
    Solomona Sakalia (29)
    Siegfried Fisi’ihoi (30)
    Culum Retallick (104)
    Troy Callander (13)
    Henry Stowers (11)
    Luke Campbell (6)
    Liam Steel (1)


  • Are the Umuga-Jensens injured (again) or not developing as fast as I hoped?



  • @Crazy-Horse said in Bay of Plenty v Wellington:

    Are the Umuga-Jensens injured (again) or not developing as fast as I hoped?

    Thomas U-J, no idea, but Peter is not even in the 2017 Lions squad due to injury.



  • I see as usual they've managed to squeeze out the selection of any players from finalists HOBM for the Welly side.



  • Crikey that Aumua kid looks good. He's going out with my mates fiancees daughter so I got to meet him on a wine trail a few weekends back. Bloody nice fella. Not quite up there with @jegga s breakfast with the ABs but if he makes the team then I'll definitely have a great yarn to embellish the shit out of as the years go by.



  • Nobody wants to sponsor BOP? Front of jerseys look bare.



  • didnt see a foot out there...



  • Aumua is a freak. Pick him for the EOYT. Not as an apprentice either. He outplayed Harris who doesn't look like an AB.

    Lousi again looked really good. Could he be a future AB as well?



  • @pukunui agree. as long as his throwing is up to scratch he is a great bench option. i think you can get away with (what i assume is) his relative lack of scrummaging/tight power late in the game against tiring and/or 2nd string opposition front rows.
    and that explosive running will wreak absolute havoc against NH fatties.



  • @Stargazer thanks mate. They were spoken about on here a couple of years ago but I am hearing their names less and less now. Amazed they are still so bloody young.



  • Another very good performance by Wellington

    The Lousi, Walker-Leawere locking combination was great. I can see this as a starting combination for the Canes (hopefully the Canes have already signed IWL). It was a big, powerful combination that the Canes have lacked for years. Fifita looked right at home at 6 too. He's bulkedup and needs to focus now on this position

    Another player that I've been impressed with is Goosen. I still think his best position will be 2nd 5 (and hope he gets some game time there) but he's very good at center.