v North Harbour



  • Well before the last match we said it'd be a good gauge to see where we were at...we dominated Waikato, so took a huge step forward in proving we will be a handful for any team this year.

    North Harbour will hit Whangarei brimming with confidence, and while we shared honours in the pre-season fixtures, both teams are much better than they were then, while our boys will be equally confident in what they are doing and getting the job done up here and dealing with the in form NH team.

    Hoping the weather clears up cos this should be a cracker!

    @Steven-Harris let us know if you hear any more on injuries, assuming Tua will be back form his 2 week shoulder injury, Josh Goodhue and Matt Wright may also be available for selection, creating a good issue for Whitcombe & Co!

    According to this, we have the best defence in the comp to date, while we also have the best tackle %...long may both continue!

    http://www.mitre10cup.co.nz/Fixtures/Standings



  • TAB odds:

    1 Northland 2.40
    2 Nth Harbour 1.57
    3 Draw 21.00

    Fortunately for Harbour, Adrian Smith provides pretty good hooker cover.



  • Game of the round. Looking forward to this



  • @Stockcar86 said in v North Harbour:

    Game of the round. Looking forward to this

    haha, things you never thought you'd hear about these 2 teams! 🙂



  • @taniwharugby A great thing about the health of the competition. Just needs Canterbury to come well back to the pack.



  • Northland clear raging hot favourites here.
    Be a choke of Greg Norman proportions if they lost this..



  • @Virgil said in v North Harbour:

    Northland clear raging hot favourites here.
    Be a choke of Greg Norman proportions if they lost this..

    Oi! Cut it out, enough of that talk on here 😝



  • @Virgil you should check out the 2nd post in this thread, NH are massive faves, hope you guys take it easy on us! 🔫



  • @Tim said in v North Harbour:

    TAB odds:

    1 Northland 2.40
    2 Nth Harbour 1.57
    3 Draw 21.00

    Fortunately for Harbour, Adrian Smith provides pretty good hooker cover.

    Is Porkroll actually injured? Havent seen much about it since the game



  • @JK Don't know, hasn't been any information from Harbour or the papers.



  • Saw a couple of instagram vids over the week which didnt indicate he was injured but may have been filmed prior to the weekend



  • @JK Cool. You've been digging deep!



  • @Tim said in v North Harbour:

    TAB odds:

    1 Northland 2.40
    2 Nth Harbour 1.57
    3 Draw 21.00

    Fortunately for Harbour, Adrian Smith provides pretty good hooker cover.

    Pretty attractive odds for a Northland win considering their last two efforts.



  • TOLL NORTHLAND TEAM TO FACE NORTH HARBOUR

    Toll Northland vs North Harbour
    Thursday 14th September 2017
    Kick-off 7:35pm

    1. RossWright
    2. Matt Moulds
    3. Ropate Rinakama
    4. Murray Douglas
    5. Tim Bond
    6. Jack Ram
    7. Dan Pryor
    8. Jaycob Matiu (Blazer Game)
    9. Sam Nock
    10. Dan Hawkins
    11. Jone Macilai
    12. Jack Goodhue
    13. Rene Ranger
    14. Solomon Alaimalo (Blazer Game)
    15. Matt Wright

    Replacements

    1. Jordan Olsen
    2. Howard Sililoto
    3. Phil Kite
    4. Josh Larsen
    5. Michael Faleafa
    6. Matty Markwick
    7. Peter Breen
    8. Blake Hohaia

    Not Considered for Selection due to Injury

    Josh Goodhue
    Matt Matich
    Kara Pryor
    Tom Robinson
    Tamati Tua
    Namatahi Waa
    Malcolm MacLeod



  • Couple of new injuries this week. Matich out is a real bummer.

    Would like to perhaps see Alaimalo and Matty Wright swap places to be honest. Wrights defence is a little suspect, can't fault his attack though..



  • A few changes, but still a strong team.

    Good chance for Matiu, he hasn't had many starts (if any).

    Hope we start getting some of the injured guys back - while our good depth means we keep putting out a strong team, we can't afford to lose any more!!!



  • @Gunner Yeah we don't want to lose too many more that's for sure. Be nice if we actually had reports on what the injuries are, we always seem to be in the dark with that. I mean what's up with Kara Pryor, hes been out for nearly two weeks now??

    The only one we have heard about is Josh Goodhue with a head knock..



  • before the Southland game I had heard both Pryors had shoulder niggles so maybe Kara's got the best of him after that game? Think Tua's was a shoulder as well, and initially diagnosed as 2 weeks, now on his 3rd...now that I think of it Waa might also have a shoulder issue.

    Robinson was always likely to miss most of the season anyway wasn't he?

    Guess Goodhue could be back next week, or the one after, with these head knocks, who knows!

    Did Matich take a knock to the head in the game?



  • Jordon Hyland probably the unlucky one to miss out.

    Should see most of the players injured back next week from what I understand,only Namatahi Waa unlikely to be available.

    Tom Robinson is back running which is good news.



  • @Gunner I noticed how hard Matiu hits. Looking forward to watching him. We want to win the physical contests to put pressure on. Our bench still looks good - Michael Faleafa is getting his first run in the reserves, I like Larsen, all our props have played well.