wrfu.co.nz and James mortimer 17.Oct.2013NZR
The women’s rugby team face top-of-the-table Canterbury on Saturday, in what is the curtain raiser to the Canterbury men’s ITM Cup semi-final against Auckland in Christchurch.
After suffering a 46-0 loss to second-placed Auckland last week, coach Fili Liua’ana said the Pride were back on track and looking to finish their final match for 2013 on a positive note.
“Last week the focus wasn’t there and we didn’t play to our game plan, or our strengths. It’s a matter of getting back on track and doing those things well.”
Liua’ana said the team still had a lot to play for, including the JJ Stewart Trophy which is held by Canterbury.
“That’s another incentive for us going down there. It would be great to win that and have it sitting in the cupboard for summer.”
Playing the curtain raiser was also a great opportunity, he said, especially for the younger players in his squad.
“What a great opportunity for girls’ rugby in general. I know our players are looking forward to being part of that and for some of our younger ones, it’s a great occasion.”
Liua’ana knows the Canterbury team pose a tough assignment, but is confident his team can put together a good result.
The match kicks off at 11.30am at AMI Stadium, before the men run on at 2.05pm.
The Pride team to face Canterbury is;
1. Muteremoana Aiatu (c)
2. Sharleen Fagalilo
3. Patsy Schwalger
4. Jackie Patea
5. Joanah Ngan-Woo
6. Carol Sio
7. Kirsten Stewart
8. Aimee Sutorius
9. Acacia Claridge
10. Elizabeth Goulden
11. Brenda Collins
12. Vaine Marsters
13. Fa’asua Makisi
14. Lekah Leti
15. Kauna Lopa
16. Tina Kelemete
17. Noeleen Nonu
18. Maryanne Leota
19. Miriam Ready
20. Mena Tuma’ai
21. Pauline Pilia’e
22. Katarina Simpkins