Fri, 21 Oct 2016
Steelers coaches Darryl Suasua, Grant Henson and Semo Sititi have named a bracketed side to take on Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership semi-final at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Sunday at 2:05pm.
Due to some niggles within the squad, there are a number of bracketed players and the match day-23 won’t be confirmed until game day. Jonathan Taumateine or Luteru Laulala will step into the first-five role in place of Piers Francis who injured his hand in last week’s win over Canterbury at ECOLight Stadium last weekend.
Augustine Pulu is expected to be back in the mix on Sunday, if he is not required as last-minute cover for the All Blacks. Darryl Suasua said it’s fantastic and well-deserved that Pulu got called into the All Blacks.
“Despite being with the All Blacks during the week, he hasn’t actually missed a training with us which has been good. It’s great that we will hopefully have him for the semi-final on Sunday.
“In terms of our squad, we are at a stage now where the guys coming off the bench are doing a great job. Whichever way we go with our starting line-up we always have a strong bench. “
Steelers team to face Canterbury:
1. Pauliasi Manu
2. Gafatasi Su’a
3. Sean Paranihi
4. Viliame Rarasea
5. Matiaha Martin
6. Jimmy Tupou ©/Matt Vaai
7. Jordan Taufua
8. Sootala Fa’aso’o
9. Richard Judd
10. Jonathan Taumateine/Luteru Laulala
11. Sherwin Stowers
12. Cardiff Vaega
13. Sam Vaka
14. Sione Fifita
15. Luteru Laulala/Toni Pulu
16. Hika Elliot
17. Sean Bagshaw
18. Sione Faletau/Kalolo Tuiloma
19. Matt Vaai/Viliami Taulani/Cameron Skelton
20. Onosa’i Auva’a
21. Jonathan Taumateine/Augustine Pulu
22. Joe Ikenasio
23. Toni Pulu/Nathan de Thierry
Photo Credit - Richard Spranger