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  • #2
    Auckland Fear News and Team Selection (Round 1)

    I took control of the Fear in Season 10, when they were known as the Randwick Tigers.

    Season 10 - we won League 8, but were beaten in the playoff semi-finals. A great first season!


    Season 11 - we were promoted straight up to League 3, where we finished 5th. However, poor decisions made with finances when I first took charge were beginning to hurt us.

    Season 12 - this was a low point for us, finishing 9th in League 3. Our financial situation was perilous and we made no signings at all.

    Season 13 - a better season on the field, finishing 6th in League 3.

    Season 14 - we finished 6th in League 3 again, beating three of the top four sides, with a fairly depleted squad. We'd had to keep selling our best players over the past three seasons, to make ends meet.

    So here we are, Season 15 in League 4.

    We picked up three youth players during the off-season:

    Jamie Parks (19 year old hooker with OVR 81)
    Rangi Mason (19 year old hooker with OVR 77)
    Nicolas Gautier (19 year old number 8 with OVR 80)

    We've started with a little bit of money, which we have put towards improving club facilities. However, it will be a long, long time before we can even start thinking towards a Level 2 stadium.

    Star forward, Eparama Sewabu (29 year old number 8 with OVR 87), has been transfer listed. With the money he brings in, we should be able to get two players and that will help maintain a smallish, but adequate squad.

    Hoping for a good season, but there are some good teams with good managers in League 4. At least I know that the Fear are capable of beating any of them on a good day.

    Our first match is away to the young Windhoek Boars side, which is improving quickly under Van's astute guidance.
    With no injuries at present, we're fielding our strongest line-up.

    Code:
    Windhoek Boars v Auckland Fear
    
    1 Brandon Harrison (ex free agent)
    2 Joe Koyamaibole
    3 Carlos Prieto (ex youth)
    4 George Herewini
    5 Sam Sandberg
    6 Kye Marshall (ex Exeter Aztecs)
    7 John Kingsley (ex free agent)
    8 Eparama Sewabu (captain) (ex Nadi Raiders)
    9 Stanley Kennedy
    10 William Fraser (ex Birkenhead Butchers)
    11 Francois Ralepelle (ex Birkenhead Butchers)
    12 Jan Andre Coetzer (ex Hamburg Hornets)
    13 Toby Parling
    14 Sam Gray (ex free agent)
    15 Ethan Johnstone (ex Durban Sharks)
    Last edited by GrahamNZ; 08-26-2020, 04:09 AM.

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    • GrahamNZ
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      Should be a good game, Van.
      All the best.

  • #3
    Windhoek Boars v Auckland Fear (Round 1)

    The Fear opened the scoring with a nice try in the 5th minute.
    Having turned over possession near the Windhoek 10 metre line, play moved through four further phases before hooker, Joe Koyamaibole, charged through a gap to take play inside the 22.
    A charging run from number 8/captain, Eparama Sewabu, took them closer to the line, and then from the next ruck, flanker, Kye Marshall, slipped a pass across to outside centre, Toby Parling, who went over unopposed from 5 metres out.
    Flyhalf, William Fraser, converted from 5 metres in from the sideline.
    7-0 to Auckland.

    It was proving to be a tight and uncompromising affair, with the Fear looking more to their forwards and the Boars being a little more expansive with their backs.
    Windhoek were next to score, with left winger, Ross Kisting, using good momentum to score in the corner after another backline move.
    From just a metre in from the sideline, flyhalf, Spencer Forbes, put the conversion right down the middle.
    7-7 after 20 minutes.

    The Fear scored a wonderful try just minutes later though, to regain the lead.
    After a 22 metre dropout was turned over at the ensuing ruck just inside Windhoek territory, there followed charging runs from both Koyamaibole, Marshall, lock, Sam Sandberg, Sewabu and winger, Francois Rapelle, taking Auckland to within metres of the tryline.
    From the final ruck near the corner, the ball went to fullback, Ethan Johnstone, who put a short pass back to Fraser, who went in for the try.
    Fraser added the conversion.
    14-7 to Auckland after 26 minutes.

