New Zealand Heartland XV face challenge against New Zealand Marist
New Zealand Heartland XV Coach Craig Scanlon has made just one change to the starting XV set to take on New Zealand Marist in Taupo this afternoon (kick off 2.30pm).
The team is;
|1||Carl Carmichael||King Country|
|2||Troy Tauwhare||West Coast|
|3||Scott Cameron||Horowhenua Kapiti|
|4||Brett Ranga||Thames Valley|
|5||Veikosa Poloniati||South Canterbury|
|7||Seta Koritamana||Mid Canterbury|
|8||Alex Bradley – captain||Thames Valley|
|9||William Wright||South Canterbury|
|12||Sione Holani||West Coast|
|14||Willie Paiaua||Horowhenua Kapiti|
|16||Glen McIntyre||Thames Valley|
|17||Meli Kolinisau||North Otago|
|18||Ralph Darling||North Otago|
|19||James Goodger||Wairarapa Bush|
|20||Callum McDonald||Poverty Bay|
|22||Sam McCahon||Thames Valley|
|23||Dean Church||King Country|
Fresh from a commanding 60-0 win over the Vanua XV from Fiji, coach Craig Scanlon has brought Horowhenua Kapiti’s Willie Paiaua onto the wing in the only change to the starting XV. Paiaua replaces the injured Alex Thrupp while on the bench, Callum MacDonald comes in for Aaron Lamert.
“There were a lot of positives to take out of Thursday’s match and we will be looking to bring some of that momentum into this match,” said Scanlon.
Captain Alex Bradley led from the front, the number 8 crossing for a hat trick of tries.
Today’s match sees the Heartland XV looking to defend the MacRae Cup, which they have held since 2012.
The New Zealand Marist team will present a tough challenge with a number of Mitre 10 Cup players in their ranks.
“We know that this match is going to be tough. This time last year we had to fight our way back into the game after trailing by about 20 points. We don’t want that to be the case this year, we want to start strong, play with confidence and really control the match,” said Scanlon.
New Zealand Heartland XV v New Zealand Marist
4 November 2018, kick off 2.30pm
Owen Delany Park, Taupo