Canterbury vs Hawkes Bay

  • 1 Alex Hodgman
    2 Brodie McAlister
    3 Sef Fa'agase
    4 Luke Romano (vc)
    5 Mitchell Dunshea
    6 Billy Harmon
    7 Tom Christie
    8 Reed Prinsep
    9 Mitchell Drummond (c)
    10 Brett Cameron
    11 Ngane Punivai
    12 Phil Burleigh (vc)
    13 Braydon Ennor
    14 Josh McKay
    15 George Bridge

    16 Nathan Vella
    17 Harry Allan
    18 Chris King
    19 William Tucker
    20 Hugh Renton
    21 Connor Collins
    22 Sam Beard
    23 Connor Garden-Bachop

  • Be interesting to see how CGB goes. Got gas and no fat arse like his brother

  • Can he actually kick goals, too?

  • Machpants said:

    Can he actually kick goals, too?

    I don't think Canterbury will need to bother with the 2's in this match.

  • Hastings Boys HS plus aka Baby Magpies

    1 Jason Long, 2 Ben Power, 3 Joe Apikotoa, , 4 Tom Parsons (c) , 5 Sam Ulufonua, 6 Geoff Cridge, 7 Josh Kaifa, 8 Devan Flanders, 9 Folau Fakatava, 10 Lincoln McClutchie, 11 Michael Buckley, 12 Sasa Tofilau, 13 Shae Tucker*, 14 Jonah Lowe, 15 JJ Taulagi.

    16 Kianu Kereru-Symes, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Mark Braidwood, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Solomone Funaki*, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Danny Toala,* 23 Mason Emerson.


  • @machpants no he can’t. I think he might struggle at this level. A couple of years early I think.

  • Righto chaps, time for us to put the pleasure the ABS have just given us away and prepare for what lies ahead. Fingers crossed the scoreboard does not need three nails on it, on the Canterbury side anyway.

  • This could get ugly. Annoyingly I have a lunch at 12, so I can only watch the 1st half then record the 2nd half. Hopefully it isn't a cricket score by halftime.

    Good luck to the Baby Magpies.

  • Weird that the one year out of school-boys look the most composed players for the pies.

  • Do they not have a groundsman in Chch? That ground looks like the paddock we used to have Pa Wars on just without the sheep poo.

  • Canterbury in ... Hodgeman, hopefully that's not the gates stopping the flood opening.

  • Probably a question more suited if this thread was hosted on the HB Magpies site but it isn't so I will ask here. Whatever happened to Billy Rophia that played midfield a year or two back? And just as I write this Canterbury in for their first converted try for the day after about ten minutes. Perhaps not quite all doom and gloom for the likes of Nepia, Stockcar 86, Stargazer, Number10 and the other HB regulars on here, not just yet anyway!

  • @higgins I think he's in France.

  • Goodness, a converted try to HB after about twenty minutes to tie the scores up. Things going amazingly well so far..

  • No sooner said before normal lack of tackling the Bay has specialised in so far this season rears its ugly head again as Canterbury stroll in for a try o the right hand corner. The conversion not helping matters much either.

  • Yikes, Yellow Card kicks a penalty and the Bay exceeding all expectations by getting into double figures.. Canterbury lost to the 'Poo a couple of years ago, could this be another one of "those" games?

  • Not if they leave such gaping holes in the defensive line five metres short of your goal line as wide as that, simply inviting Canterbury to stroll in for the converted try. Half time eventually comes up with the score line being Canterbury 21 - 10 Hawkes Bay

  • We may be behind by 11 points, but not a bad first half from our boys. I love the halves combo of Fakatava-McClutchie. Even if the present will show a loss, the future looks much brighter. Tucker doesn't seem to be the answer for the midfield.

  • You are possibly right there. He looks to be a club player just filling in for the day to me, at least body shape wise anyway. Is he a member of the original squad or an injury replacement? I don't recall seeing him play for the Bs when they played Wellington Samoans in Porirua a couple of weeks ago.

  • Whoop whoop whoop, Mike Buckley in for the converted try closing the gap to just four points

  • Short lived though as Canterbury hit back almost immediately with Yellow Card missing a tackle letting in another 7 pointer. To be fair to him we were stretched and he had to cover a wider space than normal and couldn't quite get into to engage the player until it was too late.

