Super Rugby - June break matches



  • Are there any Ferners, who are planning to go to these warm-up matches and could provide some commentary after the game (assuming these games won't be broadcasted on tv or radio, or livestreamed online)?
     
    Thursday 23 June:
    Highlanders v Crusaders, kick-off 3.00pm (NZT), Whitestone Contracting Stadium, Oamaru (http://thehighlanders.co.nz/our-news/latest-news)
    Rebels v Hurricanes, kick-off 8.00pm (NZT) / 6.00pm (AEST), Harlequins Rugby Club, Ashwood (https://melbournerebels.com/event/melbourne-rebels-v-hurricanes-exhibition-match/)
     
    Friday 24 June:
    Blues v Northland Barbarians, kick-off 6.30pm (NZT), Toll Stadium, Whangarei (http://www.taniwha.co.nz/latest-news/club-rugby/1305-blues-vs-northland-barbarians/)
     
    Chiefs?



  • I'll be going to the game up here on Friday.



  • Are any of the teams named for these matches?



  • NORTHLAND BARBARIANS SQUAD ANNOUNCED:
    35 players have been selected for the Northland Barbarians to prepare for their game against the Blues on Friday 24th June. 
    The game is the last of Northland’s High Performance games and is a valuable opportunity for players to measure themselves against Super Rugby players. Players will also need to adapt back to current ruck laws as used in Super and International rugby, as different from the Mitre 10 Cup trial breakdown laws used in Northland Club Rugby and in the High Performance games to date. From the squad the Northland Barbarians team will “strip” 25 – 26 players for the Friday night game.
    Northland Barbarians Squad:
    Chris Apoua (Mid Northern)
    Thomas Dwyer (Mid Northern)
    Michael Faleafa (Hikurangi)
    Josh Goodhue (United Kawakawa)
    Phil Kite (Old Boys Marist)
    Josh Larsen (Mid Northern)
    Conor Lawson (Wellsford)
    Taniela Manu (Old Boys Marist)
    Matt Matich (Western Sharks)
    Shane Neville (Otamatea)
    Jordan Olsen (Mid Northern)
    Tom Robinson (Western Sharks)
    Howard Sililoto (Old Boys Marist)
    Aorangi Stokes (Old Boys Marist)
    Sean Sweetman (Wellsford)
    Curtis Toapuho (Mid Northern)
    Ben Tou (Waipu)
    Sesimani Tupou (Otamatea)
    Solomon Alaimalo (Otamatea)
    Peter Breen (Old Boys Marist)
    James Cherrington (Mid Northern)
    Levi Clark (Mid Northern)
    Warren Dunn (Horahora)
    Josef Glamuzina (Western Sharks)
    Jordan Hyland (Otamatea)
    Wisea Lawabuca (Mid Northern)
    Monty Lama (Old Boys Marist)
    Tyler Lansdowne (Wellsford)
    Malcolm MacLeod (Mid Northern)
    Matty Marwick (Old Boys Marist)
    Solomona Paraki (Otamatea)
    Tamati Tua (Hikurangi)
     
    Unavailable:
    Matt Talaese (International duty)
    Ross Wright (Injured)
    Troy Gilbert (Injured)



  • Canes vs Rebels Team:
    (Notable inclusions)

    • Shaun Treeby comes into the Hurricanes on a short term contract.
    • Hugh Renton starts at 7, maybe a look to the future in that selection.
    1. James Marshall
    2. Cory Jane
    3. Matt Proctor
    4. Vince Tavae Aso
    5. Jason Woodward
    6. Otere Black
    7. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
    8. Victor Vito
    9. Hugh Renton
    10. Brad Shields
    11. Michael Fatialofa
    12. Mark Abbott
    13. Jeff Toomaga Allen
    14. Ricky Riccitelli
    15. Reggie Goodes
      Reserves:
    16. James Orielly 17. Chris Eves 18. Ben May 19. Loni Uhila 20. Hisa Sisagi 21. Geoff Cridge 22. James Blackwell 23. Jamison Gibson Park 24. Shaun Treeby 25. Willis Halaholo 26. Wesley Goosen


  • Crusaders squad:

