Mitre 10 Cup - news, injuries etc



  • I wish...he has been gone for the last 2 or 3 ITM Cup campaigns...





  • 2016 Bay of Plenty Steamers Squad:
    Hookers:
    Nathan Harris – Te Puke Sports (26), Liam Polwart* – Greerton Marist, Joseph Royal – Rotoiti (29), Sabastian Siataga – Mount Maunganui (8)
     
    Props:
    Siegfried Fisi'ihoi – Rotoiti (18), Jordan Lay* – Whakarewarewa, Aidan Ross – Te Puke Sports (3), Solomona Sakalia – Mount Maunganui (19), Pingi Tala'apitaga – Tauranga Sports (34), Jeff Thwaites – Te Puna (6)
     
    Locks:
    Troy Callander – Greerton Marist (7), Shahn Eru – Te Puna (7), Keepa Mewett – Tauranga Sports (17), Culum Retallick – Tauranga Sports (92)
     
    Loose Forwards:
    Matty Axtens* – Mount Maunganui, Hugh Blake* – Te Puke Sports, Sam Cane – Tauranga Sports (18), Mitchell Karpik* – Mount Maunganui, Jesse Parete* – Arataki, Henry Stowers* – Arataki, Eru Wano-Smith* – Whakarewarewa, Joe Tupe – Greerton Marist (23)
     
    Half backs:
    Luke Campbell* – Te Puke Sports, Ruki Tipuna – Rangataua (12), Te Aihe Toma – Te Puna (25)
     
    First five-eights:
    Kelly Haimona – Whakarewarewa (15), Dan Hollinshead – Te Puke Sports (19)
     
    Midfield backs:
    Lalakai Foketi – Rangataua (10), Terrence Hepetema – Te Puna (1), Teddy Stanaway – Mount Maunganui (1), Joe Webber* – Te Puke Sports
     
    Outside backs:
    Te Rangi Fraser – Whakarewarewa (10), Monty Ioane* – Greerton Marist, Elijah Nicholas – Whakatane Marist (6), Chase Tiatia – Rangataua (11), Isaac Te Aute* – Mount Maunganui, Regan Ware* – Arataki
     
    Injury Cover:
    Leigh Hughes* – Mount Maunganui

    *Denotes Steamers debut
    () Denotes Steamers caps
     
    http://www.boprugby.co.nz/news--information/2016-steamers-squad-announced/



  • North Harbour
     
    Hookers                           
    James Parsons
    Raymond Niuia
     
    Props                          
    Karl Tuikanafe                             
    Nic Mayhew
    Sione Mafileo                      
    Adrian Smith                        
    Toketa Fatai
     
    Locks                           
    Gerard Cowley-Mariner                                
    Brandon Nansen                                 
    Chris Vui
     
    Loose Forwards         
    Murphy Taramai                               
    Hapakuki Liavaa-Moala                      
    Kane Jacobsen                            
    Glen Preston                           
    Josh Tyrell
     
    Half Backs                  
    Bryn Hall                              
    Chris Smylie
     
    1st 5s                           
    Bryn Gatland                            
    Matt McGahan
     
    Midfield                      
    James Little                                   
    Pita Ahki                                
    Matt Vaega                              
    Michael Little                                 
    Rene Ranger                                
    Daniel Hilton Jones
     
    Outsides                     
    Tevita Li                                 
    Matt Duffie                                 
    Marty Swart                                
    Afa Faatau



  • Is Ranger expected to be available for any of the season?



  • Is Ranger expected to be available for any of the season?

    I can't find anything about his fitness. I thought he was ruled out of the NPC too?
     
    They named plenty of midfielders.



  • if he doesn't end up playing, that's 2 seasons he's been signed and not played, and from what I've heard, he wants to come back here anyway. If that did transpire, we could go from an iffy mid-field to a very good one if Goodhue returned as rumoured as well.



