Sky Sport are also jumping on board with the celebrations and they’ll be offering Te Reo Maori commentary for both games that are live on Sky this weekend. That will be the Taranaki v Tasman match on Saturday and the mouth-watering clash between Wellington and Counties Manukau on Sunday.
Check out all the key information and team lists for round three and click HERE for all results.
North Harbour v Hawke’s Bay, East Coast Bays RFC, North Harbour
Saturday 14 September, 11am
Won: North Harbour 1, Hawke’s Bay 2
Last match: Hawke’s Bay 52 North Harbour 10 at Napier on 22.9.18
Referee: Larissa Collingwood
Hawke’s Bay will be delighted with their opening win over newcomers Northland last week, while North Harbour also opened their campaign with a victory. Watch out for young Tui fullback Cortez Te Pou, who scored four tries on her debut last weekend.
North Harbour Hibiscus: 1: Inga Timani 2: Amy Robertshaw 3: Olivia Ward-Duin 4: Anita Berry 5: Sophie Fisher 6: Tenaija Fletcher 7: Kate Williams 8: Tearren Najan 9: Hailey Beale 10: Rona Wharawhara 11: Justine Vizirgianakis 12: Caroline Sio 13: Mikayla Robinson 14: Caitlyn Cox 15: Raquel Garcia
Reserves: Danjela Hugh, Nicole Brown, Natasha Abel, Ashleigh Nathan, Katelyn Hilton, Chrissy Quedley, Natasha Dallow
Hawke’s Bay Tui: (note number changes) 3: Whitley Mareikura 2: Forne Burkin 24: Jennifer Simati 4: Hanna Brough 5: Te Aroha Hunt 18: Kathleen Brown 7: Niamh Jeffersen 8: Gemma Woods 9: Emma Jensen 23: Sylvia Bockman 27: Teani Feleu 12: Chanel Huddleston 13: Michaela Baker 14: Cortez Te Pou 15: Krysten Cottrell
RESERVES: Jessie Taueki, Moomooga Palu, Rebekah Hurae, Liana Mikaele-Tu’u, Felicity Powdrell, Tori Iosefo, Holly Macdonald
Taranaki v Tasman, Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth – Live on Sky Sport
Saturday 14 September, 12.05pm. TICKETS.
Last match: Tasman 65 Taranaki 12 at Motueka on 1.9.18
Referee: Lauren Jenner
The Taranaki Whio will be hoping to put on a show for their home crowd and for their fans who will be able to watch the match live on Sky Sport. Whilst their one previous match against the Mako didn’t go so well, they’ll be wanting to make some massive improvements from their heavy loss to Otago last weekend. Tasman pushed North Harbour in their opening game last week but will be looking to pick up all points on offer this weekend.
Taranaki Whio: 1: Bethany Gibbs 2: Natasha Hintz 3: Leah Barnard 4: Sharee Brown 5: Victoria McCullough 6: Jalana Smith 7: Miriam Karalus 8: Natale Haupapa 9: Iritana Hohaia 10: Brooke Sim 11: Kaya-Rose Kahui 12: Chelsea Fowler 13: Elle Johns 14: Brooke Neilson 15: Alesha Williams
RESERVES: Donia King, Mikaylah Callaghan, Lavenia Nauga-Grey, Lisa Appert, Jessica Lampe, Catriona Tulloch, Sarah Winter
Tasman Mako: 1: Paris Hart 2: Stephani Mitchell 3: Anna Bradley 4: Jaunita Thomson 5: Courtney Clarke 6: Tamara Silcock 7: Leah Miles 8: Jessica Foster-Lawrence 9: Jamie Paenga 10: Hayley Hutana 11: Amelia Hammett 12: Jess Drummond 13: Wairakau Grieg 14: Rebecca Kersten 15: Bethan Manners
RESERVES: Louise Nalder, Gabi Dixson, Hannah Gillespie, Jordan Foster, Pippa Andrews, Sydnee Wilkins, Demi Salton
Manawatu v Waikato, Central Energy Trust Arena, Palmerston North
Saturday 14 September, 1pm
Won: Manawatu 3, Waikato 4
Last match: Waikato 31 Manawatu 10 at Hamilton on 29.9.18
Referee: Rebecca Mahoney
The Manawatu Cyclones haven’t beaten Waikato since September 2016. On that occasion, the Cyclones came away with a 25-11 victory. Both sides lost their opening game of the season. Waikato are coming off a bye week, while Manawatu fell to the Counties Manukau Heat in Pukekohe last weekend.
Manawatu Cyclones: 1: Nicci Kuiti 2: Sosoli Talawadua 3: Sequita Hemingway 4: Mahalia Polson 5: Ashleigh Knight 6: Jayme Nuku 7: Samantha Tipene 8: Tiana Davison 9: Lucy Brown 10: Selica Winiata 11: Lauren Balsillie 12: Janna Vaughan 13: Carys Dallinger 14: Kalyn Takitimu-Cook 15: Crystal Mayes
RESERVES: Kahli Tipene, Marilyn Live, Kahurangi Sturmey, Samantha Olsen, Rangi-Marie Sturmey, Shanna Porima, Maggie Leota
Waikato: 1: Awhina Tangen-Wainohu 2: Azusa Yama 3: Tanya Kalounivale 4: Jade Coates* 5: Tazmin Gaby-Sutherland 6: Ash Gaby-Sutherland 7: Emma-Lee Heta 8: Kennedy Simon 9: Kennedy Tahau* 10: Renee Holmes 11: Lonita Ngalu Lavemei 12: Chelsea Alley 13: Rina Paraone 14: Donna Reynolds 15: Calista Ruruku
RESERVES: Josina Ngare*, Toka Natua, Lena Mitchell, Chyna Hohepa, Ryleigh Hayes, Mereana Hyde*, Sophie Millar*
Northland v Otago, Trigg Stadium, Whangarei
Saturday 14 September, 2pm
No previous matches
Referee: Maggie Cogger-Orr
This will be the first time in history that Northland and Otago have faced off. Northland managed to pick up a point in their Farah Palmer Cup debut against Hawke’s Bay last weekend, while Otago dominated Taranaki in Dunedin.
