Final repeat feature of club rugby round

Adrian Wyrill will be part of an impressive loose forward trio for Tukapa when they meet New Plymouth Old Boys.
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Adrian Wyrill will be part of an impressive loose forward trio for Tukapa when they meet New Plymouth Old Boys.

Minimise mistakes.

That's one of the main priorities New Plymouth Old Boys co-coach Michael Carr wants to see happen when they meet arch rivals Tukapa at Vogeltown Park.

The repeat of last year's final is the CMK feature match in premier club rugby with both sides heading into the game with a two win-one loss record after they both dropped their opening encounters.

A large number of players have moved on from that final, won 39-17 by Tukapa, but those who have not would remember how Old Boys failed to contain their rampant opposition for long periods.

A similar scenario could play out on Saturday afternoon if Old Boys' defence was not operating at a high level but Carr and fellow coaches Scott Ireland and Phil Mitchell were happy with what they saw last week when they beat Inglewood in testing conditions.

"I thought the boys put in the effort we had asked for," Carr said.

Former Taranaki lock Riki Hoeata has been working with the team on their defence and Carr added that there had been noticeable improvement each week.

He watched Tukapa outplay Spotswood United in their 125th jubilee match last week and was quick to point out that they were quick to punish any mistakes and turn them into points.

"They make good decisions and they have experienced players in key positions. We have to be accurate."

Both sides have made minimal changes from last week, although Tukapa has lost experienced first five-eighth Jack Cameron with co-coach Laurence Corlett saying he had broken his hand and would be out for a lengthy period of time.

His absence means Jayson Potroz moves from fullback into the No 10 jersey, something he did in the opening fortnight of the competition.

Elsewhere, competition leaders Coastal will try to maintain their unbeaten record when they host Inglewood at Rahotu.

Coastal's hard working pack were instrumental in their win over Clifton last week while they also got some good value from their bench.

While Inglewood have won just once so far, they will be tough opposition, especially if they match Coastal at the breakdown. Former Taranaki hooker Timo Tutavaha will start at prop for the visitors.

Spotswood United coach Rhys Connell said they have to cut down on costly errors when they play Southern at Yarrow Stadium. While they were beaten 32-8 by Tukapa last week, there were some positive signs for Connell, including the way they were able to maintain possession for long periods.

The obvious step from there was to turn that into points and create more clear opportunities.

 Winless Clifton could get off the mark when they host Stratford-Eltham at Tikorangi.

There has been no lack of desire from Clifton so far but their defence, especially in the midfield, needs to improve if they are going to get their season on track.

Stratford-Eltham have made a good start and will continue to improve so the match has the potential to be close.     

            

At a glance

New Plymouth Old Boys v Tukapa

2.45pm, Vogeltown Park

Referee: Richard Kelly

NPOB: Logan Rei, Jamarl Weir, Sione Ahokava, Jayden Ford, Jackson Carrington, Brayton Northcott-Hill, Shaan Waite, Willie McBride, Brad Valentine, Patrick Stark, Ric Fabish, Sean Markham, Jeremy Burton, Caleb Mawson, Blake Morgan. Reserves, Sean McKerrow, James McKerrow, Jesse Goodwin, Luke Fowler, Josh Rei, James Lotto, Brooke Moses.

TUKAPA: Brendon White, John Lomu-Tovo, Isaia Tuifua, Pomare Samupo, Jimi Webley, Jayson Potroz, Daniel Bernet, Mitchell Crosswell, Adrian Wyrill, Scott Crocker, Leighton Price, Steven Needham, Devron Phillips, Ben Siffleet, Scott Mellow. Reserves, Liam Penn, Luke Dravitzki, Codie Grayling, Drew Whitehead, Brendon White, Jade Grayling, Liam Ward.

Other games

Spotswood United v Southern, Yarrow Stadium

Clifton v Stratford-Eltham, Tikorangi

Coastal v Inglewood, Rahotu

   

 - Stuff

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