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Lions name squad for North Harbour clash at Sky Stadium

Lions team named for clash with North Harbour

Vince Aso and Naitoa Ah Kuoi will feature in the starting XV as the Wellington Lions get set to take on North Harbour this Saturday.

The Lions will be looking to change their luck, following two consecutive losses to Canterbury and then Otago at Sky Stadium last weekend.

Head coach, Leo Crowley, says there was some honest reflection time at the start of the week.

“We have all had a few tough discussions after our Otago loss. It is about us banking points and not giving teams opportunities through our mistake level, which has been far too high.”

North Harbour currently sits sixth overall in the Mitre 10 Cup standings, just one place behind Wellington.

However, they turned heads two weeks ago romping to victory over the top of the table Tasman Mako and Crowley says they will be looking for another win in the capital.

“North Harbour is always a tough, physical side to play. It is no surprise to us that they are playing well now after a slow start. They are very well coached and will be full of confidence”

With that in mind, Crowley says he has picked a team who will match the high level of intensity expected on game day.

“For us it is about still backing ourselves to play while adding more physicality in our approach on both sides of the ball. We feel we have selected a strong side that can go out there and get the job done. The players are really looking forward to it.”

Saturday’s kick-off a Sky Stadium is 2:05pm.

The Wellington Lions squad to play North Harbour is:
1 Xavier Numia
2 James O’Reilly
3 Alex Fidow
4 James Blackwell
5 Naitoa Ah Kuoi
6 Vaea Fifita
7 Du’Plessis Kirifi [C]
8 Teariki Ben-Nicholas
9 Kemara Hauiti-Parapara
10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
11 Julian Savea
12 Vince Aso
13 Peter Umaga-Jensen
14 Wes Goosen
15 Billy Proctor
16 Tyrone Thompson
17 Morgan Poi
18 Ben Aumua-Peseta
19 Caleb Delany
20 Mateaki Kafatolu
21 Connor Collins
22 Aidan Morgan
23 Ruben Love

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