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Mitre 10 Cup 2016 Previews | Week 04

COMING UP THIS WEEK

m10prevhdrWeek four action in the Mitre 10 Cup

HAWKE’S BAY v AUCKLAND
Wednesday 7 September, 7.35pm at McLean Park, Napier
Hbay2016 auck Played: 78, 1889-2015 | Auckland wins: 55 | Hawke’s Bay wins: 18 | Draws: 5
Last match: Hawke’s Bay 17 Auckland 12, 24.09.15 in Napier (ITMC, RS)
Last Auckland win: Auckland 36 Hawke’s Bay 29, 22.08.12 in Napier (ITMC)
Biggest Auckland score: 69 (69-31), 05.06.93 in Auckland (NPC, RS)
Biggest Hawke’s Bay score: 47 (47-13), 01.08.09 in Napier (ANZC)
Biggest differential: Auckland by 59 (65-6), 19.08.84 in Hastings (NPC)
Form: Hawke’s Bay have had a battling start to the year with three losses, and crucially, two of those have been at home. They lost 26-36 to Wellington and 20-48 to Counties Manukau at home and then 28-55 to Taranaki away. Auckland had a real thumping at Canterbury’s hands 3-43 in the opening round but have since had a 37-15 win over Northland and 51-16 over Southland, two of the poorer performing sides in the Championship.

Teams:
Hawke’s Bay: 1.Ricci Riccitelli, 2.Ash Dixon (captain), 3.Ben May, 4.Geoff Cridge, 5.Mark Abbott, 6.Trent Boswell-Wakefield, 7.Tony Lamborn, 8.Fa’alemiga Selesele, 9.Brad Weber, 10.Ihaia West, 11.Mason Emerson, 12.Tiaan Falcon, 13.Jonah Lowe, 14.Robbie Fruean, 15.Ryan Tongia.
Substitutes: 16.Jorian Tangaere, 17.Jason Long, 18.Tolu Fahamokioa, 19.Ross Filipo, 20.Ben Hamlink, 21.Chris Eaton, 22.Billy Ropiha, 23.Matt Garland.

Auckland: 1.Tom McHugh, 2.Kurt Eklund, 3.Marcel Renata, 4.Scott Scrafton, 5.Michael Fatialofa, 6.Liaki Moli, 7.Akira Ioane, 8.Joe Edwards, 9.Jono Hickey, 10.Simon Hickey, 11.Pryor Collier, 12.Vince Aso, 13.Rieko Ioane, 14.Joesava Ravouvou, 15.Tyrone Elkington-Macdonald.
Substitutes: 16.Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17.Isi Tu’ungafasi, 18.James Lay, 19.Ben Nee-Nee, 20.Taleni Seu, 21.Leon Fukofuka, 22.Latiume Fosita, 23.Pasqualle Dunn.


TARANAKI v SOUTHLAND
Thursday 8 September, 7.35pm at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
taranaki southland2016 Played: 53, 1899-2013 (DNP 2014-15) | Taranaki wins: 32 | Southland wins: 20 | Draws: 1
Last match: Taranaki 15 Southland 14, 31.08.13 in Invercargill (ITMC)
Last Southland win: Southland 29 Taranaki 13, 16.10.09 in Invercargill (ANZC)
Biggest Taranaki score: 74 (74-43), 13.09.97 in New Plymouth (NPC)
Biggest Southland score: 43 (43-74), 13.09.97 in New Plymouth (NPC)
Biggest differential: Taranaki by 37 (49-12), 06.08.00 in New Plymouth (NPC)
 FORM
Despite two big losses to Auckland and Otago, Southland showed promise in their tense 34-31 loss to Manawatu in round two. The Stags clinched two vital bonus points in that match and a victory over Taranaki would put them right back in the hunt for a top four spot. Taranaki were most impressive in their 55-28 round two win over Hawke’s Bay. The big win over the Magpies has been bookended with a win over Bay of Plenty and tight loss to Tasman.

Taranaki: Stephen Perofeta, Beaudein Waaka, Sean Wainui, Johnny Fa’auli, Declan O’Donnell, Marty McKenzie, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Iopu Iopu-Aso, Berny Hall (c), Mitchell Brown, Leighton Price, Ben Matwijow, Reuben O’Neill, Rhys Marshall, Mitchell Graham. Reserves, Sione Lea, Jared Proffit, Mike Kainga, Lachlan Boshier, Toa Halafihi, Kylem O’Donnell, Isaia Tuifua, Jackson Ormond.

