A bit of a breakdown of each player after seeing the game again.
Outside Backs: Rayasi and Nanai were constant threats throughout the game. Unlike last year, our wingers are getting put into space this year.
Trainor was a bit rocks and diamonds - needs to clean up those simple mistakes.
Midfield: Solid all round games from Faiane and Manu. Manu looks to have a real knack over the ball. Looking forward to his match-up with Tupaea on Thursday.
Halves: Fukofuka had a near faultless game again. His speed of delivery and accuracy helps everyone, especially Plummer. A couple of sweet try assists by him.
Plummer had a good game, particularly with ball in hand and on defense. Did a great job of staying in support to score after Nanai made the break as a Taniwha player was holding him back - usually guys tend to give up and try to get the refs attention when that happens, but he persisted. A few errors and a few kicks by him weren't ideal, but nonetheless, it was a solid performance.
Backrow: Papalii! Looked like another man of the match performance from him. Defensively, he's about as good as anyone at the moment.
Gibson wasn't too far behind Papali'i with his performance. One aspect of Gibson's game that seems to have improved this season is his ball carrying in the tight.
Akira had a quiet 1st half but had a much better 2nd half. Had some nice turnovers when Northland were hot on attack. If Papali'i and Gibson are healthy, Akira will get a bit more help at the Blues next year.
Locks: Lemalu had a solid debut - we look a bit stauncher in the tight with him out there.
Whetton was really good. I didn't really notice how good he was live, but with a second look, he had a man of the match type of game.
Can't really ask for much more from our 4th and 5th string locks.
Frontrow: Renata was a welcomed addition this week - was solid in the scrum and busy on defense.
Prattley wasn't as visible around the park but held his own in the scrum.
Abel had a couple of throws that might've been under thrown early, but Northland might've read the plays well too, either way, he settled down after that and wasn't too bad around the park.
Bench: Nothing notable from the bench outside of Sosene killing Debreczeni.