Clan v Tahs



  • 15 Alex Newsome
    14 Cam Clark
    13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
    12 Lalakai Foketi
    11 Curtis Rona
    10 Mack Mason
    9 Nick Phipps (c)
    8 Michael Wells
    7 Will Miller
    6 Hugh Sinclair
    5 Tom Staniforth
    4 Ned Hanigan
    3 Tom Robertson
    2 Damien Fitzpatrick
    1 Harry Johnson-Holmes

    16 Andrew Tuala
    17 Rory O’Connor
    18 Shambeckler Vui
    19 Ryan McCauley
    20 Jed Holloway
    21 Jack Dempsey
    22 Jake Gordon
    23 Tautalatasi Tasi

    6-2 split on the bench.

    Hooper, Foley, Beale, Kepu all rested under Wallabies agreement, as the Tahs concede mathematical chance of making finals is poo.

    Hugh Sinclair isn't even listed in the main squad so I assume he's in the extended squad due to his Shute Shield form. It'll be a big step up but he played for a the Rebels briefly.

    Clan should get a bonus point here.



  • Clan?



  • @Yeetyaah Scottish Clans...Highlanders, Scottish...



  • @taniwharugby Oh okay. I knew it was Highlanders but never heard them called that. Would think that the thread name would include the actual name or at least "Landers" for clarity.



  • @Yeetyaah we've been calling them the clan for nigh on 20 years on here, young fella🙂



  • Highlanders

    1 Ayden Johnstone
    2 Liam Coltman
    3 Tyrel Lomax
    4 Jackson Hemopo
    5 Tom Franklin
    6 Liam Squire
    7 James Lentjes
    8 Luke Whitelock (c)
    9 Aaron Smith
    10 Josh Ioane
    11 Tevita Li
    12 Teihorangi Walden
    13 Rob Thompson
    14 Waisake Naholo
    15 Josh McKay

    RESERVES
    16 Ash Dixon
    17 Daniel Lienert-Brown
    18 Siate Tokolahi
    19 Josh Dickson
    20 Shannon Frizell
    21 Kayne Hammington
    22 Marty Banks
    23 Elliot Dixon

    Unavailable due to injury: Ben Smith (hamstring)

    Season ending injuries: Tevita Nabura (knee), Richard Buckman (achilles), Bryn Gatland (foot)

    Highlanders stalwart Liam Coltman will play his 100th game for the club when he takes the field against the NSW Waratahs in Invercargill on Friday night.
    
    Notes on Liam Coltman
    
    Highlander #199 Coltman made his debut for the Highlanders in 2013 as back up to All Black Andrew Hore, after making his debut for Otago in 2010.In the same  year he represented the NZ U20 at the Junior World Cup Championship in Argentina, with the team going on to win that tournament. His All Black debut  made his debut was in 2016 against Italy in Rome. He has made four appearances for the All Blacks to date. A product of Francis Douglas Memorial College which has also produced the Barrett brothers and teammate Teihorangi Walden.
    
    Co-captain, Ben Smith’s, troublesome hamstring has not recovered sufficiently enough for him to take his place in the 23 despite training with the team this week. In a statement Head Coach, Aaron Mauger, said, “Ben worked extremely hard to be available for his team this week, unfortunately he is still a little short of being match ready”.
    
    Elsewhere, Teihorangi Walden is restored to the midfield and Daniel Lienert-Brown and Elliot Dixon will form part of a six/two: forward/back reserve bench for what is shaping as a season defining game for the Highlanders, their top eight aspirations rely on a strong winning performance against the Waratahs. If they achieve five points from the match, they will have to anxiously await other results throughout the weekend.
    

    https://thehighlanders.co.nz/media-centre/news/975-pulse-energy-highlanders-to-play-the-waratahs



  • So a 6 - 2 bench, with Dixon in the 23 jersey.



  • Great to see Walden back.



  • Rats for Ben Smith



  • Single figures Celcius and raining. Peak Invercargill rugby season.



  • Referee: Mike Fraser
    AR1: Brendon Pickerill
    AR2: James Munro
    TMO: Glenn Newman



  • Should be rules around a team being deliberately weak like that.



  • @Crucial said in Clan v Tahs:

    Should be rules around a team being deliberately weak like that.

    The Tahs are an equal opportunity team: they're shit no matter who they put out.



  • @NTA I thought he was talking about the reffing team



  • @NTA said in Clan v Tahs:

    Clan should get a bonus point here.

    Agreed. Looks like we've given up hope after that appalling effort against the Bumbies.



  • Josh McKay is growing on me...



  • he shoulda dived on that ball, woulda bought him more time, but instead tries to pick it up...great chase from McKay though



  • Awful decision to kick from the Waratahs.



  • @Bones I saw him running up field and thought, Ben SMith isnt playing is he?



  • Tahs struggling in these conditions to hold on to the tackle.


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