Southland: Junior Ngaluafe, Mike Molloy, Kieran Moffat, Dylan Collier, Jaye Thompson – Te Muunu, Greg Dyer, Jimmy Cowan, Josh Clark, Wade McRae, Bill Fukofuka, Mike Stewart, Mike McKee, Morgan Mitchell, Brayden Mitchell, Peni Ravai. Reserves, Jason Rutledge, Shaun Stodart, Guy Millar, Matt Philip, Phil Halder, Jahvis Wallace, Tauasosi Tuimavave, Keanu Kahukura.

BAY OF PLENTY v NORTHLAND
Friday 9 September, 5.45pm at Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
bop nthland Played: 57, 1950-2015 | Bay of Plenty wins: 23 | Northland wins: 33 | Draws: 1
Last match: Bay of Plenty 37 Northland 5, 25.09.15 in Whangarei (ITMC)
Last Northland win: Northland 30 Bay of Plenty 27, 25.09.14 (ITMC)
Biggest Bay of Plenty score: 51 (51-3), 08.10.05 in Mt Maunganui (NPC)
Biggest Northland score: 49 (49-23), 28.09.02 in Whangarei (NPC)
Biggest differential: Bay of Plenty by 48 (51-3), 08.10.05 in Mt Maunganui (NPC)
 Teams:

Bay of Plenty: 1.Aidan Ross, 2.Liam Polwart, 3.Pingi Tala’apitaga, 4.Troy Callander, 5.Culum Retallick, 6.Jesse Parete, 7.Hugh Blake, 8.Joe Tupe, 9.Tipuna Ruki, 10.Kelly Haimona, 11.Regan Ware, 12.Terrence Hepetema, 13.Teddy Stanaway, 14.Monty Ioane, 15.Isaac Te Aute.
Substitutes: 16.James O’Reilly, 17.Solomona Sakalia, 18.Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 19.Shahn Eru, 20.Henry Stowers, 21.Te Aihe Toma, 22.Nick Evemy, 23.Te Rangi Fraser.

Northland: 1.Howard Sililoto, 2.Matt Moulds, 3.Phil Kite, 4.Josh Goodhue, 5.Shane Neville, 6.Tom Robinson, 7.Kara Pryor, 8.Matt Matich, 9.Sam Nock, 10.Peter Breen, 11.Jone Macilai, 12.Jordan Hyland, 13.Warren Dunn, 14.Waisea Lawebuka, 15.Solomon Alaimalo.
Substitutes: 16.Ross Wright, 17.Namatahi Waa, 18.Matt Talaese, 19.Josh Larsen, 20.Jack Ram, 21.Malcolm MacLeod, 22.Dan Hawkins, 23.Tamati Tua.

COUNTIES MANUKAU v WELLINGTON
Friday 9 September, 7.45pm at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe
count wellington Played: 30, 1976-2014 (2015) | Counties Manukau wins: 11 | Wellington wins: 16 | Draws: 2
Last match: Counties Manukau 55 Wellington 7, 27.09.14 in Pukekohe (ITMC)
Last Wellington win: Wellington 55 Counties Manukau 16, 15.08.13 in Pukekohe (ITMC)
Biggest Wellington score: 64 (64-7), 15.08.08 in Wellington (ANZC)
Biggest Counties Manukau score: 55 (55-7), 27.09.14 in Pukekohe (ITMC)
Biggest differential: Wellington by 57 (64-7), 15.08.08 in Wellington (ANZC)
 Form: Counties Manukau suffered a 17-20 loss to North Harbour in their first game of the season but have since beaten Bay of Plenty 39-34 and Hawke’s Bay 48-20. Wellington beat Hawke’s Bay 36-36 in their opening game but then lost to Otago 21-44 in Dunedin. They came back from that to beat North Harbour 21-17 in their last outing.

