Magpies - 2019 Mitre 10 Cup

  • A couple of quick tries from Manawatu see the score tied 26 all. Approx 15mins to play.
    Game over. Tyrone Dodd-Edwards scores the match winner and we take it out 31-26. Thanks for everyone who turned out on a cold wet night to cheer the boys on. See you again in round 1 of the Mitre 10 Cup Official Manawatu Turbos we can’t wait.


  • @Higgins Unfortunately, it didn't go as you (and I) hoped. Only a narrow win.

  • @Stargazer That's crap to hear, Obviously a lot of those on trial tonnight have not done much to enhance their chances of making the Mitre10 Cup squad.

  • Was not an inspiring match, yep 31-26 final score after leading 14-7 at halftime. HB led 26-12 in the second half, Manawatu levelled at 26-26, and a try to Tyrone Dodd-Edwards with 5 minutes left became the difference

    First 65 minutes was played in drizzling rain so there were a few handling errors.

    Not much spectacular play. Halfback Zac Donaldson made three good breaks around the scrums/rucks and from one of them scored his try going on the blindside of ther scrum

    Lincoln McClutchie looked class, made one really good break but then slipped on the cricket block when angling to link up with his outsides. Made two deft kicks, a long crosskick to the open side right wing Ollie Sapsford who caught it on the full and in the second half a neat chip over the advancing Manawatu backline which centre Neria Fomai caught on the full. For Buckley's try in the second half, as the pass was coming to him McClutchie slapped the ball on to second five Timo Vaiusu. If McClutchie had caught the ball and then passed he would have got smashed after catching the ball and before he could unload it.

    Caleb Makene was safe under the high ball at fullback but did not have much to do.

    HB had the dominant scrum in the first half. At a scrum 5 metres from the HB line and a Manawatu feed, HB pushed them back and HB number eight Hemopo came away with the ball. The props were changed at halftime - Braidwood and Rakete-Stones off and Hintz and Long on and the scrum advantage disappeared.

    Josh Kaifa captained the side and played the whole 80 and was prominent and Elijah Martin looked okay at lock, playing about 70 minutes.

  • HBT report of the preseason game against Manawatu. Was Dondaldson really that good, or is this another over the top conclusion from Hurndell?

  • Yes, I think Donaldson had a good game - he kicked three or four times, added to the running and passing he mixed up his game well. Also made a good tackle in cover defence on one occasion - if he had missed it probably would have been a try to Manawatu.

    Assuming Weber is picked to go the World Cup and therefore unavailable for the Magpies you, of course, would start with Fakatava in the Mitre 10 Cup.

  • Some snippets from the HBT article about today's Maddison Trophy final:

    We know who our third hooker is this season! Not surprised.

    He [Jack Nelson-Murray] admitted to being disappointed at missing out to Devery in the battle for the third-string hooker's role in the Magpies squad behind Maori All Black captain Ash Dixon and New Zealand under-20 captain Kianu Kereru-Symes.

    Injuries ...

    His team will miss the services of loosie Hannon Brighouse and Magpies backs Stacey lli and Sam McNicol who are all on the injured list.

    More injuries ...

    Even without Highlanders loosie Marino Mikaele-Tu'u and Magpies prop Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe, who are on the injured list, Hastings have enough ammunition to win by three to six points. Mikaele-Tu'u has a stress fracture in a shin and will be out of action for at least six weeks. Tavita-Metcalfe has a quad problem.

    So Marino will miss the start of the Mitre 10 Cup season 😞

    With Tiaan Falcon out for the season, and Jonah Lowe and Ben May also injured, I hope there aren't too many more on the injured list.

  • Good news, it looks like no injuries for the contracted Magpies players from the Maddison Trophy final

  • Poverty Bay has named its Heartland squad for the upcoming preseason games. Looking at the list, Jody Allen hasn't made the Magpies squad. His twin brother (Juston) has been playing for Poverty Bay for years, and is also named in the squad.

  • @Stargazer When is the magpies squad named, it must be soon??

  • @kiwimatrix They play a preseason game tomorrow; going by what they did last year, I suspect the squad will be named early next week. But you never know with HBRU.

  • Still no line-up for today's preseason game, but according to the Hawke's Bay Today, these players are in it:

    Albert Hemopo, Anzelo Tuitavuki, Brendon O'Connor, Caleb Makene, Danny Toala, Devan Flanders, Elijah Martin, Folau Fakatava, Geoff Cridge, Iakopo Mapu, Jacob Devery, Joel Hintz, Josh Kaifa, Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe, Kianu Kereru-Symes, Lincoln McClutchie, Mason Emerson, Namatahi Waa, Neria Fomai, Ollie Sapsford, Pouri Rakete-Stones, Ricky Hayes, Tim Farrell, Timo Vaiusu, Tyrone Dodd-Edwards, Zac Donaldson.

    The injury list:

    One of those unavailable is Highlanders loosie Marino Mikaele-Tu'u with a shin issue which may keep him on the sideline for another five weeks.
    Hurricanes outside back Jonah Lowe will miss today's outing with a shoulder injury.
    In addition to Mikaele-Tu'u, Central lock Tom Parsons is still recovering from calf and knee injuries, Hastings Rugby and Sports captain and prop Jason Long has a groin injury and the Napier Old Boys Marist quartet of loosie Hannan Brighouse (knee), and utility backs Sam McNicol, Paese (both groin) and Stacey Ili (knee) is also unavailable.

    Other absentees:

    Ozich pointed out Maori All Blacks captain and Highlanders hooker Ash Dixon and the Hurricanes trio of Gareth Evans, Ben May and Maori All Black lock Isaia Walker-Leawere will join the squad next week. 
    Work commitments have ruled Buckley out.

  • The Magpies Mitre 10 Cup squad will be announced on Monday, 5 August.

  • Result preseason game:

    Hawke's Bay 35 - 19 Waikato

  • Nobody say ever again that McClutchie doesn't/can't kick at goal!

    Hawke's Bay led 14-7 at halftime and 35-7 with four minutes remaining.
    Fullback Caleb Makene, first five-eighth Lincoln McClutchie, substitute hooker Jacob Devery, substitute loosie Iakopo Mapu and outside back Ollise Sapsford scored tries with all five converted by McClutchie.

  • This is the Auckland team for the preseason game on Friday. I hope they'll post the Magpies squad this time, too. The communication from the HBRU has been terrible again lately (even worse than before).

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    From HBT article below:

    Injured: Michael Allardice, Hannon Brighouse, Jason Long, Jonah Lowe, Ben May, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u
    Rested: Isaia Walker-Leawere

  • Auckland 7-0 after 10. 5m scrum HB dominated, Ruru took it off the back broke the tackle & stretched out to score. HB playing with significant breeze behind them 1H.

  • Hell 1.00pm is no time for a game of rugby. I am still trying to decide what to have for my lunch

  • 7 all, dominant maul HB from 5m line. Auckland collapse over the line, penalty try.
    Auckland regain kick off, Tele'a bumps few off easily offloads Rayasi draw & pass to Lam for easy try. 12-7 Auckland.

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