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RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Tue, 26 Jun 2018, 12:01

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Sat 30th June, BCI Stadium Rarotonga, Cook Islands v Hong Kong

Sat 7th July, Hong Kong, Hong Kong v Cook Islands
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The BCI Stadium
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Cook Islands squad ( https://www.facebook.com/CookIslandsRugbyUnion/ )

FORWARDS:

PROPS:
- AJ Campbell.
- James Pakoti,
- Tuakana Paitai,
- Alex Matapo

HOOKER:
- Sam Anderson-Heather (Captain),
- Matthew Mullany

LOCK/FLANKER:
- James Kora,
- Shahn Eru,
- Tokerau Raru,
- Robert Heather,
- Te Eru Wano,
- Tyrone Viiga,
- Tai Marsters,
- Tamanui Nicholas

BACK LINE:

HALVES:
- Othniel Joseph,
- Reece Joyce,
- Te Ara Henderson,
- Corry Tearoa,
- Walter Koteka

CENTRES & OUTSIDE BACKS:
- Gene Te Amo,
- Jamian Iroa,
- Greg Mullany,
- Josh Tinomana,
- Brynn Uriarau,
- Marnus Hanley,
- Matamanea Matapakia,
- Oisin Clarken

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby olivier » Tue, 26 Jun 2018, 16:53

Only 6 survivors from the match against Tahiti last year...

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby olivier » Tue, 26 Jun 2018, 17:12

Quite impressive pack with Sam Anderson-Heather (starting hooker of Otago), Shahn Eru (starting lock of Perpignan), Tyrone Viiga (starting number 8 of Béziers).

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby sk 88 » Tue, 26 Jun 2018, 17:31

Hope they've got all their paper work in order!

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby olivier » Tue, 26 Jun 2018, 17:33

Captain of Grenoble Steven Setephano didn't make the team for unknown reasons.

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Canalina » Tue, 26 Jun 2018, 17:51

Newzealander referees, and Cook Islands are a territory dependent by NZ. Hong Kong doesn't fear favoritism

Samoa vs Germany at Apia Park, Apia, Samoa
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
Television match official: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Cook Island vs Hong Kong at BCI Stadium, Raratonga, Cook Islands
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Mabey (New Zealand), Mike Winter (New Zealand)

Kenya vs Zimbabwe at RFUEA Grounds, Nairobi
Referee: Tual Trainini (France)
Assistant referees: Stéphane Rakotonirainy (Madagascar), Ignace Ndri Kan (Cote d'Ivoire)
Citing commissioner: Joseph Ingwe (Zambia)

Morocco vs Namibia at Stade de COC, Casablanca
Referee: Adrien Descottes (France)
Assistant referees: Sylvain Mane (Senegal), Heykel Bahroun (Tunisia)
Citing commissioner: Charles Yapo (Rugby Africa)

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Canalina » Tue, 26 Jun 2018, 17:53

Live streaming on World Rugby site https://www.worldrugby.org/where-to-watch

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 07:45

The overseas based Cook Islanders from https://www.radionz.co.nz/international ... ond-chance with the French clubs from oliviers post

Alex Casey (Brisbane), AJ Cambell (Brisbane), Alex Matapo (Auckland), James Pakoti (Wellington), Sam Anderson Heather (Otago), Matt Mullany (Wellington), Oneal Rongo (Northland), Shahn Eru ( Perpignan, France), Tai Marsters (Counties), Tyrone Viiga (Béziers, France), Eruu Wano (Bay of Plenty), Tai Ford (Brisbane), Teara Henderson (Wellington), Corry Tearoa (Perth), Walter Koteka (Perth), Will Raea (Counties), Reece Joyce (Counties), Josh Gordon (Otago), Gene Te Amo (Counties), Josh Tinomana (Perth), Brynn Uriarau (Hawkes Bay), Oisin Clarken (Melbourne), Justin Marsters (Sydney), Greg Mullany (Wellington)

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby YamahaKiwi » Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 11:53

Thanks PoP. Great to see a Koteka in there from Perth. Will be family of Paul Koteka, 70-80s prop for Counties, then West Australia. Marsters are a well-known Cooks family. Taught a Marsters kid back when I was a high school teacher.