    1. Alex Hodgman  2. Ben Funnell  3. Mike Ala'alatoa  4. Scott Barrett 5. Jimmy Tupou  6. Reed Prinsep  7. Matt Todd  8. Jordan Taufua
    2. Mitch Drummond  10. Richie Mo'unga  11. Nemani Nadolo  12. David Havili  13. Kieron Fonotia  14. Jone Macilai  15. Marty McKenzie
    3. Nathan Vella  17. Tom Hill 18. Samu Twake  19. Pari Pari Parkinson  20. Brad Hemopo  21. Jed Brown  22. Leon Fukofuka  23. Mitchell Hunt  24. Jack Goodhue  25. Sean Wainui


  • Canes vs Rebels Team:
    (Notable inclusions)

    • Shaun Treeby comes into the Hurricanes on a short term contract.
    • Hugh Renton starts at 7, maybe a look to the future in that selection.
    1. James Marshall
    2. Cory Jane
    3. Matt Proctor
    4. Vince Tavae Aso
    5. Jason Woodward
    6. Otere Black
    7. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
    8. Victor Vito
    9. Hugh Renton
    10. Brad Shields
    11. Michael Fatialofa
    12. Mark Abbott
    13. Jeff Toomaga Allen
    14. Ricky Riccitelli
    15. Reggie Goodes
      Reserves:
    16. James Orielly 17. Chris Eves 18. Ben May 19. Loni Uhila 20. Hisa Sisagi 21. Geoff Cridge 22. James Blackwell 23. Jamison Gibson Park 24. Shaun Treeby 25. Willis Halaholo 26. Wesley Goosen

    It's a pity the game isn't livestreamed. I have actually never seen Renton play and this might be his only opportunity for the Canes this year. I assume he's behind Lamborn in the loose forward pecking order, but hopefully the fact that he's fit to play means that he will finally be available for the Magpies this year. It's long overdue. I also see Cridge is named on the bench. Glad he's getting some game time, too.



  • I also noticed this in the Hurricanes media release:
     
    Unavailable due to international duty: TJ Perenara, Julian Savea, Ardie Savea, Dane Coles, Beauden Barrett (All Blacks), Motu Matu'u (Samoa), Tony Lamborn (USA), Leni Apisai, TJ Va'a, Peter Umaga-Jensen (New Zealand Under 20s).
     
    Two things:
    this seems to imply, as C4L has pointed out earlier in another thread, that PU-J is part of the Hurricanes squad
    however, how reliable is this info if they also indicate he's with the NZU20s while he clearly isn't?
    http://www.hurricanes.co.nz/the-canes/news/single/item/hurricanes-name-team-to-play-rebels-in-warm-up-match/



  • The mystery of Umaga Jensen.
    He has been training with them. He is only 18 so they may not want to rush him into pro footy too fast.
    He did play the Western Force in pre season (evidence on Youtube) this year so he is defs involved in the some degree.
    Maybe he is an apprentice at this stage. Who bloody.knows. Aslong as we have this kid signed by next year il be happy.



  • Hoping to see Blake Gibson back for the game on Friday.



  • Hoping to see Blake Gibson back for the game on Friday.

    From both of our profile pics/ avatars Id suggest Im not the only one excited to see Savea square off against Gibson next weekend. When was he meant to be back??



  • From both of our profile pics/ avatars Id suggest Im not the only one excited to see Savea square off against Gibson next weekend. When was he meant to be back??

    It's been 10 weeks since his injury, and the recovery time was 8 weeks, so he should be good to go now.



  • The Highlanders v Crusaders game will be broadcasted live on Sky Sport 1.
    Delayed on Rugby Channel at 5.00pm and replayed on Sky Sport 2 from 6.00pm.



  • It's been 10 weeks since his injury, and the recovery time was 8 weeks, so he should be good to go now.

    Hopefully it's not like his ITM Cup injury last year where 1 week turned into the whole season.



