Preview: Wellington v Taranaki
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Wins: Wellington 119, Taranaki 46, Draws 5, Abandonments 1
Last time: Wellington 19, Taranaki 14, New Plymouth 2015
Wellington: 1. Reggie Goodes, 2. Asafo Aumua, 3. Joe Apikotoa, 4. Isaia Walker-Leawere, 5. Mark Reddish (captain), 6. Vaea Fifita, 7. Galu Taufale, 8. Hoani Matenga, 9. Sheridan Rangihuna, 10. Pakai Turia, 11. Jason Woodward, 12. Shaun Treeby, 13. Wes Goosen, 14. Joe Hill, 15. Jackson Garden-Bachop.
Taranaki: 1. Mitchell Graham, 2. Rhys Marshall, 3. Ryan Cocker, 4. Ben Matwijow, 5. Leighton Price, 6. Iopu Iopu-Aso, 7. Mitchell Crosswell (captain), 8. Toa Halafihi, 9. Kylem O’Donnell, 10. Marty McKenzie, 11. Latu Vaeno, 12. Johnny Faauli, 13. Seta Tamanivalu, 14. Declan O’Donnell, 15. Stephen Perofeta.
Reserves: 16. Harry Jones, 17. Jared Proffit, 18. Reuben O’Neill, 19. Mitchell Brown, 20. Berny Hall, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22. Sean Wainui, 23. Jackson Ormond.
Squad Update: Wellington have pulled captain Brad Shields for Sunday’s game. The hard-working loose forward has been given a rest alongside Sam Lousi. He’s joined by no less than three players who are recovering from concussion symptoms, namely Malo Tuitama, Chris Baumann and Matt Proctor. Peter Umanga-Jensen also wasn’t considered for selection with a shoulder injury.
Key Players: With Shields out, a lot of the impetus will come from veteran Mark Reddish. The industrious lock will have it all to do if he is to ensure his Lions pack puts on a consistent performance, something they have struggled with throughout the season. The match is a good opportunity for Pakai Turia to seize his chance at first five-eighths, with Jackson Garden-Bachop moved to fullback.
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