Woonton returns to starting lineup

Woonton returns to starting lineup



North Shore prop Alex Woonton will make his first appearance of the season for QBE Harbour at tighthead after missing the first three rounds through injury.

Woonton’s inclusion in the starting fifteen is the only change to the starting lineup for this Sunday’s clash against Bay of Plenty in Rotorua.

Loose forward Jim Tuivaiti is battling a rib injury sustained in last week’s loss to Waikato. Leigh Thompson will travel with the side tomorrow as cover at number 8.

The backline remains unchanged as Harbour look for their first win of the season.

Mahurangi lock Irwin Finau makes his return from injury via the bench, replacing Brandon Nansen.


QBE Harbour v Bay of Plenty


1. Greg Pleasants Tate (Takapuna)

2. James Parsons (Takapuna)

3. Alex Woonton (North Shore)

4. Mike Farmer (Western)

5. Hayden Triggs (North Shore)

6. Jordan Manihera (Silverdale)

7. Zak Judge (East Coast Bays)

8. Jim Tuivaiti or Leigh Thompson (Western/North Shore)

9. Bryn Hall © (Northcote)

10. Matt McGahan (Silverdale)

11. Tevita Li (Massey)

12. Niko Ratumaitavuki (Massey)

13. Pita Ahki (Massey)

14. David Raikuna (Massey)

15. Robbie Robinson (Glenfield)

16. Ray Niuia (Massey)

17. Adrian Smith (Massey)

18. Irwin Finau (Mahurangi)

19. Mario Ozich (Western)

20. David Bason (Western)

21. Daniel Halangahu (Takapuna)

22. Luke Devcich (Marist)


Unavailable due to injury: Ben Afeaki, James Doyle, Michael Little, Nic Mayhew, Marty Swart, Nafi Tuitavake, Chris Vui.