Ngāi Tahu All Black keen to secure loosehead prop position

  • Tāmaki Makaurau

Kei te ū te poutuki Ōpango a Joe Moody o Ngāi Tahu kia poutuki taiea a ia i te ao whutupōro whānui. Ka tūpono mai tērā whāinga ōna āpōpō ki te taiwhanga o Ngā Anawai i Tāmaki Makaurau, Engari kāre i te tino tārake nei te kitea atu mōna i ngā tau.

Waru marama ki muri, kāre a Joe Moody i te pikitia Ōpango. I tēnei rā, he hoariri anō ka whāia e te poutuki mātāmua o te ao.

“We do that sort of stuff every week, do our homework on the opposition, practise what we're sort of expecting from them,” hei tā Moody.

Hei āpōpō eke atu anō ai a Joe Moody ki te kapura o te whutupōro ā ao. Inā hoki, kua rongo kē i a Moody, rua tekau mā whitu noa iho nei te pakeke, i ngā aupiki me ngā auheke o tēnei kounga o te whutupōro.

“After all, our training sessions and that be doing extra running stuff and extra conditioning to get to where I needed to be.”

Me te āmine tonu a Steve Hansen ki tōna poutukituki Māori, i taiea katoa i te whakataetae ngaio i tēnei tau.

“He's played well for the Crusaders, and again with Wyatt [Crockett] coming off the bench there you've got a good combo there so we're very fortunate.”

I tautoko a Moody i te karanga Ōpango i te ipu o te ao, nā te wharanga ki a Tony Woodcock.

Hei tā Moody, kāre he taumata nui atu i tāna rongo tuatahi i te ao whutupōro, ‘I don’t think you get any big pressure situations then what you get in a World Cup, especially in the final stages, so in saying that yes.”

Me te āhua nei, e whakaae ana tōna rangatira a Hansen.

“He got an opportunity through injury, and turned up and had a massive part to play in our latter games in the competition and I think he cemented himself as the number one loosehead in that tournament.”

Kāre anō te kapa Ōpango kia hinga ki a Wērā nō te tau rima tekau mā toru, ā, e wawata nuitia ana ka hau tonu tēnā rongotoa ō rātou āpōpō.