Hawke's Bay v Wellington



  • Teams as per The HB Today

    HAWKE'S BAY
    15 Kurt Baker
    14 Lolagi Visinia
    13 Stacey Ili
    12 Neria Fomai
    11 Jonah Lowe
    10 Caleb Makene
    9 Folau Fakatava
    8 Devan Flanders
    7 Brendon O'Connor
    6 Marino Mikaele-Tu'u
    5 Tom Parsons / Bryn Evans
    4 Geoff Cridge
    3 Joe Apikotoa
    2 Ash Dixon
    1 Pouri Rakete-Stones

    16 Kianu Kereru-Symes
    17 Sona Taumalolo
    18 Namatahi Waa
    19 Isaia Walker-Leawere
    20 Gareth Evans / Solomone Funaki
    21 Connor McLeod
    22 Lincoln McClutchie
    23 Danny Toala

    WELLINGTON
    15 Ruben Love
    14 Wes Goosen
    13 Billy Proctor
    12 Vince Aso
    11 Julian Savea
    10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
    9 Connor Collins
    8 Teariki Ben-Nicholas
    7 Mateaki Kafatolu
    6 Vaea Fifita
    5 Naitoa Ah Kuoi
    4 James Blackwell
    3 Alex Fidow
    2 James O'reilly
    1 Xavier Numia

    16 Tyrone Thompson
    17 Morgan Poi
    18 Kaliopasi Uluilakepa
    19 Taine Plumtree
    20 Sam Smith
    21 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara
    22 Aidan Morgan
    23 Pepesana Patafilo



  • @Number-10 why hell mcluthcie and toala not starting



  • Wellington will have to be a lot better than last week if they are going to get the Shield. The forwards failed to fire against Tasman so it's on the likes of Blackwell, Fifita and Fidow to lead from the front against a strong Hawkes Bay pack.

    I’m also bemused that Toala and McCluthie aren’t starting.



  • @frazzerbazzer said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    @Number-10 why hell mcluthcie and toala not starting

    That's straight idiotic, and Baker is back, which is beyond idiotic.



  • @Nepia Maybe they think they can roll over the top of Wellington with this starting lineup even as a Wellington fan I’m very bemused.



  • @Canes4life said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    Wellington will have to be a lot better than last week if they are going to get the Shield. The forwards failed to fire against Tasman so it's on the likes of Blackwell, Fifita and Fidow to lead from the front against a strong Hawkes Bay pack.

    I’m also bemused that Toala and McCluthie aren’t starting.

    These two plus Isaia Walker-Leawere is on the outer now as well. But good replacements to bring on

    Wellington look like a badly coached side this year. Its likely not helping having Blackwell as captain now



  • I think Wellington have had a couple of games this year where they've faded in the 2nd half. That's a pretty strong bench that Hawkes have got.



  • @Winger said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    @Canes4life said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    Wellington will have to be a lot better than last week if they are going to get the Shield. The forwards failed to fire against Tasman so it's on the likes of Blackwell, Fifita and Fidow to lead from the front against a strong Hawkes Bay pack.

    I’m also bemused that Toala and McCluthie aren’t starting.

    These two plus Isaia Walker-Leawere is on the outer now as well. But good replacements to bring on

    Wellington look like a badly coached side this year. Its likely not helping having Blackwell as captain now

    IWL is not on the outer. His second half impact is a key component of our style of play.

    He’s not being left out because of a midget.



  • This is Wellington's first challenge since 2014, and only their third since 2006. No pressure then.



  • Wellington look to have the team members, but not the coaching to go with it



  • @Nepia said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    @Winger said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    @Canes4life said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    Wellington will have to be a lot better than last week if they are going to get the Shield. The forwards failed to fire against Tasman so it's on the likes of Blackwell, Fifita and Fidow to lead from the front against a strong Hawkes Bay pack.

    I’m also bemused that Toala and McCluthie aren’t starting.

    These two plus Isaia Walker-Leawere is on the outer now as well. But good replacements to bring on

    Wellington look like a badly coached side this year. Its likely not helping having Blackwell as captain now

    IWL is not on the outer. His second half impact is a key component of our style of play.

    He’s not being left out because of a midget.

    whats Geoff Cridge been playing like?



  • Confusing selection. I thought IWL, the Evans brothers, Fomai and Visinia were HB's best players last week. They have a very potent bench to call on though



  • I do not understand the rationale behind some of those selections. Like Nepia the continued playing of Kurt Baker beggars belief. The only suggestion I can proffer is that there must be an award for the worst player in the Mitre10 Cup and that Baker is a strong candidate to win that accolade. Would be a shame to hinder his chances of him deservedly winning that trophy by dropping him.

