Auckland vs BoP



  • Auckland team to play Bay of Plenty:

    Alex Hodgman (Suburbs, 2 caps) Robbie Abel (College Rifles, 11) Marcel Renata (University, 34) Jamie Lane (Ponsonby, 7) Jack Whetton (Grammar TEC, 29) Dalton Papalii (Pakuranga, 14) Blake Gibson – Co-C (Ponsonby, 26) Hoskins Sotutu (Marist, 12) Jonathan Ruru (University, 13) D’Angelo Leuila (Papatoetoe, 2) Rieko Ioane (Ponsonby, 15) TJ Faiane – Co-C (Pakuranga, 30) Tanielu Tele’a (Marist, 6) Caleb Clarke (Suburbs, 12) Salesi Rayasi (Marist, 13)

    Leni Apisai (Loaned, 2) Jarred Adams (Suburbs, 9) Taniela Koroi (Marist, 2) Peter-Chanel Tagaloa (Marist, 1) Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa (Ponsonby, 5) Danny Tusitala (Ponsonby, 2) Daniel Kirkpatrick (University, 3) Kurt Heatherley (Loaned, 1)



  • Anyone know when Akira is back?

    [edit] - He's back training with Auckland, so probably next round



  • @Duluth he's back training with the squad. I remember an article last year about the standards this Auckland coaching staff laid down. I wonder if he is getting a bit of tough love right now.



  • @Duluth he's been training with the squad from week 1 so it's not down to injury. The 8 that has been starting has also been playing well mind you



  • @KiwiMurph

    The only comments from Ieremia I'd heard before today was that he was turning up to training despite not being required. They "couldn't keep him away" etc etc

    I suspect it's about his SR workload and how he faded in the second half of the season



  • @DrivingMaul said in Auckland vs BoP:

    @Duluth he's been training with the squad from week 1 so it's not down to injury. The 8 that has been starting has also been playing well mind you

    Yeah, Sotutu has been excellent. WRK and Choat have been good too.

    Hopefully Auckland shows the Blues how to rotate loosies..



  • If you retards don't want to play him send him to The Bay (the real one, not the pretenders you guys are playing this week) - we could use him as White Akira (Gareth Evans) and Mikaele-Tu'u are both injured, so we're down to our 3rd string number 8 (NZ U20s Devon Flanders).



  • Just read the team sheet in the BOP mafia thread.

    Sooo ... not one player from the club that finished second on the table and made the semis two years in a row?



  • Here's the BoP squad:
    Bay of Plenty Steamers:

    1. Aidan Ross (26) (C)
    2. Nathan Harris (31)
    3. Jeff Thwaites (33)
    4. Aaron Carroll (11)
    5. Alex Ainley (1)
    6. Hugh Blake (26)
    7. Mitch Karpik (18)
    8. Abraham Papali’i (1)
    9. Richard Judd (18)
    10. Jason Robertson (7)
    11. Pryor Collier (11)
    12. Dan Hollinshead (29)
    13. Mathew Skipwith-Garland (10)
    14. Emoni Narawa (3)
    15. Chase Tiatia (37)

    Reserves:
    16. Kurt Eklund (1)
    17. Tom McHugh (2)
    18. Tevita Mafileo (1)
    19. Baden Wardlaw (10)
    20. Ajay Mua (7)
    21. Leroy Carter (1)
    22. Lalomilo Lalomilo (1)
    23. Joe Ravouvou (1)



  • @Nepia said in Auckland vs BoP:

    If you retards don't want to play him send him to The Bay (the real one, not the pretenders you guys are playing this week) - we could use him as White Akira (Gareth Evans) and Mikaele-Tu'u are both injured, so we're down to our 3rd string number 8 (NZ U20s Devon Flanders).

    Noooo, Flanders is doing an excellent job. Has a huge work rate, too.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Auckland vs BoP:

    @Duluth I wonder if he is getting a bit of tough love right now.

    Story of his pro-rugby life so far.



  • @booboo said in Auckland vs BoP:

    Just read the team sheet in the BOP mafia thread.

    Sooo ... not one player from the club that finished second on the table and made the semis two years in a row?

    I get the sense Eden were a team of club journeymen rather than players suited for the next level.



  • Good to have Abel back.

    Plummer out for a few weeks isn't good. Hopefully Leuila continues to perform like last week.

    I'm guessing Heatherley gets in ahead of Lam because he can also cover fullback? Lam has been pretty solid.



  • @Dice said in Auckland vs BoP:

    I'm guessing Heatherley gets in ahead of Lam because he can also cover fullback? Lam has been pretty solid.

    Probably.. Also I think they need to give Heatherly a decent run from the bench. We need to find out early in the season if he's worth keeping in the 23

    He got a few minutes against Northland but there wasn't much to judge him on.



  • @Stargazer said in Auckland vs BoP:

    @Nepia said in Auckland vs BoP:

    If you retards don't want to play him send him to The Bay (the real one, not the pretenders you guys are playing this week) - we could use him as White Akira (Gareth Evans) and Mikaele-Tu'u are both injured, so we're down to our 3rd string number 8 (NZ U20s Devon Flanders).

    Noooo, Flanders is doing an excellent job. Has a huge work rate, too.

    Good for the blindside - you just need to think of Akira as brown Evans and then you'll be fine with him. 😉



  • @Nepia Nope, nope, nope. Evans will be back next week anyway. Mikaele-Tu'u will be back soon, too.



  • @Stargazer said in Auckland vs BoP:

    @Nepia Nope, nope, nope. Evans will be back next week anyway. Mikaele-Tu'u will be back soon, too.

    Well, I wasn't being serious ... but I do find your dislike of Akira as odd considering your love of both Evans and Taufua who both play very similar games.

    Also this is good hijacking of an Of Plenty thread. 😉



  • @Nepia Anything to get something relating to .. of Plenty off the rails works for me. 😬



  • At least 5 players in that BOP 23 that have played for Auckland.



  • @KiwiMurph Plus 4 more out of Auckland schools - Lalomilo, Mafileo, Papali’i, Mua.


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