@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.
Lienert-Brown fractured his left forearm in the second half against the Chiefs and will be out until the end of April.
Ayden Johnstone has returned to training paddock after a long spell out with concussion but is still not ready, leaving Josh Hohneck and Ethan de Groot as the Highlanders’ only options against the Blues’ All Blacks tightheads Nepo Laulala and Ofa Tuungafasi.
Juan Cruz Mallia, Sebastian Cancelliere, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo de la Fuente (c), Santiago Carreras, Domingo Miotti, Felipe Ezcurra, Tomas Lezana, Marcos Kremer, Francisco Gorrissen, Lucas Paulos, Guido Petti, Lucio Sordoni, Agustin Creevy, Mayco Vivas
Reserves: Julian Montoya, Javier Diaz, Joel Sclavi, Matias Alemanno, Bautista Pedemonte, Gonzalo Bertranou, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Santiago Chocobares
@Darren not to mention that consistently one of the best and most influential players over the past couple of seasons is sitting on the bench... and he's a fucking 12! But yeah let's disregard how good Ioane was at 10 last year.
Bloody Landers. Was backing them for the slim chance of a Chiefs home final. First half was great from both teams. Squire ruined the chances. Dunno what was up with Franklin swearing at the ref either. Crusaders too good. Rebuilding time for the Landers. Thanks for the memories Bender.
@Jaguares4real See how I've written slim chance? I'm backing my boys but I know it's going to be a hard slog.
If you were picking people on super rugby form Jackson Hemapo and Liam Coltman should be joining Brad Weber on the plane to the RWC..totally underwhelmed by Naholo .just looked absolutely lethargic this evening despite getting over the whitewash
Don't disagree with this. Coltman in particular has improved massively in the last few years.
Have been watching some old AB games while exercising. Naholo of 4 years ago was incredible - just massive power and pace. Was playing wales, they showed him the sideline, and he just disappeared. Not seeing that from him at the moment. Also used to be a real menace over the ball.
Now he seems a bit more like a donkey, can't make good decisions going into aerial contests, and positionally weak. But - who else do you take with any experience?
@sparky Looks a great prospect but early days for Josh Ioane (and don't forget he's playing outside of arguably the best 9 out there). But, yeah, well worth Hansen and co. getting him into the squad and having a good look at him in black.
He's not exactly going to be playing outside Ruru if he makes the ABs...
Fair point. But the same argument holds for Otere Black.