    But back came the Boars, enthusiastically urged on by the home crowd.
    Following a lineout just outside the Fear 22, and a further ruck, number 8, D Strauss, bullocked his way into the 22.
    Two rucks later, flanker, Johnathan Ramaphosa, was given the pass as he was angling through a gap, and he ran 7 metres to score the try.
    Forbes converted from just to the right of the posts.
    14-14 after 28 minutes.

    Halftime Score: Windhoek Boars - 14, Auckland Fear - 14

    In the 47th minute, some strong attacking play from the Boars ended in disappointment after a forward pass inside the Auckland 22 cost them a good try-scoring opportunity.

    The home side continued to dominate, and so it was definitely against the run of play when Auckland scored with one of their rare second half forays into enemy territory.
    From a ruck on halfway, prop, Brandon Harrison was passed the ball with space ahead of him.
    Off he charged, eventually assisted by others getting behind him for the drive until there was a further ruck 30 metres from the tryline.
    From this ruck, Parling passed to Sewabu, who took off through a gaping hole and going all of the way to dot down.
    Fraser converted from a difficult angle.
    21-14 to Auckland after 59 minutes.

    Again, the Fear had to withstand sustained attacking pressure from the Boars, and again, when they got over halfway, they scored.
    This time, there was an indiscretion at a breakdown and Auckland were given the penalty.
    Up stepped the unflappable Fraser to and a fine penalty kick from 30 metres out and 5 metres in from touch.
    24-14 to Auckland after 67 minutes.

    The 10 point margin seemed to take the wind out of the Windhoek sails, as the Fear spent pretty much the rest of the game inside the enemy half.
    However, there was no further scoring action.

    Final Score: Windhoek Boars - 14, Auckland Fear - 24

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    • GrahamNZ
      GrahamNZ commented
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      That was a real grind, Van.
      Windhoek look like they'll develop into a strong team.
      Best wishes for your remaining games.

    • VanHunks
      VanHunks commented
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      Congrats on the win Graham. The Fear are a battle hardened team that know how to win and I suspect they'll win some more this season. The Boars are very much a work in progress but they aren't improving quickly enough for my liking.

  • #4
    Auckland Fear News and Team Selection (Round 2)

    During the week, we sold star forward, Eparama Sewabu (29 year old number 8 with OVR 87), to the Los Angeles Rams for a transfer fee of $280k.
    This sale gives us some funds to bring in a couple of players in the coming weeks, as we look to cover upcoming retirements while we're able.

    We picked up a free agent, Ron Hoilett (24 year old flanker with OVR 77), and will be seeing whether or not he develops into a useful player.

    This weekend, we host the Canterbury Cobras.
    Although they don't have 15 signed up players, the backs that they have do pose some danger.

    20 year old prop, Carlos Prieto, has been handed the captaincy left vacant by Sewabu's departure, while one of our youth signings, flanker Nicolas Gautier, joins the loose forward trio.

    Code:
    Auckland Fear v Canterbury Cobras
    
    1 Brandon Harrison
    2 Joe Koyamaibole
    3 Carlos Prieto (captain)
    4 George Herewini
    5 Sam Sandberg
    6 Kye Marshall
    7 Nicolas Gautier
    8 John Kingsley
    9 Stanley Kennedy
    10 William Fraser
    11 Francois Ralepelle
    12 Jan Andre Coetzer
    13 Toby Parling
    14 Sam Gray
    15 Ethan Johnstone

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    • #5
      Auckland Fear v Canterbury Cobras (Round 2)

      Although the Cobras are now under droid control, they finished in the top four last season from memory, so they are still tough opponents, even taking into account that they were fielding local volunteers at 6 and 7 for this match.

      The Cobras opened the scoring in the first minute of play, with big hooker, Michael Blanch, fending off Fear lock, Sam Sandberg, before running 18 metres down the unprotected blindside of a ruck.
      Flyhalf, Kaka Mason, landed the conversion from an awkward angle.
      7-0 to Canterbury.

