NEW PLYMOUTH BHS
Last in 2014, third in 2015, promoted to second after the Rotorua BHS eligibility saga. There is little reason to think the New Plymouth BHS upward trend will not continue in 2016 and it could challenge or better their best Super 8 season of 2000, where they finished second on the table. Coach Daryl Lilley can call on no less than 19 returnees, so there should be no issues of experience or personnel, especially when you consider their lower grade sides are successful. O a platform of solid set-piece, guided by Andy Slater and Sam Moore, New Plymouth will seek to use the ball more than has traditionally been the case. Why wouldn’t you when Meli Naholo, younger brother of Waisake, is lurking on the wing? In the backs, watch for midfielders Matt Guthrie and Zane Firth outside the talented Brayton Northcott-Hill at No 10, while in the pack Tom Florence will be supported by hooker Bradley Slater, flanker Patrick Stark and locks Kaylum Boshier and Louis Du els. Lilley has done his homework, so expect more tries and more bonus points from New Plymouth BHS.