PREMIERSHIP PREVIEW: Counties Manukau v Wellington
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Played: 32 (1976-2016)
Won: Wellington 17, Counties Manukau 13, Drawn 2
Last time: Wellington 28, Counties Manukau 27 in Pukekohe
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Both teams come into this clash on the back of solid wins with Counties Manukau powering past Southland 43-26 and Wellington edging North Harbour 35-23. Wellington have the slightly better record overall with three wins from five matches played while the Steelers have won two and lost three.
JONAH LOMU MEMORIAL TROPHY
This match is about more than just competition points with the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy up for grabs. The legendary All Blacks wing played for both Wellington and Counties Manukau prior to passing away in 2015. The trophy as been contested just once before in 2016 with Wellington getting home by one-point thanks to a long range penalty goal by Jackson Garden-Bachop.
FAST FACT (Opta)
Counties Manukau’s Joe Royal has 48 throw wins at the lineout this campaign, more than any other player in the competition.
This match takes on an extra edge with the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy on the line. The Steelers will be a different proposition on their home turf and have named an exciting backline with plenty of firepower to come from the bench. The Lions were hot and cold in round four and cannot afford any lapses against a Counties Manukau side that score from anywhere on the field.
THROWBACK | Ahead of this weekend's Jonah Lomu Memorial clash, relive the thrill of watching the blockbusting wing in full flight ??TEAMS
All tickets are $11 and available here: https://t.co/UZp8xdXhWE#COUvWEL #Ours pic.twitter.com/fYj2o16uz2— Mitre 10 Cup (@Mitre10Cup) September 12, 2018
1: Sean Bagshaw 2: Joe Royal 3: Kalolo Tuiloma 4: Viliame Rarasea 5: Matiaha Martin 6: Mathew Vaai 7: Fotu Lokotui 8: Dan Hyatt 9: Te Aihe Toma 10: Fosita Latuime 11: Tevita Nabura 12: Cardiff Vaega 13: Orbyn Leger 14: Toni Pulu 15: Luteru Laulala
Reserves: Gafatasi Su’a, Howard Silioto, Coree Te Whata-Colley, Daymon Leasuasu, Liam Daniela, Nigel Ah Wong, Etene Nanai-Seturo
1: Xavier Numia 2: Asafo Aumua 3: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen 4: James Blackwell 5:Isaia Walker-Leaware 6: Vaea Fifita 7: Matekai Kafatolu 8: Teariki Ben-Nicholas 9: Kemera Hauiti-Parapara 10: Jackson Garden-Bachop 11: Malo Tuitama 12: Billy Proctor 13: Matt Proctor 14: Ben Lam 15: Wes Goosen
Reserves: James O’Reilly, Tolu Fahamokioa, Joel Hintz, Galu Taufele, Greg Foe, Sheridan Rangihuna, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Pakai Turia
FLASHBACK | @WgtnRugby will look to defend the Jonah Lomu Memorial Trophy after winning it in 2016 with this CLUTCH 48m penalty ????
? 2.05pm, Saturday 15 September
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?? #COUvWEL pic.twitter.com/3kAfbrPiVM— Mitre 10 Cup (@Mitre10Cup) September 13, 2018
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