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Preview: North Harbour v Canterbury

11th October 2013 17:24

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Canterbury coach Scott Robertson has made three changes to his team that will take on North Harbour at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday.

In the front-row, Joe Moody has recovered from a foot injury to start. Corey Flynn and Nepo Laulala will complete the front-row, with Ben Funnell the cover at hooker and Paea Fa'anunu at prop.

Nasi Manu comes back into the number eight position this week, and Jordan Taufua takes a spot on the replacements bench in Albany.

Rob Thompson will come onto the left wing with Milford Keresoma being ruled out injured.

Tom Taylor has returned from the All Blacks and will start from the bench in jersey number 22.

This is the final match for Canterbury in the regular-season and will help to determine whether they will play Auckland at home or away in the semi-final next weekend.

The teams:

North Harbour: 15 James Semple, 14 Nafi Tuitavake, 13 Francis Saili, 12 Tua Saseve, 11 Jona Tuitoga, 10 Codey Rei, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Vili Fihaki, 7 Zak Judge, 6 Jordan Manihera, 5 Irwin Finau, 4 Brandon Nansen, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 James Parsons (capt), 1 Greg Pleasants Tate.
Replacements: 16 Ray Niuia, 17 Ropate Rinakama, 18 Josh Olsen, 19 Nepia Fox Matamua, 20 Brenton Helleur, 21 Jon Elrick, 22 Michael Little.

Canterbury: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Pat Osborne, 13 Adam Whitelock, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rob Thompson, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 George Whitelock, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Luke Katene, 4 Joel Everson, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funell, 17 Paea Fa'anunu, 18 Jordan Taufua, 19 Jed Brown, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Richie Mo'unga, 22 Tom Taylor.

Date: Saturday, October 12
Kick-off: 14:35 local (03:35 BST)
Venue: North Harbour Stadium
Referee: Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri

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