Moana Pasifika ring in the changes for round two against the Blues
Moana Pasifika have named their team to play the rematch against the Blues on Saturday. Round 7 of DHL Super Rugby Pacific sees the two Auckland-based teams play each other twice in the space of four days.
With the short turnaround, Head Coach Aaron Mauger has named a very different side to the team who went down on Tuesday 32-19.
Sekope Kepu returns to Captain the side and is joined in the front row by Ezekiel Lindenmuth and Samiuela Moli at hooker. Veikoso Poloniati and Michael Curry will combine at lock to round out the tight five. Curry started Tuesday’s match and earnt his start on Saturday after a tremendous performance on debut.
The same starting loose forward trio from Moana Pasifika’s historic 24-19 win over the Hurricanes will return to the field with Tu’ipulotu, Funaki and Time-Stowers set to play at Eden Park.
Ereatara Enari will combine with Christian Leali’ifano in a new 9 & 10 combination which boasts plenty of Super Rugby experience.
An unchanged starting midfield combination in Solomone Kata and Fine Inisi will look to build on their fine form from Tuesday’s game.
Playing three games in eight days has seen several debutants take the field and Tasman Mako flyer Timoci Tavatavanawai will make his long awaited debut on the right wing. Anzelo Tuitavuki keeps his left wing spot from Tuesday and William Havili returns to fullback.
There is plenty of impact and firepower to come from the bench with the likes of experienced Manu Samoa halfback Dwayne Polataivao and Tuesday night try scorers Luteru Tolai, Abraham Pole and Tomasi Alosio.
Moana Pasifika team to play the Blues:
- Ezekiel Lindenmuth
- Samiuela Moli
- Sekope Kepu (C)
- Veikoso Poloniati
- Michael Curry
- Sione Tu’ipulotu
- Solomone Funaki
- Henry Time-Stowers
- Ereatara Enari
- Christian Leali’ifano
- Anzelo Tuitavuki
- Solomone Kata
- Fine Inisi
- Timoci Tavatavanawai (debut)
- William Havili
- Luteru Tolai
- Abraham Pole
- Chris Apoua
- Alex McRobbie
- Alamanda Motuga
- Dwayne Polataivao
- Lincoln McClutchie
- Tomasi Alosi
Unavailable for selection: Xavier Cowley-Tuioti, Jack Lam, Josh Kaifa, Isi Tu’ungafasi, Lotu Inisi, Don Lolo, D’Angelo Leuila, Niko Jones, Levi Aumua, Danny Toala, Henry Taefu, Taukiaha’amea Koloamtangi, Lolagi Visinia, Manu Paea, Jonathan Taumateine, Samuel Slade, Neria Foma’i, Tima Fainga’anuku, Ray Niuia
– Press Release Moana Pasifika
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There's nothing to stop 19, 20, 21 year old players trying to get a one or two year break going to Australia. They aren't likely to make the All Blacks so soon anyway if they can't get a kiwi Super Rugby contract. What we don't want is our better players in a low performance environment like an Aussie Super Rugby team. There's a reason why Aussies improve after they leave the country.Go to comments
Ross also gave Stevenson a great little pass for our first try.Go to comments