NZ Rugby World - First XV - - SUPER 8 -

Full­back Sam Toia may be the only Hamil­ton BHS front-liner re­turn­ing for 2015, but the new boys have been groomed and should be ready to mount a staunch de­fence of the Su­per 8 ti­tle.

“We’ll be okay,” says Hotham. “We’ll def­i­nitely win our own ball, though it’s hard to pre­dict strengths and weak­nesses with a new squad.”

Young men such as props Os­car Preece and Har­ri­son Court­ney will mark up, while No 8 Pa­trick McCur­ran con­tin­ues the fam­ily tra­di­tion and fea­tured in the Con­dors in 2014. First five Rameka Poi­hipi will run the cut­ter. Sevu Reece will suit up in mid­field.

Hotham knows his young side will be the hunted this year. The fi­nal against Palmie, won 21-3, was a good ex­am­ple of the side per­form­ing well un­der pres­sure on their home patch.

LEFT: NEARLY MEN Ro­torua Boys want to turn near losses into wins this year.

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