  • North Harbour
     
    Hookers                           
    James Parsons
    Raymond Niuia
     
    Props                          
    Karl Tuikanafe                             
    Nic Mayhew
    Sione Mafileo                      
    Adrian Smith                        
    Toketa Fatai
     
    Locks                           
    Gerard Cowley-Mariner                                
    Brandon Nansen                                 
    Chris Vui
     
    Loose Forwards         
    Murphy Taramai                               
    Hapakuki Liavaa-Moala                      
    Kane Jacobsen                            
    Glen Preston                           
    Josh Tyrell
     
    Half Backs                  
    Bryn Hall                              
    Chris Smylie
     
    1st 5s                           
    Bryn Gatland                            
    Matt McGahan
     
    Midfield                      
    James Little                                   
    Pita Ahki                                
    Matt Vaega                              
    Michael Little                                 
    Rene Ranger                                
    Daniel Hilton Jones
     
    Outsides                     
    Tevita Li                                 
    Matt Duffie                                 
    Marty Swart                                
    Afa Faatau

    They should be able to put together a useful backline out of that side with an ok tight 5. Surely they can at the very least get a semi final spot.



  • You'd think they'd be able to poach a Prior brother to play 7.



  • you'd think wouldn't you....keep your hands off 😉



  • you'd think wouldn't you....keep your hands off 😉

    Yes you guys do need all the help you can get  :mocking:



  • Yes you guys do need all the help you can get  :mocking:

    how dare you...oh wait.
     
    Still amuses me we have our highest number of contracted super players after what was probably worst season I can recall us playing (even worse than that time where we might not have won a game for 2 seasons - but at least we looked good in parts, unlike last year)



  • 2016 Bay of Plenty Steamers Squad:
    Hookers:
    Nathan Harris – Te Puke Sports (26), Liam Polwart* – Greerton Marist, Joseph Royal – Rotoiti (29), Sabastian Siataga – Mount Maunganui (8)
     
    Props:
    Siegfried Fisi'ihoi – Rotoiti (18), Jordan Lay* – Whakarewarewa, Aidan Ross – Te Puke Sports (3), Solomona Sakalia – Mount Maunganui (19), Pingi Tala'apitaga – Tauranga Sports (34), Jeff Thwaites – Te Puna (6)
     
    Locks:
    Troy Callander – Greerton Marist (7), Shahn Eru – Te Puna (7), Keepa Mewett – Tauranga Sports (17), Culum Retallick – Tauranga Sports (92)
     
    Loose Forwards:
    Matty Axtens* – Mount Maunganui, Hugh Blake* – Te Puke Sports, Sam Cane – Tauranga Sports (18), Mitchell Karpik* – Mount Maunganui, Jesse Parete* – Arataki, Henry Stowers* – Arataki, Eru Wano-Smith* – Whakarewarewa, Joe Tupe – Greerton Marist (23)
     
    Half backs:
    Luke Campbell* – Te Puke Sports, Ruki Tipuna – Rangataua (12), Te Aihe Toma – Te Puna (25)
     
    First five-eights:
    Kelly Haimona – Whakarewarewa (15), Dan Hollinshead – Te Puke Sports (19)
     
    Midfield backs:
    Lalakai Foketi – Rangataua (10), Terrence Hepetema – Te Puna (1), Teddy Stanaway – Mount Maunganui (1), Joe Webber* – Te Puke Sports
     
    Outside backs:
    Te Rangi Fraser – Whakarewarewa (10), Monty Ioane* – Greerton Marist, Elijah Nicholas – Whakatane Marist (6), Chase Tiatia – Rangataua (11), Isaac Te Aute* – Mount Maunganui, Regan Ware* – Arataki
     
    Injury Cover:
    Leigh Hughes* – Mount Maunganui

    *Denotes Steamers debut
    () Denotes Steamers caps
     
    http://www.boprugby.co.nz/news--information/2016-steamers-squad-announced/

    If they made it a Sevens comp, we'd be right in the mix!



  • Most of the sevens squad must live at The Mount, hence Webber and Ware's transfer to BOP.
     
    I see a couple of other ex Waikato rep/club players are in the NH squad as well - Tyrell and Jacobsen.



