National Rugby Championship, for those not watching.
Got to see two games today as one game due to be played in regional centre Orange was washed out. Its a bit wet there.
NSW Country Eagles vs Perth Spirit was fun - because I had no skin in the game. A few known names out there like Kyle Godwin (ex-Force now Brumbies) and Paddy Ryan (Tahs) and a few others. Some enterprising play, no kicks at goal missed (not even some bullshit fade kicking from Jono Lance who is in fine form) and the Eagles got up 48-24 or 6 tries to 3. Jake Gordon, playing 9 for the Eagles, is a star of the future. Makes everything look easy. Lance and Tapuai for the Spirit were good, too.
Then the main game: bottom of the table clash between the winless Western Sydney Rams (my team) and winless QLD Country. Both sides have looked great this year but just haven't had the experience or couple of Super players to seal the deal.
Defence optional for some of it, particularly the Rams' organisation out wide. But despite being down by a couple of tries at the break, they clawed their way back into it with a try in the last couple of minutes to put themselves 42-46 down. Then it was pure scrum porn after the siren as, for 6 minutes, they attempted to push QLD Country over.
Finally, the ref (Amy Perrett - our leading female ref) had no option but to award the penalty try as the sun sank.
Junior Ngaluafe, Mike Molloy, Dylan Collier, James Schrader, Jaye Thompson- Te Muunu, Wharenui Hawera, Jimmy Cowan, Mika Mafi, Elliot Dixon, Bill Fukofuka, Matt Philip, Mike McKee, Guy Millar, Brayden Mitchell, Joseph Walsh Reserves: Jason Rutledge, Peni Ravi, Morgan Mitchell, Tim Boys, Josh Clark, Michael Dowsett, Greg Dyer, Keanu Kahukura
Guy Wood, Solomon Alaimalo, Tamati Tua, Dan Hawkins, Jone Macilai, Peter Breen, Sam Nock, Kara Pryor, Jack Ram, Tom Robinson, Shane Neville, Josh Goodhue, Phil Kite, Ross Wright, Namatahi Waa Reserves: Nick Werahiko, Howard Sililoto, Matt Talaese, Michael Faleafa, Matt Matich, Malcolm MacLeod, Jordan Hyland, Waisea Lawebuka
Jason Woodward, Joe Hill, Matt Proctor, Shaun Treeby, Wes Goosen, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Hoani Matenga, Greg Foe, Brad Shields, Sam Lousi, Mark Reddish, Chris Baumann, Asafo Aumua, Reggie Goodes Reserves: Valentine Meachen, Ha'amea Ahio, Finbarr Kerr-Newell, James Blackwell, Galu Taufale, Sheridan Rangihuna, Pakai Turia, Malo Tuitama
Counties Manukau v Waikato
Pukekohe, 23 Sept 7:35 pm
Luteru Laulala, Sione Fifita, Sam Vaka, Cardiff Vaega, Sherwin Stowers; Piers Francis, Augustine Pulu, Sootala Fa'aso'o, Jordan Taufua, Jimmy Tupou, Matiaha Martin, Viliame Rarasea, Kalolo Tuiloma, Gafatasi Su'a, Sean Bagshaw Reserves: Hika Elliot, Pauliasi Manu, Sione Faletau, Matt Vaai, Onosa'i Auva'a, Richard Judd, Nathan de Thierry, Joe Ikenasio
Tyler Campbell, Iliesa Ratuva Tavuyara, Willis Halaholo, Tevita Taufui, Sevu Reece, Sam Christie, Harrison Levien; Whetu Douglas (c), Mitch Jacobson, Adam Burn, Brian Alainu'uese, Brad Tucker, Josh Iosefa-Scott, Hame Faiva, Latu Talakai Reserves: Steven Misa, Tau Koloamatangi, Ayden Johnstone, Leva Fifita, Murray Iti, Pele Cowley, Jason Robertson, Milford Keresoma
Canterbury v Otago
Christchurch, 24 Sept 2:35 pm
Jordie Barrett, Johnny McNicholl, Jack Goodhue, Rob Thompson, Nathan Earle, Richie Mo'unga, Ere Enari, Luke Whitelock [c], Billy Harmon, Reed Prinsep, Dominic Bird, Dave McDuling, Siate Tokolahi, Ben Funnell, Alex Hodgman Reserves: Nathan Vella, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Lee-Roy Atalifo, Scott Barrett, Tom Sanders, Jack Stratton, Poasa Waqanibau, Ben Volavola
