Farah Palmer Cup: Week 6 Preview and team lists

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NOTE: The FPC quarterfinals are in week 7 (next week) of the Championship. Teams ranked 1 and 2 after this weekend’s round have a BYE and teams 3v6 and 4v5 play each other in week 7 as the quarterfinals. Rank 1 hosts the winner of 3v6 and Rank 2 hosts the winner of 4v5 in semi-finals the following weekend.


Check out all the key information and team lists for round six and click HERE for all results.


North Harbour v Taranaki, North Harbour Stadium – Live on Sky Sport


Friday 4 October, 5:35pm TICKETS 

One previous match

North Harbour 59 Taranaki 0 in Inglewood on 8.9.18

Referee: Maggie Cogger-Orr


It’s been a tough season for the Hibiscus and Whio, with North Harbour only picking up one win and Taranaki winless through the Championship in 2019. However, both sides have shown what they could do if it all clicks. Pride will be on the line for both sides, with Harbour desperate to get a win in front of their home fans at North Harbour Stadium. They are also boosted by the return of Black Ferns loose forward Pia Tapsell, who has returned from injury to be named on the bench for the first time this season.



North Harbour Hibiscus: 1: Inga Timani 2: Amy Robertshaw 3: Olivia Ward-Duin 4: Ashleigh Nathan 5: Jay Jay Taylor 6: Anita Berry 7: Tenaija Fletcher 8: Tearren Nanjen 9: Hailey Beale 10: Rona Wharawhara 11: Simone Small 12: Chrissy Quedley 13: Caroline Sio 14: Caitlyn Cox 15: Renee Adams

RESERVES: Danjela Haigh, Nicole Brown, Natasha Abel, Pia Tapsell, Katelyn Hilton, Justine Vizirgianakis, Natasha Dallow


Taranaki Whio: 1: Donia King 2: Petra Zwart 3: Leah Barnard 4: Sharee Brown 5: Jessica Lampe 6: Jalana Smith 7: Miriam Karalus 8: Natale Haupapa 9: Iritana Hohaia 10: Brooke Sim 11: Alesha Williams 12: Chelsea Fowler 13: Elle Johns 14: Catriona Tulloch 15: Catherine Parkinson

RESERVES: Lisa Appert, Mikaylah Callaghan, Victoria McCullough, Tiaan Taylor, Brooke Neilson, Kaya-Rose Kahui, Anna Cole



Hawke’s Bay v Otago – Tremain Field, Napier


Saturday 5 October, 12pm

Played: 13 (2004-18)

Won: Hawke’s Bay 3, Otago 10

Last match: Otago 34 Hawke’s Bay 10 in Dunedin on 13.10.18

Referee: George Haswell


Otago and Hawke’s Bay have been the form teams of the Championship. They’ve been dominant and dangerous, and Otago’s 90-0 win over North Harbour last weekend proved how deadly they can be. They last played each other in the Championship semi-final last year, which the Spirit won. This promises to be a cracker.



Hawke’s Bay Tui: (note number changes) 3: Whitley Mareikura 2: Forne Burkin 24: Jennifer Simati 4: Hanna Brough 5: Te Aroha Hunt 21: Teagan Meyer 7: Niamh Jeffersen 8: Liana Mikaele-Tu’u 9: Emma Jensen 26: Sylvia Bockman 11: Tori Iosefo 12: Chanel Huddleston 13: Holly Macdonald 14: Shaylee Tipiwai 15: Krysten Cottrell

RESERVES: Iukika Faavae, Moomooga Palu, Amber-Jane McKenzie, Whitney Olsen, Felicity Powdrell, Te Maari MacGregor, Cortez Te Pou


Otago Spirit: 1: Isla Pringle 2: Tegan Hollows 3: Eilis Doyle 4: Jess Kendall 5: Julia Gorinski 6: Bree Thomas 7: Morgan Henderson 8: Greer Muir 9: Rosie Buchanan-Brown 10: Rosie Kelly 11: Kiana Wereta 12: Kilisitina Moata’ane 13: Amy Du Plessis 14: Trisha Hopcroft 15: Hinemoa Watene

