v Wellington



  • So, fate is in our hands.

    Those last 10 minutes to NH & Manawatu will likely be our undoing.

    Win, we get a home semi, lose with 2 BPs and we are in the top 4, lose with 1 point and we may still make it, lose with nothing and we rely on other results to fall our way...or a high scoring draw gives us 3 and poss home semi (how does it work if 3 teams are tied?)

    Otago 21 - have SOuthland in Dunedin, so 26
    Man 22 - have naki on Wednesday, then HB Sunday, both away. Decent chance they get 5/6 points from 2 games, up to 27/28
    BOP 23 - Waikato home, Waikato showed enough on Saturday to give them a glimmer of hope, but they have been pants away, so it is more likely whether BOP get 4 or 5, so assume they get 5, they go to 28.

    So...

    BOP 28
    Man 28
    Otago 26

    Northland...25 (lose, no BP) 26 (lose 1 BP) 27 (2 BP, or low draw...) 28 (high draw) or 29...

    Easiest route is to win.

    My team:
    Wright, Moulds, Rinakama
    Josh G, Bond
    Douglas, Matich, D Pryor
    Nock, Breen
    Jack G, Tua
    Macilai, Alaimalo, Ranger
    Olsen, Kite, Apoua, Ram, Matiu, Pittman, Hawkins, HYland



  • Wellington Average Points/Game For = 41
    Wellington Average Points/Game Against = 21

    Northland Average Points/Game For = 27
    Northland Average Points/Game Against = 21



  • team named:

    Wright, Moulds, Rinakama
    Josh G, Bond
    Douglas, Matich, Pryor
    Nock, Hawkins
    Jack G, Ranger
    Macilai, Alaimalo, Hyland
    Olsen, Kite, Apoua, Ram, K Pryor, Pittman, Breen, Tua

    So swaps for Hawkins/Breen and Macilai comes back at the expense of Matt Wright, while Ram takes his place on the bench.



  • strong Wellington team named:
    Wellington: Trent Renata, Julian Savea, Wes Goosen, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Brad Shields (captain), Mateaki Kafatolu, Vaea Fifita, James Blackwell, Sam Lousi, Alex Fidow, Sitiveni Paongo, Tolu Fahamokioa. Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Vince Sakaria, Joe Apikotoa, Will Mangos, James Tuiatua, Carlos Price, Regan Verney, Malo Tuitama.​



  • We'll smash you guys, on the way to bottling it in the final



  • @canefan I'd be happier if you bottled it this week, and then smashed us in the final TBH....(not really)



  • Basically a quarter final for us. On paper Wellington should get home comfortably, but we have proved in the past that we can beat stacked teams on their home turf (Auckland 01 & 08).

    I think this is an exciting opportunity for the guys to test themselves and step up here. If Otago nearly beat them at home, there's no reason we can't. Just got to play a full 80 with minimal errors. Can't give these guys any leeway, they'll capitalise in more ways than one!

    Hopefully the boys are drawing every bit of motivation they can for this one. I'll be heading down to it, I think there's a crew of Northlanders going, so we'll make plenty of noise!! Get up blue!!!



  • @j77 haha yeah it kinda bitter sweet if you consider we had 1 win in 2 seasons now we have 5 wins in 1 season and be disappointed to miss the top 4....



  • Was that Jeremy Thrush with his kids in the crowd shot while Ian Smith was doing his intro?



  • Ridiculous call. No way was that a try.



  • Taniwha started well though



  • @stargazer said in v Wellington:

    Ridiculous call. No way was that a try.

    Meh, had a few go against us this year so we'll take it.

    Ref missed a couple of forward passes leading to good field position for Wellington

    Need one of our good second halves instead of the poor ones we have been having.



  • @J77 get off your phone...

    Sit with Morunga and you been on tv loads



  • Shit Bond don't look good.



  • Head/neck to Aumuas shoulder.



  • Always a sad sight, seeing a player leave the field like that. Hope that injury isn't as bad as it looks.



  • How's Goodhue going at 12: only seen him play at 13?



  • @pakman very good...been theRe pretty much all season



  • Our locking issues go from bad to worse.



  • Could have been the losing of the game that lineout