And it is a secure wager that the Southland Rams will probably be a way more cohesive unit.
The groups will meet at present within the South Island Championship Last on the North Floor.
They’ve a really current historical past. They performed on the identical venue final week and the house facet rode to a really snug 56-18 win.
What was outstanding about that sport was that the Whalers have been main 16-0 after 9 minutes and had not made a single deal with.
All of the Rams had carried out was kick off the ball and huddle underneath the posts.
It was extraordinary stuff. However Whalers coach Dave Reedy expects a tighter sport at present.
“We can’t get as a lot area and freedom as with the assault,” Reedy mentioned.
“Their defenses will probably be tightened up and ought to be fairly stable. And their assault will probably be extra structured.”
Southland has been doing a little bit of foxing this previous weekend. The Rams took the chance to relaxation half a dozen gamers, together with hooker Daniel Low, who’s so essential to their sport plan.
“Most of their assault comes from him, and he did not play final week.
“They may undoubtedly be a lot more durable. However we knew that and we ready for it.”
Whereas Southland has made important adjustments, Reedy has named a really well-known lineup.
Agency prop Mika Mafi and winger Tofatu Solia are unavailable, however harmful second-rower Israel Otunuku has returned to the fold after taking per week off from a shoulder drawback.
Whore Troy Anstiss was sick final weekend and is one other returnee.
The Whalers lean on Otunuku and the likes of Champ Betham and veteran Ricki Allan to drive the ball by way of the center, whereas halves Mackenzie Haugh and Jordan McEntee solely want a fraction of a gap to create some magic.
Count on Haugh to make use of his spiral level usually, particularly when he has the solar at his again. The Rams actually struggled to deal with the excessive ball this previous weekend.
The Whalers even have some areas to work on. Reedy needs his facet to place extra defensive stress on Southland within the early deal with depend, and speak much more. Specifically, communication on protection must be improved.
The assault might additionally use some straightening. He felt his facet are inclined to drift vast.
After all they gained by nearly 40 factors, so the Whalers did lots of good.
And they are going to be sturdy favorites on their dwelling monitor.
South Island Championship
The Northern Floor
Saturday at 14:00
OTAGO WHALE FISHER: Tama Apineru, Piliu Tavake, Sione Fa’aoso, Lawrence Ualesi, Kiardyn Hatch, Mackenzie Haugh, Jordan McEntee, Ricki Allan (Captain), Troy Anstiss, Cameron Brown, Israel Otunuku, Champ Betham, Hagan Free, Jayden Hollander, Michael Mata’ half, Ben Fosita, Sam Wyber, Layne Opetaia, EJ Lam Cheung.
SOUTHLAND WINDOWS: Crete Walker, Brennan Sutherland, Juita Naqianivalu, Fale Joseph, Nehemiah Fa’amoe Ioane, Korey Pennicott, Osika Kaufononga, Kieran Turuwhenua (Co-Captain), Daniel
Low (Co-Captain), Junior Toparea, Tupou Kaufononga, Thomas Watts, Albert Qoro, Kelepi Holi, Kaiawha Walker, Marama Reti, Leo Wiki-Quest, Sione Kaufononga, Calder White, Josh Wilson.