Manawatu v Tasman



  • Tasman

    1 Wyatt Crockett
    2 Andrew Makalio
    3 Blair Princep
    4 Michael Curry
    5 Quinten Strange
    6 Ethan Blackadder
    7 Sione Havili
    8 Taine Fox-Matamua
    9 Finlay Christie
    10 Tim O'Malley
    11 Solomon Alaimalo
    12 Andrew Nankivell
    13 Levi Aumua
    14 Jaime Spowart
    15 David Havili

    Reserves
    16 Ray Niuia
    17 Ryan Coxon
    18 Tyrel Lomax
    19 Pari Pari Parkinson
    20 John Akau'ola-Laula
    21 Jack Grooby
    22 Mitch Hunt
    23 Will Jordan



  • Grooby has quite a nice pass on him, but I'm wondering where Billy Guyton is?

    Similarly, Alex Ainley? Unsighted so far this season.

    Presumably injured.

    A bit of a B+ starting XV with Lomax, Parkinson Hunt and Jordan all benched.

    For a team that has had plenty of quality depth at loose forward in recent seasons - Squire, Frizell, Taufua, Samu - we're really going down some rabbit holes for players this year. Hopefully Vern Fredericks isn't far from being fit again.



  • Geez, you guys took another Auckland player with John Akaua'ola-Laula. He's been playing for the Auckland B's this year. We're like your feeder team.😄



  • @dice said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    Geez, you guys took another Auckland player with John Akaua'ola-Laula. He's been playing for the Auckland B's this year. We're like your feeder team.😄

    Everybody is their feeder team - they've emulated and maybe perfected their big brother's template. 😉



  • @nepia

    Ahem, look at your own province.


  • @stargazer said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    @nepia

    Ahem, look at your own province.

    Damn, you're fully supporting your Crusaders brethren now I see. 😉

    We have our 5 or so imports (Tasman have 5 import blindsides alone) but at least we complain about them.



  • @nepia I'm not supporting anyone here; I just can't believe that you of all people are the pot talking about the kettle being black. 😉

    But seriously, I always find comments about Auckland players playing for other teams a bit strange; it's not like smaller provinces have poached these players. Auckland didn't sign them for their 'A' team, so the players want to try their luck elsewhere. If another union lacks depth at a certain position due to injury (or for other reasons), then they'll pick up those unsigned players. Win, win, for players and the province who needs them. Who cares whether they are from Auckland or somewhere else? The time that provinces were solely fielding players from their own province is long gone anyway.



  • @stargazer We just joke around about the poaching, it's not that serious. It's definitely good that these players get to make a living through rugby, even if it's elsewhere.



  • @stargazer I find it interesting for a few reasons.

    One its a chance to see who 'got away' from Auckland. It highlights the poor selection and recruitment from Auckland (e.g. how they let Makalio get away a couple of years ago).

    Two - it highlights that whilst Auckland rugby/Blues rugby has been recently poor that they still produce good players (as they should do with their population/playing numbers).

    Three - it highlights the changing nature of professional rugby - that being successful isnt about about producing players but recruiting/developing them. Something Crusaders/Canterbury/Tasman are awesome at. Something the Blues are abysmal at.



  • @stargazer said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    @nepia I'm not supporting anyone here; I just can't believe that you of all people are the pot talking about the kettle being black. 😉

    Huh? I've always complained about poaches in HB, I'd rather lose with none than have them dominate our team - you know that, we've discussed it many times in the Magpies sections.



  • @nepia said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    @stargazer said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    @nepia

    Ahem, look at your own province.

    Damn, you're fully supporting your Crusaders brethren now I see. 😉

    We have our 5 or so imports (Tasman have 5 import blindsides alone) but at least we complain about them.

    We wouldn't have needed them if you fuckers hadn't stolen Mike Coman!



  • @chris-b said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    @nepia said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    @stargazer said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    @nepia

    Ahem, look at your own province.

    Damn, you're fully supporting your Crusaders brethren now I see. 😉

    We have our 5 or so imports (Tasman have 5 import blindsides alone) but at least we complain about them.

    We wouldn't have needed them if you fuckers hadn't stolen Mike Coman!

    That dude just turned up and we couldn't get rid of him.

    Did he play any matches for Tasman? I seem to remember he turned up from Canterbury.



  • Tasman leads 14 - 12 at halftime.

    Not the prettiest game to watch, but good to see the Turbos put up a fight.



  • Margins are pretty thin in this competition. Remove a few of our best players and we're struggling to put away Manawatu.

    Luckily those guys are sitting on the bench and will hopefully make a difference in the last 20 minutes.

    I'll tell y'all who is a very good player though and that is Ethan Blackadder. Got the sort of utility value that could see him get that bench spot for the ABs a couple of years down the track.



  • Jeez - where's our penalty from that scrum O'Keefe?!!!



  • Otere Black looking very sharp in his first few touches.



  • @chris-b said in Manawatu v Tasman:

    Margins are pretty thin in this competition. Remove a few of our best players and we're struggling to put away Manawatu.

    Luckily those guys are sitting on the bench and will hopefully make a difference in the last 20 minutes.

    I'll tell y'all who is a very good player though and that is Ethan Blackadder. Got the sort of utility value that could see him get that bench spot for the ABs a couple of years down the track.

    TBH I have never watched him play but for some reason I conjure up thoughts of another Luke Whitelock and that comment backs that unfounded thought up



  • Hunt scores just after the Turbos lose Kiri Kiri to the bin.

    26 - 12 to Tasman.



  • Fake turnover there. He had his arms around his body, not the ball. I notice this a lot and the refs give it all the time.



  • @crucial You're actually not that far off with that comparison.


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