2015 National Provincial Championship (ITM Cup) Thread

Discussion in 'Rugby Union Discussion' started by HeathDavisSpeed, Aug 1, 2015.

  1. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    Can't do my standard OP yet, but I do notice that Jonny Bentley is back in NZ and will be Wellington's first five this season. I used to play cricket with him back in the day. Was a pretty useful batsman. Probably could have played at least 2nd grade if he wanted to take his cricket seriously.
  2. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Really looking forward to this. Go Welly!! Maybe we can actually win something this year being in div 2....I expect nothing less. Have a Turbos membership so will be at all their games, I'd be happy with a decent showing from them in div 1. Milner-Skudder absent is gutting for them but some real good standouts so I'm expecting them to do better than their tipped last place in div 1. Will be good for Otere Black to stamp his authority again.

    Still waiting on some squads to be confirmed. Looks like Auckland are the best bet to end with the shield tbh.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2015
  3. BigGuns DA Astele

    Can't help but feel the Makos may run mid table this season. Losing James Lowe is a big disappointment.
  4. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Wellington NPC squad: Tomasi Alosio, Leni Apisai, Jonny Bentley, James Blackwell, Dane Coles, Adam Deck, Vaea Fifita, Greg Foe, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Reggie Goodes, Wes Goosen, Adam Hill, Joe Hill, Cory Jane, Marvin Karawana, Christian Lloyd, Hoani Matenga, Ben May, Sam McNicol, Ma'a Nonu, James O'Reilly, Tomasi Palu, Matt Proctor, TJ Perenara, Mark Reddish, Ardie Savea, Julian Savea, John Schwalger, Brad Shields, Conrad Smith, Henry Stowers, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Shaun Treeby, Malo Tuitama, Tu Umaga-Marshall, TJ Va'a, Victor Vito, Frae Wilson, Jason Woodward

    Decent squad. Woodward due back by round 4. Gutted that Lloyd and McNicol are out for the whole season but we definitely have better outside back depth. Bentley needs to step up. We should win and promote with that squad.

    Guarantee Frae Wilson will start for us but I'd much rather Palu starting tbh.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2015
  5. Rego RS Hutchinson

    The pace of this game is immense!!! Half time.

    In other news, Wellington's first week lineup is looking strong. Proctor forced into centre for Jane. Really hope he steps up there, he's a better winger but would be handy if he can cement centre as well, would be good for the Canes.

    1. Reg Goodes
    2. Leni Apisai
    3. Jeff To'omaga-Allen
    4. Hoani Matenga
    5. Mark Reddish
    6. Vaea Fifita
    7. Ardie Savea
    8. Brad Shields
    9. Frae Wilson
    10. Jonny Bentley
    11. Joe Hill
    12. Shaun Treeby
    13. Matt Proctor
    14. Cory Jane
    15. Jackson Garden-Bachop

    16. James O'Reilly
    17. John Schwalger
    18. Ben May
    19. James Blackwell
    20. Greg Foe
    21. Tomasi Palu
    22. Wes Goosen
    23. Tomasi Alosio

    Handy propping bench options too.
  6. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    Ah. It's great to have the NPC back, even though the rugby media seem to be denying its existence this year.
  7. Rego RS Hutchinson

    What a game!!! It all comes down to this penalty.
  8. Rego RS Hutchinson

    And missed. Southland looking good. Very high paced match. Had 3 bets on - Auckland to win the 1st half and total over 45.5 so both won and a multi which is still in play but less return due to the draw.
  9. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Although I really hope the refs don't become a feature in this comp. I reckon that Southland try which was allowed probably shouldn't have been - Heem being taken out and all. Ref seemed hesitant to penalise at ruck time too.
  10. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Some of the passes need to stick a bit more but loving all this rugby. Had a multi on Tasman and BOP to win and -3.5 and -2.5 multi so that was good. Welly paying $2.37 which is really good value imo. It's gonna be a cracker for sure. Manawatu paying $2.69 is awesome value too, especially because on paper their team is better than Counties.

    Looking forward to Welly playing some decent rugby.....
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2015
  11. Roaddogg AJ Izett

    When does heartland start back up?
  12. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

  13. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Wellington!!!!!! scrappy start but looking good now. 2 tries to nil.
  14. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Naki have been pretty bad. Lots of missed tackles and mistakes in and around Welly's line. 12-0 to Welly HT. Vaea Fifita is looking the goods for us.
  15. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Joe Hill!!!!!!!! you beauty.
  16. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Phew!!!!!!! Bit of drama at the end but we got the win!!!!!!! 19-14 :D
  17. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Won $60 straight on that one and couple of big multis still in play :)
  18. Roaddogg AJ Izett

    Last edited: Aug 15, 2015
  19. Phlegm SP Phlegm

    how do i watch this illegally?
  20. Rego RS Hutchinson

    Fanpass (legit HD Skysports paid stream)
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2015

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