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Hinato » Wed, 27 Jun 2018, 16:16

Le sélectionneur Leigh Jones vient d'annoncer le groupe hongkongais qui participera au barrage aller/retour face aux Iles Cook (30 juin à Rarotonga, 7 juillet à Hong Kong). Le technicien gallois fait appel à un effectif de 25 joueurs au total. Peu de surprises chez les Dragons, à commencer par la première ligne où on note un seul retour celui du jeune talonneur Alexander Post (Old Albanian RFC), laisse à disponibilité par son club anglais, relégué en National League 2 South (4ème division).

Ce dernier avait connu une seule et unique sélection lors de la tournée en 2016 au Kenya. Rappelé en sélection par la suite, il n'avait jamais pu être disponible jusqu'ici. La deuxième ligne est très solide avec le capitaine James Cunningham (Kowloon RFC) et l'imposant Jack Delaforce (HKU Sandy Bay), 200 cm, 122 kg. Leigh Jones s'attend à un très gros combat devant et dans les rucks, aussi a-t-il fait appel à pas moins de six troisièmes lignes dont les titulaires indiscutables, Nick Hewson (Societe Generale Valley), Toby Fenn (Societe Generale Valley) et Thomas Lamboley (Societe Generale Valley).

Le jeune Cris Pierrepont (Natixis HKFC) a fait de bons débuts avec la sélection lors du dernier Asia Rugby Championship et sera ainsi du groupe. Pas de surprise à la charnière avec les présences des deux sud-africaines d'origine, le 1/2 de mêlée Liam Slatem (Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC) et l'ouvreur et buteur Matthew Rosslee (Societe Generale Valley).

Il y a du très lourd aux ailes avec la fusée Salom Yiu Kam Shing (Societe Generale Valley), le monstre physique Conor Hartley (Bloomberg HK Scottish), 198 cm et 115 kg, qui a fait des dégâts lors du dernier Asia Rugby Championship et enfin la jeune pépite Max Denmark (Natixis HKFC). Blessé lors du large succès contre la Malaisie (91 à 10), Tyler Spitz (Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers) est le grand absent hongkongais de ce barrage.

Fort heureusement, les Dragons peuvent compter sur les retours au centre de l'imposant Lex Kaleca (Bloomberg HK Scottish) et de l'inévitable et polyvalent Jamie Hood (Natixis HKFC), qui peut jouer à tous les postes derrière et qui amènera son expérience engrangée en Top League japonaise. Enfin le poste d'arrière sera couvert par Jack Neville (Koloown RFC).

Leigh Jones dispose d'un groupe solide pour ce barrage aller/retour qui s'annonce au final plus compliqué que prévu puisque les Iles Cook ont fait appel à pas moins de 36 joueurs dont 24 qui évoluent à l'étranger. Il ne reste en effet que 6 joueurs de l'équipe des Iles Cook qui s'était inclinée face à Tahiti (13 à 09) l'an dernier. Pour rappel, le vainqueur se qualifiera pour le tournoi de repêchage qui offrira le tout dernier ticket pour la coupe du monde de rugby au Japon.

Le groupe des 25 joueurs convoqué par Leigh Jones:

Piliers gauches: Daniel Barlow (Borrelli Walsh USRC Tigers), Adam Fullgrabe (Kowloon RFC)

Talonneurs: Jamie Tsang (Kowloon RFC), Ben Roberts (Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC), Alexander Post (Old Albanian RFC)

Piliers droits: Dylan Rogers (Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC), Jack Parfitt (Bloomberg HK Scottish)

2èmes lignes: (c) James Cunningham (Kowloon RFC), Jack Delaforce (HKU Sandy Bay)

3èmes lignes: Nick Hewson (Societe Generale Valley), Toby Fenn (Societe Generale Valley), Thomas Lamboley (Societe Generale Valley), Michael Parfitt (Bloomberg HK Scottish), Kane Boucaut (Bloomberg HK Scottish), Cris Pierrepont (Natixis HKFC)

1/2 de mêlées: Liam Slatem (Herbert Smith Freehills HKCC), Jamie Lauder (Natixis HKFC)

1/2 d'ouverture: Matthew Rosslee (Societe Generale Valley)

Ailiers: Salom Yiu Kam Shing (Societe Generale Valley), Conor Hartley (Bloomberg HK Scottish), Max Denmark (Natixis HKFC)

Centres: Lex Kaleca (Bloomberg HK Scottish), Max Woodward (Societe Generale Valley), Jamie Hood (Natixis HKFC)

Arrières: Jack Neville (Koloown RFC)

