v Hawkes Bay



  • How about we start a new thread.

    Let’s get excited!... anyone?.... All I hear is crickets...



  • @J77 yeah she was a tough watch today, first 20 or so, we played well, looked really good, but knew Taranaki would eventually break us, was just hoping it wasnt going to be that badly.

    Sounds like a few of the injuries sustained today will see a raft of changes for next weekend...HB will be licking thier lips, will be a fair few newbies who will get a shot next week.

    I honestly think most of the cattle is good enough, 12/13 is a bit of a problem area though, however we looked really disorganised in the backs, several times J-Deb obviously called a move, and then whoever was supposed to be recieving it, was not where he was supposed to be, so the ball was dropped, or regathered slowing the move.

    Then there were the basics, which I guess I can forgive from many of them as when things start going south, it all goes south...that miss by Gregory, you could see he was ready for it, the comms mentioned the winds swirled there, and then it came back and dropped away from him...when you are down, that shit happens more often, when you are on, it bounces and goes out, or you get some luck.

    Our pack looked solid, although looked shattered at the end, they played themselves to a standstill, its when it leaves the scrum/lineout/ruck/maul problems start



  • I’m excited!

    Although, I’ll be less excited if Steve Walsh comes out of retirement to ref this one (that should get this thread moving along).



  • @Nepia said in v Hawkes Bay:

    I’m excited!

    Although, I’ll be less excited if Steve Walsh comes out of retirement to ref this one (that should get this thread moving along).

    I bloody bet you’re excited..and so you should be.

    If you’re coming up Okara Park is the only ground in NZ where they have these cool light blue turnstiles in the middle of the field. It’s unique. Postcard type stuff.



  • from what I have heard through the grapevine re Injuries...

    Hyland 1-2 weeks, hammy
    Matich failed HIA on Sunday, so unknown if he will be available
    Faiane injured in Dev game, likely 2-3 weeks
    Heard nothing on Goodhue, so not sure why he went off, hopefully not another HIA
    Hawkins gone, broken leg - have to assume that is likely his last time in Cambridge Blue too? Sad way for him to bow out if it is.

    Think that was all of them.

    Unsure what they can do in regard to back up 10, Faiane was back up to Hawkins, he is out, not sure if they are allowed to bring in someone else (or did we have another 10?)

    I think Tom Smith was named as a 10 in the squad initially? Nikau was only there on an 'apprentice' or development contract?

    Hoping we dont do what Kamo did, and put Hohaia at 10...

    When was Robinson due back?



  • @taniwharugby not what you need when your playing like crap.



  • @J77 said in v Hawkes Bay:

    @Nepia said in v Hawkes Bay:

    I’m excited!

    Although, I’ll be less excited if Steve Walsh comes out of retirement to ref this one (that should get this thread moving along).

    I bloody bet you’re excited..and so you should be.

    If you’re coming up Okara Park is the only ground in NZ where they have these cool light blue turnstiles in the middle of the field. It’s unique. Postcard type stuff.

    I'd love to go to the game - sadly the commute from Sydney is a bit too far!



  • @Nepia call yourself a fan...oh wait, I cant go on Saturday either, have a family thing 😞

    @kev TBH I am still confident the majority of the team is good enough, our biggest issues are at 12/13, although some tactics leave a lot to be desired too, so not sure changing the mid-field will resolve these



  • @taniwharugby said in v Hawkes Bay:

    @Nepia call yourself a fan...oh wait, I cant go on Saturday either, have a family thing 😞

    @kev TBH I am still confident the majority of the team is good enough, our biggest issues are at 12/13, although some tactics leave a lot to be desired too, so not sure changing the mid-field will resolve these

    I went to Whangarei for the first time ever this year - by went there I mean drove through on the way to Auckland from the Bay of Islands. We were planning to grab lunch there but ran out of time.



  • @Nepia even though you are a HB fan, I'd have bought you a beer if you had let me know and stopped in!



  • @taniwharugby said in v Hawkes Bay:

    even though you are a HB fan, I'd have bought you a beer

    You just like beer.



  • @Snowy any excuse bro, any excuse!



  • @taniwharugby said in v Hawkes Bay:

    @Nepia even though you are a HB fan, I'd have bought you a beer if you had let me know and stopped in!

    The intention 3 days earlier was to stop in at Whangarei (heard so many stories about the place during Uni days) but also we ran out of time. I'm still keen to get up to Okara Park some day (I plan to visit all the NPC grounds at some stage - probably already been to 3/4s).



  • @taniwharugby agree 100% with that.



  • 1 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 2 Ash Dixon, 3 Ben May, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 5 Tom Parsons, 6 Geoff Cridge, 7 Brendon O’Connor, 8 Gareth Evans, 9 Folau Fakatava, 10 Lincoln McClutchie, 11 Mason Emerson, 12 Danny Toala, 13 Stacey Ili, 14 Neria Fomai, 15 Caleb Makene

    Reserves: 16 Kianu Kereru-Symes, 17 Jason Long, 18 Namatahi Waa, 19 Michael Allardice, 20 Devan Flanders, 21 Josh Kaifa, 22 Zach Donaldson, 23 Ollie Sapsford



  • Seems like my guys are going to try and smash you up front looking at the 6 - 2 split on the reserve bench.



  • @Higgins TBH it isnt our forwards I am overly concerned about.



  • @taniwharugby Maybe that's why The Bay are willing to risk having a few forwards filling in out in the backs if injuries make it necessary!



  • @Higgins I have no idea what our side will look like, we have a few injury concerns, plus some other issues that I am not sure if personnel changes will fix.