      The Fear responded just minutes later, with flyhalf, William Fraser, going through a gap close to the line, following a good run from inside centre, Jan Andre Coetzer, and four further phases.
      Fraser converted his own try.
      7-7 after 5 minutes.

      Auckland's second try was set up by a surging run by flanker, Nicolas Gautier, which took play from halfway to inside the Cobras 22.
      After moving the ball out left from the ensuing ruck, it then came back the other way from a second ruck.
      Fraser put fullback, Ethan Johnstone, through a yawning gap, and he ran 20 metres on an outside angle to score.
      Fraser converted.
      14-7 to Auckland after 9 minutes.

      Every time the Cobras moved the ball through their backs they looked dangerous, and they went in for a second try in the 11th minute, with inside centre, Wyatt Reid, running into a gap and going 23 metres, pushing aside Johnstone and then going over in a double tackle.
      Mason kicked an easy conversion.
      14-14.

      After going perilously close to scoring just moments beforehand, the Fear took the lead again in the 15th minute with a try to number 8, John Kingsley.
      Fraser continued his good kicking form, converting from an awkward angle.
      21-14 to Auckland after 16 minutes.

      The action continued unabated, as Fear left winger. Francois Ralepelle, received the ball on halfway and ran 50 metres to cross the tryline.
      But, alas, he was monstered out past the deadball line by a thundering tackle before he could ground the ball!

      In the 26th minute, the Cobras front row popped up in a scrum 28 metres out from and in front of their own tryline.
      Fraser lined up the penalty goal and sent it sailing between the posts.
      24-14 to Auckland.

      Veteran Fear outside centre, Toby Parling had to leave the field injured shortly afterwards, with John Smith coming on as his replacement.

      It had been a bruising first half of footy, with both sides enjoying periods on attack.
      However, I felt that the Fear lead was deserved.

      Halftime Score: Auckland Fear - 24, Canterbury Cobras - 14

      The second half started in sensational fashion, when Cobras right winger, Harley Roberts, pounced on a wayward Fear pass on halfway, and sprinted 50 metres to dot down under the posts.
      Mason kicked the conversion.
      24-21 to Auckland after 42 minutes.

      And then disbelief in the 47th minute, when the visitors took the lead for the first time in the match.
      Again it was their backs creating havoc, and after moving across the field one way, they came back the other, with left winger, Omar Adewunmi, stepping inside the final defender to score the try.
      Mason pushed a difficult conversion attempt across the face of the posts.
      26-24 to Canterbury.

      Back came the Fear though, with young prop, Brandon Harrison, crashing over to score following a nice build-up.
      Fraser converted from a wide angle.
      31-26 to Auckland after 51 minutes.

      Another impressive attack from the Fear led to Coetzer scoring in the 54th minute, immediately following a sweeping backline move that saw Sandberg pulled down just centimetres short.
      Fraser added the extra two.
      38-26 to Auckland.

      The Fear again went onto the attack, and after another impressive build-up, prop/captain, Carlos Prieto was driven over to score the try.
      Fraser was kicking like a machine, and converted from close to the sideline.
      45-26 to Auckland after 58 minutes.

      Auckland were on fire now, and were finishing on a rampage.
      Following another entertaining build-up, the ball was passed from a ruck to Gautier, who'd lined up a gap and went storming through to go 23 metres to score a try on debut.
      Fraser had a relatively easy conversion.
      52-26 to Auckland after 63 minutes.

      the Fear completed their scoring in the 74th minute, with Fraser kicking a penalty goal from 18 metres out and in front, after the Cobras scrum had disintegrated again.
      55-26 to Auckland.

      But the feisty Cobras had one more bullet left in their backline chamber, and it was inside centre, Jason Robinson, who capped off a lovely attack by scoring late in the game.
      Mason converted.
      55-33 to Auckland after 79 minutes.

      Final Score: Auckland Fear - 55, Canterbury Cobras - 33

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      • #6
        Pretty much expected this result

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        • michaelbolton
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          Which team are you?

