v Otago



  • Let's bury last nights rabble and move on.

    As some of you have mentioned, this is must win. No excuses come Wednesday.

    We've added a bit of pressure on ourselves after last nights effort. The Otago game is the hinge of our season now, lose this and we could well be starting a paddle up shit creek. Two of our last three are bloody tough games, so we need a big one on Wednesday.

    I'd like to see our strongest team possible here.



  • @j77 yep, assuming fitness

    Wright, MOulds, Rinakama
    Josh G, Bond
    Ram, Matich, DP
    Nock, Hawkins
    Jack G, Ranger
    Macilai, Alaimalo, Hyland

    OLsen, Sililoto, KIte, Douglas, KP, Markwick, Breen



  • @taniwharugby yep would probably go with that lineup, although I'd go as far as swapping Josh Goodhue and Murray Douglas to be honest..



  • @j77 TBF probably could toss a coin for those 3, but when Josh is there I reckon our lineout operates a little better

    Then there is Larsen & Robinson who could be due back any time soon?



  • @taniwharugby Hard to choose. I like the team you have. the other option is to start Douglas in the loosies at 6 where we already have a log jam. Ram to seven and Matich / Dan Pryor or Jacob Matiu at number eight. Jacob has had a big couple of games and I like how he bends the line with his running. Otago had a tough game against Auckland and will be banged about so I think we should play hard and direct again.



  • @taniwharugby Robinson will not be back anytime this season unfortunately.



  • @northlandallday ah ok, had heard he was back running and looked to be moving about freely when I saw him recently...shame, had heard he was catching eyes in the Blues pre-season with his game and work ethic.



  • All true, but ACL recovery is no less than 8 months.



  • Good to see Wright is ok and Matich back...gone for the height with the 3 locks, Ram gets a bit of a break off the bench.

    Dan Hawkins injured? Good to see Tamati back on the bench too!! Hopefully Apoua wil lbe the better for his outing on Friday cos he seemed to struggle at scrumtime for most of it.

    Matiu can be considered pretty unlucky, but then when you have the quality and depth we have in our loosies, someone has to!

    No word on Waa's injury, or Sililoto.

    1. Ross Wright
    2. Matt Moulds (c)
    3. Ropate Rinakama
    4. Joshua Goodhue
    5. Tim Bond
    6. Murray Douglas
    7. Dan Pryor
    8. Matt Matich (Blazer Game)
    9. Sam Nock
    10. Peter Breen
    11. Jone Macilai
    12. Jack Goodhue
    13. Rene Ranger
    14. Jordan Hyland
    15. Solomon Alaimalo
      Replacements 16. Jordan Olsen 17. Phil Kite 18. Chris Apoua 19. Jack Ram 20. Kara Pryor 21. Matty Markwick 22. Tim Blundell 23. Tamati Tua


  • Pretty happy with that side. Good to see Bond back, he's a very good defender and our D will be a tad more solid around the fringes with him there.

    Great to see Tua is operational again, hope he gets a good burst off the bench.

    Time to go out and win this thing now!



  • Aki Seiuli, Sekonaia Pole, Donald Brighouse, Josh Furno, Josh Dickson, Adam Knight, James Lentjes, Sione Teu, Josh Renton, Fletcher Smith, Jona Nareki, Josh Ioane, Josh Timu, Latu Vaeno, Vilimoni Koroi

    Reserves: Sam Anderson-Heather, Craig Millar, Hisa Sasagi, Blair Tweed, Slade McDowall, Jonathan Ruru, Hayden Parker, Leroy van Dam



  • good to see they are predicting an Otago win!

    H2H TAB have Otago firm faves at $1.57 to our $2.30



  • @taniwharugby always like it when they do that!

    It seems like they are gauging it off their win over a poor Auckland side, who only days before beat Southland by meer 10 points!

    One thing I'd like to see from us is a bit more impact from our bench, we need to up the tempo in the last 10-15 minutes rather than fall apart like we did the last two weeks.



  • @j77 less errors would be nice too!



  • @taniwharugby that too! Less speculators and more solid basics.



  • @j77 I think we will be stronger at scrum time with that pack, big in the line outs, and carry tough. The backs are looking good and just need to finish. If we play to our potential we will win well. Carry tough, hit hard and we will be too big and too strong.



  • weather hopefully clearing for the match after a few showers...assuming the Metservice know what they are talking about...

    If we play well, we will win.



  • @taniwharugby said in v Otago:

    If we play well, we will win.

    If we score more points than them, we will win.

    Sorry, couldn't help it.... 😆



  • @gunner well if we play well (which includes low error rate) we will score lots of points.



  • @taniwharugby I know what you meant, I was just being a smart arse... 🙂

    I think our lads are due to click again, so here's hoping for lots of points and a win to the good guys.