Northland side named v Manawatu
- Luatangi Li (Debut)
- Jordan Olsen (Captain)
- Tyler Kearns (Debut)
- Sam Caird
- Josh Goodhue
- Tom Robinson
- Kara Pryor
- Sam McNamara
- Sam Nock
- Dan Hawkins (50th Game)
- Jordan Hyland
- Jack Goodhue
- Rene Ranger
- Pisi Leilua
- Scott Gregory
16 Ben Tou (Debut), 17 Ross Wright, 18 Coree Te Whata-Colley, 19 Temo Mayanavanua, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Harrison Levien, 22 Wiseguy Faiane, 23 Tamati Tua
Head Coach: George Konia
Assistant Coach: Graham Dewes
Assistant Coach: Tui Raeli
That front row despite the ‘greenhorns’ should be pretty good at set peice, Olsen and Kearns are pretty mobile, Kearns looks a strong defender too, not seen Li but has pretty decent wraps on him (debut for us, but played for NH) from club footy
Goodhue & Caird, solid locks, our lineout seems to function best with Goodhue, and Cairds height, hopefully we can use this.
Like the look of our loose trio, Matich possibly unlucky not to get the nod at 7, assume Jacobson is injured again unless Pryor leapfrogged both him and Matich? McNamara there for a bit of size at 8 though, Robinson, nuff said.
Nock, hopefully can build on his performances in the Blues.
Hawkins, well known I’m not a fan (as a player, the few times I have interacted with him off the field, seems a real GC though) only been a few games I can say I was impressed with his play, but hopefully his 50th is one we remember for the right reasons.
Liking that mid-field.
Hyland is a vital part of our back division whenever we are needing to get go forward! Leilua, showed glimpses last year, may have been carrying an injury.
Not sold on Gergory at 15 (struggled for us last year there and had a forgettable game for the Highlanders there too) possibly better to put him at 12, Goodhue to 13, and Ranger to 14 with Leilua at 15 which I believe is his preferred position?
Bring it on and those 6 x 100 person bubbles at the game