Local players predominate

Local players predominate

Apart from two loan players, Poverty Bay coaches Mana Otai and Dwayne Russell have gone for an all-local squad for Saturday’s first-round Heartland Championship rugby clash against Wairarapa Bush at Rugby Park.

Former Tasman Makos tighthead prop Andrew Petelo and former Manawatu Turbos second five-eighth Mapa Tuipulotu are the loan players.

Former Gisborne Boys’ High School first 15 foward Micaiah Torrance-Reid, now playing for Taranaki, is the player of origin and will give the Bay valuable height at lineouts.

“Micaiah is a huge talent with size, speed and Mitre 10 Cup experience,” said Otai, who will put the squad through their final training session tonight when the focus will be on defence.

“Defence is a key component in any game.

“It’s not just about getting structures and systems in place.

“When it comes down to it, it’s about individuals making tackles.

The set piece was also a huge focus during last weekend’s camp.

“We have talented backs but we need a strong platform to work from,” Otai said.

A match preview will be in tomorrow’s paper at http://gisborneherald.co.nz/

POVERTY BAY (1-15):

Position #NamePositionClubHeight WeightGames
1Campbell ChrispPropNgatapa1.8611441
2Tamanui Hill (Captain)HookerHSOB1.8611522
3Andrew PeteloPropLoan – Wellington1.861101
4Micaiah Torrance-ReidLockOrigin  – Taranaki1.971101
5Jacob CookLockOBM1.9510519
6Fawn WhiteLoose ForwardYMP1.84978
7Callum McDonaldLoose ForwardOBM1.90991
8Ken HoukamauNumber 8Waikohu1.8711224
9Mario CounsellHalfbackWaikohu1.678540
10Kelvin SmithFirst five-eighthWaikohu1.739034
11Te Peehi FairlieOutside backYMP1.79936
12Mapa TuipulotuMidfield backLoan – Waikato1.85980
13Jesse FlemingMidfield backWaikohu1.829991
14Andrew TauatevaluUtility BackHSOB1.95989
15Ethine ReevesFullbackWaikohu1.638044
Reserves:
16Shayde SkudderHookerYMP1.821089
17Toru NoanoaPropWaikohu1801206
18Sam McDellLockNgatapa1.951142
(19) – BracketedJess KapeneLoose ForwardWairoa Athletic1.901072
(19) – BracketedWilliam TamateaLoose ForwardYMP1.9610538
20William GroganHalfbackOBM1.829220
21Matthew RaleighUtility BackNgatapa1.82800
22Korey LoveOutside backHSOB1.79902

RUGBY by John Hill
Published: August 23, 2018 8:51PM

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