Canterbury vs Wellington



  • https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/provincial/106502051/asafo-aumua-says-he-wont-be-a-onehit-all-blacks-wonder

    Trent Renata, Ben Lam, Matt Proctor (c), Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Wes Goosen, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Sheridan Rangihuna, Thomas Waldrom, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Vaea Fifita, Isaia Walker-Leawere, James Blackwell, Jeff To'omaga-Allen, James O'Reilly, Tolu Fahamokioa.

    Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Kaliopasi Uluiakepa, Joel Hintz, Will Mangos, Mateaki Kafatolu, Kemara Hauiti-Parapara, Billy Proctor, Malo Tuitama



  • @duluth wondered what was up with Lousi, but read that he is having a minor op. Great to see Proctor (Matt) back on the field too. Dang we missed that guy for the canes.



  • Highlights of the 2017 match



  • Canterbury will be hell-bent on making amends for their sluggish start against Tasman last week and will also be looking for some revenge from last years walloping at the Cake Tin.

    I see this as a 50-50 game, could go either way. As per usual with Canterbury vs Wellington fixtures, Canterbury look to have a stronger forward back and Wellington look to have a typically potent backline.

    I just hope for our sake that Aumua returns to the starting side as O'Reilly doesn't look upto it.

    Reuben Thorne will have his skates on. He is coaching Christs College in the UC Championship final which will finish at 2pm before getting on his bike for a 2.05pm kickoff at AMI. If College manages an upset against Boys High Reuben will have to miss the celebrations.



  • @canes4life said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    Canterbury will be hell-bent on making amends for their sluggish start against Tasman last week and will also be looking for some revenge from last years walloping at the Cake Tin.

    I see this as a 50-50 game, could go either way. As per usual with Canterbury vs Wellington fixtures, Canterbury look to have a stronger forward back and Wellington look to have a typically potent backline.

    I just hope for our sake that Aumua returns to the starting side as O'Reilly doesn't look upto it.

    Reuben Thorne will have his skates on. He is coaching Christs College in the UC Championship final which will finish at 2pm before getting on his bike for a 2.05pm kickoff at AMI. If College manages an upset against Boys High Reuben will have to miss the celebrations.

    Bloody stupid they couldn't reschedule the schools final till Sunday to avoid this clash. I know a bunch of people that aren't going to watch Canterbury because they are going to the schools game.

    I think Wellington will win, very disappointed with the squad Maddock has chosen and we looked directionless last weekend.



  • @sammyc Why didnt they just play it as a curtain raiser?



  • @sammyc Yeah similar to here last week with Wellington vs Otago on at the same time as the schools final between Town and Stream. Strange that the communication lines between school and provincial organizers are so closed off.



  • @kiwimurph said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @sammyc Why didnt they just play it as a curtain raiser?

    They used to play the game at rugby park, but that changed a few years ago so that the team who qualified first got home advantage.

    I guess it's so they school pupils can all go without having to pay for a ticket



  • @kiwimurph said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @sammyc Why didnt they just play it as a curtain raiser?

    shouldnt that be a double header? 😉



  • @sammyc said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    I guess it's so they school pupils can all go without having to pay for a ticket

    There's ways around that. Auckland had the schools game as the curtain raiser last week, it was free entry as long as you arrived before half time

    The stadium won't be full for an NPC match and the ground makes money on the food etc

    Maybe the field can't handle two games in a row?



  • When's the Canterbury team released?



  • @sammyc said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @canes4life said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    Canterbury will be hell-bent on making amends for their sluggish start against Tasman last week and will also be looking for some revenge from last years walloping at the Cake Tin.

    I see this as a 50-50 game, could go either way. As per usual with Canterbury vs Wellington fixtures, Canterbury look to have a stronger forward back and Wellington look to have a typically potent backline.

    I just hope for our sake that Aumua returns to the starting side as O'Reilly doesn't look upto it.

    Reuben Thorne will have his skates on. He is coaching Christs College in the UC Championship final which will finish at 2pm before getting on his bike for a 2.05pm kickoff at AMI. If College manages an upset against Boys High Reuben will have to miss the celebrations.

    Bloody stupid they couldn't reschedule the schools final till Sunday to avoid this clash. I know a bunch of people that aren't going to watch Canterbury because they are going to the schools game.

    I think Wellington will win, very disappointed with the squad Maddock has chosen and we looked directionless last weekend.