RESERVES: Gemma Millar, Claudia Hobbs, Paige Church, Kate Smith, Jordyn Tereu, Teilah Ferguson, Cheyenne Cunningham


Bay of Plenty v Manawatu, Tauranga Domain – Live on Sky Sport


Saturday 5 October, 12:35pm TICKETS 

Played: 7 (2003-18)

Won: Bay of Plenty 2, Manawatu 5

Last match: Manawatu 22 Bay of Plenty 10 in Palmerston North on 15.9.18

Referee: Lara West


The Bay of Plenty Volcanix are fresh off a bye and also fresh from an historic win over Waikato and they’ll be wanting to perform at home. The Manawatu Cyclones are still hunting for their first win of the season. They picked up a point against Auckland last week, but they’ll be fired up and searching for the ‘W’.  



Bay of Plenty Volcanix: 1: Angel Mulu 2: Luka Connor 3: Janina Khan 4: Karli Faneva 5: Kelsie Wills 6: Kendra Reynolds 7: Tynealle Fitzgerald 8: Natalie Delamere 9: Jade Tuilaepa 10: Arorangi Tauranga 11: Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly 12: Layla Te Riini* 13: Danielle Paenga 14: Natalie Walford 15: Sapphire Tapsell

RESERVES: Lily Florence, Baye Jacob, Braxton Walker, Tracey Lemon, Christie Yule, Tania-Rose Raharuhi


Manawatu Cyclones: 1: Marilyn Live 2: Sosoli Talawadua 3: Kahli Tipene 4: Ashleigh Knight 5: Mahalia Polson 6: Jayme Nuku 7: Samantha Tipene 8: Kaipo Olsen-Baker 9: Lucy Brown 10: Selica Winiata 11: Kahurangi Sturmey 12: Lauren Balsillie 13: Crystal Mayes 14: Rangimarie Sturmey 15: Carys Dallinger

RESERVES: Ngano Tavake, Sequita Hemmingway, Nicola Chase, Layla Sae, Yuki Sue, Laura Claridge Samantha Olsen


Northland v Tasman, Trigg Stadium, Whangarei


Saturday 5 October, 2:00pm

No previous matches

Referee: Lauren Jenner


This will be the first time these sides have met, and it promises to be a good clash. Northland are on a roll at the moment, in their debut season. They’ve beaten North Harbour and Taranaki in consecutive weeks. The Mako were beaten convincingly by Hawke’s Bay last weekend, but they have the experienced Jess Drummond back for this match. It will be a special occasion for Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate, who will play her 50th Farah Palmer Cup match. The Kauri also welcome back Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali at first five-eighth and Stacey Tupe moves to fullback.



Northland Kauri: 1: Helen Kapa 2: Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate 3: Kamila Wihongi 4: Patricia Vaka 5: Eva Fulton 6: Mia Anderson 7: Jurney Blair 8: Krystal Murray 9: Manaia Webb 10: Victoria Subritzky-Nafatali 11: Leilani Erwin 22: Kararaina Wira-Kohu 13: Cheryl Murray 14: Savannah Bodman 15: Stacey Tupe

RESERVES: Tui McGeorge, Bronwyn Hames, Kahurangi Shelford, Justice Karena, Amanda Nepia, Tyler Nankivell, Jamiee Brown


Tasman Mako: 1: Paris Hart 2: Stephani Mitchell 3: Anna Bradley 4: Hannah Gillespie 5: Courtney Clarke 6: Tamara Silcock 7: Leah Miles 8: Jess Foster-Lawrence 9: Pippa Andrews 10: Hayley Hutana 11: Anya Schultz 12: Jess Drummond 13: Wairakau Greig 14: Rebecca Kersten 15: Sydnee Wilkins

