Waikato v Wellington

  • Waikato

    1 Toby Smith (Hamilton Old Boys)
    2 Samisoni Taukei’aho (Fraser Tech)
    3 Joshua Iosefa-Scott (Melville)
    4 Tim Bond (University)
    5 Laghlan McWhannell (Hautapu)
    6 James Tucker (Hamilton Marist)
    7 Mitch Jacobson (Hautapu)
    8 Jordan Manihera (Hamilton Old Boys)
    9 Kylem O’Donnell (Melville)
    10 Fletcher Smith (University)
    11 Sevu Reece (Hamilton Old Boys)
    12 Dwayne Sweeney – Captain (Morrinsville Sports)
    13 Quinn Tupaea (Hamilton Old Boys)
    14 Tyler Campbell (University)
    15 Matty Lansdown (Fraser Tech)

    16 Sekope Lopeti-Moli (Hautapu)
    17 Ayden Johnstone (Hautapu)
    18 Sosaia Fale (Hamilton Old Boys)
    19 Sam Caird (Hautapu)
    20 Adam Burn (Hamilton Old Boys)
    21 Raniera Takarangi (Hamilton Old Boys)
    22 Pepesana Patafilo (Morrinsville Sports)*
    23 Mosese Dawai (Otorohanga)

    *= Waikato debut


  • Bailyn Sullivan dropped?

  • Wellington

    15 Trent Renata (Oriental-Rongotai)
    14 Malo Tuitama (Oriental-Rongotai)
    13 Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai) (c)
    12 Peter Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata)
    11 Losi Filipo (Petone)
    10 Pakai Turia (Poneke)
    9 Carlos Price (Petone)
    8 Thomas Waldrom (Avalon)
    7 Greg Foe (Poneke)
    6 Teariki Ben-Nicholas (Old Boys University)
    5 Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke)
    4 Will Mangos (Old Boys University)
    3 Joel Hintz (Old Boys University)
    2 Asafo Aumua (Avalon)
    1 Tolu Fahamokioa (Tawa)

    16 James O'Reilly (Hutt Old Boys Marist)
    17 Xavier Numia (Oriental-Rongotai)
    18 Tietie Tuimauga (Johnsonville)
    19 Galu Taufale (Poneke)
    20 Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone)
    21 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Tawa)
    22 Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United)
    23 Billy Proctor (Marist St Pats)

    Wellington Lions head coach Chris Gibbes has made eight changes from the side which ran out against Southland as he continues to give the entire squad an opportunity to push for selection.
    The majority of the changes are in the backline where Carlos Price comes in for TJ Perenara, who has returned to the All Blacks squad, Pakai Turia replaces Jackson Garden-Bachop at first five-eighth, Peter Umaga-Jensen comes in for brother Thomas in the midfield, Losi Filipo starts on the wing for the first time this season while Trent Renata returns at fullback for Wes Goosen.
    The tight five remains largely the same with the exception of lock Isaia Walker-Leawere who comes in for James Blackwell.
    There is plenty of experience among the loose forwards selected with Thomas Waldrom returning at No 8 while Greg Foe replaces Ardie Savea who has also returned to the All Blacks squad.
    The Lions bench also features a number of changes while prop Tietie Tuimaga has the opportunity to make his debut.


  • @dice
    Maybe injuried. Stratton looked to have gone off injured vs Auckland so is missing too.

    I'm sure Jono would be keen to get one over big brother but I can't see it happening.

  • Interesting that manihera has not been given a rest yet as im sure he has played every minute so far? pretty happy with his work rate around the park at 6/8 for the last few games.

  • Is Luke Jacobson still injured ? And what about Sosefo Kautai ?

  • @cgrant said in Waikato v Wellington:

    Is Luke Jacobson still injured ? And what about Sosefo Kautai ?

    A lot of the Waikato squad were also there watching the Waikato-BOP U19 game I watched. Jacobson was amongst them. He is a co-captain so surely must be injured. Kautai is a mystery but @OleOleOle said it was an attitude problem.

  • @stargazer said in Waikato v Wellington:

    14 Malo Tuitama (Oriental-Rongotai)
    11 Losi Filipo (Petone)
    10 Pakai Turia (Poneke)
    9 Carlos Price (Petone)
    6 Teariki Ben-Nicholas (Old Boys University)
    5 Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke)
    2 Asafo Aumua (Avalon)
    1 Tolu Fahamokioa (Tawa)

    Number of players to watch in this match

    Aumua was impressive last Friday so hope he can continue to develop. If he does he should make the end of year tour. And with Coles injury prone now we need another quality hooker in the ABs
    Isaia Walker-Leawere has been quiet so far this year so he needs to step up. Other Mangos will take his starting position
    Teariki Ben-Nicholas was impressive last game (at 8). Keep this up and surely he will get a super contract
    Losi Filipo is another bad boy but is still young (20) but looks promising. Hopefully both players can focus on rugby now rather than beating people up.
    Pleased to see Price start. He's still 19 but he looks potentially VG from the little I have seen of him. I plan to download and watch Folau Fakatava (HB V CM) but he also looks VG. Canes hopefully can sign both
    Pakai Turia has played from wellington before but haven't a clue what he's like. So maybe not great but also not crap as he was forgettable. So will watch with interest. Va'a hopefully will get at least one start to see what he can do with JGB in the reserves and Renata at FB in case he is crap and needs to be replaced early
    Malo Tuitama got the best player award last week. He was good but needs to cut out the silly mistakes. Like being pushed into touch rather than cutting infield

  • Wellington resting players might cost them. Have they underestimated Waikato?

    Waikato 7 - 0 up after 18 minutes and was close to scoring a 2nd try.

  • And there is the 2nd try from Reece!

  • Almost a 3rd try for Reece. Disallowed because of double movement, but Wellington should be worried.

    12 - 0 Waikato after 26 minutes.

  • Waikato's cutting Wellington up with the wide ball.

  • Manihera scored Waikato's 3rd try. Geez, Wellington's defence is poor.

    Smith converts the try: 19 - 0 Waikato after 29 minutes.

  • Malo Tuitama sure loves the big hits, but this was the 1st time it was effective.

  • Second deliberate knock-on from Tuitama. YC

  • Reece has had an unreal first half. He's even been great on defense.

  • @dice Such a pity he's going overseas. Would have been great for the AB7s.

    He may still play for Fiji though.

  • Playing 14 against 13 now, with Manihera and Fahamokoa both also in the bin.

  • 'Looked like a Frontal Hopoate attempt from the Wellington No. 1

  • Great turnover from Billy Proctor.

    Tuitama back on.

    14 v 14

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