Taranaki v Wellington



  • Taranaki

    1 Jared Proffit
    2 Ricky Riccitelli
    3 Reuben O’Neill
    4 Kane Thompson
    5 Leighton Price
    6 Mitchell Crosswell (cc)
    7 Tom Florence
    8 Jesse Parete
    9 Warwick Lahmert
    10 Ciarhan Matoe
    11 Manasa Mataele
    12 Teihorangi Walden (cc)
    13 Seta Tamanivalu
    14 Regan Ware
    15 Beaudein Waaka

    Reserves:
    16 Scott Mellow
    17 Chris Gawler
    18 Kyle Stewart
    19 Donald Maka
    20 Adrian Wyrill
    21 Logan Crowley
    22 Brayton Northcott-Hill
    23 Latu Vaeno

    Unavailable due to All Black duties: Beauden Barrett, Scott Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Waisake Nahalo, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Angus Ta'avao.

    Not available for this game: Lachlan Boshier (shoulder), Toa Halafihi (shoulder), Pita Sowakula (shoulder), Tupou Va’ai (concussion), Jarrad Hoeata (suspension), Brendan Leonard (calf), Daniel Waite (shoulder), Stephen Perofeta (shoulder).

    Season ending injuries: Bradley Slater (back), Mitchell Graham (leg), Fin Hoeata (shoulder), Mitchell Brown (knee), Sean Wainui (shoulder), Kiniviliame Naholo (ankle), Marty McKenzie (hip).

    http://www.trfu.co.nz/newsarticle/69156





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  • @stargazer said in Taranaki v Wellington:

    Oh wow! I thought it was due to concussions etc.



  • So a bonus point victory for Wellington would get them into the semis.

    Harbour could get to the same number of points but Wellington won the match between them



  • It would have been cooler to see Coles make his comeback for Horowhenua-Kapiti, as was originally planned.



  • @hooroo The concussion symptoms is what kept him out of Super Rugby for most of the 2017 season. He then played for the ABs against Samoa in June, got another head knock and missed the Lions series. He played the 2017 RC, and against France during the EOYT. In that game v France, he suffered the knee injury that kept him out of Super Rugby in 2018, the French Series and the 2018 RC.



  • @duluth Do you reckon it's more dangerous for Auckland if Harbour are a live chance at the play-offs or if they're already out and playing to finish their season by winning the Battle of the Bridge?



  • @chris-b

    I don't think it matters.

    The battle of the bridge is like a shield challenge for them. It's good to see that intensity come back under Coventry.

    Hopefully Auckland remembers that this year.. and please Auckland players, don't call them 'little brother' in the next few days



  • @duluth Yeah - come on Auckland - make your "little sister" your bitch! 🙂



  • The Wellington Lions squad to meet Taranaki is:

    15 Wes Goosen (Old Boys University)
    14 Ben Lam (Tawa)
    13 Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai) (c)
    12 Billy Proctor (Marist St Pats)
    11 Malo Tuitama (Oriental-Rongotai)
    10 Jackson Garden-Bachop (Northern United)
    9 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara (Tawa)
    8 Teariki Ben-Nicholas (Old Boys University)
    7 Mateaki Kafatolu (Petone)
    6 Vaea Fifita (Wellington)
    5 Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke)
    4 James Blackwell (Petone)
    3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen (Marist St Pats)
    2 Asafo Aumua (Avalon)
    1 Tolu Fahamokioa (Tawa)

    Reserves

    16 Dane Coles (Poneke)
    17 Sitiveni Paongo (Tawa)
    18 Joel Hintz (Old Boys University)
    19 Sam Lousi (Marist St Pats)
    20 Galu Taufale (Poneke)
    21 Carlos Price (Petone)
    22 Thomas Umaga-Jensen (Wainuiomata)
    23 Trent Renata (Oriental-Rongotai)



  • The Lions should have too much firepower in this one. I see it's raining in the Naki tonight, this could very well end up being a complete banana skin for the Lions though.

    Fantastic to see Colesy back in the mix, by god have we missed his "in your face" attitude.



  • Five minutes played and Wellington have already scored. It's not looking good for Taranaki.



  • 7 all, after Lahmert's try. Wellington hot on attack again, but making mistakes, giving the Naki some chances.



  • Haha, a wrestling match on the touch line.



  • Bens Lams atttemped tackle on Lamert looked like an imitation of someone walking through a turnstile..



  • Bulldozer Aumua



  • I think that was a try by wellington on the small ruck.
    ending by a knock on .



  • again another try not given, is the ref blind?



  • @nakosi I doubt it. He's an eye doctor.