Waitomo Chiefs Manawa named to face Blues in final Sky Super Rugby Aupiki match

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Both teams have the chance to win the inaugural Sky Super Rugby Aupiki title. The match will follow the Matatū facing the Hurricanes Poua which will kick off at 5.05pm at FMG Stadium Waikato.

 

Waitomo Chiefs Head Coach Allan Bunting has kept a similar line-up to the team that defeated the Hurricanes Poua with the exception of a few players returning to the backline and bench. No changes have been made to the starting forward pack which took the field last Tuesday.

 

In the backs, Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu starts at halfback pairing up again with Kelly Brazier at ten. Carla Hohepa shifts to second five-eighth with the return of Black Fern Stacey Fluhler at centre, which will be the midfielder’s official debut for the Waitomo Chiefs Manawa. The inclusion of Ruby Tui is the only other change to the starting backline, running out on the left wing.

 

On the bench, Black Ferns hooker Grace Houpapa-Barrett is named for the first time this season in jersey 16. Waikato’s Chyna Hohepa also returns for her first opportunity in Sky Super Rugby Aupiki in jersey 19. Ariana Bayler shifts to halfback cover, while the only other changes to the bench feature Renee Wickliffe and Langi Veainu as backline replacements to round out the matchday twenty-five.

 

Waitomo Chiefs Manawa Head Coach Allan Bunting said the team are looking forward to the challenge their final match will bring.

 

“We are well aware what’s on the line this Sunday and look forward to the challenge. We have done really well as a group to progress through this competition and to battle our way into what will basically be the first ever Sky Super Rugby Aupiki final. I’m very proud of the team, I know our ladies will leave everything out on the field this weekend, said Bunting.

 

 

“It’s great to have some players return to our squad to get their opportunity to be part of history. We know the Blues will bring the intensity and we are looking forward to putting on a performance our whānau, fans and region can be proud of," finished Bunting.

 

The match will be broadcasted live on Sky Sport and Prime.

 

Waitomo Chiefs Manawa to face the Blues: 

 

1. Angel Mulu

2. Luka Connor

3. Tanya Kalounivale

4. Pia Tapsell

5. Harono Te Iringa

6. Victoria Edmonds

7. Les Elder ©

8. Kennedy Simon

9. Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu

10. Kelly Brazier

11. Ruby Tui

12. Carla Hohepa

13. Stacey Fluhler*

14. Portia Woodman

15. Hazel Tubic

 

Reserves: 
16. Grace Houpapa-Barrett

17. Awhina Tangen-Wainohu

18. Santo Taumata

19. Chyna Hohepa

20. Mia Anderson

21. Tynealle Fitzgerald

22. Ariana Bayler

23. Chelsea Semple

24. Renee Wickliffe

25. Langi Veainu