Auckland vs. Northland
15 Jordan Trainor (Ponsonby, 1 Auckland cap)
14 Vince Aso (Ponsonby, 29)
13 Malakai Fekitoa (Pakuranga, 24)
12 George Moala (Grammar TEC, 46)
11 Caleb Clarke (Suburbs, 1)
10 Daniel Bowden (Ponsonby,
9 Jono Hickey (Grammar TEC, 23)
8 Blake Gibson (Ponsonby, 13)
7 Sinclair Dominikovich-Murray (University, 2)
6 Samuel Slade (Ponsonby, 1)
5 Scott Scrafton (Grammar TEC, 24)
4 Patrick Tuipulotu (Ponsonby, 15, c)
3 Marcel Renata (University, 12)
2 Greg Pleasants-Tate (Ponsonby, 17)
1 Sam Prattley (Pakuranga, 35)
16 Kurt Eklund (University, 23)
17 Isi Tu’ungafasi (Suburbs, 13)
18 Dexter Fa’amoana (College Rifles, 1)
19 Ben Nee-Nee (Pakuranga, 6)
20 Josh Kaifa (Manukau, 5)
21 Leon Fukofuka (Marist, 18)
22 TJ Faiane (Pakuranga,
23 Otumaka Mausia (College Rifles, 0) +
Injured/unavailable: Tom McHugh (season), Jamason Fa’anana-Shultz (season), Dalton Papali’i, Taleni Seu, Michael Fatialofa, Tumua Manu, Melani Nanai
1 positional change in pack with Douglas going from 6 to lock, where Josh Goodhue drops to bench and Jack Ram starts, then a few changes in the backs, most notably, Jack Goodhue to make his debut.
3 sets of brothers in the 23.
@African-Monkey big mental hurdle to get over...2 wins over Auckland this century, last one was witj Gus and Holwell on the park, admittedly both wins were in Auckland but still gonna take some effort for them to get one over Auckland.
I just want more of what we saw in the second 40 where we played the footy unlike the first half where BOP dictated things and we couldn't get into the game.
I think the biggest thing for us is the mental aspect as TR said. The notion of Auckland always seems to psych us out. We usually have a scrap for a while, but then drop the lollies..
Hopefully we can just see them as 15 blokes in blue and white hoops this time.
Our best chance ever albeit a massive challenge.
Would love to actually play them in Whangarei for once though!! How many years since we got them at home?
I'm not a fan of the system for determining crossover matches because you can get locked into this lack of variety
However, Northland could have picked Auckland for an Okara park match but opted for Waikato instead (see the round two picks in this article)