  • Highlanders team to play the Crusaders:

    1. Aki Seiuli  2.   Greg Pleasants-Tate  3.   Josh Hohneck  4.   Mark Reddish  5.   Joe Wheeler  6.   Gareth Evans  7.   Shane Christie (C)  8.   Luke Whitelock
    2. Te Aihe Toma  10. Marty Banks  11. Ryan Tongia  12. Rob Thompson  13. Jason Emery  14. Jack Wilson  15. Matt Faddes
       
      Reserves: Ash Dixon,  Daniel Lienert-Brown,  Ross Geldenhuys,  James Lentjes, Dan Pryor,  Jamie Booth,  Fletcher Smith, Teihorangi Walden, Michael Collins, Faasiu Fuatai, Hame Faiva, Tom Franklin, Siosiua Halanukonuka, Jackson Hemopo, Craig Millar
       
      Unavailable due to injury: Liam Coltman (foot), Alex Ainley (calf)
       
      Unavailable due to International Commitments: Ben Smith, Aaron Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Waisake Naholo, Liam Squire, Elliot Dixon, Lima Sopoaga (All Blacks), Fumikai Tanaka (Japan). Patrick Osborne (Fiji)


  • Interesting Manawatu halfback Jamie Booth is down with the Highlanders too.



  • Melbourne Rebels Squad for exhibition match against Hurricanes:
     
    Cruze Ah Nau, Alofa Alofa*, Paul Asquith, Steve Cummins, Jack Debreczeni, Tom English, Colby Fainga’a, Harley Fox*, Jamie Hagan, Reece Hodge, Mitch Inman, Sam Jeffries, Luke Jones, Pat Leafa, Ben Meehan, Tom Moloney, Sefa Naivalu, Jonah Placid, Jordy Reid, CulumRetallick, Fereti Sa’aga*, Siliva Siliva, Mick Snowden, NicStirzaker, Adam Thomson, Lopeti Timani
     
    *Uncapped Rebels 
     
    https://melbournerebels.com/2016/06/22/rebels-name-extended-squad-for-hurricanes-trial/



  • Blues team to play the Northland Barbarians is:
     
    1 Sam Prattley (FR)  2 James Parsons (FR) (C)  3 Sione Mafileo (FR)  4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti  5 Josh Bekhuis  6 Hoani Matenga  7 Kara Pryor  8 Joe Edwards
    9 Billy Guyton  10 Piers Francis  11 Tevita Li  12 Matt McGahan  13 Michael Little  14 Matt Duffie  15 Melani Nanai
     
    RESERVES:
     
    Quentin MacDonald (FR),  Matt Moulds (FR),  Namatahi Waa (FR),  Nic Mayhew (FR),  Scott Scrafton,  Brandon Nansen,  Blake Gibson,  
    Bryn Hall,  Will Talataina Mu,  Matt Vaega,  Afa Fa’atau,  Lolagi Visinia
     
    http://theblues.co.nz/4760-2/



  • Marty McKenzie having a horror start to the Oamaru game - first two kicks out on the full and the third gets charged. None under enormous pressure.
     
    Rob Thompson fends off Havili and straight through for a try under the posts from close range.
     
    It's wet and muddy.



  • Big Nadolo runs over three tacklers to get the Crusaders on attack. A few charges close to the line, penalty - Matt Todd take a quick tap and crshes over.
     
    7-7 after 25 minutes.



  • More mistakes by Marty McKenzie and the Highlanders go over through Emery, who ducks under a Havili (again) tackle.



  • Marty McKenzie having a horror start to the Oamaru game - first two kicks out on the full and the third gets charged. None under enormous pressure.
     
    Rob Thompson fends off Havili and straight through for a try under the posts from close range.
     
    It's wet and muddy.

    That try could only be scored because the officials missed several Highlanders players being in front of the kicker in the Crusaders half.
     
    Agree about Marty McKenzie; it's easy to see why Mo'unga is starting every game and McKenzie doesn't get picked at 10.



  • 14-7 at halftime.
     
    Crusaders lineout has been very poor - they have Tupou at lock, Princep at 6 and Taufua at 8 - so Barrett the only good option. Both packs weighing in at well short of 800kgs!
     
    Highlanders have looked a bit the better team, but lots of mistakes from both teams in the wet. They're both trying to play footy though.
     
    Marty Banks looking the most assured on the park. McKenzie has been very ordinary - lots of involvement but his early kicking was awful and he's since been rag-dolled a couple of times. Havili with two bad misses.



