Thursday, September 22, 2022

All Blacks Named To Face Australia For Second Bledisloe

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named his side to face Australia in the second Bledisloe test in Auckland on Saturday night in Auckland.

Missing from this weeks match are both captain Sam Cane and second five David Havivli who both left the field after head knocks, as well as Quinn Tupaea who suffered a knee injury from which Australian player Darcy Swain has been suspended for six weeks. Scott Barrett is also unavailable and it see's this weeks loose forwards as Ardie Savea at number eight, Akira Ioane on the blindside and Dalton Papali'i at openside flanker, while hooker Codie Taylor starts and Samisoni Taukei'aho drops to the reserves.

Sam Whitelock will captain the side, with Jordie Barrett starting at second five, and brother Beauden at fullback. The reserves see lock Tupou Vaa'i, midfielder Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and outside back Sevu Reece added as cover.

New Zealand All Blacks:

1. Ethan de Groot, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Tyrel Lomax, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Dalton Papali'i, 8. Ardie Savea, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Richie Mo'unga, 11. Caleb Clarke, 12. Jordie Barrett, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Will Jordan, 15. Beauden Barrett


16. Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18. Nepo Laulala, 19. Tupou Vaa'i, 20. Hoskins Sotutu, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 23. Sevu Reece

Thursday, September 15, 2022

All Blacks Have Narrow Win Against Australia

The All Blacks have secured a late 39-37 win over Australia in Melbourne, but it was not without controversy. The All Blacks scored five tries to four, but it was the match winning try in the 80th minute to Jordie Barrett that everyone was talking about. With minutes remaining in the match, the All Blacks were on attack metres from the Australian line when they conceded a penalty in a ruck, but the All Blacks were awarded a scrum by referee Mathieu Raynal when Australia took to long for kicking the ball to touch. The All Blacks then moved the ball wide for Barrett to score off the scrum and win the match.

The All Blacks lost both captain Sam Cane and second five David Havili to head knocks in the first half, and then replacement back Quinn Tupaea to a knee injury which saw Darcy Swain sinned-binned for contact to his knee. Coach Ian Foster has said at this stage he is likely out for an extended time with medial and anterior cruciate ligament damage, but was not sure of the availability of Cane and Havili for next Saturday's return Bledisloe and Rugby Championship match.

New Zealand All Blacks: 39 

Tries: Samisoni Taukei'aho 2, Richie Mo'unga, Will Jordan, Jordie Barrett, Conversions: Mo'unga 4, Penalties: Mo'unga 2

Australia: 37 

Tries: Rob Valetini, Andrew Kellaway, Pete Samu, Conversions: Bernard Foley 4, Penalties: Foley 2, Nic White

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

All Blacks Named To Face Australia In Melbourne

New Zealand All Blacks coach Ian Foster has named his side to face Australia in Melbourne on Thursday night. With number eight Ardie Savea remaining in New Zealand for the birth of his child, and Shannon Frizell out injured, Foster has moved Scott Barrett to blindside flanker, and bought in Brodie Retallick to start at lock, and Hoskins Sotutu to start at number eight. The backs are unchanged from the Argentina test, while Akira Ioane comes into the reserves.

After their previous 24-8 loss to South Africa, Australian coach Dave Rennie has made eight changes to his starting side. Halfback Nic White, hooker Folau Fainga'a and openside flanker Fraser McReight drop to the reserves, while prop Taniela Topou has a calf injury, and both first five Noah Lolesio and center Hunter Paisami are out with concussion.

New Zealand All Blacks: 

Jordie Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Hoskins Sotutu, Sam Cane (c), Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Tyrel Lomax, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ethan de Groot. 


Dane Coles, George Bower, Fletcher Newell, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papali’i, Finlay Christie, Beauden Barrett, Quinn Tupaea.

Australia Wallabies: 

Andrew Kellaway, Tom Wright, Len Ikitau, Lalakai Foketi, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon, Rob Valetini, Pete Samu, Rob Leota, Matt Philip, Jed Holloway, Allan Alaalatoa, Dave Porecki, James Slipper (c). 


