NZ Rugby World - First XV - - SUPER 8 -

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.

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