    @Stargazer @Number-10 @Stockcar86 @Paj
    Onto my weekly rallying call to members of the HB Tipping Team. We have just got Propsicle in so far so come on the rest of you. We need a full turn out this week as we attempt to upend the Bush for the second time this season in the final of the Championship Division. Admittedly that is not the section either team are accustomed to playing in but thanks to some poor (unlucky?) results earlier that is what we are consigned to. Lets face it 5th is better than 6th! I suspect that the result of the tipping match will probably come down to the result of the Shield Match and I flatly refuse to accept any of the Bay Team to back an away win of any sort in that fixture!

    Tips in gentlemen please

    https://www.thesilverfern.com/tipping-submit



  • @Higgins Done. Inluding the correct expected margin for The Shield game



  • @Stockcar86 Home 17+ Wouldn't that be fantastic. A certain person with very strong connections to the Wellington Lions still to this day denies hiding my large HB flag and scarf five years ago. I am still looking for them so time for some karma Higgins says!



  • @Winger said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    @Nepia said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    @Winger said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    @Canes4life said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    Wellington will have to be a lot better than last week if they are going to get the Shield. The forwards failed to fire against Tasman so it's on the likes of Blackwell, Fifita and Fidow to lead from the front against a strong Hawkes Bay pack.

    I’m also bemused that Toala and McCluthie aren’t starting.

    These two plus Isaia Walker-Leawere is on the outer now as well. But good replacements to bring on

    Wellington look like a badly coached side this year. Its likely not helping having Blackwell as captain now

    IWL is not on the outer. His second half impact is a key component of our style of play.

    He’s not being left out because of a midget.

    whats Geoff Cridge been playing like?

    He's been playing decent as a worker lock for a half before we unleash IWL on flagging defences.

    @ARHS said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    Confusing selection. I thought IWL, the Evans brothers, Fomai and Visinia were HB's best players last week. They have a very potent bench to call on though

    Fomai and Visinia are both still there (Fomai is in ahead of Toala which is frankly silly despite the fact Fomai is bloody good), Bryn is only here as a fill in and Gareth is behind Flanders and MMT because he got injured and those two are going awesome (I'd be inclined to follow @Stargazer's lead and play him at 7).

    Those aren't the confusing selections, 10, 12 and 15 are.



  • @Nepia 15 is completely bizarre. He would not happen to have the same Manager as SBW by any chance?



  • @Higgins said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    @Nepia 15 is completely bizarre. He would not happen to have the same Manager as SBW by any chance?

    I'd rather we play current league bodied SBW at 15 than Baker. Either way, his manager is worth the percentage he pays him.



  • I will say this only once - possibly in my lifetime.

    Go Hawke's Bay!

    (And now they won't). 🙂



  • Updated.
    Tom Parsons confirmed to start.
    Gareth Evans out injured - ankle injury which has bothered him all year

    HAWKE'S BAY
    15 Kurt Baker
    14 Lolagi Visinia
    13 Stacey Ili
    12 Neria Fomai
    11 Jonah Lowe
    10 Caleb Makene
    9 Folau Fakatava
    8 Devan Flanders
    7 Brendon O'Connor
    6 Marino Mikaele-Tu'u
    5 Tom Parsons
    4 Geoff Cridge
    3 Joe Apikotoa
    2 Ash Dixon
    1 Pouri Rakete-Stones

    16 Kianu Kereru-Symes
    17 Sona Taumalolo
    18 Namatahi Waa
    19 Isaia Walker-Leawere
    20 Solomone Funaki
    21 Connor McLeod
    22 Lincoln McClutchie
    23 Danny Toala



  • Few drops of rain at ground



  • @Stockcar86 hope that stays away for the most part.



  • Wind has come up as well. Good guys playing with it in first half



  • Good start by both sides on attack.



  • You don't see that too often.



  • HB looking slick.



  • Ribbish ref fidow was on his feet 🤦🏽♂



  • What happened to Collins

    Wellington could be thrashed in thsi game.



  • Makene kicking a lot better today.



  • And another try. HB are on fire.

    Fakavata is causing havoc.



  • Wellington look like a very poorly coached side. HB the opposite



  • Wind gusty so not easy kicking



  • This is a fucking embarrassment. Wellington look like they don’t want to be there.



  • Welly playing like trash rn 😒



  • @Canes4life said in Hawke's Bay v Wellington:

    This is a fucking embarrassment. Wellington look like they don’t want to be there.

    Appointing Blackwell as captain was always a risk. Hes hardly going to inspire the team



  • @Winger there isn’t anyone else. Everyone else is too thick.



  • I'm an idiot, thought it was a 12:30pm kick off so turned it on to see us 24-6 up. 🤦🏽



  • This play sums up Blackwell. Kicked ahead and he slows down



  • @nepia And I got held up helping my whangai at his cafe so am having to consider popping down into one of the local bars in Newtown to watch the second half. It is looking promising nonetheless but certainly not starting to count my chickens just yet as there might be quite a decent breeze, there certainly is down here in Wgtn anyway.



  • Whats with the bomb kicks in your own 22 and playing for field territory on half way doesn't make sense 🤔