    But this is my starting 15

    Te Whata-Colley, Olsen, Tu'ungafasi
    Goodhue, Caird
    McNamara, Matiu, Matich
    Levien, J-Deb,
    Gregory, Cherrington (debut)
    Leilua, Rae, Roberts-Te Nana

    very raw team, especially in the backs, but TBH, after last week, we need to do something and I dont think we can be worse, particularly in the mid-field. Unsure if the tactics are the issue or the players, but both looked poor v Taranaki.



  • A few more out of my lineup...oh man.

    @taniwharugby said in v Hawkes Bay:

    Te Whata-Colley, Olsen, Tu'ungafasi
    Goodhue, Caird
    McNamara, Matiu, Matich
    Levien, J-Deb,
    Gregory, Cherrington (debut)
    Leilua, Rae, Roberts-Te Nana



  • @taniwharugby said in v Hawkes Bay:

    A few more out of my lineup...oh man.

    @taniwharugby said in v Hawkes Bay:

    Te Whata-Colley, Olsen, Tu'ungafasi
    Goodhue, Caird
    McNamara, Matiu, Matich
    Levien, J-Deb,
    Gregory, Cherrington (debut)
    Leilua, Rae, Roberts-Te Nana

    Oh for fuck sakes. This just gets better.

    Can only hope guys like Robinson and Tua are good to go, if not, we are up shit creek. Typical.

    Hawke’s Bay fans must be jizzing into their cornflakes reading this thread...



  • 1 Ross Wright, 2 Paddy Jo Atkins, 3 Jack Straker, 4 Temo Mayanavanua, 5 Sam Caird, 6 Sam McNamara, 7 Aorangi Stokes, 8 Jaycob Matiu, 9 Sam Nock, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 11 Pisi Leilua, 12 Blake Hohaia, 13 Matt Johnson, 14 Renata Roberts-Te Nana, 15 Scott Gregory

    Reserves: 16 Nick Hyde, 17 Corey Te Whata-Colley, 18 Isileli Tu'ungafasi, 19 Setefano Funaki, 20 Jarod Byrnes, 21 Harrison Levien, 22 Tom Smith, 23 Tamati Tua



  • @Duluth said in v Hawkes Bay:

    19 Setefano Funaki

    in from the Dev team...

    Not sure on Stokes at 7, I had hoped last year he might re-invent himself as a 7, but he played 8 at OBM and looks like he bulked up a bit on the off season and lost a bit of pace.

    Look forward to seeing more of Byrne.



  • You guys are trying to hard with the excuses and doom and gloom, you're always a tough proposition up in the Northland boon docks even when you don't have your boy Steve Walsh on board.

    🙂



  • @Nepia said in v Hawkes Bay:

    You guys are trying to hard with the excuses and doom and gloom, you're always a tough proposition up in the Northland boon docks even when you don't have your boy Steve Walsh on board.

    🙂

    Cut it out bro, you guys will be cock-a-hoop. We are sitting ducks in this one!



  • @Nepia pfft, Walsh helped your muppets in that game more than he did us...cynical plays ignored, no YC

    go find your own thread to gloat in 😉



  • @J77 said in v Hawkes Bay:

    @Nepia said in v Hawkes Bay:

    You guys are trying to hard with the excuses and doom and gloom, you're always a tough proposition up in the Northland boon docks even when you don't have your boy Steve Walsh on board.

    🙂

    Cut it out bro, you guys will be cock-a-hoop. We are sitting ducks in this one!

    We're so scared of your powerful pack we've named an extra forward on the bench. You guys should walk, you'll run up 50.



  • @taniwharugby said in v Hawkes Bay:

    @Nepia pfft, Walsh helped your muppets in that game more than he did us...cynical plays ignored, no YC

    go find your own thread to gloat in 😉

    Bahahahaha. Pot ... Kettle ....



  • @Nepia perspective.



  • @Nepia said in v Hawkes Bay:

    @J77 said in v Hawkes Bay:

    @Nepia said in v Hawkes Bay:

    You guys are trying to hard with the excuses and doom and gloom, you're always a tough proposition up in the Northland boon docks even when you don't have your boy Steve Walsh on board.

    🙂

    Cut it out bro, you guys will be cock-a-hoop. We are sitting ducks in this one!

    We're so scared of your powerful pack we've named an extra forward on the bench. You guys should walk, you'll run up 50.

    Pffft listen to it! Trying the old reverse psychology even 😂



  • Now back to that team. Loving that midfield.

    Seriously though Hohaia is in last chance saloon. Can’t believe he’s been given another shot in all honesty.

    Good to see Tamati Tua on the bench though.



  • @J77 given we are pretty much at the point of looking at 2020 already, hopefully the last 20+ we see Levien, Smith, Gregory, Tua at 9/10/12/13



  • Is the redhead winger from the Blues playing or is he injured?



  • @Nepia you been in Aus too long aye, cant read for your own self?

    still injured...hangs out on the wing cos thats where the Blues wanted him.



  • @taniwharugby said in v Hawkes Bay:

    @Nepia you been in Aus too long aye, cant read for your own self?

    still injured...hangs out on the wing cos thats where the Blues wanted him.

    Too lazy!

    I have no issue with how the Blues want to use him. 🙂



  • at least Northland turning on the weather...at moment anyway



  • @taniwharugby Cricket weather is it?



  • @Higgins nice evening...I just left the ground after watching the Northland U14 club final between Mid Northern and Keri Keri.



  • @taniwharugby You not staying for the big game? I'm struggling here too with a people mover load of my Tongan mates arriving to watch the 'Ikale Tahi game so will have to do it the old fashionmd way via Radio Sport until the Tonga v Fiji match is finished!



  • @Higgins @taniwharugby I'm looking down my nose at both of you ... as I watch the match in Sydney. 😉


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