NZ Rugby World - First XV - - AUCKLAND 1A -

West­lake have ap­par­ently trained the house down over sum­mer, as much to cope with the phys­i­cal pres­sures of mid-week rugby as the ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion of not be­ing cham­pi­ons af­ter win­ning the 2012-2014 ti­tles. Coach Hugh McGa­han, as­sisted by Aaron Katipa and Brad Em­slie, will look to sev­eral seniors to lead the way for the First XV: half­back Jack Heighton, out­side back Baylee Katipa, flanker Ja­cob Katipa and props Leon Tham­bi­ran and Fin­lay Brewis, both knock­ing on the Blues Un­der 18 door. West­lake have, how­ever, lost the 8-9-10 spine of their side, so McGa­han is hop­ing that those from the Sec­ond XV, who won the 1B, will show their wares.

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