      • #7
        Auckland Fear News and Team Selection (Round 3)

        With the funds received from selling Eparama Sewabu, we successfully bid for two Harare Blizzard youngsters.

        When I took over the Fear in Season 10, we only had one specialist lock in the squad (Tung Fox). When he retired at the end of Season 13, we had no locks at all!
        We went right through last season using a couple of tall loose forwards as locks.
        Despite trying whever the opportunity arose, we had not been able to sign a single lock in 5 seasons!
        So imagine my relief when it was confirmed that Yuval Walsh (22 year old lock with OVR 82) was heading our way. We forked out a decent $155k for him.

        The other player we managed to sign was Matt Barbieri (20 year old loose forward with OVR 83). He set us back $93k.

        So a nice week for us in terms of securing players, and a nice one for the Blizzard in financial terms.

        In Round 3, we travel to Perth to take on the Strikers. They look like a team that should be favoured to win League 4, so I just hope that we don't get savaged.

        Outside centre, Toby Parling, is unavailable due to injury, so John Smith comes into the playing fifteen.
        Our two new recruits also come straight in, with veteran, George Herewini, and Nicolas Gautier dropping into the reserves.

        Code:
        Perth Strikers v Auckland Fear
        
        1 Brandon Harrison
        2 Joe Koyamaibole
        3 Carlos Prieto (captain)
        4 Yuval Walsh
        5 Sam Sandberg
        6 Matt Barbieri
        7 Kye Marshall
        8 John Kingsley
        9 Stanley Kennedy
        10 William Fraser
        11 Francois Ralepelle
        12 Jan Andre Coetzer
        13 John Smith
        14 Sam Gray
        15 Ethan Johnstone

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        • samuelrambo
          samuelrambo commented
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          I think that manager is Cento.

        • Cento
          Cento commented
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          You are correct Sam. Good luck to you as well Graham, I dont take this game lightly. Your teams are always competitive and more...

        • zagrijs
          zagrijs commented
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          I hope they do well for you. Walsh is a very good lock, but Blizzard got some great locks and with a few youth locks recruited, they had excess available. Looseforwards on the other hand are more of a shortage but with the recent acquisition of Joshua Ross from Hiroshima and several high potential youth looseforwards, Barbieri was in a tough position, not good enough to overtake the current starters and when they retire the new recruits are likely to have overtaken him.

          It was nice financially to make a profit while playing an away game

      • #8
        A couple of changes this week against struggling Canterbury Cobras, Venter comes in for Begadze at 9 and Mapoe in for Williams at 12 both youngsters coming for some game time in the hope of taking the starting jersey in the near future

        1. Pat Jasso (C) - 26yrs - 66 caps
        2. Haruki Ozaki - 22yrs - 18 caps
        3. Hanbal Campbell - 26yrs - 65 caps
        4. Kasper du Toit - 24yrs - 13 caps
        5. Hayden Walsh - 25yrs - 44 caps
        6. Monde Rossouw - 23yrs - 28 caps
        7. Spencer Groulx - 25yrs - 41 caps
        8. Adriano Bruno - 25yrs - 28 caps
        9. Connor Venter - 22yrs - 7 caps
        10. Dawie Roodt - 21yrs - 2 caps
        11. Huang Vaivai - 30yrs - 75 caps
        12. Ruan Mapoe - 22yrs - 8 caps
        13. Motu Ioane - 30yrs - 60 caps
        14. Gabrio Massey - 31yrs - 65 caps
        15. Dingbang Pienaar - 35rs - 84 caps

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        • GrahamNZ
          GrahamNZ commented
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          Good luck, Michael.

        • michaelbolton
          michaelbolton commented
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          Same to you

      • #9
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        I have been tinkering bit by bit with tactics and lineup since the middle of last season and I think I might have finally got close to ideal for my players as they put on a hell of a show against Canterbury Cobras.

