Auckland vs Wellington - Semi Final



  • 1 Sam Prattley (Pakuranga)
    2 Robbie Abel (College Rifles)
    3 Marcel Renata (University)
    4 Fa’atiga Lemalu (Papatoetoe)
    5 Michael Fatialofa (Ponsonby)
    6 Evan Olmstead (Suburbs)
    7 Adrian Choat (Waitemata)
    8 Akira Ioane (Ponsonby)
    9 Jonathan Ruru (University)
    10 Harry Plummer (Grammar TEC)
    11 Salesi Rayasi (Marist)
    12 TJ Faiane – Captain (Pakuranga)
    13 Tumua Manu (College Rifles)
    14 Melani Nanai (Manukau Rovers)
    15 Jordan Trainor (Ponsonby)

    16 Mike Sosene-Feagai (Mt Wellington)
    17 Jarred Adams (Suburbs)
    18 Marco Fepulea’i (Ponsonby)
    19 Taleni Seu (Grammar TEC)
    20 Hoskins Sotutu (Marist)
    21 Desma Liaina (Eden)
    22 Jacob Umaga (Eden)
    23 Caleb Clarke (Suburbs)

    Unavailable due to injury: Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa (wrist), Taniela Koroi (arm – season), Blake Gibson (quad – season), Lyndon Dunshea (shoulder – season), Tanielu Tele’a (knee – season), Jack Whetton (ankle – season)



  • Auckland in a canter despite the referee.



  • so Dalton pulled? I thought they (ABs) were supposed to be available?



  • @taniwharugby said in Auckland vs Wellington - Semi Final:

    so Dalton pulled? I thought they (ABs) were supposed to be available?

    He took a rib knock last game so they aren't risking him.



  • Fox said he'd be pulled as a precaution, due to getting a "rib knock" against Harbour.

    Wouldn't want to risk his chances of sitting in the stand during the Australia game.



  • The adult tickets are from $10 and under 18s free entry.

    That's pretty cool!



  • @taniwharugby leaving tonight for Japan





  • I've got a good feeling that Wellington will get up in this one. Papali'i is too much of a loss and with the Lions getting a few key players back in the last few weeks, they might just have too much in the tank.



  • @canes4life Wouldn't suprise me. For the first time in years any of the top 4 could win it which is great. Papali'i i is a huge loss as we all know and we'll need a massive shift from Choat. Don't know if it'll be enough but we shall see.



  • @african-monkey yeah Papali'i is a huge loss. I still think this game will be a cracker and it is refreshing to see all the teams so even.



  • @african-monkey said in Auckland vs Wellington - Semi Final:

    Wouldn't suprise me. For the first time in years any of the top 4 could win it which is great. Papali'i i is a huge loss as we all know and we'll need a massive shift from Choat. Don't know if it'll be enough but we shall see.

    Auckland played their best rugby against Tasman and Canterbury. That was way back in round 4/5
    Since then the performances have been poor until the Harbour match.. hopefully we are back to that mid season form.

    Against Tasman we had powerful performances from our second row (Whetton and Tuipulotu) and Gibson tackled everything
    Against Canterbury it was similar but it was Whetton and Lemalu at lock and Papalii was the late replacement who tackled everything

    Playing a top four side without Whetton, Gibson and Papalii is going to be tough

    Its a massive game for Choat and we need a lot more out of Fatialofa



  • @duluth Last time we played this mob our defence was excellent I thought with 2 one on one misses from Papali'i and Umaga costing us tries but other than that we were very good. Our attack struggled with our backs trying to throw big wide passes into a massive wind but thankfully for us Faiane and Trainor brilliance got us out of trouble.

    I think our attack will go better this time round but yeah, Papali'i not playing is massive to our defence.



  • @duluth Agreed.

    I'm not expecting a win; if we get there, it's a huge bonus. THis season has been a season of massive overachievement already. I'm stoked for the team and what they have done.

    I suspect losing both Blake and Dalton in the loosies will do us in. Akira can only carry so much on his own - the loosies, the fatties, the backs, the hopes and dreams of Auckland supporters ... no wonder he looks a bit ragged at times 🙂



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  • https://www.wellingtonlions.co.nz/news/lions-name-settled-squad-for-semi-final/

    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 James Blackwell (Petone)
    5 Isaia Walker-Leawere (Poneke)
    4 Sam Lousi (Marist St Pats)
    3 Jeff To'omaga-Allen (Marist St Pats)
    2 Asafo Aumua (Avalon)
    1 Sitiveni Paongo (Tawa)

    16 Dane Coles (Poneke)
    17 Tolu Fahamokioa (Tawa)
    18 Joel Hintz (Old Boys University)
    19 Galu Taufale (Poneke)
    20 Du'Plessis Kirifi (Northern United)
    21 Carlos Price (Petone)
    22 Losi Filipo (Petone)
    23 Trent Renata (Oriental-Rongotai)



  • @nzzp said in Auckland vs Wellington - Semi Final:

    @duluth Agreed.

    I'm not expecting a win; if we get there, it's a huge bonus. THis season has been a season of massive overachievement already. I'm stoked for the team and what they have done.

    I suspect losing both Blake and Dalton in the loosies will do us in. Akira can only carry so much on his own - the loosies, the fatties, the backs, the hopes and dreams of Auckland supporters ... no wonder he looks a bit ragged at times 🙂

    I said back in week 2/3 that if we made the semis it was a successful season for this team. Hell of an achievement to rebuild so quickly after the horror of the past two years.

    Now we have a chance to go further, but Dalton and Gibson are huge losses for this team. And Whetton was huge for us too.

    Going to be very interesting to see what these coaches can do with this team next year, and get a bit more depth.



  • @kirwan said in Auckland vs Wellington - Semi Final:

    Going to be very interesting to see what these coaches can do with this team next year, and get a bit more depth.

    I hope we retain all the coaches for a start.

    Tiatia in particular. I'm sure other teams would like him as a head coach.



  • @duluth said in Auckland vs Wellington - Semi Final:

    @kirwan said in Auckland vs Wellington - Semi Final:

    Going to be very interesting to see what these coaches can do with this team next year, and get a bit more depth.

    I hope we retain all the coaches for a start.

    Tiatia in particular. I'm sure other teams would like him as a head coach.

    I’m greedy.



  • This might be the best team Wellington has put out this year. So no excuses with missing player. (Except maybe at prop but hopefully JTA can last for almost the whole match and Paongo performs).

    Thankfully Blackwell has moved to 6 with Lousi back. Although Lousi looks at bit out of condition but Blackwell is just too small for lock

    Lam is a worry though as his defense is rubbish at times. Its a weakness to the extend I would prefer Filipo starting with Lam to bring on against tiring defenses. But maybe he has been given the hard word on this.


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