    Changes you'd make to the squad??



  • @canes4life said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    When's the Canterbury team released?

    Still not on the CRFU site and I haven't had my team update email either. Don't know why they're farting around.

    I think the forward pack last week was the best we could put out. If there's some prop rotation this week that's no biggie as we have depth there.

    I wonder if Mo'unga has been released? Would make some sense all round. He'd be a big 'in' and aside from that I'd shake up the midfield and back three and bring Bridge back in, move Ennor into midfield and the backline would look a lot stronger like this:

    9 Drummond
    10 Cameron / Mo'unga
    12 Burleigh / Beard
    13 Ennor
    11 Punivai
    14 McKay
    15 Bridge



  • @shark said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    I wonder if Mo'unga has been released? Would make some sense all round.

    Until DMac or Beaudie go down in the warm up to the Bledisloe.....

    Makes more sense to release Mo'unga to play next weekend when there isn't a test.



  • @kiwimurph said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @shark said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    I wonder if Mo'unga has been released? Would make some sense all round.

    Until DMac or Beaudie go down in the warm up to the Bledisloe.....

    Makes more sense to release Mo'unga to play next weekend when there isn't a test.

    Hence I've bracketed him



  • @sammyc It was weird how excited people were for a mediocre plodder like Phil Burleigh. Surprised he could make that squad.



  • https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/provincial/106516422/canterbury-fullback-george-bridge-relives-asafo-aumua-nightmare-before-wellington-rematch

    George Bridge, Josh McKay, Braydon Ennor, Sam Beard, Caleb Makene, Brett Cameron, Mitchell Drummond (cc), Whetu Douglas (cc), Tom Christie, Reed Prinsep, Mitchell Dunshea, Luke Romano, Sef Fa'agase, Nathan Vella, Alex Hodgman

    Reserves: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Chris King, Hamish Dalzell, Tom Sanders, Connor Collins, James Hawkey, Ngane Punivai



  • @tim said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @sammyc It was weird how excited people were for a mediocre plodder like Phil Burleigh. Surprised he could make that squad.

    I wasn't excited as such but given the cattle lost from the midfield over the last couple of years (ie our last two championship combinations in Goodhue & Barrett, Bateman & Thompson) it was pleasing to have a decent veteran available, and I'd been lead to believe his club from was good. Additionally Inga Finau seems to have dropped off the radar.

    Not sure how bad Burleighs' injury is but you might be in luck.



  • @shark said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @sammyc said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @canes4life said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    Canterbury will be hell-bent on making amends for their sluggish start against Tasman last week and will also be looking for some revenge from last years walloping at the Cake Tin.

    I see this as a 50-50 game, could go either way. As per usual with Canterbury vs Wellington fixtures, Canterbury look to have a stronger forward back and Wellington look to have a typically potent backline.

    I just hope for our sake that Aumua returns to the starting side as O'Reilly doesn't look upto it.

    Reuben Thorne will have his skates on. He is coaching Christs College in the UC Championship final which will finish at 2pm before getting on his bike for a 2.05pm kickoff at AMI. If College manages an upset against Boys High Reuben will have to miss the celebrations.

    Bloody stupid they couldn't reschedule the schools final till Sunday to avoid this clash. I know a bunch of people that aren't going to watch Canterbury because they are going to the schools game.

    I think Wellington will win, very disappointed with the squad Maddock has chosen and we looked directionless last weekend.

    Changes you'd make to the squad??

    Burleigh was a terrible signing at the expense of Ray Nu'u who moved down to Southland and is a very special player.

    Chris King another I wouldn't have signed. Plenty of young talent in that position.

    I've dont rate Brett Cameron, he stands far too deep. And Makene is an average at best winger.

    I also think Punavai should be at 13 instead of Sam Beard



  • @shark said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @tim said in Canterbury vs Wellington:

    @sammyc It was weird how excited people were for a mediocre plodder like Phil Burleigh. Surprised he could make that squad.

    I wasn't excited as such but given the cattle lost from the midfield over the last couple of years (ie our last two championship combinations in Goodhue & Barrett, Bateman & Thompson) it was pleasing to have a decent veteran available, and I'd been lead to believe his club from was good. Additionally Inga Finau seems to have dropped off the radar.

    Not sure how bad Burleighs' injury is but you might be in luck.

    Burleigh is a journeyman, if we are going to talk club form then he doesn't come close to Nu'u


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