Canterbury team to play Tasman

Aug 22 • General News, Mitre 10 Cup, Other Tournaments • 2363 Views • Comments Off on Canterbury team to play Tasman

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Captain George Whitelock and All Blacks Joe Moody and Ryan Crotty will be the three new faces in the Canterbury side to face Tasman this weekend.   Moody has been released from the All Blacks to take the number one red and black jersey this week.  That sees Paea Fa’anunu take a place on the bench.  The only other change in the forwards from the team that beat Taranaki last weekend is the return of blindside flanker George Whitelock, in place of brother Luke who was this week called into the All Black camp.  Whitelock will also captain the side.   In the backs, halfbacks and vice-captains Andy Ellis and Willi Heinz have rotated so that Ellis starts at nine this week.  Crotty’s return to second-five puts Rob Thompson, who was called into the squad out of the wider training group last week, on the reserves bench.  Fellow wider training group members Jamie Verran and Richie Mo’unga have also been named for their second Canterbury cap (Verran at fullback and Mo’unga on the bench).   Canterbury Head Coach Scott Robertson says the team knows to be wary of this Tasman side.   “The Makos always perform when they face us.  There are quite a number of guys who know each other in the two teams and who have played together before, so I think that brings out their natural competitive instincts even more.   “Tasman beat us in the opening round of last year’s Captain George Whitelock and All Blacks Joe Moody and Ryan Crotty will be the three new faces in the Canterbury side to face Tasman this weekend.   Moody has been released from the All Blacks to take the number one red and black jersey this week.  That sees Paea Fa’anunu take a place on the bench.  The only other change in the forwards from the team that beat Taranaki last weekend is the return of blindside flanker George Whitelock, in place of brother Luke who was this week called into the All Black camp.  Whitelock will also captain the side.   In the backs, halfbacks and vice-captains Andy Ellis and Willi Heinz have rotated so that Ellis starts at nine this week.  Crotty’s return to second-five puts Rob Thompson, who was called into the squad out of the wider training group last week, on the reserves bench.  Fellow wider training group members Jamie Verran and Richie Mo’unga have also been named for their second Canterbury cap (Verran at fullback and Mo’unga on the bench).   Canterbury Head Coach Scott Robertson says the team knows to be wary of this Tasman side.   “The Makos always perform when they face us.  There are quite a number of guys who know each other in the two teams and who have played together before, so I think that brings out their natural competitive instincts even more.   “Tasman beat us in the opening round of last year’s ITM Cup, so we understand the challenge ahead of us and what is required,” Robertson said.   Kick-off is at 2:35pm on Saturday at Lansdowne Park, Blenheim.

Canterbury team to play Tasman:

No. POSITION SURNAME FIRST NAME
1 Loosehead Prop MOODY JOE
2 Hooker FUNNELL BEN
3 Tighthead Prop LAULALA NEPO
4 Left Lock SYMONS MATT
5 Right Lock KATENE LUKE
6 Blindside Flanker WHITELOCK GEORGE
7 Openside Flanker TODD MATT
8 Number Eight TAUFUA JORDAN
9 Halfback ELLIS ANDY
10 First Five BLEYENDAAL TYLER
11 Left Wing KERESOMA MILFORD
12 Second Five CROTTY RYAN
13 Centre WHITELOCK ADAM
14 Right Wing OSBORNE PATRICK
15 Full Back VERRAN JAMIE
  REPLACEMENTS:
16 Hooker CUMMINGS-TOONE MARCEL
17 Prop FA’ANUNU PAEA
18 EVERSON JOEL
19 BROWN JED
20 HEINZ WILLI
21 MO’UNGA RICHIE
22 THOMPSON ROB

 

Related Posts

« »