2019 club rugby

  • @Number-10 said in 2019 club rugby:

    Maddison Trophy semi-finals tomorrow.

    Weather is forecast for a superb winter's day of 19 degrees.

    (1) NOB Marist v (4) Havelock North

    (2) Taradale v (3) Hastings RS

    You would expect NOB Marist to beat Havelock North (right, @Stockcar86 ?) but the Taradale v Hastings RS one should be a lot closer.

    Agreed. I don't expect the villagers to get too close to NOBM, assuming not many injuries to key players, but the other game could go either way. I'll probably go watch the Taradale HRS game.

  • Napier Old Boys Marist:
    Liam Edwards, Mitch Drew, Saia Paese, Stacey Ili, Michael Buckley, Johnny Lauano, Zac Donaldson, Matt Gardner (captain), Pouvi Fatialofa, Ricky Hayes, Sean Skeet, Tyler Symon-Burke, Patrick Teddy, Jack Nelson-Murray, Lee Moleili.
    Substitutes: Forwards, Terry Marsh, Chris Benson, Matt Thompson, Migao Lauano. Backs, Ellery Wilson, Pedro Benzanilla-Corte, Sami Lauano.

    Havelock North:
    Ryan Tongia, Anzelo Tuitavuki, Will McGoon, Kalin Paewai (captain), Trent Hape, Adam Blake, Isaac Paewai, Albert Hemopo, Jacob Stephenson, Shane Cusack, Patrick Allen, Phil McRoberts, Simote Tuitufu, Matt Morrison, Jasper Wylie.
    Substitutes: Forwards, Wayne Lush, Paea Taulanga, Devan Flanders. Backs, Matt Hill, J'ndre Liebenberg, Kisione Lama, Farani Tupai.

    Taradale Rugby and Sports:
    Caleb Makene, Ashton Tuck, Ollie Sapsford, Lester Maulolo, Junior Malielegaoi, Brad Truesdale, Humphrey Sheild, Iakopo Mapu, Cristobal Niedmann, Eru Wano, Mikaele Tapili, Andrew Gardner (captain), Jody Allen, Noel Sanft, Namatahi Waa.
    Substitutes: Forwards, Jacob Baker, Lolani Faleiva, Ian Rore, Angelo Mufana, Jordan Kupa. Backs, Thomas Eden, Grayson Ewart.

    Hastings Rugby and Sports:
    Penetana Smith, Neria Fomai, Timo Vaiusu, Antonio Mikaele-Tu'u, Mason Emerson, Danny Toala, Jayden Rihia, Danya Tulou, Fale Matamata, Jardine Chung Ching, Lucas Albornoz, Jessie Lesa-Sipaia, Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe, Jacob Devery, Jason Long (captain).
    Substitutes: Forwards, Miracle Lolofie, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u/Jono Makris, Aleki Vuki, Aostasi Fa'avae, Manase Uaisele. Backs, Folau Fakatava, Shamara Brooks.

    Hurricanes and Magpies utility back Danny Toala will start at first five-eighth for Auto Super Shoppe Hastings Rugby and Sports. Highlanders loosie Marino Mikaele-Tu'u is doubtful with shin issues and has been bracketed on the subs bench with Jono Makris.
    Highlanders halfback Folau Fakatava will be used off the bench. Hastings manager James Rosenberg said the visitors have rewarded halfback Jayden Rihia, the team's top try scorer this season with 16, with a start. Rosenberg pointed out new Argentinian lock Lucas Albornoz, who has slotted in well, flats with props Josiah Tavita-Metcalfe and Aleki Vuki.
    "All three have been nagged by the flu this week and lost 15 to 20kgs between them. We're hoping they will be right by kick off."

  • So Stacey Ili and Sam McNicol not playing for NOB. Hopefully not long term injury or concussion for Sam

  • Taradale up 14-10 at half time

  • NOB 14-12 at the break

  • Fakatava on at halftime. Looking forward to his match up with Shield

  • Final 23-17 HRS

  • @Stockcar86 said in 2019 club rugby:

    Fakatava on at halftime. Looking forward to his match up with Shield

    Can you say something about this match-up?

    Did Marino M-T play? Also, it has been a very long time since I saw his twin brother play; how do you rate Antonio? Is he a realistic Magpies prospect?

  • Hastings Rugby and Sports 23 (N Fomai, P Smith tries; Smith 3 pens, 2 cons),
    Taradale Rugby and Sports 17 (I Mapu, E Wano tries; B Truesdale 2 cons, pen).
    HT: Taradale 14-10.

    Napier Old Boys Marist 36 (S Paese, L Edwards, S Skeet, Z Donaldson, M Buckley, M Drew tries; J Lauano 3 cons),
    Havelock North 17 (R Tongia, T Hape, S Cusack tries; A Blake con).
    HT: 14-12.

  • @Stargazer said in 2019 club rugby:

    @Stockcar86 said in 2019 club rugby:

    Fakatava on at halftime. Looking forward to his match up with Shield

    Can you say something about this match-up?

    Did Marino M-T play? Also, it has been a very long time since I saw his twin brother play; how do you rate Antonio? Is he a realistic Magpies prospect?

    Fakatava and Shields play very different styles. Shields is all about the distribution game, and speed to the ruck. Fakatava when he came on tried to create opportunities himself as well (and was quite successful)

    Marino did not play (unless he came on late and I did not see it). I'm assuming it was Antonio who was playing in the midfield for Hastings. He was a strong runner, willing to take on the defence.

    Overall the game was very close, with HRS only scoring a try in the corner a couple of minutes from the end to seal the game.

    The forward packs were fairly evenly matched - alternately one scrum winning a penalty, then the other side doing the same.

    I liked Toala at 10. Even if he does not play there for the Magpies, it is good to know there is another player in the backline with a good tactical kicking game, who can get good distances from clearance kicks.

    The final should be a great game - looking forward to it.

  • @Stockcar86 Thanks! Last year, they streamed the final; I wonder whether they'll do it again this year? Not keeping my hopes up, but it would be great.

  • NOBM v Havelock North semi-final highlights

  • Looks like golden oldies scrums in the second half. Unusual to see these days with so many front row reserves

  • HBT's write-up:

  • Line-ups for the two finals at McLean Park:






  • Highlights of the Maddison Trophy Final:

  • @Stockcar86 yep that’s certainly true , they just always seem to be injured because they are not yet quite adapted for that level. Only 1 or 2 should ever be looked at. when there are already sufficient HB players eligible already in the bay. If anything apprentices should be around the 21- 25 age group. Also keeping our Colts teams full and experienced far better rugby learning also ,building themselves up actually playing club rugby is the way to go . Selectors need to be out watching. Young men going away to travel and play also as holistically they are learning and growing as better Rugby players.

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  • Taradale and Manu Samoa flanker Iakopu Mapu has been named in the Manumā Samoa training squad (that's the tentative name for the Samoan team that will participate in Rapid Rugby). He was close to Magpies selection earlier this year. I wonder whether this means he's not going to play for a spot in the 2020 Magpies squad?


  • @stockcar86 I would love to advise Stockcar86 of the result in the 20/20 match between NTOB CC and his combined NHSOB-Marist CC outfit played on Friday night but this is a club rugby forum so am sort of prevented from bringing up the 103 run win to the NTOB CC Premiers. Nevertheless I must acknowledge the great effort by the way NHSOB-Marist managed to bat out their 20 overs losing just eight wickets in the process!

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