  • The North Harbour squad looks to be somewhat light, numbers wise anyway, in a couple of areas. I suppose it must be dictated by financial pressures, or perhaps blind optisism if the can only include four outside backs and three locks. Maybe it could be there is just not the talent available to them locally and numbers from outside the area are not interested in playing for them?
    If Afa Fa'atau is the same guy that played on the wing for Poverty Bay last season then he looks like he could cover prop and most other forwqard positions judging by the size of him.



  • The North Harbour squad looks to be somewhat light, numbers wise anyway, in a couple of areas. I suppose it must be dictated by financial pressures, or perhaps blind optisism if the can only include four outside backs and three locks. Maybe it could be there is just not the talent available to them locally and numbers from outside the area are not interested in playing for them?
    If Afa Fa'atau is the same guy that played on the wing for Poverty Bay last season then he looks like he could cover prop and most other forwqard positions judging by the size of him.

    I suppose Matt McGahan can cover fullback and he usually plays there for them. They could take a lock from Auckland as we have plenty lol but that's not gonna happen.
     
    And yes, that is the same Afa Fa'atau. He was in the Blues wider training squad but didn't see any game time.



  • And yes, that is the same Afa Fa'atau. He was in the Blues wider training squad but didn't see any game time.

    Partly because he was injured most the season, I think.
     
    The Counties Manukau team has been named, and includes Cameron Skelton and So'otala Fa'aso'o among others
     
    http://steelers.co.nz/news/article/1570/

    2016 Steelers Mitre 10 Cup Squad
    Jarred Adams (Prop) Pukekohe *
    Sam Aiono (Prop) Bombay
    Sean Bagshaw (Prop) Onewhero
    Nathan De Thierry (First Five-Eighth) Pukekohe
    Hika Elliot (Hooker)
    Sootala Fa’aso’o (Loose Forward) North Shore *
    Sione Faletau (Prop) Patumahoe *
    Sione Fifita (Outside Back) Pukekohe
    Piers Francis (First Five-Eighth) Bombay
    Joseph Ikenasio (Midfield) Ardmore Marist
    Richard Judd (Halfback) Onewhero
    Luteru Laulala (Outside Back) Ardmore Marist *
    Orbyn Leger (Midfield) Karaka *
    Fotu Lokotui (Loose Forward) Patumahoe *
    Matiaha Martin (Lock) Bombay *
    Sione Molia (Outside Back) Karaka *
    Augustine Pulu (Halfback) Karaka
    Toni Pulu (Outside) Bombay
    Viliame Rarasea (Lock) Ardmore Marist
    Joe Reynolds (Outside Back) Pukekohe *
    Cameron Skelton (Lock) Pukekohe *
    Sherwin Stowers (Outside Back) Ardmore Marist
    Gafatasi Su’a (Hooker) Pukekohe
    Suliasi Taufalele (Hooker) Ardmore Marist
    Jordan Taufua (Loose Forward) Ardmore Marist
    Viliami Taulani (Loose Forward) Patumahoe
    Jonathan Taumateine (Halfback) Ardmore Marist *
    Kalolo Tuiloma (Prop) Bombay *
    Jimmy Tupou (Lock) Ardmore Marist
    Cardiff Vaega (Midfield) Karaka
    Sam Vaka (Midfield) Bombay
    Sonny Bill Williams (Midfield)
     
    Five players who are contracted, but unavailable due to injury:
    Glen Fisi’iahi (Outside Back) Bombay *
    Sam Henwood (Loose Forward) Pukekohe
    Nepo Laulala (Prop) Ardmore Marist *
    Pauliasi Manu (Prop) Karaka
    Maama Vaipulu (Loose Forward) Pukekohe
    Players contracted for pre-season:
    Harry Fitzsimons (Loose Forward) Karaka
    Kalione Hala (Outside Back) Karaka *
    Lolohea Loco (Outside Back) Ardmore Marist

    • New Steelers


  • hello Mafia, i should go to the dedicated forum, but i can't be fucked.
     
    While i am under no illusion how we are going to go this year, have we got a coach and a set of players that will play enterprising rugby at least? If we're going to lose, can we at least be fun to watch?



  • You will get hidings from Northland and North Harbour.



  • You will get hidings from Northland and North Harbour.

    Unsure which team that is more insulting to! 🙂


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