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)

    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)

  • 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)


    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.

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