Folau Fainga'a, Scott Sio, Pone Fa'amausili, Darcy Swain, Fraser McReight, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Bunnings NPC Round Six Results

Tasman: 19

Tries: Noah Hotham, Conversion: Taine Robinson, Penalties: William Havili 4

Wellington: 25

Tries: Conor Garden-Bachop, Sione Halalilo, Xavier Numia, Conversions: Jackson Garden-Bachop 2, Penalties: Garden-Bachop 2

Waikato: 30

Tries: Daniel Sinkinson, Tepaea Cook-Savage, Patrick McCurran, Conversions: Damian McKenzie 3, Penalties: McKenzie 3

Auckland: 15

Tries: Jordan Trainor, Harry Plummer, Conversion: Plummer, Penalty: Plummer

Hawkes's Bay: 69

Tries: Pouri Rakete-Stones, Tyrone Thompson 3, Brad Weber, Neria Foma'i, Ollie Sapsford 2, Kianu Kereru-Symes 2, Conversions: Lincoln McClutchie 7 con, Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, Penalty: McClutchie 

Southland: 24

Tries: Rory van Vugt, Robbie Robinson, Viliami Fine, Conversions: Marty Banks 3, Penalty: Banks

North Harbour: 34

Tries: Luteru Tolai, Bryn Gatland, Mark Telea, Cameron Suafoa, Conversions: Gatland 4, Penalties: Gatland 2 

Bay of Plenty: 48

Tries: Kaveinga Finau, Kurt Eklund 3, Naitoa Ah Kuoi 2, Conversions: Kaleb Trask 6, Penalties: Trask 2

Counties Manukau: 41 

Tries: Peniasi Malimali 2, Jared Page 2, AJ Alatimu, Cameron Roigard, Conversions: Riley Hohepa 4, Penalty: Hohepa 

Manawatu: 33

Tries: Siua Maile, Veikoso Poloniati, Ed Fidow, Potu Leavasa, Conversions: Brett Cameron 3, Sam Clarke

Tasman: 38

Tries: Noah Hotham 2, Braden Stewart, Levi Aumua, Tomasi Alosio, Conversions: William Havili 4, Campbell Parata, Penalty: Parata 

Taranaki: 27

Tries: Tom Florence, Kini Naholo, Logan Crowley, Conversions:  Matt McKenzie 3, Penalties: Daniel Waite 2

Wellington: 32

Tries: DuPlessis Kirifi, Ruben Love, Thomas Perenara, Xavier Numia, Conversions: Aidan Morgan 3, Penalties: Morgan 2

Otago: 26

Tries: Josh Timu, Henry Bell 2, James Lentjes, Conversions: Cameron Millar 3

Canterbury: 46

Tries: Billy Harmon, Brodie McAlister 2, Ngatungane Punivai 2, Penalty try, Conversions: Fergus Burke 4, Penalties: Burke 2

Northland: 17

Tries: Allan Craig, Heremaia Murray, Conversions: Murray 2, Penalty: Murray

Farah Palmer Cup Finals Results

Canterbury women's rugby side have beaten Auckland 41-14 to win the Farah Palmer Cup Premiership for 2022. 

Hawkes Bay beat Otago 24-20 to win the Championship division, reversing the first round loss to Otago in what was their only loss for the season. Hawkes Bay's win result in promotion to the Premiership division for next year

Canterbury: 41 

Tries: Martha Mataele, Georgia Ponsonby, Pip Love, Kendra Cocksedge, Amy du Plessis, Conversions: Cocksedge 2, Penalties: Cocksedge 4 

Auckland: 14 

Tries: Ruahei Demant, Cilia-Marie Po'e, Conversions: Sophie Fisher, Patricia Maliepo

Hawke’s Bay Tui: 24 

Tries: Jaimee Robin, Leilani Hakiwai, Gemma Woods, Conversions: Krystell Cottrell 3, Penalty: Cottrell

Otago Spirit: 20 

Tries: Cheyenne Cunningham, Leah Miles, Conversions: Georgia Cormick 2,  Penalties: Cormick 2

Monday, September 5, 2022

Bunnings NPC Results Round 5

The round five results for the Bunnings 2022 NPC competition saw Northland beat Auckland in Whangarei for the first time in 46 years.

