Ropate Rinakama rolled his ankle last night,but it was fine today,so should be good to go next Sunday..
Posts made by Steven Harris
RE: v North Harbour
@taniwharugby to be fair to Straker,he’s hasn’t played a lot of rugby this year,was out for a good part of the club season,
Hopefully any scrum issues will be sorted out by the scrum coach
Francisco Deformes,not sure if he is from Argentina,Uruguay or Chillie
I am wondering if Isileli Tu'ungafasi was a good signing as opposed to Taniela Dan Koroi who played for Waipu and then signed for Auckland..do Auckland know something we don’t given they were not going to sign Isi..?
Heading off to watch the Dev squad play Auckland tomorrow,
Heard some awesome things about Alex Dale at tighead from last weeks preason game against Harbour where he demolished 2 loosehead props..
Rinakama was hobbling around last night after the game,hope it’s not to serious..
And speaking of Northland players turning out for other unions a Tim Bond has been named in the Waikato Mitre 10 Cup squad..
It’s a bit of new phenomenon for Northland supporters,Taniwha rejects getting picked up by other unions,I think that now takes the list 6.
RE: v North Harbour
Bugger,one that we probably should’nt have won,could have won,but at the end of the day we will be kicking ourselves.
Start with the not so good,far too much time giving away field position and territory.
The positives that we do show,that despite the lack of ball and territory,we stayed in the fight,which means fitness is not an issue with the squad.
Also I thought the defence in the first 20 minutes was brutal,hitting very hard on the advantage line.
In the forwards,Tom Robinson despite getting a yellow card was a beast,great to see Tom back on the field after a spate of injuries of the last couple of seasons.
Also thought Kara Pryor was great value,and played a lot more tighter,was great to see.
A special mention also for Matt Matich,added some much needed energy when he came on
In the backs Ranger provided plenty of physicality especially when carrying,and his ability to set up Robinson for the first Try was all class.
Matt Wright at fullback got through a ton of work,and put in a great effort to nail Sean Stephenson in the corner which forced poor inside pass.
Really liked the look of Debreczeni at first five,his general play was very good in the main,and his big boot is a real plus.
Jono Kitto looks an awesome signing,bought a ton of energy and organisation when he came on..looked all class..!
Not much else to be said,but with a 10 x day break,the signs are promising.