Canterbury Women's team to play Auckland in Final

The Canterbury Women’s team has finished top of the table to qualify for the Women’s Provincial Championship Final on Saturday afternoon against Auckland.

Head Coach John Sherratt has made three changes to the starting fifteen that beat Wellington last week.  

Two of those changes are in the forwards, with lock Kim Smith coming into the starting line-up and Stacey Anderson providing cover from the bench. Vicki Lee Campbell will start at openside flanker this week.

In the backs, Olivia Bird returns to the left wing and Erica Prescott moves to the reserves.

This will be the sixth time that Canterbury and Auckland have played each other in the Final, but Canterbury have not managed to win one yet.  In fact, if Canterbury can beat Auckland tomorrow, it will be the first time since 2006 that Auckland has not won the championship, and only the second time since the competition began that someone other than Auckland has won.

The game will be played as a curtain raiser to the ITM Cup Final at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.  Kick-off is at 4:35pm.

Canterbury team to play Auckland:

No.

POSITION

SURNAME

FIRST NAME

1

Loosehead Prop

Ley

Abby

2

Hooker

Illston

Kristina

3

Tighthead Prop

Te Ohaere-Fox

Stephanie

4

Left Lock

Smith

Kim

5

Right Lock

Matity

Leysa

6

Blindside Flanker

Davis

Valerie

7

Openside Flanker

Campbell

Vicki Lee

8

Number Eight

Robertson

Casey

9

Halfback

Cocksedge

Kendra

10

First Five

Poko

Charntay

11

Left Wing

Bird

Olivia

12

Second Five

Horsnell

Tara

13

Centre

Whiley

Corrina

14

Right Wing

Gaze

Dani

15

Full Back

Rule

Amiria

REPLACEMENTS:

16

Hooker

Deans

Amelia

17

Prop

Fibbes

Jess

18

 

Anderson

Stacey

19

 

Hansen

Whitney

20

 

Hiini

Dianne

21

 

Whiley

Jerusha

22

 

Prescott

Erica