  • Barrett, Todd, Taufua, Drummond, Fonotia and Nadolo among the best for the Crusaders.
     
    Pleasants-Tate, Whitelock, Banks, Thompson, Emery and Faddes standing out for the landers.



  • McKenzie starts the 2nd half by kicking the ball out on the full - he's having a Ben Blair!



  • Tongia steps inside Matt Todd and finds a huge hole in the Crusaders first phase defence - runs 20 metres to score. Very poor.
     
    21-7



  • Mo-unga has left the field and McKenzie is first five. Crusaders get a penalty and he fails to find touch.
     
    Jesus Christ!



  • ...and to cap one of his least memorable rugby days he's hurt his knee and having to be stretchered off.



  • Marty Mckenzie is really not that good.  He is erractic and inconsistent.  Good enough for club rugby.  Why Canterbury pick him up I have no clue.  The fact that he is bounced from franchise to franchise says it all.



  • Marty Mckenzie is really not that good.  He is erractic and inconsistent.  Good enough for club rugby.  Why Canterbury pick him up I have no clue.  The fact that he is bounced from franchise to franchise says it all.

    Canterbury? He won't be playing Mitre 10 Cup for Taranaki this year?



  • My viewing got increasingly interrupted.
     
    Out the corner of my eye, Thompson made a good breakout that led to a try to Toma (who I was increasingly starting to watch - looked sharp). Hunt got one back for the Crusaders from close range. Nadolo missed the conversion - 28-12.
     
    And then I saw no more except the final score - Highlanders added a couple of tries to make it a bit of a towelling - 40-12. Will catch the last 20 minutes on replay.
     
    Crusaders had a lot of possession, but looked less incisive than the Highlanders. I'm not too upset we don't have Matson as a Head Coach. Despite that he's got our backline looking a bit sharper this year, he doesn't seem to have a great eye for selection, or much innovation about him c.f. Tony Brown.



  • By my count, 8 'Northland' debutants in the starting 15, 2 have played ITM Cup for other provinces; Breen - Otago and MAtich - Auckland....3 on the bench have played for Northland before.



  • My viewing got increasingly interrupted.
    Out the corner of my eye, Thompson made a good breakout that led to a try to Toma (who I was increasingly starting to watch - looked sharp). Hunt got one back for the Crusaders from close range. Nadolo missed the conversion - 28-12.
    And then I saw no more except the final score - Highlanders added a couple of tries to make it a bit of a towelling - 40-12. Will catch the last 20 minutes on replay.
    Crusaders had a lot of possession, but looked less incisive than the Highlanders. I'm not too upset we don't have Matson as a Head Coach. Despite that he's got our backline looking a bit sharper this year, he doesn't seem to have a great eye for selection, or much innovation about him c.f. Tony Brown.

    Hard to criticise the backline play too much Chris when it's freezing cold and the pitch is a bog.. There were even puddles starting to form.
    mitch hunt had a good cameo, looks promising.
    Marty Mackenzie was terrible, fukafuka was just as bad.



  • Holy f*ck, the conditions in Melbourne for the Rebels v Hurricanes match (being played as I type) are really terrible:

    Yes, that's water on the field. Heavy rain according to the Rebels Twitter feed.



  • It's 5-7 to the Canes after 51 minutes.



  • The Canes keep on scoring tries now: they lead 26-5 after 64 minutes.



  • Full time: Rebels 10 - 33 Hurricanes



  • Holy f*ck, the conditions in Melbourne for the Rebels v Hurricanes match (being played as I type) are really terrible:
    Yes, that's water on the field. Heavy rain according to the Rebels Twitter feed.
    Cold snap moving across the country too. Going to be snow in the blue mountains they say.
    Playing rugby at night, in the wet, in the cold? Fuck that, I'm an Aussie!



  • Cold snap moving across the country too. Going to be snow in the blue mountains they say.
    Playing rugby at night, in the wet, in the cold? Fuck that, I'm an Aussie!

    I don't see the cold and rain as a (potential) problem, but that field! Although, AAMI Park in Melbourne is not much better!  :think:



  • Melbourne isn't a rugby town, and a lot of the money is gone from suburban grounds as leagues consolidate into big arenas


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