Teams:
Counties Manukau: 1.Sean Bagshaw, 2.Suliasi Taufalele, 3.Kalolo Tuiloma, 4.Matiaha Martin, 5.Viliame Rarasea, 6.Jimmy Tupou, 7.Jordan Taufua, 8.Sootala Fa’aso’o, 9.Augustine Pulu, 10.Piers Francis, 11.Sherwin Stowers, 12.Cardiff Vaega, 13.Sam Vaka, 14.Sione Molia, 15.Luteru Laulala.
Substitutes: 16.Gafatasi Su’a, 17.Sione Faletau, 18.Jarred Adams, 19.Matt Va’ai, 20.Viliami Taulani, 21.Richard Judd, 22.Joe Reynolds, 23.Sione Fifita.

Wellington: 1.Vince Sakaria, 2.Leni Apisai, 3.Chris Baumann, 4.Isaia Walker-Leawere, 5.Sam Lousi, 6.Vaea Fifita, 7.Brad Shields, 8.Hoani Matenga, 9.Tomasi Palu, 10.Jackson Garden-Bachop, 11.Wes Goosen, 12.Shaun Treeby, 13.Matt Proctor, 14.Joe Hill, 15.Peter Umaga-Jensen.
Substitutes: 16.Asafo Aumua, 17.Reg Goodes, 18.Joe Apikotoa, 19.Mark Reddish, 20.Greg Foe, 21.Sheridan Rangihuna, 22.TJ Va’a, 23.Mike Lealavaa.

NORTH HARBOUR v MANAWATU
Saturday 10 September, 2.35pm at QBE Stadium, North Harbour
harb14 mana Played: 17, 1986-2015 | Manawatu wins: 5 | North Harbour wins: 12
Last match: Manawatu 31 North Harbour 17, 26.09.15 in Palmerston North (ITMC)
Last North Harbour win: North Harbour 24 Manawatu 13, 12.09.14 in Albany (ITMC)
Biggest Manawatu score: 32 (32-21), 02.08.11 in Palmerston North (ITMC)
Biggest North Harbour score: 63 (63-4), 13.08.88 in Takapuna (NPC)
Biggest differential: North Harbour by 59 (63-4), 13.08.88 in Takapuna (NPC)
OTAGO v TASMAN
Saturday 10 September, 4.35pm at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
ota makoslogo2016 Played: 10, 2007-2015 | Otago wins: 6 | Tasman wins: 3 | Draws: 1
Last match: Tasman 34 Otago 17, 03.09.15 in Dunedin (ITMC)
Last Otago win: Otago 41 Tasman 34, 19.10.12 in Dunedin (ITMC SF)
Biggest Otago score: 41 (41-34), 19.10.12 in Dunedin (ITMC SF)
Biggest Tasman score: 49 (49-16), 06.09.13 in Nelson (ITMC)
Biggest differential: Tasman by 33 (49-16), 06.09.13 in Nelson (ITMC)
CANTERBURY v HAWKE’S BAY
Sunday 11 September, 2.35pm at AMI Stadium (Addington), Christchurch
cant Hbay2016 Played: 56, 1887-2015 | Canterbury wins: 32 | Hawke’s Bay wins: 21 | Draws: 3
Last match: Canterbury 29 Hawke’s Bay 14, 12.09.15 in Christchurch (ITMC)
Last Hawke’s Bay win: Hawke’s Bay 21 Canterbury 13, 26.08.82 in Hastings (NPC)
Biggest Canterbury score: 76 (76-14), 09.07.03 in Christchurch (NPC, RS)
Biggest Hawke’s Bay score: 31 (31-31), 21.09.91 in Christchurch (NPC)
Biggest differential: Canterbury by 62 (76-14), 09.07.03 in Christchurch (NPC, RS)
AUCKLAND v WAIKATO
Sunday 11 September, 4.35pm at Eden Park, Auckland
auck wai16 Played: 139, 1922-2015 | Auckland wins: 95 | Waikato wins: 39 | Draws: 5
Last match: Auckland 50 Waikato 28, 05.09.15 in Hamilton (ITMC)
Last Waikato win: Waikato 42 Auckland 24, 14.09.13 in Hamilton (ITMC)
Biggest Auckland score: 60 (60-19), 02.10.13 in Auckland (ITMC)
Biggest Waikato score: 59 (59-11), 28.08.04 in Hamilton (NPC)
Biggest differential: Waikato by 48 (59-11), 28.08.04 in Hamilton (NPC)


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