RESERVES: Louise Nalder, Gabi Dixson, Jaunita Thompson, Jordan Foster, Jamie Paenga, Demi Salton, Bethan Manners



Auckland v Counties Manukau, Eden Park – Live on Sky Sport


Saturday 5 October, 2:35pm TICKETS 

Played: 10 (1999-2018)

Won: Auckland 35, Counties Manukau 29

Last match: Counties Manukau 31 Auckland 12 in Pukekohe on 15.9.18

Referee: Tyler Miller


The Storm have an awesome promotion for this weekend’s match against Counties Manukau. The promotion is driven by the ‘Wahine in Rugby’ group which is supported by Auckland Rugby. Supporters come for FREE before halftime of the Farah Palmer Cup match. It’s a double header with the Mitre 10 Cup match and fans are allowed on the field at the conclusion of the Mitre 10 Cup fixture. A new trophy will also be on the line for these two sides. For the first time, they’ll play for the Te Toki Mareikura taonga. Black Ferns prop Aldora Itunu has been named on the Storm bench, in her long-awaited return from injury.



Auckland Storm: 1: Chryss Viliko 2: Cristo Tofa 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: Joeannha Naime-Purcell 14: Princess Elliott 15: Natahlia Moors

RESERVES: Saphire Abraham, Aldora Itunu, Maiakawanakaulani Roos, Joanna Fanene, Moana Cook, Abigail Roache, Lose Mafi


Counties Manukau Heat: 1: Leilani Perese 2: Grace Gago 3: Aotearoa Matau 4: Temira Mataroa 5: Ilisapeti Molia 6: Glory Aiono 7: Larissa Lima 8: Justine Lavea 9: Arihiana Marino-Tauhinu 10: Hazel Tubic 11: Waikohika Flesher 12: Badinlee Munro-Smith 13: Shyanne Thompson 14: Lanulangi Veainu 15: Emily Kitson

RESERVES: Juvina Auva’a, Jacqui Aiono, Lauryn Steed, Anastasia Mamea, Yuki Ono, Ocean Tierney, Makayla Eli


Waikato v Canterbury, FMG Stadium Waikato – Live on Sky Sport


Sunday 6 October, 2:35pm TICKETS 

Played: 12 (2001-18)

Won: Waikato 2, Canterbury 10

Last match: Canterbury 28 Waikato 10 in Christchurch on 15.9.18

Referee: Bex Mahoney


Waikato have had a disappointing 2019 campaign, by their standards. On the flipside, Canterbury are unbeaten through four games and sit at the top of the Premiership table. Waikato will be desperate for the four points. Keep an eye out for the battle up front between Black Ferns props Toka Natua ad Phillipa Love.



Waikato: 1: Toka Natua 2: Azusa Yama 3: Awhina Tangen-Wainohu 4: Chyna Hohepa 5: Esther Tilo-Faiago 6: Ash Gaby-Sutherland 7: Kennedy Simon 8: Lena Mitchell 9: Kennedy Tahau 10: Renee Holmes 11: Tyra Begbie 12: Ryleigh Hayes 13: Rina Paraone 14: Sophie Millar 15: Calista Ruruku

RESERVES: Josina Ngare, Stephanie Lualua, Leomie Kloppers, Francea Hansen, Emma-Lee Heta, Raquel Anderson-Pitman, Kiriana Nolan*


*Waikato debut


Canterbury: 1: Phillipa Love 2: Stephanie Te Ohaere-Fox 3: Amy Rule 4: Chelsea Bremner 5: Cindy Nelles 6: Alana Bremner 7: Greer O’Rourke 8: Angie Sisifa 9: Kendra Cocksedge 10: Cassie Siataga 11: Sam Curtis 12: Lucy Anderson 13: Grace Brooker 14: Mayalin Lolohea 15: Olivia McGoverne

RESERVES: Bunty Kuruwaka-Crowe, Catriona Greenslade, Estelle Uren, Georgia Ponsonby, Lucy Jenkins, Melanie Puckett, Taylor Curtis



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