v Southland

  • I guess this is where we make a serious bid for the top 4 or we dont.

    BOP's loss yesterday left us sitting in 4th 2 points ahead of them, 7 points behind Waikato and 6 behind HB, all of whom we are yet to play.

    Otago who are 4 ahead of us, have the Cantabs this weekend, who will be stinging after thier loss to Auckland, so hopefully they (Canterbury) give them a hiding 🙂

    BOP v Waikato is intriguing, with BOP needing to win to not fall away form the pack, and Waikto wanting to hold on to the top, HB are at home to NH, so could go top by end of the weekend.

    If things go how I would like this weekend, the points will be as follows: Waikato 18, HB 17, Northland 16, Otago 15, BOP 14 🙂

    Manawatu have Tasman and Wellington, so it is likely they will fall behind.


    On current form, we should account for Southland and pick up a valuable bonus point, need to give a few players starts, while being careful not to underestimate Southland (yeah yeah I Know)

    With no idea who is fit and who is not (Ross Wright, Josh Goodhue, Tom Robinson, Tamati Tua) tough to pick a starting team, as all those would be looking at being in the 23 on Thursday.

  • @taniwharugby Maybe good to note that Waikato have played a game more than the other Ch'ship teams.

  • @stargazer even better then if BOP beat them 🙂

  • I’d be looking at playing our best team possible for this one. We really need to put Southland to the sword. This is pivotal in terms of play off chances, so to bank five points here is crucial.

    We’ve got a much better run in than some of our rivals, so we really need to crank up the tempo from this point forward to seal a semi on our own, rather than relying on other results like last year.

    Underestimate Southland at your peril.. they have nothing to lose, so we’ll need to be 100% focussed like we were against Manawatu.

  • @j77 said in v Southland:

    Underestimate Southland at your peril.. they have nothing to lose, so we’ll need to be 100% focussed like we were against Manawatu.

    Agree! The last game at home before Otago was one of the unluckiest games I have seen in an age. They ought to have won that. (Perhaps Counties?)

  • @j77 yeah I cant see us taking anything too easy and underestimating them, this is Northland we are talking about, possibly the single most frustrating team to follow!

  • Here’s an update on the injury front,

    Tom Robinson (Shoulder,hopefully back the Waikato game) and Josh Goodhue (HIA should be good to go
    next week) along with Ross Wright ( Groin Strain) was having scan this week but not looking too promising Kane Jacobson (HIA back next week)
    Blake Hohaia (out one week only)
    Think we will see Matiu replace Jacobson and Scott Gregory into 2nd five and Noah Cooper get a start on the wing..

  • @steven-harris so what's the status on Tua?

    When you say they are good for next week, do you mean Thursday, or next week as in HB?

    Would like them to give MacNamara a shot too, assume he'll go to the bench with Matiu starting?

    Is Te Nana anywhere near being selected?

  • @taniwharugby next game,Renata Roberts will probably make the bench,on Tua still having issues with his shoulder,may one or 2 x games away..Mc Namara will definitely be on the bench as lock cover...

  • So...Moulds loose forward cover! Roberts-Te Nana on bench!

    Northland team:
    Isileli Tu'ungafasi, Jordan Olsen (Captain) Ropate Rinakama, Temo Mayanavanua, Murray Douglas, Jaycob Matiu, Kara Pryor, Matt Matich,,Sam Nock, Jack Debreczeni, Noah Cooper, Scott Gregory, Rene Ranger, Jordan Hyland, Matty Wright
    Cambell Matthews, Jack Straker, Paddy Jo Atkins, Sam McNamara, Matt Moulds, Jono Kitto, Myles Thoroughgood, Renata Roberts-Te Nana

    Forgot about Verney!

    Not selected due to injury

    Tamati Tua
    Regan Verney
    Ross Wright
    Tom Robinson
    Josh Goodhue
    Kane Jacobson
    Blake Hohaia
    Jone Macilai

  • @taniwharugby we won’t be see Regan Verney in a Taniwha jersey this year which is a bugger,he would have been a handy acquisition with the injury crisis we now have ..from what I understand he’s been great value off the field with tactics etc..makes a change from
    DB...!,and yes you got it right with Moulds,covering the loose forwards.

  • @steven-harris how long was his contract, 1 or 2 years?

    That team should still be good enough to account for Southland, hosing down here at present but supposed to clear up for Thursday.

    Hoping Roberts-Te Nana gets a decent crack, the few games I saw of him for OBM he looked sharp, good feet and pace.

  • @taniwharugby Verney was only signed for 1 x year..

  • Southland

    1 Loosehead Prop Stodart, Shaun
    2 Hooker Thomas, Flynn
    3 Tighthead Prop Mitchell, Morgan
    4 Left Lock Fotheringham, Ben
    5 Right Lock Selby-Rickit, Manaaki
    6 Blindside Flanker Capil, Jack
    7 Openside Flanker Lamborn, Tony
    8 Number Eight Fukofuka, Bill
    9 Half Back Renton, Jay
    10 First Five Eight Hooper, Broc
    11 Left Wing van Vugt, Rory
    12 Second Five Wilson, James
    13 Centre Johnson, Matthew
    14 Right Wing Te Tamaki, Isaac
    15 Full Back Tuimavave, Tauasosi

    16 Hooker MacDonald, Jesse
    17 Prop de Groot, Ethan
    18 Prop Apoua, Christopher
    19 Lock Tatafu, Raymond
    20 Loose Forward Howden, Brenton
    21 Half Back Costa, Nicolas
    22 First Five Eight Nu'u, Raymond
    23 Outside Back Ormond, Jackson


  • Good to see Gregory getting start at 2nd five. Thought he really committed himself last week on Wing. If he brings that same physicality we will do well. Noah Cooper is a smart footballer so deserves his start as well.

  • I only just noticed that Southland have Jesse MacDonald from Tasman on the bench. He didn't make the Tasman Mako squad and was named in the Tasman development team a month ago. I had to look it up; he made his debut for Southland against Otago and was called up as injury cover for their reserve hooker.

  • Crap start again.

  • @kev mixed lineouts. Knockons. Need to spark up.

  • @kev 3 lineouts lost in a row.

  • @kev almost 4 and then we score a try. Good work by forwards.

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