Canterbury team to play Wellington in ITM Cup Final

Canterbury Head Coach Scott Robertson has made three changes to his team to play Wellington in the ITM Cup Premiership Final this Saturday night.

The forwards are the same as played against Auckland in the Semi-Final last weekend, other than a change in the reserves as Marcel Cummings-Toone has recovered from a heel injury to return to the team. 

In the backs, Johnny McNicholl has moved to the left wing, making room for Tom Taylor to come in at fullback.  Rob Thompson, who started on the wing last week, is named in the reserves. 

Colin Slade has recovered from the knee injury he sustained last time Canterbury met Wellington, and will also take a place on the bench for the Final.

Canterbury will be defending its Premiership title and aiming to make it six in a row.  Head Coach Scott Robertson said the team knows Wellington will be a challenge, but has the belief they can do it.

“Wellington have been outstanding this season so there is no doubt they will be a big challenge on Saturday.  It was a tough and close encounter last time we played. Finals create a great test of a team’s character and we are looking forward to this challenge.  

“Canterbury made history last year by becoming the first provincial team to win five titles in a row.  That puts us in a position this year that no other team has ever been in – the chance to make it six out of six.  We intend to fully honour that opportunity on Saturday night,” Robertson said.

The Final will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington and kick-off is at 7:35pm.

 Canterbury team to play Wellington:

No.

POSITION

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

1

Loosehead Prop

MOODY

JOE

2

Hooker

FUNNELL

BEN

3

Tighthead Prop

LAULALA

NEPO

4

Left Lock

EVERSON

JOEL

5

Right Lock

KATENE

LUKE

6

Blindside Flanker

WHITELOCK

LUKE

7

Openside Flanker

WHITELOCK

GEORGE (C)

8

Number Eight

MANU

NASI

9

Halfback

ELLIS

ANDY

10

First Five

BLEYENDAAL

TYLER

11

Left Wing

MCNICHOLL

JOHNNY

12

Second Five

CROTTY

RYAN

13

Centre

WHITELOCK

ADAM

14

Right Wing

OSBORNE

PATRICK

15

Full Back

TAYLOR

TOM

REPLACEMENTS:

16

Hooker

CUMMINGS-TOONE

MARCEL

17

Prop

FA’ANUNU

PAEA

18

 

BIRD

DOMINIC

19

 

TAUFUA

JORDAN

20

 

HEINZ

WILLI

21

 

THOMPSON

ROB

22

 

SLADE

COLIN