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Playing in front of their home crowd is a driving force for the team, and hooker Motu Matu’u said the players were hoping their fans would bring the house down tomorrow night.
“I think the crowd underestimate how much of an impact they have on us when we’re out on the field. When they’re yelling, we hear it, we listen.”
The team to face Counties Manukau at 7.35pm is largely the same as previous weeks, however, backs Matt Proctor and Frae Wilson make a return from injury, while Shaun Treeby also slots back into second five-eighth after a week-long break.
New Zealand Sevens representative Ambrose Curtis also returns after a successful Gold Coast tournament, and will come off the bench for the Lions.
Tickets to the match can be purchased at www.ticketek.co.nz.
The Wellington Lions team to face Counties Manukau is;
1. John Schwalger (Norths)
2. Motu Matu’u (Oriental-Rongotai)
3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Marist St Pats)
4. Mark Reddish (Oriental-Rongotai)
5. Api Naikatini (Norths)
6. Brad Shields (Petone)
7. Ardie Savea (Oriental-Rongotai)
8. Victor Vito (c) (Marist St Pats)
9. Frae Wilson (Wainuiomata)
10. Lima Sopoaga (Old Boys University)
11. Alapati Leiua (Norths)
12. Shaun Treeby (Tawa)
13. Tim Bateman (Old Boys University)
14. Joe Hill (Old Boys University)
15. Matt Proctor (Oriental-Rongotai)
16. Reggie Goodes (Poneke)
17. Eric Sione (Norths)
18. Kaipati Gaualofa (Tawa)
19. Faifili Levave (Norths)
20. Adam Hill (Old Boys University)
21. Tomasi Palu (Norths)
22. Ambrose Curtis (Oriental-Rongotai)