Northland v Otago

  • The last one, the pain is almost over...

    Team named:

    1 Isileli Tu'ungafasi - Mid Northern 
    2 Jordan Olsen - Mid Northern (Captain)
    3 Jack Straker - Kamo 
    4 Setefano Funaki  
    5 Temo Mayanavanua - Waipu 
    6 Sam McNamara - Waipu 
    7 Jarod Byrnes - OBM 
    8 Aorangi Stokes - OBM 
    9 Sam Nock - Kerikeri (Vice Captain)
    10 Jack Debreczeni - Eastern 
    11 Renata Roberts-Te Nana - OBM  
    12 Blake Hohaia - Kamo 
    13 Scott Gregory - Hikurangi 
    14 Jordan Hyland - Wellsford 
    15 Pisi Leilua - Waipu


    16 Paddy Jo Atkins - Wellsford 
    17 Ross Wright - Wellsford 
    18 Corey Te Whata-Colley - Western Sharks 
    19 Simoni Uluinakauvadra - Waipu (Debut)
    20 Matt Matich - Western Sharks 
    21 Will Grant - Hora Hora 
    22 Tom Smith - Kerikeri 
    23 James Cherrington - Mid Northern

    Unavailable due to Injury

    •             Rene Ranger
    •             Tom Robinson
    •             Josh Goodhue
    •             Dan Hawkins
    •             Harrison Levien
    •             Sam Caird
    •             Kane Jacobson
    •             Jaycob Matiu
    •             Jonty Rae
    •             Sean Sweetman
    •             Tamati Tua

  • Good to see Gregory at centre. Let’s see how we go...finish on a high maybe?

  • @kev said in Northland v Otago:

    ...finish on a high maybe?

    Ha, good one Kev, you almost got me there.

  • @taniwharugby said in Northland v Otago:

    No wonder they've been so shit this season

  • @Machpants apparently has been 'working' with other teams too...not sure where he's from.

    I liked the bit with Roberts-Te Nana

  • @taniwharugby said in Northland v Otago:

    @Machpants apparently has been 'working' with other teams too... not sure where he's from.

    I liked the bit with Roberts-Te Nana

    I've seen him in clips with Southland, the Steamers and Manawatu. Maybe more.

    He's from Feilding.


    Taylor Haugh, Josh Timu, Aleki Morris-Lome, Josh Ioane, Henry Purdy, Vilimoni Koroi, Rowan Gouws, Sione Misiloi, Dylan Nel (captain), Adam Thomson, Josh Hill, Louis Conradie, George Bower, Steven Misa, Jonah Aoina
    Reserves: Sekonaia Pole, Aki Seiuli, Saula Mau, Mike Mafi, Jeff Ikani, Connor McLeod, Matt Whaanga, Jona Narek

    Otago resting a couple of players

    Koroi at 10 and Ioane at 12 should be fun to watch

  • @Duluth said in Northland v Otago:

    Koroi at 10 and Ioane at 12 should be fun to watch for anyone but Northland supporters



  • @Gunner

    It's an opportunity for Northland.

    Koroi can look amazing but he has plenty of shockers too. He's not a guy you would trust at 10 across a season

  • @Duluth our luck, we'll have a blinder us all what we been capable of 😞

    4 Setefano Funaki
    5 Temo Mayanavanua
    7 Jarod Byrnes

    Very green trio there, huge wraps on debutant Uluinakauvadra, hopefully most of these youngsters will be the better from this season, knowing what is required for them to step it up, while we cut loose some of the underperforming players.

    Assume McNamara will move to lock as I believe Uluinakauvadra is a #7, although is a tall rangy 7 IIRC

    Wonder if Rene has picked up that 'saders contract and I assume he will be back next year as he wants his ton.

    Still a fair bit of talent and experience sitting on that injury list.

  • Looks to be a beautiful day up in Whangarei, hopefully the rugby will match the weather.

  • Good start for a change.

  • Turns into great start. Good support, and running lines.

  • Good line D. Now the exit.

  • Good exit. Well done.

  • And a great try. Wow.

  • Jeez, you'd be spewing if you blow it from here!
    Northland 19 - 00 Otago after half an hour

  • Some great work. And another try. Bonus point. Shit.

  • Otago obviously not doing their neighbours Southland any favours.

  • And we give one away. But like the energy from the Taniwha.

  • What was the card for?

  • @taniwharugby he threw someone’s boot away

  • @kev wondered if that was it...happened to someone at the other end too.

  • Dumb play. Behind the line should have kicked. Come on boys.

  • And another great try. Loving Gregory at centre. Giving Debreczeni a target when he runs.

  • Should have been another. Not offside.

  • The way Otago plays is even bad for a second-string team. Obviously, they're already focusing on the semi next week. That, or they still haven't recovered from losing the Shield.