Canterbury: 35 

Tries: Ngatugane Punivai, Dallas McLeod, Willi Heinz, Tamaiti Williams, Conversions: Alex Harford 3, Penalties: Harford 3

North Harbour: 22 

Tries: Felix Kalapu, Tevita Langi, Tika Lelenga, Conversions: Shaun Stevenson 2, Penalty: Stevenson

ManawatÅ«: 26 

Tries: Brett Cameron, Sio Maile, Tima Fainga'anuku, Adam Boult, Conversions: Cameron 3

Tasman: 36 

Tries: Leicester Fainga'anuku, Taine Robinson, Macca Springer 2, Quinten Strange, Conversions: Willy Havili, Penalty: Havili

Northland: 23 

Tries: Matt Moulds, Heremaia Murray, Bruce Kauika-Petersen, Conversion: Rivez Reihana, Penalties: Reihana 2 

Auckland: 22 

Tries: Tomas Aoke, Robbie Abel, Penalty Try, Conversion: Harry Plummer, Penalty: Plummer

Taranaki: 6 

Penalties: Daniel Waite 2

Waikato: 21 

Tries: D'Angelo Leuila, Mosese Dawai, Conversion: Damian McKenzie, Penalties: McKenzie 3

Southland: 28 

Tries: Morgan Mitchell, Quinn Harrison-Jones, Blair Ryall, Conversions: Robbie Robinson 2, Penalties: Robinson 3 

Wellington: 41 

Tries: Asafo Aumua, Sione Halalilo, Conor Garden-Bachop, Aidan Morgan, Nehe Milner-Skudder 2, Conversions: Morgan 3, Garden-Bachop, Penalty: Garden-Bachop

Canterbury: 32 

Tries: Ngatungane Punivai, Isaiah Punivai, Billy Harmon, Tom Christie, Conversions: Fergus Burke 3, Penalties: Burke 2 

Hawke's Bay: 28 

Tries: Lolagi Visinia, Ollie Sapsford, Brad Weber tries; Lincoln McClutchie 2 con, 2 pen; Brad Weber pen). HT: 5-13

Otago: 27


Tries: Sam Gilbert, Josh Hill, Vilimoni Koroi, Conversion: Cameron Millar 3, Penalties: Millar 2

Bay of Plenty: 33 

Tries: Emoni Narawa 2, Manaaki Selby-Ricket, Justin Sangster, Conversions: Kaleb Trask 2, Penalties: Trask 3

North Harbour: 37 

Tries: Tevita Li, Henry Taefu, Jamie Booth, Mark Telea, Penalty Try, Conversions: Bryn Gatland 2, Penalties: Gatland 2

Counties Manukau: 12 

Tries: Penesoni Fineanganofo, Tevita Ofa, Conversion: Riley Hohepa

All Blacks Beat Argentina By 50 Points

The All Blacks have bounced back from the previous loss to Argentina with a 53-3 win in Hamilton on Saturday night. Despite the wet conditions, the All Blacks scored seven tries while hammering the Pumas in tackles and forcing them back with kick and chase options. The All Blacks have surprisingly jumped to the top of the Rugby Championship table with the bonus point win, and now travel to Australia for the next match in Melbourne on Thursday 15 September.

New Zealand All Blacks: 53 

Tries: Ethan de Groot, Caleb Clarke, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Ardie Savea, Brodie Retallick, Beauden Barrett, Conversions: Richie Mo'unga 4, Jordie Barrett 2, Penalties: Mo'unga 2

Argentina: 3 

Penalty: Emiliano Boffelli