        After reasonably tight losses in the first 2 rounds including vs the Fear, I decided to go full strength and try out the new tactics. I apologise if the manager is on here as everything clicked and went right, bar their only try being scored by a Local Volunteer...

        We led 40-7 at half time after tries from Groulx, du Toit, Vaivai and 3 from eventual MoM Monde Rossouw. Things didn't get an less one sided in the second half, with Ozaki, Massey, Walsh, Ioane and Pienaar getting in on the action and Rossouw adding another to cap off a ridiculous performance.

        Final Score 82-7

        Very pleased with 15 points from 15 to start the season and hopefully this is the start of something special for the Reds who have never won a title or been higher than League 3. Big test next week vs top of the League Perth Strikers
        Last edited by michaelbolton; 09-11-2020, 09:26 AM.

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        • samuelrambo
          samuelrambo commented
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          You have to be pleased with this performance. Great result and a fantastic start to the season. Good luck for next weekend!

        • michaelbolton
          michaelbolton commented
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          Unbelievably pleased

        • GrahamNZ
          GrahamNZ commented
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          Stunning performance!

      • #10
        Perth Strikers v Auckland Fear (Round 3)

        Perth opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, with flanker, Chris Palmer, using momentum (and eventually assistance) to push his tackler 7 metres backwards and over the tryline, before grounding the ball.
        It had been a nice build-up beforehand, with six phases of play after a lineout 6 metres inside the Auckland half, before Palmer received the pass leading to the try.
        Flyhalf, Gene McCabe, landed an excellent conversion.
        7-0 to Perth after 4 minutes.

        Back came the Fear though, with a wonderful try finished off by fullback, Ethan Johnstone, in the 10th minute.
        The attack started from a scrum close to the Auckland 10 metre mark, and continued through eight more phases, before inside centre delivered the telling pass to Johnstone, who sidestepped the final defender on a 24 metre run to score out wide.
        Flyhalf, William Fraser, sent the conversion sailing between the posts.
        7-7.

        Auckland swung back onto the attack, and stunned the home crowd when Johnstone crossed for his second try, in the 18th minute.
        The move started from a scrum near the Perth 10 metre mark, and continued through six further phases of play, before flanker, Kye Marshall, made a strong run into the 22 and threw a pass across to outside centre, John Smith, who put Johnstone away to score.
        Fraser had an easy conversion.
        14-7 to Auckland after 17 minutes.

        In the 23rd minute, Perth inside centre, Anthony Orlik, banged over a drop goal from 41 metres out in front to close the gap a little.
        14-10 to Auckland.

        The Perth backs were looking dangerous, but it was a magnicent run from flanker, Chris Palmer, that took the Strikers within sight of the Auckland tryline.
        However, after two further rucks, the ball moved across the field to left winger, C Rice, who crossed the line, but was bundled into touch before he could go to ground.

        And then, following a scrum penalty against the Fear, McCabe astonishingly failed to kick a penalty goal from 30 metres out and just to the left of the posts.

        The Perth side had been pretty much dominating play for 20 minutes, so it was just reward for their efforts when lock, Jamie Parker, crossed for their third try, in the 38th minute.
        From a ruck 30 metres out from the Auckland tryline, there followed four strong runs from forwards, before the ball was spread along and Parker was put through a gap just metres out.
        Incredibly, McCabe missed another sitter.

        Halftime Score: Perth Strikers - 15, Auckland Fear - 14

        The third Perth try came after lock, Justin Henderson stole Auckland lineout ball 30 metres out from the tryline.
        After four further rucks, a powerful 20 metre run from hooker, Ita Gumbi, took play to a couple of metres out, before the ball was moved wide and Henderson was on the overlap with a man to spare, and with 4 metres to run in for the try.
        McCabe kicked the conversion from a difficult angle.
        22-14 to Perth after 45 minutes.

        In the 48th minute, the Fear forwards gain a scrum penalty inside Perth territory.
        Up steps Fraser to kick the goal from 28 metres out and 6 metres in from the sideline.
        22-17 to Perth.

