PREVIEW: Canterbury v Tasman
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Both teams started their campaigns off with wins last week. Canterbury were impressive in shutting out Auckland 43-3 while Tasman overcame Waikato 24-19.
Tasman have received a big boost with star first five-eighth Marty Banks back in the starting lineup and last week’s debutant All Blacks prop Kane Hames back into the match day 23. Canterbury have also been boosted by the return of Matt Todd from the All Blacks squad into openside flanker and the hard working Tom Sanders into the number six jersey.
After a handy debut last week, 19-year-old fullback Jordie Barrett will be looking to take another step up this week for Canterbury. Jordie’s brother Scott will also be influential for Canterbury in a powerful second row alongside Dominic Bird. For Tasman, the midfield of Kieron Fonotia and David Havili will be looking to spark the Makos attack.
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Tasman Makos (provisional): Mitchell Hunt, Tima Faingaanuku, Kieron Fonotia, David Havili, James Lowe, Marty Banks, Finlay Christie; Vernon Fredericks, Shane Christie (captain), Shannon Frizell, Quinten Strange, Jeff Lepa, Ross Geldenhuys, Jesse MacDonald, Tim Perry. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Kane Hames, Blair Prinsep, Pete Samu, Tevita Koloamatangi, Billy Guyton, Alex Nankivell, Jesse Pitman
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