I thought that Ratima played a big part in the comeback. He brought some energy on which DMac tuned into. The connection between those two was much better and DMac had that extra moment on the ball to wait for the defence to make a decision then try and take advantage.
That first of the three comeback tries was DMac on a good day to a tee. Ball in both hands looking at options then an acceleration through two forwards and a great offload.
Ratima mixed it up quite a bit and also cleaned some critical breakdowns on the verge of isolation.
To me that extra action and energy is what had BOP's storm week problems kick in and errors start.
Will be a cracker game next week.
fun game, lots of errors but points from both teams made it entertaining. The BoP team were slow to get into this one. The starting forward pack looks good though although TTT's service was so laboured it made TJP look quick. Trask looked ok at 10 and when he got decent ball was a threat, hopefully we don't see him in the fullback jersey again though.
Think both teams can take a few positives out of that one, not polished by any means but enough to keep each set of supporters interested.
Have to say just watching game now as I was at Naki game in Sunday. Bloody entertaining game and have to say I like the look of this young No8 for Wellington.
Lions are going to struggle a bit with their front row, and BOP look to have a reasonably well balanced team.
I see josh bartlett nikora broughton and veveni lasaqa playing for varsity in hamilton. Bernie hati been playibg for whaka and a few played for greerton marist other day lamolio.etc
Heard jacob norris might be playing for bop
Bunnings Warehouse NPC and Heartland Championship Update
The Bunnings Warehouse NPC match between Bay of Plenty and Northland, scheduled to be played at Tauranga Domain at 2.05pm this Sunday, will be postponed.
After consulting with their playing groups, both unions agreed it did not feel appropriate to play on the day of Sean Wainui’s tangi.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is working with the Bay of Plenty and Northland unions to reschedule the match, which had been scheduled to be played and will announce details in due course.
Additionally, as a sign of respect to Sean and his whānau NZR have asked the rugby community to come together to acknowledge Sean’s life prior to all Bunnings Warehouse NPC and Heartland Championship matches this weekend.
Players, coaches, managers and match officials will be wearing black armbands and Sean will also be acknowledged via a special tribute and moment's silence prior to each match this weekend.
One of the intriguing things about this season is highlighted by Daryl Gibson's own words:
"He's really lifted training, obviously having the All Black captain in our team is a real lift for our players. Certainly to see him train at the intensity he trains at for our younger players and even our senior pros, to know that's the level you've got to be at if you want to be at the very best." (Source: Rugby: All Blacks skipper Sam Cane charts return to rugby after long layoff )
While you'd expect the All Blacks captain to lift standards at training, the couple of pre-lockdown training sessions I stumbled across looked relatively chilled. To be fair, not every session can be run at 100%, but so far it's not looking good on the park against better prepared teams.
The coaching team can genuinely point to injuries. I suppose it's hard to know how much preparation comes into some injuries, or not.
boprugby: Ohhh this is gonna be a good game! 🔥 some legends lacing up for tomorrow’s @iamhope_nz XV vs WASPS XV charity game!
This game is all about brining former players, coaches, managers, volunteers back to the game of rugby and to connect them back with the rugby community while advocating for positive discussions around mental health in the game of rugby.
@Rapido Great impartial comments , 9 times out of 10 , I support the Magpies , but when the Taniwha played them for the shield .
Fakatava threw at least 3 forward passes off channel 1 runners
I was alongside 2 guys from the Hawkes Bay media and even they were shaking their heads , if you miss one forward pass, that’s one thing , but 3 of them in practically the position on the field , 🤦♂️..did not effect the result at the end of day , but certainly was not what the quality off officialdom you be getting at this level.
Am away this weekend so miss the BOP v Harbour match. What a huge one that will be! Back in time for the final v Waikato though. That is assuming that Tasman and Auckland maintain their current approach through semis. I can dream....
Much better effort from Tasman this week, with everyone contributing.
Christie especially looked like he'd shaken off some rust and things flowed better from there.
However, as above, the forward packs seemed reasonably evenly matched. The Tasman backs just had more firepower and played with more adventure.
I think it will be a lot better for TTT to stay in NZ and play some rugby rather than sitting in an Australian grandstand watching the ABs. On that performance, I wouldn't want Otere Black very near an AB jersey either.