While the 2018 #NRL Pre-Season is still a few weeks away, there's a bunch of warm-up clashes happeni...
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After two rounds of New Zealand's Bartercard Cup three teams remain undefeated, Tamaki Titans, Waitakere Rangers, and last years's champions, the Auckland Lions. All these three sides have looked impressive on the field and have certainly stamped a bit of authority early in the competition.
A double header for Round 3 starts at noon on Saturday at Mt Smart when the Stallions travel up from Huntly to take on the Jets. Waicoa Bay were heavily defeated down in Christchurch last weekend and will need a better effort in Auckland. The Jets are yet to get any points on the table despite scoring some fine tries. So a bit to play for for both these sides.
COUNTIES MANUKAU JETZ:
Damien Tangata Arnie Kane Denny Godinet Solomone Foketi Junior Tavaga Maurice Ah Voa Henry Teofilo Victor Tutuila Henry Godinet Charlie Te Rore Patrick Masoe Saulo Peau Ian Hayes Dean Lia Abraham Tulisi Sini Hala Johnny Lefale
Coach: Geoff Morton
WAICOA BAY STALLIONS
Shaan Anderson Kent Fraser Tobais Tuhakaraina Karl Perry Emmanuel Toka Vinnie Morunga Timmy Graham Thomas Uti Graham Dawson Brendan Anderson Steve Rapira Tama Allan Peter Prime Te Orumene Te Whara Hegan Taha-Williams Anaru Grant Joe Rakei Trent Clune - 18th man
Coach: Shane Salt
A repeat of the 2006 Grand Final is live on Maori TV on Saturday afternoon, is the second game of the double header, with the Bulls taking on the Lions at Mt Smart. The Auckland side were pushed hard last week against Harbour League and against a Bulls side brimming with confidence with a resounding win against the Stallions in Round 2, will need to be totally on the game. The Bulls are without experienced campaigner, Shane Beyers, for this tough match.
* LIVE & FREE-TO-AIR ON MAORI TELEVISION *
Howard Matthews Andrew Suniula Paul Fasiiahi Guenther David Fasiiahi Anthony Swann (c) Marty Mitchell Dylan Davis Regan Wigg Mathew Sturm Sala Faalogo Shannon Stowers Daniel O