        Possibly a game defining moment in the 63rd minute, as a promising Fear attack breaks down near the Perth 22, and the home side counterattack sees McCabe put over a booming drop goal from 40 metres out and midway between the sideline and posts.
        25-17 to Perth.

        After the Perth loosies turn over possession at a ruck on halfway, a charging run from prop, S Kelly, takes play close to the Fear 22.
        Following two further phases, a clever inside pass from C Rice to McCabe puts the flyhalf into a gap before he unloads to big number 8, Ayub Campbell, who thunders ahead for 23 metres to score the winning try.
        McCabe converts.
        32-17 to Perth after 69 minutes.

        Final Score: Perth Strikers - 32, Auckland Fear - 17

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        • GrahamNZ
          GrahamNZ commented
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          Congrats, Cento.
          It was a competitive game, but the Strikers were deserved winners.

        • Cento
          Cento commented
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          Tx Graham, we had to work hard for this one.

      • #11
        Auckland Fear News and Team Selection (Round 4)

        No players leaving or joining this week.

        This weekend, we host the Naples Infantry, another strong team.

        Veteran outside centre, Tony Parling, returns from injury for this game, with John Smith going onto the reserves bench.
        That is the only change to the side, although we've switched Kye Marshall to number 8, and John Kingsley to 7.

        Code:
        Auckland Fear v Naples Infantry
        
        1 Brandon Harrison
        2 Joe Koyamaibole
        3 Carlos Prieto (captain)
        4 Yuval Walsh
        5 Sam Sandberg
        6 Matt Barbieri
        7 John Kingsley
        8 Kye Marshall
        9 Stanley Kennedy
        10 William Fraser
        11 Francois Ralepelle
        12 Jan Andre Coetzer
        13 Toby Parling
        14 Sam Gray
        15 Ethan Johnstone

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        • GrahamNZ
          GrahamNZ commented
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          Not sure who the Naples manager is, but this looks like it could be a close game.

        • danielw
          danielw commented
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          Yours truly! I'm not expecting too much of the Infantry men this season as the team is in a re-build phase as a number of players retired or retiring in the near future. Some exiting talent in the pipeline, but not ready yet. What I've done was to lay the foundation for the financial sustainability of the club by maxing key facilities and upgrading to level 3 stadium in the past. So, hopefully I'll survive this season and the next before winning more again.

        • GrahamNZ
          GrahamNZ commented
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          Good luck, although we might need it more than you.

      • #12
        Auckland Fear v Naples Infantry (Round 4)

        The Infantry got off to a great start, with right winger, Henry Martin, stepping inside Auckland fullback, Ethan Johnstone, and then away from other defenders to score in the corner.
        Inside centre, O Caceres failed badly with the difficult conversion attempt.
        5-0 to Naples after 3 minutes.

        The visitors increased their lead in the 13th minute, when lock, Knewel Knoetze, barged over from close range following a number of attacking phases.
        Flyhalf, Dexter Lee, had an easy conversion.
        12-0 to Naples.

        The Fear really needed to be next to score, and there was relief among the home fans when left winger, Francois Ralepelle, crashed his way through the Infantry fullback, on a 35 metre run to score out wide.
        Flyhalf, William Fraser, undercut the conversion attempt.
        12-5 to Naples after 24 minutes.

        Up to this point, Naples had been the better side, and so it was a cruel blow when a pass went astray just outside their own 22, with Ralepelle picking up the loose ball and racing 25 metres to score.
        Fraser converted from in front to level the scores.
        12-12 after 35 minutes.

        Halftime Score: Auckland Fear - 12, Naples Infantry - 12

        The Fear started the second half on attack, but then, just as it seemed as though number 8, Kye Marshall was about to score, he left the pass behind.
        Naples left winger, Daniel Morkel, scooped up the ball and sprinted 94 metres to score what is commonly referred to as a 14 point try.
        Lee missed a conversion that he really should have landed.
        17-12 to Naples after 44 minutes.

        Auckland hit back though with Marshall scoring shortly after a 5 metre scrum.
        Fraser converted to give his side the lead for the first time in the match.
        19-17 to Auckland after 49 minutes.

