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Preview: ITM Cup, Sunday

12th August 2011 22:14

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Robbie Fruean Canterbury

Canterbury: Need a big win

Canterbury tackle Northland in Sunday's ITM Cup match at Rugby Park in Christchurch, where the hosts will be out to bag maximum points.

After sinking to fourth place on the Premiership standings following the defending champion's loss to Waikato, Canterbury will look to put their season back on track against championship side Northland.

It's been an inconsistent season for the men in red and black, who have only won one out of their four Premiership matches. However, they have picked up maximum points against Championship teams so far and Sunday's visitors do not have a good record at Christchurch.

The Taniwah are coming off a big thumping to Wellington, but had knocked off Otago as well as Bay of Plenty before they crashed in the last round of ITM Cup action.

In team news, Nepo Laulala and Ben Funnell will make their first start for Canterbury. Other changes from the team that played against Waikato this week include Ryan Crotty and Johnny McNicholl returning to the starting line-up.

Sean Maitland (ankle) and Luke Katene were not considered for Canterbury due to injury.

Meanwhile, Northland's matchday squad is unchanged.

The last time these two teams played each other, Canterbury prevailed 23-27 in Whangarei.

The teams:

Canterbury: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Telusa Veainu, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Nasi Manu,7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock (c), 5 Ash Parker, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala,2 Ben Funnell, 1 Andrew Olorenshaw,
Replacements: 16 Paul Ngauamo, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Joel Everson, 19 Brendon O'Connor, 20 Mark Swanepoel, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Rhys Llewellyn, 23 Paea Fa'anunu.

Northland: 1. Justin Davies, 2. Ross Wright, 3. Scott Vessey, 4. Bryce Williams, 5. Mark Burman, 6. Cameron Eyre, 7. Danny Mason, 8. Cameron Goodhue, 9. Rhyan Caine, 10. Ash Moeke, 11. Simon Munro, 12. Aaron Bancroft, 13. Jared Payne (capt), 14. Lachie Munro, 15. Jack McPhee.
Replacements: 16 Tevita Vaipulu, 17 Aterea Davis, 18 Matt Harrison, 19 Dan Faleafa, 20 Wayne Ngaluafe, 21 Derek Carpenter, 22 Bryce Heem, 23 Jamie Corsi.

Referee: Glen Jackson

More to follow...

  • ITM Cup Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Thursday , August 14
Taranaki vs Counties Manukau19:35
Friday , August 15
Southland vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Saturday , August 16
Otago vs North Harbour14:35
Canterbury vs Auckland16:35
Wellington vs Waikato18:35
Sunday , August 17
Tasman vs Hawkes Bay14:35
Northland vs Manawatu16:35
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour vs Southland19:35
Friday , August 22
Waikato vs Canterbury18:05
Hawkes Bay vs Taranaki20:05
More ITM Cup fixtures
  • ITM Cup Table
Premiership
ITM Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Wellington1042
2Canterbury1040
3Auckland1036
4Counties Manukau1028
5Waikato1021