  • @Stargazer Otago haven’t shown up. But good we put them away.

  • @Stargazer both

    Although we played some rugby today, liked our attitude on defence especially

  • Hard to judge with Otago useless. But good line speed on D, good work defending the line ( we have been not bad here most season), some good passing exchanges and more punch at centre.

  • @kev having Gregory at 13 helped Hohaia too

  • Great win for northland, a good free flowing couple of tries gave them the confidence they have been missing, that style of play tho still only pays off 10% of the time hence the season score board, i have always believed the squad is ther but its higher up that needs to be looked at, alot of money is being spent with the coaching staff and the 100 assistance they have for very little payback. Good way to end the season tho over a top 4 team.

  • Was kinda expecting that, but maybe it was just hope...

    Right from the outset I thought our defensive line had more intensity, having Gregory alongside Hohaia makes a big difference on attack and d.

    Those first 10 mins Gregory made about 3 or 4 other games this season they are missed and we are down after 2 mins.

    Having Gregory outside Hohaia on attack gives him that moment more time and space with opposition needing to keep an eye on Gregory rather than knowing our 12/13 didnt pose a threat.

    Think the rookies acquitted themselves well, Mayanavanua throws himself about, Byrne too, but could do with a couple more kgs on his frame, Funaki was busy too.

    Simoni Uluinakauvadra didnt get alot of time but a couple of nice touches, lines and workrate you can see he has something about him.

    Good way for Debreczeni to bow out for us too.

    As I said at the start of the season I thought we had a good squad, today showed we have some good young players, but it is usually only injury that sees them get the chance, and I expect plenty got way more minutes than planned.

    Have heard a 10 who has played Super rugby in SA is heading here to live and will play 7s for us, so hopefully he plans out at 10.

    Need to find a 13, although I guess Ranger will likely be back, so keep developing Cherrington.

    Unsure who comes off contract but I'd be looking at getting some of these fellas signed for next season (Matiu, Caird, Mayanavanua, Levien, Uluinakauvadra, Byrne, Rae)

    Pretty poor season all told, but book ended with wins at the start and end.

  • @Stargazer said in Northland v Otago:

    @taniwharugby said in Northland v Otago:

    @Machpants apparently has been 'working' with other teams too... not sure where he's from.

    I liked the bit with Roberts-Te Nana

    I've seen him in clips with Southland, the Steamers and Manawatu. Maybe more.

    He's from Feilding.

    His names William Wairua. G rated funny ish guy on social media. Pretty good doesn't try to be hardcore to be funny lots of kids like him too.

    Funny thing is I'm pretty sure every team he worked with won that weekend. He was with south and before they broke their streak. Manawatu before they smashed cant. And the steamers before they upset the hawks.

    He is like the soccer world cup octopus.

  • Wow, where was that performance all year? Bloody stoked to finish on a good note.

    The one glaring thing for me was that game just showed why we should have had Gregory at 13 all season. His work on D really impressed me the most. Otago tried their hardest to gas the outside channels, but Gregory plugged it up with his pace. Gutted we wasted so much time with Johnson there.

    The forwards were all on the same sheet today, was particularly impressed with Olsen, Temo and Byrne. I like the look of the new Fijian flanker too, hopefully we sign him up for next year.

    Hopefully that was a little glimpse of what our whole season might be like for our centenary year next year.

    Fingers crossed everyone is fit and healthy for 2020 so we can have a better campaign with our best available players!

  • @taniwharugby have to agree. The young talent that we have that doesn’t get a chance until injury. We want to develop our players more. Improvements have been made but we just need to trust them and play the long term game.

    Despite the results this year the forwards have largely done well.

    You have to ask why we persevered with back combinations that didn’t work when we had other options. In that regard I think the coaches let the team down.

    Man we had a lot of injuries this year. A lot before the season started. Don’t know if there was a reason.

  • @J77 Centenary next year. Wow!

  • @kev yeah I think the Coaching team, including conditioning coaches have a lot to answer for this season, along with our HP programme.

    I dont like singling him out as he has been an great player for us and one of my favorite players over the past few years, but how does Ross Wright turn up to play for us in the shape he is in? This guy has played NZ Maori, he had more minutes for the Blues last year in a handful of games than MOulds got in 3 seasons.

    HOw does a guy of his calibre and experience turn up looking so out of shape? I know these guys are not fulltime professionals, but they know what is required of them, assume they are monitored, what happens when they dont meet the requirements?

    Conditioning (over training is an issue too) also impacts injuries, so maybe that was a factor (aside from Ranger & Robinson)

    As to your comment re back combinations, well, we saw our best performance of the year today, and I still reckon pushing Hyland in there as well would have made our mid-field pretty dynamic and dangerous!

    OH well, we won today and weren't last 🙂

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