He was listed as a reserve to play club rugby for Rangatau In Tauranga last weekend.
Posts made by Snollygoster
RE: Steamers 2019
@Donsteppa Bugger. We will miss him. My guess is that Mike Delany will be involved in some capacity as he has been with McMillan in the 10's and with tonight's "Bay team" against the NZ under 20s. Its a bit disappointing really as he has no real coaching experience.
Okay, I must be bored. Its over three months till the Mitre 10 cup starts and World Cup Cricket is set to dominate my life for a big part of that. However I am slightly curious as to how the BOP rugby team is shaping. Given the disaster that was last year I am hoping that 2019 delivers something better. I'm interested to know what others think of the team makeup for this coming season. Below is a breakdown of the team from last year and possible changes for 2019...for all its worth :-
Hookers...Harris, Polwart and Siataga.
Harris and Polwart are still around but I'm unsure whats happened to Siataga. They ended up using a variety of other players last year as a result of injuries.
Props...Geldenhyus, Lay, Mafileo, McHugh, Ross, Sakalia and Thwaites.
Lay has gone and I'm unsure of where Sakalia is.
Locks...Ardron, Le'aupepe and Wardlaw.
They are all still about. I guess you could throw in Aaron Carrol to the mix. As an outside pick, Alex Ainley is another possibility. At 38 he is still looks impressive playing for Rangiuru.
Loose Forwards...Blake,Cane,Karpik and Latimer.
Blake, Cane and Karpik are still about but Lats has officially retired (although still impressing for Rangiuru) so a spot opens up here.
Number 8... Mua and Matenga.
Mua will be back but I don't know where Matenga is. Kapeli is on the fringes of Super rugby so may step in here. Given how loose forwards and locks swap positions, many selections are possible.
Halfback ...Judd and Campbell.
Assuming both are available they will be back this year. There are others on the scene if injury strikes.
First Five...Delany and Robertson.
Delany is,of course, gone. I understand both Reese MacDonald and Dan Holinshead (remember him from a couple of years back) are signed so this will be interesting.
Midfield...Foketi, Hepetema, Steel and Joass.
Hepetema is in the UK and are unsure of the availabity of the other three. Several young guys are putting their hands up Lalomilo is one that comes to mind.
Outside backs...Garland, Fuatai, Trask, Simonsson and Tiatia.
Simonsson is now playing league for the Canberra Raiders, I don't know what Tiatia and Fuatai are doing come NPC time but Garland and Trask are still playing locally. The young Narawa and Forbes must surely "be in the picture".
Coaches. I thought they deserve a mention. Gibbs and Hill are gone so the replacements will hopefully bring some new imput. I wonder if McMillan is feeling vulnerable ? Given our player numbers and resources we really should be doing better than what the last few years under his coaching have produced!!
Okay People..Its your turn. Does anyone know the whereabouts of the players that I have mentioned ? Does anyone know of other club players putting their hands up? Am I being to mean on McMillan? What players don't deserve to be resellected ? Whats your honest expectations for this coming season ?
RE: 2019 under 20's
Its an odd mix of players but heavily weighted to the BOP academy, with one or two old hands and even a couple of Japanese players who are over as part of their development program.
BTW, I agree with what you say about Mua but hes been getting better progressively better and is playing up a storm at club level so I'm prepared to avoid judgement until he plays a bit more at the higher level.
It should be an interesting game despite the shite weather.
RE: Bay of Plenty v Canterbury
Anyone know what has happened to Foketi ?
Are Blake and Le'aupepe injured ?
Not unhappy to see Garland out as he hasn't done anything out of the ordinary thus far. Having said that neither has Fuatai so I would like to see him looking for more work.
I'm looking forward to see how Wardlaw goes at this level.
You'd have to rate The Bay a rough chance as long as they are are not overawed by the Canterbury aura. I read somewhere that the game could be won or lost at the breakdown and with Karpik and Lats performing we may win that battle.
An afternoon game at the Domain against one of the most successful teams in the comp with our team performing so well doesn't get any better !
RE: Steamers v Counties
@bopred Yes, as they stated..."it wasn't pretty" and there is a lot to work on.
"Counties–Manukau ran more metres, completed more passes and carried the ball more times than Bay of Plenty on Thursday night.
The opposition made more tackles and missed fewer. They won more lineouts and didn't lose as many as the Bay on their own throw-in.
The Steamers conceded more penalties, didn't win as many rucks and mauls and made fewer clean breaks."
But the fact that we won after such a performance speaks volumes of how they "hung in there". You can't deny its a good start to the season however.