Mitre 10 Cup - news, injuries etc

  • TJP has also been released to play for Wellington.

  • Home is where the heart is for Manawatu's Rob Thompson

    When it comes to provincial rugby, not many players choose to turn their back on a team as dominant as Canterbury.
    But midfielder Rob Thompson's done exactly that, returning home to play for Manawatu in this year's Mitre 10 Cup.
    Thompson revealed to Newshub his plans for life after rugby - and a tough personal loss - made the decision as straightforward as they come.
    Watch the video above for the full story.

  • Injury update: Otago

    Hooker  Liam Coltman will be available to play for Otago this week but halfback Josh Renton is set for a significant stint on the sideline.
    The hooker has not played for Otago since 2016 after missing all of last year for Otago because of an ankle injury.
    Coltman will be in need of a run, having last played for the Highlanders in their quarterfinal more than a month ago.
    Renton injured his thumb in the match against Hawke's Bay at Forsyth Barr Stadium and the thumb was in a cast yesterday. He is expected to have surgery this week and it is up in the air whether he will be back for Otago this season.
    With the short turnarounds in the competition, and everyone playing a midweek match, the games march on quickly and the regular season will be finished in just over six weeks.
    Otago has back-up halfbacks in its squad in Taieri halfback Kurt Hammer and Harbour halfback Melani Matavao. Both are inexperienced at this level though, and neither have started a game for Otago.
    Matavao has been selected for the Samoan squad for the Pacific Nations Cup in June and played for Samoa in its tour of the northern hemisphere last year.
    Utility back Michael Collins was back training yesterday. He picked up a very minor fracture to his cheekbone in the pre-season game of three halves in Christchurch.
    His experience has been greatly missed, and when he will get back on the field is still unclear.
    Lock Josh Larsen (elbow) and flanker James Lentjes (neck) are still a significant time away from getting back on the field.

  • @dice said in Mitre 10 Cup - news, injuries etc:

    Crazy stat: Otago has missed 86 tackles in two games.

    do they have an ex-Wallaby defensive coach too?

  • Question: What do the matches that are tagged (DH) mean?

    Someone will tell me and I'll go "Doh?! 🙂

  • @chris-b said in Mitre 10 Cup - news, injuries etc:

    Question: What do the matches that are tagged (DH) mean?

    Someone will tell me and I'll go "Doh?! 🙂

    Double Header (Mitre 10 Cup & Farah Palmer Cup)

  • @stargazer Thanks. That's one I wouldn't have got!

  • @chris-b d a

  • Ben May cited for foul play: citing dismissed

    A citing against Hawke’s Bay prop Ben May for foul play in his team’s Mitre 10 Cup match against Bay of Plenty on 8 September has been dismissed.
    May was cited for deliberately pushing the referee causing him to fall to the ground, contrary to law 9.27. In the Citing Commissioner report, it was noted May was on defence and while he had other options available to him, instead of avoiding the referee he deliberately pushed him in the back.
    After considering the evidence from May and video evidence of the incident, Judicial Officer Helen Morgan found there was a technical breach of the law but it was not sufficient enough to justify a citing.
    Mrs Morgan found the contact by the player on the referee was not deliberate and was a clumsy response to the attack by a nimble opponent.
    This citing was not upheld, and May was free for selection for his team’s match against Waikato on 13 September.

    Jesse Parete cited for dangerous play: suspended for two weeks

    Taranaki lock Jesse Parete has been suspended for two weeks for dangerous play in his team’s Mitre 10 Cup match against Waikato on Sunday 9 September.
    Parete was cited under law 9. 12 for the alleged incident in the 30th minute of the match. Waikato won 33-19.
    The citing commissioners report alleged Parete targeted the neck and head area of the opposition player with his elbow. The opposition player received treatment but continued playing.
    New Zealand Rugby Judicial Officer Roger Drummond said it was a reckless action but not intentional and the initial contact was on the back of the player, making it a low end offence with an entry level sanction of a two week suspension.
    Parete accepted responsibility and apologised to the opposition player after the match, but Mr Drummond said this did not allow a reduction in suspension as the action was reckless and could have caused serious injury.
    Parete’s suspension will see him miss Taranaki’s matches against Tasman (14 September) and Auckland (22 September).

  • @stargazer How do we read that? Getting some game time in before starting against Argentina?

  • Dunno if he'll start because he hasn't played for ages, he needs game time.

  • @machpants game time isn't usually a pre-requisite...look how many weeks Mounga had off.

  • Yeah a more experienced player and not coming back from injury, tho

  • Bottom of the table Taranaki's remaining games:

    North Harbour

    Looks like relegation.

    Not an easy finish for Counties either:

    North Harbour

  • Only on the East Coast!

  • @bovidae Haha, that goes a step further than Richard Turner turning off his mic during the Magpies v Harbour game, so he could eat a pie.

  • Every rugby fan should try to go to one game on the EC. A unique experience.

  • @bovidae problem is you may never leave after experiencing the local hospitality..!

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