Premier side to face Eden

The Premiers will square off against their Eden opposites this coming Saturday afternoon in what is the third time that the two sides have met in 2018.

Ponsonby will be eager for a win in this match, which should see them consolidate their place amongst the top four sides which will progress to the semi-finals in three weeks’ time. Eden who are currently sitting in fourth place on the competition table, will also be seeking the same outcome.

The two sides first did battle in 2018 in the Waka Nathan Challenge Cup final, which Ponsonby won by 34-30. In the second match, in round robin play, Eden’s impressive winning streak was ended by Ponsonby, who won by 27-5.

One of the stand out performers in the Ponsonby pack this year will join an elite list of those before him will earn his Blazer. Prop Connor Halangahu has been one of the powerhouses of the Ponsonby front row, and will record his 40th Premier appearance.

The Ponsonby side features a few changes in the backline from that which took the field against Suburbs in the previous round. Rilloy Suesue has his first start of the year at halfback, Morrison Siliko returns from injury to start on the left wing, and Jordan Trainor returns to the fullback position after duty with the Blues.

The Ponsonby side for this fixture is:

PONSONBY:

1. Connor Halangahu

2. Steven Savali

3. Herman Huch

4. Moteiva Ngauamo

5. Sam Slade

6. Waha Waitohi

7. Aleks Dabek

8. Taina Fox-Matamua

9. Rilloy Suesue

10. William Talataina-Mu

11. Morrison Siliko

12. Tilitili Puloka

13. Patrick Tausie

14. Johnny Cooper

15. Jordan Trainor

16. Willie Uili

17. Brice Schilling

18. Wilson Lavelua

19. TJ Faalogo

20. McCarthy Cocker-Filikitonga

21. Campbell Woodmass

22. Freedom Vaha’akalo