@arhs yes, the way he gave up was frustrating. I agree the defensive accuracy of the entire team was miles off, when your All Balcks are missing routine one on one tackles that indicates a broader issue.
Agree. Nock has huge upside I reckon but will need time.
is looking like his time is now, was starting to look good last Super season, until he was dropped, presumably for a off-field incident (breach of team rules form what I heard) but was superb for Northland.
Am thinking Christie will get first chances though, but we know how attritional things are, so he will get his shot.
Ah Kuoi was the best lock on the paddock. His workrate is impressive and he is quite dynamic in the loose. Not a bad LO jumper either.
Disagree, Sam Whitelock and Mitch Brown both made twice the number of tackles as him and hit more rucks. Not a vintage performance from Sam Whitelock, but he was still the best lock on the paddock in that game.
Colour me irritated/disappointed bloody annoyed.
Not with the loss so much (then again, maybe) but more the manner in which we lost.
Chiefs have prided themseleves on their D for the 1st 3 games. The D against the Ponies was weak as water non-existent at times
Agreed. People are talking about how good the Brumbies were - not hard to look good when you're consistently going forward and making breaks from poor defence.
A straight line instead of shooters leaving gaping holes and making first up tackles would've resulted in the Brumbies kicking more often, giving some possession to the Chiefs.
Each of Havili'i, Bridge, Reece and Ennor are in possible AB contention. They would not care less about the guys behind them, because the guys behind are far worse than they are. They will play every game as well as they can, because they are looking at higher honours, not over their shoulders.
Meanwhile other teams have their best players not being fielded. That's a far worse situation that worrying that some of your also-rans can't make the team.
I would love it if the Chiefs could field Damien McKenzie, at the cost of not being able to field Etene Nanai-Seturo.
Not sure if it's been mentioned, but Otere didn't even get off the bench in this game. Actually, 3 players didn't get off the bench, which is pretty rare these days. I bet the coaches were almost going to make it 4, but they somehow convinced themselves to let Pulu come on.
@Rancid-Schnitzel I've been waiting for days for you to comment on Jordie's performance. This thread is now complete.
Ha ha. He still wasn't at 12 though!
For me, this isn't a Canes thing or Beadie's brother thing. I saw Jordie play for the NZ U20s and Canterbury before he ever signed for the Canes (I assumed he would stay down south) and could see that he was a special talent. It's frustrating when he does stupid shit (unnecessary offloads etc) but the potential is massive and he's still very young. Some people are very quick to throw players on the scrap heap. Just look at Nonu.
NZ sees lots of "special" players.
Sorry, but that's not enough.
Damien McKenzie is plenty special, but that doesn't mean he should start every game.
Another really special player was Rupeni Caucaunibuca. But special really, really isn't enough. The follow through is just as important.
Our forwards were absolute meh for most of that match. TBH I thought we would lose by more when I saw the starting side.
But we really need to learn how to defend at close quarters I lost count how many attacks came from straighttheough the middle of the ruck. Where were our guard dogs FFS?
I was impressed by Luke Jacobson. His tackling was ferocious, hit the rucks with efficiency and ran hard. He is one to watch this year IMO.
Incredible game from Alex Nankivell too. I hope he will keep playing like that. A combo with ALB could be interesting in the next weeks to come.
I need to qualify what I meant by my comment about NPC form meaning nothing. It can certainly play you into a Super Rugby squad, but doesn’t neccessarily mean you can translate that form into SR, and some find that step up much harder than expected. It’s relatively easy to dominate at the lower level but then the next step is becoming harder by the year as our depth is eroded. Problem being, how often in the NPC is a freshie coming up against an established Super Rugby player, or veteran, in ten rounds?
University of Waikato Chiefs Region Under 16 Tournament is set to showcase the up and coming rugby talent within Chiefs Country. The tournament proudly sponsored by University of Waikato will see Bay of Plenty, Counties Manukau, Taranaki and Waikato’s respective Under 16 sides take to the field from Monday 30 September through to Thursday 3 October.
Teams will compete across three days with hosts Taranaki kicking off the tournament against Waikato at 5.00pm, followed by Counties Manukau and Bay of Plenty at 7.00pm. Both games will take place at TET Stadium, Inglewood on Monday 30 September, before the tournament moves to New Plymouth Boys’ High School for day two (Tuesday 1 October) and the final round robin matches on Thursday 3 October.
The tournament format is as follows:
Monday 30th September 2019: TET Stadium, Inglewood
5.00pm Kick off: Taranaki vs Waikato
7.00pm Kick off: Counties Manukau vs Bay of Plenty
Tuesday 1st October 2019: New Plymouth Boys’ High School, New Plymouth
12.00pm Kick off: Bay of Plenty vs Waikato
2.00pm Kick off: Taranaki vs Counties Manukau
Wednesday 2nd October 2019: Education Day, New Plymouth Boys’ High School, New Plymouth
9.30am – 12.00pm
Thursday 3rd October 2019: New Plymouth Boys’ High School, New Plymouth
12.00pm Kick off: Counties Manukau vs Waikato
2.00pm Kick off: Taranaki vs Bay of Plenty