        The Fear botched another try in the 62nd minute, when flanker, Matt Barbieri, had the ball jolted free from his grasp as looked certain to be crashing over the line.
        However, the Auckland pack buckled the Naples front row from the resulting scrum to earn a penalty.
        Fraser lined up the kick from 18 metres out and midway between posts and sideline, and over it went.
        22-17 to Auckland.

        The game could still have gone either way, but it was the Infantry who got their noses in front, with a fine try finished off out wide by lock, Andries Kleynhans.
        Lee converted from metres in from the sideline.
        24-22 to Naples after 70 minutes.

        Roared on by the crowd, the Fear went in for their bonus point try in the 75th minute,
        A sweeping backline move saw right winger, Sam Gray, tackled 8 metres from the Naples tryline.
        From the resulting ruck, the ball was moved along back across the field until scrumhalf, Stanley Kennedy, raced into a gap to finish off the movement.
        Fraser converted from just to the left of the posts.
        29-24 to Auckland.

        The Fear blew another try in the final minute of play, when Ralepelle was called back after a forward pass.
        Time for a final Naples scrum, inside their own 22. A try here would either draw the match for them or win it with the conversion.
        Drama, as the Fear won the tighthead, but Naples turned possession over before the kick to touch could be made.
        After several phases, the visitors had made their way almost to the 10 metre line, but then disaster, as a pass was spilled and gathered up by Ralepelle.
        The Auckland winger scampered 22 metres to get a hat-trick of tries, secure his side victory, and deny the Infantry a bonus point.
        Fraser put over the conversion from an awkward angle and the game was over.

        Final Score: Auckland Fear - 36, Naples Infantry - 24

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        • GrahamNZ
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          Tough luck there, Daniel.
          The Infantry deserved at least a bonus point.

        • danielw
          danielw commented
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          Yep, that last try stole my bonus point, but it was my own doing! Nonetheless, it was a great match to watch, I'm pleased with the Infantry's performance, they were competitive but as the match wore on, i felt the Fear will take it. League 4 is quite competitive with teams very close to each other. The Memphis Blues have won two matches with two points or less, and also lost one by two points.

      • #13
        Allentown Reds took a bit of a pasting in an absolute coach killing performance after a strong outing the week before. Congrats to Cento and the Strikers on being the only team undefeated at the top of the table but the battle for the playoffs beneath them is hotting up.

        Big game against Naples infantry this week to restore a little bit of pride in the jersey

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        • #14
          Auckland Fear News and Team Selection (Round 5)

          During the week, we accepted an offer of $90k for Adam Palmer (24 year old winger with OVR 88) from the Cape Town Fear.
          We wish him well at his new club and will follow his progress with interest.

          We were pleased to welcome free agent, Philippe Dubois (19 year old prop with OVR 79) into our squad.
          He is unlikely to get much game time though, unless required as a result of injuries to others.

          We have one player transfer-listed:

          Geoff Purcell (21 year old scrumhalf with OVR 81)

          This weekend, we travel to Castleford to take on the strong Barbarians.
          They look slightly better all-round, plus have home advantage, so we'll do well if we can come away with something from this one.

          One change to our side from last week.
          With flanker, Matt Barbieri, out injured, we've brought George Herewini in at number 4, and shifted Sam Sandberg to number 6.

          Code:
          Castleford Barbarians v Auckland Fear
          
          1 Brandon Harrison
          2 Joe Koyamaibole
          3 Carlos Prieto (captain)
          4 Yuval Walsh
          5 George Herewini
          6 Sam Sandberg
          7 John Kingsley
          8 Kye Marshall
          9 Stanley Kennedy
          10 William Fraser
          11 Francois Ralepelle
          12 Jan Andre Coetzer
          13 Toby Parling
          14 Sam Gray
          15 Ethan Johnstone

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          • GrahamNZ
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            Not sure whether the Castleford manager posts in the forum, but I hope that we can give you a close game.
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