@Canes4life I totally agree with this statement he offers flair without too much of it if that makes any sense something we need with our forwards, i mean Fidow, Numia Coles Aumua all have it and it’s definitely better then boring hopeless at everything vanilla Prinseep and Blackwell
@Billsy111 You guys also need to do some lineout drive training. The moves were so predictable that even our motley bunch knew what you were about to do and were able to nullify.
*apart from that bullshit YC/PT call
I just think we don't need to overuse it, overuse of it contributed to our loss against Southland and a few times last year.
We have some bloody good backs and top class loosies, we should base more attack around them rather than overdoing the lineout drives.
It was more the case that you only had one drive move (apart from going around our side and dragging it down to get a PT) and we studied it beforehand. Shit coaching on your side.
Yeah, as you had a whole season and one game of it to study. 😉
Read has some conditions from his Japanese club around playing time. He was only allowed to play 40 mins last night and won't be playing against Hawke's next round, along with missing some other away games.
Ah stink, it would have been good to have him start in the kind of form he was in last year. 😉
Although, to be serious, it would have been goof for Flanders to have had a run against him.
@Dice Yup I know what you mean I've seen the same stuff too. I feel like he's a rough diamond who'll get better in time. His lineout definitely needs working on but he has the physical attributes to go far and is worth perservering with in the long run.
Oh and I'm also in the camp that doesn't move Goodhue to accommodate Ennor, but should attrition or lack of other options dictate that move - and there's no clear 12 for the Saders at the moment - then so be it.
@Higgins and look at to Owen Franks now? the game is evolving so along with core roles, props need mobility,speed,covering/sweeping like a loose fwd and the way the game is heading the "high intensity/fast pace", you need to keep up and do more then just "scrum". And remember the Lions front row are young Fidow 21, Aumua 21, Numia 20. still boys and still developing. and re them being boys getting paid a mans wages?? mate the game turned professional a long time ago. keep up with the times higgy! they are the most exciting front row in the game right now. Lions/Canes are lucky to have them and i am excited to see them grow and develop. cut them some slack
The first CM try shouldn't have been, both inside chasers were in front of the kicker and advanced and had a direct impact on the play. The second try I can live with, not clear and obvious live that the chaser is in front.
Below is a list of the 2017 CMRFU award winners -
Counties Manukau PIC Steelers player of the year – Sam Henwood
Counties Manukau PIC Steelers defence player of the year – Sam Henwood
Counties Manukau PIC Steelers player’s player of the year (chosen by the PIC Steelers players) – Sam Henwood
Counties Manukau PIC Steelers Rookie of the year – Orbyn Leger
Counties Manukau PIC Steelers most improved player of the year – Jonathan Kawau
Men’s 7’s player of the year – Liam Daniela
Bayleys B’s most improved player – Feta Luamanu
Bayleys B’s player of the year – Penitoa Finau
Don Ha B’s most improved player -Jimmy Conaglen
Don Ha B’s player of the year – Faafouina Loau
U19 most improved – Toti Nginingini
U19 player of the year – Joshua Baverstock
George Bell Memorial Trophy (services to rugby) – Dawn Newton
Volunteer of the year – Karyn Adams
Supporters Club – player of the year – Sam Henwood
Referee of the year – John Wright
AS Wilcox Premier Club player of the year – Joe Reynolds
It was clearly a ref's error. Henwood jumped into the ruck from the side without any Fekitoa's interference.
I wasn't able to watch the whole game and was in and out of it, but I wondered how the ref was judging "hands on" at the ruck. It's one of those weird ones that gets called differently as you go up the ranks. At Super and test level the player needs to lift the ball even when it is clear but at this level putting your hands on can be enough to make you fair game.
Anyway, Auckland didn't deserve to win because this game was at Pukekohe and there was a mudslide on the bank for the kids.
That really was a perfect microcosm of a party at the rugby club rooms.
Uncomfortable "dancing"/shuffling by most of the guys; one little shit trying to give it the hip-hop treatment; bad singing-along to the Exponents, and a bit of aggro.
Counties have more scum resets than any other Team in the Mitre10 Cup. Their tactic is to spoil the tempo of the opposing team at contact. I don't think that the Counties scrum was as "dominant" as what people make it to be. The difference this week was at the breakdown, where Counties struggled to break through the Canterbury defence. Too put it bluntly the Canterbury Pack "manned up" and Counties folded.