Steamers vs Manawatu



  • With an injury list that makes me want to run for the hills...

    Experienced and accomplished second-five Terrence Hepetema is doubtful, while flanker Hugh Blake's latest shoulder problem may mean the end of his season. Crucially Liam Polwart, the man who started the season as captain and first-choice hooker, remains a week-to-week proposition because of a nerve injury in his neck.
    In a forward pack that has often struggled, Gibbs knows his absence has been huge.
    "From a scrummaging perspective, and lineout throwing and leadership, he has left a big hole. But in this competition, because of the shortness of it, if you pick up a couple of key injuries in key areas, then it can really hurt."
    The Steamers have been missing not just Polwart, but also talisman first-five Mike Delany who's out for the season, while veteran flanker Tanerau Latimer also has to be assessed weekly.



  • Bay of Plenty
    1 Solomona Sakalia (39)
    2 Tom Crozier (4)
    3 Ross Geldenhuys (6)
    4 Baden Wardlaw (4)
    5 Kane Le’aupepe (4)
    6 Tyler Ardron (11) ©
    7 Mitch Karpik (12)
    8 Hoani Matenga (5)
    9 Richard Judd (15)
    10 Jason Robertson (4)
    11 Matthew Garland (7)
    12 Liam Steel (10)
    13 Fa’asiu Fuatai (6)
    14 Bailey Simonsson (3)
    15 Kaleb Trask (3)

    Reserves:
    16 Angus MacDonald (5)
    17 James Lay (16)
    18 Jeff Thwaites (27)
    19 Aaron Carroll (5)
    20 Zane Kapeli (3)
    21 AJ Lafaele-Mua (4)
    22 Luke Campbell (22)
    23 Chase Tiatia (31)

    () Denotes number of games

    Head Coach Clayton McMillan will welcome the return of number eight Hoani Matenga and full back Chase Tiatia.
    
    The Bay of Plenty Steamers front row will once again retain their starting positions. Rotoiti’s Baden Wardlaw will start alongside Kane Le’aupepe in the second row. With the return of Matenga at number eight, Captain Tyler Ardron will move to the blindside and Mitch Karprik will start in the number seven jersey to complete the changes in the forward pack.
    
    The only remaining change in the starting fifteen will be a new midfield combination of Liam Steel and Fa’asiu Fuatai. Steel will don the number twelve jersey with Fuatai moving into centre.
    
    To complete the twenty three, again the replacement front row remain unchanged alongside number eight AJ Mua and half back Luke Campbell. Te Puna’s Zane Kapeli moves into jersey number 20 with the return of Matenga and Karpik starting once more. Kapeli will be joined by replacement lock Aaron Carroll and full back Tiatia returns from injury to round out the reserves.
    

    http://www.boprugby.co.nz/news--information/bay-of-plenty-steamers-named-to-play-manawatu/



  • Turbos:

    15 Sam Malcolm, 14 Michael Tagicakibau, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Hamish Northcott, 11 Junior Laloifi, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Brice Henderson, 7 Antonio Kiri Kiri, 6 Liam Mitchell, 5 Tom Hughes, 4 Liam Hallam-Eames, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Sam Stewart, 1 Fraser Armstrong.

    Reserves: 16 Gene Syminton, 17 Faalelei Sione, 18 Sean Paranihi, 19 Nic Crosswell, 20 Brad Tucker, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Jade Te Rure, 23 James Tofa

    This is an updated, reshuffled squad, with Te Rangatira Waitokia ruled out due to a neck injury.

    From the original team naming:

    Fullback Junior Laloifi (concussion), first five eighth Jade Te Rure (elbow) and wing Michael Tagicakibau (hamstring) have all been cleared for the match.
    
    Coach Jeremy Cotter has named one of his strongest sides of the season for the week seven Mitre 10 Cup clash.
    
    Props Fraser Armstrong and Michael Alaalatoa return to the starting side, while Tom Hughes has been names at lock to partner Liam Hallam-Eames.
    
    Antonio Kiri Kiri and Brice Henderson return to the starting XV.
    
    Jamie Booth gets another crack at the No 9 jersey with Otere Black retaining the starting duties at first five-eighth.
    
    Hamish Northcott will partner Rob Thompson in the midfield with Tagicakibau and Te Rangatira Waitokia on the wings and Laloifi at fullback.
    
    Te Rure will make his return via the bench.
    
    Tim Cadwallader remains side lined with a calf injury and Sam Wasley is still battling back from his knee injury.
    
    Second five-eighth Ngani Laumape is back training with the Turbos after recovering from the knee injury he picked up while playing for the All Blacks against Argentina.
    
    He is a possibility to be available for the side’s match against Hawke’s Bay, depending on how his knee handles the training load.
    

    https://www.turbosrugby.co.nz/news/injury-relief-for-turbos-ahead-of-bay-of-plenty-clash-2



  • 14 minutes in and the discipline and defence is still as poor as it was against Waikato. 7 - 0 to Manawatu.



  • Half time, Manawatu 14, BoP 3. Different week, same .... mistakes.



  • Hard watch wouldn't think the Turbos were the team coming off a short turnaround



  • @bop78 said in Steamers vs Manawatu:

    Hard watch wouldn't think the Turbos were the team coming off a short turnaround

    The concern is that we’re going into one next week. Handling is a big worry, can’t catch a proverbial cold...



  • We're awful!



  • Tits for hands and shit for brains



  • The battle to avoid the wooden spoon looms.



  • @donsteppa Nah, Southland will win the wooden spoon. No doubt, whatsoever.



  • Ref finally spots a Manawatu not straight throw...



  • How many times has Steel dropped it tonight? 5 at least I reckon



  • Why didn’t we take the lineout at the end? Does Trask normally bang them over from 50m at training, or did we not know the (relatively) new rules?



  • Maybe because we lost nearly all of our lineouts since the reserve hooked came on? Still, would have preferred that over a 50m kick



  • @barky1 said in Steamers vs Manawatu:

    Maybe because we lost nearly all of our lineouts since the reserve hooked came on? Still, would have preferred that over a 50m kick

    Even a quick tap or a midfield scrum...



  • Stargazer said:

    @donsteppa Nah, Southland will win the wooden spoon. No doubt, whatsoever.

    Only because they could beat us with a bonus point and still not have enough points to be above us.

    That conversion miss - ouch.



  • Donsteppa said:

    Why didn’t we take the lineout at the end? Does Trask normally bang them over from 50m at training, or did we not know the (relatively) new rules?

    Did you see the reserve hooker throwing? He had already missed an uncontested 4 ball



  • mariner4life said:

    Donsteppa said:

    Why didn’t we take the lineout at the end? Does Trask normally bang them over from 50m at training, or did we not know the (relatively) new rules?

    Did you see the reserve hooker throwing? He had already missed an uncontested 4 ball

    I saw how far the ball landed from the posts, given there were three other options to get closer to the line/posts with ball in hand... even with dubious lineouts! 🙂

    Second game in a row that none of the team will remember fondly.



  • Particularly the goalkicker that hit the upright from directly in front.


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