  • Interesting call there. That Canterbury 24 deliberately knocked that HB pass backwards and they scored from it. That same act resulted in a yellow card the other night. Looks like the referees and their assessors have sorted that particular fiasco out. Canterbury score again shortly after as HB make another error trying to run the ball out of defence chasing the game
    Canterbury 42 - 17 Hawkes bay after about sixty minutes

  • @higgins did it just go back or did it go out/dead, the latter is what attracts sanctions.

  • Need that bonus point

  • Beeeeauuuuuuutiful try to Folau Fakatava. This kid has got some class and is tough as teak, as all Tongans tend to be. Looks to have a massive future in the game

  • taniwharugby said:

    @higgins did it just go back or did it go out/dead, the latter is what attracts sanctions.

    No, just went backwards and not into touch, Canty damn well scored from it! The ref the other night only mentioned the deliberate knock back and not the fact it trickled into touch when carding Collins.

  • I hope HB sign Fakatava to a long term contract

  • Glad to see Renton playing again. Pity it is for the bad guys

  • Missed this game. How did Fakatava, McLutchie and Flanders go?

  • Disclaimer - I only saw second half - Fakatava played better than any HB halfback for quite a few seasons (*edit - probably best since Kahn Fotuali'i). Good decisions, great passing. McLutchie looks to be getting better every game. Flanders was solid but unspectacular, however overall HB dominated the rucks and turnovers so good effort by the forwards

  • Those are the three I want the Canes to snap up. Flanders has signed for three seasons, but looking to the future it will be great to lock up oth Fakatava and McLutchie as our halves pairing post TJ and Beaudy.

    Fakatava looks like a young Genia and McLutchie is a natural playmaker that makes others standout around him ala Aaron Cruden-esque

  • @canes4life The Canes will probably sign some average players from Wellington or elsewhere instead. Heaven forbid they'll go over their usual Hawke's Bay players ratio.

  • Fakatava played really well and McLutchie continues to show further improvement every time he takes the field. Flanders was industrious putting in a lot of cover defence but not quote so prominent with ball in hand as he can be on a good day. All in all it was very encouraging from a HB supporters point of view considering the amount of youngsters and inexperience at this level amongst a lot of the others as well that we had out there today. Disappointed to have lost, as all supporters should be when that happens, but it could have been a lot worse all things considered. I was also impressed with the pace both teams played the game at today from start to finish.
    Final Score: Canterbury 49 - 24 Hawkes Bay

  • Higgins said:

    You are possibly right there. He looks to be a club player just filling in for the day to me, at least body shape wise anyway. Is he a member of the original squad or an injury replacement? I don't recall seeing him play for the Bs when they played Wellington Samoans in Porirua a couple of weeks ago.

    Tucker was named in the original squad.

    Funaki is the injury cover for Hannon Brighouse, who is no longer injured (he played for the Saracens), but Funaki was apparently preferred for this game. Maybe Brighouse played for the Saracens to gain match fitness.

  • @stargazer

    If you combine all the promising young players from Wellington, Manawatu and Hawkes Bay that could very well end up at the Canes, then there are very promising signs post World Cup.

    Geoff Cridge, Tim Farrell, Lincoln McLutchie, Folau Fakatava (Hawkes Bay), Bryaden Iose, Liam Mitchell (Manawatu) Asafo Aumua, Alex Fidow, Du Plessis Kirifi, Billy Proctor, Isaia Walker-Leawere & Xavier Numia (Wellington)

    That provides a fairly good backbone going forward. We just need guys like Gareth Evans to stick around to ensure there is some experience to help lead and get the full potential out of some of these players.

  • Also Mason Kean if he can stay injury free

  • @stockcar86 He is a prop right? I remember him being talked up but he hasn't been cited. What's wrong with him?

  • @higgins Yeah, I'm not unhappy with this game. Result isn't the blow-out that I expected and the performance was promising. For most of the game, the defence worked reasonably well and attack was still pretty exciting. I love that Fakatava-McClutchie combo in the halves!

    Flanders suffered mostly from the fact that the Canterbury forwards were so much bigger. I think he still has to get bigger and stronger before he can really compete, but that's just a matter of time.

    Toala didn't get much game time, but didn't look out of place.

    I hope to see all our youngsters get an invite for the NZ U20s camp this year.

  • Stockcar86 said:

    Also Mason Kean if he can stay injury free

    The few times he played last year, I wasn't impressed but that was under Philpott. This year he didn't even make the squad. I'm hoping Tavita-Metcalfe will be better.

  • This article makes mention of him playing rugby league. Maybe someone like Number10 who is closer to the action might know a bit more about his current whereabouts.

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