Northland: 1: Kamila Wihongi 2: Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 3: Kahurangi Shelford 4: Tui McGeorge 5: Eva Fulton 6: Patricia Vaka 7: Jurney Blair 8: Krystal Murray 9: Justice Karena 10: Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali 11: Savannah Bodman 12: Stacey Tupe 22: Kat Wira-Kohu 14: Manaia Webb 15: Amanda Nepia
RESERVES: Mia Anderson, Bron Hames, Helen Kapa, Alisha Proctor, Cheryl Murray, Tyler Nankivell, Jherhikah Hoet
Otago Spirit: 1: Isla Pringle 2: Tegan Hollows 3: Eilis Doyle 4: Kate Smith 5: Julia Gorinski 6: Bree Thomas 7: Morgan Henderson 8: Greer Muir 9: Rosie Buchanan-Brown 10: Hannah Stolba 11: Kiana Wereta 12: Kilisitina Moata’ane 13: Amy Du Plessis 14: Cheyenne Cunningham 15: Sheree Hume
RESERVES: Gemma Millar, Claudia Hobbs, Jess Kendall, Hinemoa Watene, Rosie Kelly, Teilah Ferguson, Trisha Hopcroft
Bay of Plenty v Auckland, Rugby Park, Whakatane
Saturday 14 September, 2.30pm
Won: Bay of Plenty 2, Auckland 7, drawn 1
Last match: Bay of Plenty 25 Auckland 22 at Rotorua on 13.10.18
Referee: Monique Dalley
Despite the Auckland Storm’s winning record over Bay of Plenty in the past, it was the Volcanix who got up in their previous match last year. This should be an entertaining battle. Keep an eye out for Bay of Plenty fullback Sapphire Tapsell who has been on fire so far this season, bagging 18 points in two games. The Storm will have Black Ferns Charmaine McMenamin, Aleisha-Pearl Nelson and Eloise Blackwell for this clash, after they missed last week due to Black Ferns return-to-play policy.
Bay of Plenty Volcanix: 1: Angel Mulu 2: Luka Connor 3: Janina Khan 4: Karli Faneva 5: Kelsie Wills 6: Christie Yulu 7: Kendra Reynolds 8: Natalie Delamare 9: Jade Tuilepa 10: Mystery McLean Kora 11: Autumn-Rainn Stephens Daly 12: Renee Wickliffe 13: Danielle Paenga 14: Natalie Walford 15: Sapphire Tapsell
Reserves: Lily Florence, Baye Jacob, Amanda Aldridge, Tynealle Fitzgerald, Tania-Rose Raharuihi, Tahlia Brody, Nadia Flavell
Auckland Storm: 1: Cristo Tofa 2: Chryss Viliko 3: Aleisha-Pearl Nelson 4: Eloise Blackwell 5: Charmaine Smith 6: Linda Itunu 7: Leanne Thompson 8: Charmaine McMenamin 9: Kiritapu Demant 10: Patricia Maliepo 11: Isla Norman-Bell 12: Ruahei Demant 13: Abigail Roache 14: Princess Elliott 15: Natahlia Moors
RESERVES: Saphire Abraham, Meriana Hokianga, Maiakawanakaulani Roos, Joeannha Naime-Purcell, Moana Cook, Daynah Nankivell, Lose Mafi
Wellington v Counties Manukau, Westpac Stadium, Wellington – Live on Sky Sport
Sunday 15 September, 11.35am. TICKETS.
Won: Wellington 3, Counties Manukau 4
Last match: Counties Manukau 43 Wellington 13 at Porirua on 7.10.17
Referee: Jono Breedin
This promises to be a great encounter, with both sides getting on a bit of a roll. The Counties Manukau Heat are two from two, while the Pride bounced back from their opening loss with a great result over Bay of Plenty in Porirua. Expect a good match up between the number 8’s in Wellington skipper Jackie Patea-Fereti and former Black Fern Justine Lavea.
Wellington Pride: 1: Raylene Lolo 2: Jane Bryce 3: Janet Taumoli 4: Joanah Ngan-Woo 5: Sanita Levave 6: Nina Foaese 7: Sinead Ryder-Toala 8: Jackie Patea-Fereti 9: Ana-Maria Afuie 10: Montana Heslop 11: Ayesha Leti-I’iga 12: Amanda Rasch 13: Fa’asua Makisi 14: Bernadette Robertson 15: Emily Dalley
RESERVES: Alice Soper, Barbra Taumoli, Maki Takano, Te Amohaere Ngata-Aerengamate, Kolora Lomani, Lyric Faleafaga, Rejieli Uluinayau
Counties Manukau Heat: 1: Leilani Perese 2: Grace Gago 3: Aotearoa Matau 4: Temira Mataroa 5: Rebecca Burch 6: Ilisapeti Molia 7: Larissa Lima 8: Justine Lavea 9: Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu 10: Hazel Tubic 11: Waikohika Flesher 12: Shontelle Woodman 13: Shyanne Thompson 14: Lavinia Tauhalaliku 15: Emily Kitson
RESERVES: Victoria Meki, Jacqui Aiono, Glory Aiono, Anastasia Mamea, Leititia Vaka, Aleasha Brider, Ocean Tierney*
* on debut