Auckland vs. BOP



  • Auckland match-day 23 for Bay of Plenty

    Saturday September 30, 5.05pm, Eden Park, Auckland:

    15 Melani Nanai (Manukau, 21)

    14 Vince Aso (Ponsonby, 35)

    13 George Moala (Grammar TEC, 51)

    12 TJ Faiane (Pakuranga, 14, c)

    11 Joe Ravouvou (College Rifles, 5)

    10 Tyrone Elkington-MacDonald (University, 7)

    9 Jono Hickey (Grammar TEC, 29)

    8 Akira Ioane (Ponsonby, 24)

    7 Blake Gibson (Ponsonby, 18)

    6 Taleni Seu (Grammar TEC, 18)

    5 Ben Nee-Nee (Pakuranga, 12)

    4 Jamie Lane (Ponsonby, 1)

    3 Marcel Renata (University, 18)

    2 Kurt Eklund (University, 29)

    1 Sam Prattley (Pakuranga, 40)

    Reserves:

    16 Greg Pleasants-Tate (Ponsonby, 22)

    17 Emersen Tamura-Paki (College Rifles, 6)

    18 Dexter Fa’amoana (College Rifles, 2)

    19 Sinclair Dominikovich-Murray (University, 5)

    20 Dalton Papali’i (Pakuranga, 1)

    21 Nico Costa (Eden, 0) +

    22 Harry Plummer (Grammar TEC, 0) +

    23 Tumua Manu (College Rifles, 2)

    +Potential Auckland debut

    Injured/unavailable: Tom McHugh (season), Jamason Fa’anana-Shultz (season), Scott Scrafton (season), Leon Fukofuka (season), Michael Fatialofa (season), Daniel Bowden, Samuel Slade, Malakai Fekitoa

    All Blacks: Rieko Ioane, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Jerome Kaino, Patrick Tuipulotu



  • Former All Blacks and Auckland coach Sir Graham Henry, who won four straight NPCs with the province from 1993-96 and two in 2002-03 as technical advisor, has lent a helping hand this week at training.



  • @tim said in Auckland vs. BOP:

    Former All Blacks and Auckland coach Sir Graham Henry, who won four straight NPCs with the province from 1993-96 and two in 2002-03 as technical advisor, has lent a helping hand this week at training.

    They'll need more than that!

    I'm not going, all bar one of the season ticket holders we sit around aren't going, it's over, rover



  • Good to see Plummer there. Hopefully he gets a taste.

    With Faiane at 12 and Nanai at fullback the backline looks better.

    BOP to win but at least there are some reasons to tune in.



  • @kiwimurph said in Auckland vs. BOP:

    Good to see Plummer there. Hopefully he gets a taste.

    With Faiane at 12 and Nanai at fullback the backline looks better.

    BOP to win but at least there are some reasons to tune in.

    As a neutral I might watch this game to have a look at Harry Plummer. He was the top points scorer at the Jock Hobbs Under 19 tournament.



  • Moala ruled out. Aso to centre - Manu to wing and Trainor to the bench.



  • Beautiful try Ravouvou. Bit of hungus but good run. Nice set up Taleni Seu.



  • Ravouvou in again. Auckland game plan is carving up.



  • Renata yellow carded. You could see that coming.



  • Sensational defence by Blake Gibson and Akira Ioane.



  • Yep. Gibson is having a blinder.



  • Manu is a good player the Auckland winger. Probably been Auckland's most consistent back this year.



  • Henry seems to have made a difference...

    Caretaker coach for 2018?



  • Hands like feet.



  • Don't agree with that TMO decision. It wasn't clear and obvious that that went forward.



  • @stargazer yep BOP havent had the rub of the green with the reffing.

    Having said that this Auckland defense is bloody impressive.



  • A signature game under Clayton’s coaching. The forwards look impressive, but the backline is disjointed and poor on attack



  • Elkington-MacDonald misses a drop goal from straight out in front. He is mud.



  • Scott Stevenson is doing a lot of whining today.



  • Richard Judd looks like he's the younger brother of Keiran Read