Knockout Time for the Pride as Makisi Brings up Her Half-Century

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This weekend the Wellington Pride head to Waikato for the second time in 2021, instead this time a place in the Farah Palmer Cup Premiership final is on the line. As well as a potential finals berth, their first since 2011, midfielder Fa’asua Makisi will play her 50th match for Wellington, all adding to the occasion.

Makisi made her debut for the Pride in 2012 against Hawkes Bay and has since become a household name in the midfield. Last year Makisi also reached the 100-game mark for her club team, Oriental Rongotai.

Making her debut one season after the Pride last made the final, Makisi was part of the 2018 Championship winning side and has played her fair share of semifinal football, being no stranger to the big occasion. However, victory this weekend would be a fitting way to bring up 50 caps as well as a first Premiership final in 10 years.

Lizzie Goulden and Alexis Tauaneai both earn their first starts of the season at first five and winger respectively, while Black Ferns stars Joanah Ngan-Woo and Ayesha Leti-I’iga will serve as hydration specialists, Black Ferns protocols ruling the pair out for the remainder of the season.

In addition to a finals spot and the right to take on Canterbury in next weekend’s final, The Pride will also be looking to avenge defeat from the regular season, going down in a thriller to Waikato just over a month ago. The Pride have a 4-win, 4-loss record away against Waikato.

The match kicks off on Saturday at 12:05pm. Watch Sky Sport 1 from 12PM for all the live action. 

The Pride matchday 23 is: (*50th match)

1. Angelica Uila
2. Alicia Print
3. Isadora Leio-Laupola
4. Sanita Levave
5. Jackie Patea-Fereti ©
6. Nina Foaese
7. Xavier Tusa
8. Hosanna Aumua
9. Ana Aufie
10. Lizzie Goulden
11. Kolora Lamani
12. Monica Tagoai
13. Fa’asua Makisi*
14. Alexis Tauaneai
15. Georgia Daals

Impact:

16. Precious Auimatagi
17. Chloe Te Moananui
18. Barbra Taumoli
19. Sinead Ryder
20. Bernadette Robertson
21. Milly Mackey
22. Davina Lasini
23. Cheyne Copeland

Hydration Specialists:

Joanah Ngan-Woo
Ayesha Leti-I’iga