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Auckland Nines Team of the Tournament

Auckland Nines Team of the Tournament

The first Auckland Premiership footy of 2019 went down over the weekend at the Auckland Nines. Here’s our Team of the Tournament from the pre-season outing on the Hibiscus Coast. (Photo: Manurewa’s Nathan Simmons). 

1: Nehumi Teu (Hibiscus Coast)

Chimed into the backline nicely on attack, but crucially was also brilliant in defence as last man. 

2: Jordan Papa (Howick)

A livewire in attack, he put teams on high alert when he got on the ball. Heavily involved in most of the good stuff Howick did.

3: Nathan Ashe (Hibiscus Coast)

Troubled teams almost every time he ran the footy, scoring a number of tries off the back of it, while his short kicking game set up a number of other four-pointers.

4: Fonitika Lelenga (Mangere East)

A one-man-line-breaking machine for much of the day, the rangy fullback was tough to contain on kick returns and when put into open space. 

5: Buck Hall (Hibiscus Coast)

Kept showing up for carries and impressed with his ball playing at the line.

6: Trent Bishop (Howick)

Created second-phase with ease, setting up and scoring a number of tries. Proof that there is a place for big men in the nine-aside game. 

7: Denzil Manu (Mangere East)

His support play was excellent for the Hawks, and off the back of it he scored several runaway tries. Brought great energy to the games.

8: Nathan Simmons (Manurewa)

Always looking for the footy. Directed play well and looked threatening when he took the ball to the line. 

9: Ethan Nukanuka (Otahuhu)

Worked really hard on both sides of the ball and was Otahuhu’s biggest attacking threat in open space.