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 07:32

Cook Islands line-up

https://www.facebook.com/CookIslandsRugbyUnion/

1. Alan Campbell
2. Sam Anderson-Heather (C)
3. James Pakoti
4. James Kora
5. Shahn Eru
6. Robert Heather
7. Eru Wano
8. Tyrone Viiga
9. Walter Koteka
10. Reece Joyce
11. Jamian Iroa
12. Greg Mullany
13. Gene Te Amo
14. Brynn Uriarau
15. Marnus Hanley

RESERVES

16. Tuakana Paitai, 17. Matthew Mullany,
18. Matthew Mullany 19. Tokerau Raru
20. Tai Marsters 21. Othniel Joseph
22. Josh Tinomana 23. Matamanea Matapakia

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby olivier » Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 09:14

Only 3 starters remaining from Tahiti. Brand new front, back row, half backs, and back three.

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby NedRugby » Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 17:21

I've been looking for the score. I decideded to look at a map instead and see where the International Dateline runs. :oops:

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 17:38

NedRugby wrote:I've been looking for the score. I decideded to look at a map instead and see where the International Dateline runs. :oops:

8-) It's another night-time K.O over here at around 03.00 CEST

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Thomas » Sat, 30 Jun 2018, 17:40

If my math is correct it kicks off in Europe at 03:00 and in the UK 02:00

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby ARHS » Sun, 01 Jul 2018, 02:55

Won by Hong Kong 26-3. Creditable performance by Cook Islands

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby thatrugbyguy » Sun, 01 Jul 2018, 04:15

Caught the second half. The Cooks put up more of a fight than I thought they would. Honestly, a bit more development and I couldn't see why they couldn't compete along with the other Pacific nations each year.

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Superhans » Sun, 01 Jul 2018, 07:23

Defence was the difference. I thought the Cooks actually looked quite good with the ball, possibly better than Hong Kong, it's just that Hong Kong defended well while the Cooks struggled to defend multiple phases. HK are a well drilled team. I think they have a decent shot at winning the repechage.

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Tomster7uk » Mon, 02 Jul 2018, 13:07

It was late here in the UK when it was on. I started watching it on world rugby website but I couldn't keep my eyes open...first thing I checked when I woke up was the score and I was shocked that is was much closer than I thought it would be. Difference of 23 points is basically three and a bit tries, extremely do-able for the Cook Islands. That one isn't over yet unlike the Samoa - Germany.

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Thomas » Mon, 02 Jul 2018, 13:19

Why is the return match a week sooner than the Germany - Samoa match? is it because of Geography or just practical expedience? I thought all matches should be around the same window.

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby dwpeate » Mon, 02 Jul 2018, 14:46

You would imagine its to give the Europe/Oceania teams a week to adjust. It's effectively 6 hours between HK/Cooks and an enormous 12 or so between Germany and Samoa

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Thomas » Mon, 02 Jul 2018, 15:23

dwpeate wrote:You would imagine its to give the Europe/Oceania teams a week to adjust. It's effectively 6 hours between HK/Cooks and an enormous 12 or so between Germany and Samoa



I gather as much but because Hong Kong are 18 hours ahead of the Cook Island I would have thought have both matches on the 14th...

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby dwpeate » Mon, 02 Jul 2018, 15:33

I get that, in terms of bodies adjusting I'd imagine it just feels like 6 for them though. I dunno. You would imagine that's probably what they're thinking, whether we're right or not :)

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby RugInt » Tue, 03 Jul 2018, 00:21

Great team lists and clubs thanks Olivier, Sir Pod and Hinato.

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Re: RWCQ Asia / Oceania Playoff

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Fri, 06 Jul 2018, 07:26

Cook Islands squad for the return leg
https://www.facebook.com/CookIslandsRugbyUnion

1.AJ Campbell
2. Sam Anderson Heather (c)
3. James Pakoti
4. James Kora
5. Shahn Eru
6. Robert Heather
7. Eru Wano
8. Tyrone Viiga
9. Walter Koteka
10. Reece Joyce
11. Jamian Iroa
12. Gene Te Amo
13. Christian Vainerere
14. Brynn Uriarau
15. Marnus Hanley

16. Mat Mullany
17. Tui Paitai
18. Tama Nicholas
19. Oneal Rongo
20. Tokerau Raru
21. Josh Tinomana
22. Te Ara Henderson
23. Matamanea Matapakia

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