Canterbury vs Taranaki

  • George Bridge, Connor Garden-Bachop, Braydon-Ennor, Sam Beard, Ngane Punivai, Brett Cameron, Mitchell Drummond (capt), Hugh Renton, Tom Christie, Billy Harmon, Mitchell Dunshea, Luke Romano, Sef Fa'agase, Nathan Vella, Alex Hodgman

    Reserves: Nic Souchon, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Chris King, Hamish Dalzell, Reed Prinsep, Connor Collins, Phil Burleigh, James Hawkey

  • Hugh Renton's move to Chch seems to paying off for him ok - getting more gametime than in the Bay under Philpott 😉 and hasn't been injured yet (now I've jinxed him) .

  • Yarrows Taranaki Bulls to play Canterbury, Saturday, 7:35pm;

    Chris Gawler
    Ricky Riccitelli
    Reuben O’Neill
    Jarrad Hoeata
    Leighton Price
    Mitchell Crosswell (cc) – 50th match for Taranaki
    Tom Florence
    Jesse Parete
    Warwick Lahmert
    Ciarhan Matoe
    Beaudein Waaka
    Teihorangi Walden (cc)
    Seta Tamanivalu
    Regan Ware
    Brayton Northcott-Hill

    Scott Mellow
    Jared Proffit
    Kyle Stewart
    Tupou Va’ai
    Donald Maka
    Xavier Roe
    Jayson Potroz
    Latu Vaeno
    Unavailable due to All Black duties: Beauden Barrett, Scott Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Waisake Nahalo, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Angus Ta'avao.

    Not available for this game: Kane Thompson (hamstring), Lachlan Boshier (shoulder), Pita Sowakula (shoulder), Toa Halafihi (shoulder), Daniel Waite (shoulder), Logan Crowley (concussion), Brendan Leonard (achilles), Stephen Perofeta (shoulder), Manasa Mataele (ankle).

    Season ending injuries: Bradley Slater (back), Mitchell Graham (leg), Fin Hoeata (shoulder), Mitchell Brown (knee), Sean Wainui (shoulder), Kiniviliame Naholo (ankle), Marty McKenzie (hip).

  • The injured Taranaki team is probably stronger than the team playing Canty.

  • Chris Gawler wasn’t even first choice for Lincoln uni this year. Now playing itm cup.

  • Good wee donnybrook to start the game

  • That's rough for Hoeata to be sent off for that

  • Hoeata has always been a filthy player.

  • @squirrel No, not at all. Punching (with a closed fist) someone against the head/in the face is red every day of the week. Not surprised it's Hoeata. He may just have cost his team the relegation. What an idiot.

  • @stargazer Fair enough. I see your point and agree with it. Guess, I've been watching too many of those old NPC classic matches on facebook where the rules are more relaxed.

  • Hoeata has been terrible all season, all for bringing back experienced players to M10 teams but the amount of stupid penalties he has given away this year hasnt helped Taranaki at all.

  • Matching idiots with idiots now. Another red. This time a clear as day headbutt.
    Gee some players are dumb.

  • @crucial and he tried to argue about it??

    He should get a few weeks off for that

  • Great pass from Romano!

  • @squirrel

    Hoeata has always fancied himself as a hard man. The hard men of old (eg Meads, Skinner, Hill) would have just laughed at him.

  • Decent win. Ennor continuing to look the goods in the midfield. Will be a good bench option for midfield/Wong next year and get some time if Crotty and Jack get forced breaks.

  • @act-crusader with 3 months between the end of super rugby and the game against the boks surely there won’t be stand downs

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