Tony Ensor, Mitchell Scott, Matt Faddes, Sio Tomkinson, Fa'asiu Fuata'i, Fletcher Smith, Jonathan Ruru, Paul Grant [captain], James Lentjes, Lee Allen, Blair Tweed, Josh Dickson, Husa Sasagi, Sam Anderson-Heather, Craig Millar Reserves: Sekonaia Pole, Michael Mata'afa, Donald Brighhouse, Dillon Hunt, Naulia Dawai, Josh Walden, Scott Eade, Teihorangi Walden
Taranaki v Manawatu
New Plymouth, 24 Sept 5:35 pm
1 Fraser Armstrong, 2 Travis Taylor, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 4 Tom Parsons, 5 Jackson Hemopo, 6 Harrison Brewer, 7 Callum Gibbins (c), 8 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 9 Kayne Hammington, 10 Otere Black, 11 Nathan Tudreu, 12 Ngani Laumape, 13 Curtis Reid, 14 Ambrose Curtis, 15 Jason Emery Reserves: 16 Tim Cadwallader, 17 Tukiterangi Raimona, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Liam Hallam-Eames, 20 Antonio Kiri Kiri, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Sam Malcolm, 23 Luther Hirini
15 Jason Emery , 14 Ambrose Curtis , 13 Curtis Reid , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Nathan Tudreu , 10 Otere Black , 9 Kayne Hammington , 8 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis , 7 Callum Gibbins (c) , 6 Harrison Brewer , 5 Jackson Hemopo , 4 Tom Parsons , 3 Mike Alaalatoa , 2 Travis Taylor , 1 Fraser Armstrong Reserves: 16 Tim Cadwallader , 17 Tuki Raimona , 18 Chris Eves , 19 Liam Hallam-Eames , 20 Antonio Kiri Kiri , 21 Jamie Booth , 22 Sam Malcolm , 23 Luther Hirini
Hawke’s Bay v Tasman
Napier, 24 Sept 7:35 pm
Matt Garland, Robbie Fruean, Jonah Lowe, Tiaan Falcon, Mason Emerson, Ihaia West, Brad Weber; Fa'alemiga Selesele, Tony Lamborn, Trent Boswell-Wakefield, Mark Abbott, Geoff Cridge, Ben May, Ash Dixon, Ricky Riccitelli Reserves: Jorain Tangaere, Jason Long, Tolu Fahamokioa, Ross Filipo, Ben Hamelink, Chris Eaton, Billy Ropiha, Ryan Tongia
Mitchell Hunt, Tima Faingaanuku, Kieron Fonotia, David Havili, Caleb Makene, Marty Banks, Billy Guyton; Pete Samu, Shane Christie (captain), Tevita Koloamatangi, Alex Ainley, Quinten Strange, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Kane Hames Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, , Tim Perry, Pete Samu, Ethan Blackadder, Finlay Christie, Alex Nankivell, Trael Joass
North Harbour v Southland
Albany, 25 Sept 2:35 pm
Matt McGahan, Matt Duffie, Matt Vaega, Michael Little, Tevita Li, Bryn Gatland, Chris Smylie, Murphy Taramai, Connor Collett, Chris Vui (c), Brandon Nansen, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Sione Mafileo, Adrian Smith, Nic Mayhew Reserves: Kalem Chan-Boon, Hani Fatai, Karl Tuinukuafe, Glen Preston, Hapakuki Moala-Liava'a, Bryn Hall, Daniel Hilton-Jones, Afa Fa'atau
Junior Ngaluafe, Mike Molloy, Dylan Collier, James Schrader, Jaye Thompson- Te Muunu, Wharenui Hawera, Jimmy Cowan, Josh Clark, Tim Boys, Bill Fukofuka, Matt Philip, Mike McKee, Guy Millar, Brayden Mitchell, Joseph Walsh Reserves: Jason Rutledge, Peni Ravi, Morgan Mitchell, Mike Stewart, Mika Mafi, Michael Dowsett, Kieran Moffat, Tauasosi Tuimavave
Bay of Plenty v Auckland
Rotorua, 25 Sept 4:35 pm
Isaac Te Aute, Regan Ware, Lalakai Foketi, Teddy Stanaway, Elijah Nicholas, Kelly Haimona, Ruki Tipuna, Joe Tupe, Hugh Blake, Shahn Eru, Culum Retallick, Keepa Mewett, Pingi Tala'apitaga, Liam Polwart, Aidan Ross Reserves: James O'Reilly, Solomona Sakalia, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, Joe Royal, Jesse Parete, Te Aihe Toma, Dan Hollinshead, Monty Ioane
1 Tom McHugh, 2 Kurt Eklund, 3 Marcel Renata, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 5 Liaki Moli, 6 Taleni Seu, 7 Josh Kaifa, 8 Akira Ioane, 9 Jono Hickey, 10 Simon Hickey, 11 Joseva Ravouvou, 12 Vince Aso, 13 Rieko Ioane, 14 Lolagi Visinia, 15 Melani Nanai Reserves: 16 Blake Hill, 17 James Lay, 18 Isi Tu’ungafasi, 19 Ben Nee Nee, 20 Scott Scrafton, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Liam Steel, 23 Latiume Fosita