Standout players in Mitre 10 cup



  • Not watched much mitre 10 action so was wondering what new players are looking like they could be super rugby quality?
    Jordie Barrett obviously is class but anyone else?



  • @Whites72 Probably best for this to be in Sports Talk rather than Help.

    Moved.

    And yes, am interested too: watched very little so far.





  • Michael Little looks ready for game time at the next level.

    He seems to have a lot power for a midget (by modern rugby standards). He also has a great work rate.. if you follow him during a game you'll see how often he is cleaning up others mistakes etc



  • @Duluth said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    Michael Little looks ready for game time at the next level.

    He seems to have a lot power for a midget (by modern rugby standards). He also has a great work rate.. if you follow him during a game you'll see how often he is cleaning up others mistakes etc

    Is that Walter Littles son ? sounds like he has a lot of Dads qualities if it is......



  • @MN5 Yeah. He has the ability to ghost through gaps like his dad too



  • @kiwiinmelb said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    Yes, I know. Some of you older lads use Viagra, the younger lads maybe magazines or the internet. Myself, I always find videos of our up and coming talent a powerful turn-on.



  • @kiwiinmelb Were all those players in that video backs? The new rules make it hard to judge a lot of forward play.



  • @Duluth said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    Michael Little looks ready for game time at the next level.

    He seems to have a lot power for a midget (by modern rugby standards). He also has a great work rate.. if you follow him during a game you'll see how often he is cleaning up others mistakes etc

    Yeah I've been very impressed with Little's workrate in defence. An accurate tackler that hits hard for someone who would be less than 6 feet tall.



  • @Tim said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @kiwiinmelb Were all those players in that video backs? The new rules make it hard to judge a lot of forward play.

    Being a forward at ruck time requires the balance and footwork of Michael Flatley



  • @Tim yeah they were



  • Was also going to emotion Little. He showed a few glimpses last year but has really come on this year after another strong club season



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @Duluth said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    Michael Little looks ready for game time at the next level.

    He seems to have a lot power for a midget (by modern rugby standards). He also has a great work rate.. if you follow him during a game you'll see how often he is cleaning up others mistakes etc

    Yeah I've been very impressed with Little's workrate in defence. An accurate tackler that hits hard for someone who would be less than 6 feet tall.

    I feel sorry for people like that. They have to tip toe just to piss in a urinal.



  • For Canterbury, Bird, Thompson and Goodhue are very impressive.
    For Auckland, the Ioane brothers have their moments but lack consistency. Greg Pleasants-Tate is very consistent without being flashy, he's having a very good year. A much underrated player IMO.
    I also like the BoP blindside flanker, Parete. He has the potential to earn a S18 contract.
    If the NZ franchises look for a good goalkicker, they could have a look at Peter Breen (Northland). But he is slowish in attack (and defence).



  • Joe Tupe has raised his level for the Bay of Plenty this season and is going great guns for them.



  • @cgrant said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    For Auckland, the Ioane brothers have their moments but lack consistency. Greg Pleasants-Tate is very consistent without being flashy, he's having a very good year. A much underrated player IMO.

    With a double barrelled surname and steady play he is due for a cap in the next year.



  • Speaking of double barelled surname, I have just watched a replay of Counties Manukau vs Wellington and I was really impressed by Walker-Leawere. Counties had massive forwards but he ran through them at ease. However, he looks very heavy so can't be lifted in the LO. That means his team needs an additionnal jumper in the backrow.



  • Michael Collins from Otago has toiled hard. Been impressed with some of ball carrying so far this season.



  • We must now be at the point where two adults with double-barrelled names are marrying and breeding together. Does this mean we might soon be having quad-barrelled names? I most surely hope so. Almost as a big fuck-you to parents who can't work their shit out. I think mixed names are the way to go. Umaga and Jensen = Jenaga. Much tidier.





  • So I hear everyone's favourite 6'8" great-white-hope younger Barrett hasn't yet signed for the Crusaders. Any chance of the Canes snaffling him with Halaholo going?



  • @Rembrandt said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    So I hear everyone's favourite 6'8" great-white-hope younger Barrett hasn't yet signed for the Crusaders. Any chance of the Canes snaffling him with Halaholo going?

    I hear he's pretty close to signing with the Canes.

    Helps that they can offer him the 12 or 15 shirts, whereas we have Dagg and Crotty keeping him out of the team



  • @SammyC said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @Rembrandt said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    So I hear everyone's favourite 6'8" great-white-hope younger Barrett hasn't yet signed for the Crusaders. Any chance of the Canes snaffling him with Halaholo going?

    I hear he's pretty close to signing with the Canes.

    Helps that they can offer him the 12 or 15 shirts, whereas we have Dagg and Crotty keeping him out of the team

    where does his missus prefer to shop?



  • @SammyC said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @Rembrandt said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    So I hear everyone's favourite 6'8" great-white-hope younger Barrett hasn't yet signed for the Crusaders. Any chance of the Canes snaffling him with Halaholo going?

    I hear he's pretty close to signing with the Canes.

    Helps that they can offer him the 12 or 15 shirts, whereas we have Dagg and Crotty keeping him out of the team

    It would be something Beauden and Jordie in a 10/12 combo.

    I know there have been a heap of brothers that have played together for the ABs and Super/NPC, but how many have played in positions effectively side by side?

    Bachops played a few tests together at 9 and 10
    The Whetton's were a lock/blindside combo
    Scooter and Thomas Waldrom played 7 and 8 for the Canes

    Where's our quiz master?



  • Benson and Winston Stanley played a bit together in the midfield for Auckland/Blues.



  • @African-Monkey said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    Benson and Winston Stanley played a bit together in the midfield for Auckland/Blues.

    Poor old Benson was capped just to keep the jersey warm for SBW before he even came to NZ. No disrespect to anyone who pulls on the fern I guess but by crikey him and Francis Saili were fucken token picks in the number 12 jersey if ever I saw them.

    I always found it funny that Tony and Glen Marsh were second five and openside respectively despite being identical ( pretty sure they were exact same height and weight give or take a few millimetres and grams ). Both excellent players, I guess they both played in a similar fashion ie Tony hit a few rucks and Glen was a great runner with the ball.....



  • Benson got picked because Nonu got injured iirc and there was no real alternative. He even went on to say that to my brother while on the piss with him after getting picked that he was only picked by default hahaha.

    Francis Saili was more of an eye on the future after showing glimpses of potential at super rugby level and only had Bundee Aki as competition at the time. It's fair to say that the selection of Saili was a shocker where he seemed to come out as a worse player for the experience.



  • @ACT-Crusader Colin and Stan Meads at lock.



  • @SammyC said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @Rembrandt said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    So I hear everyone's favourite 6'8" great-white-hope younger Barrett hasn't yet signed for the Crusaders. Any chance of the Canes snaffling him with Halaholo going?

    I hear he's pretty close to signing with the Canes.

    Helps that they can offer him the 12 or 15 shirts, whereas we have Dagg and Crotty keeping him out of the team

    Nonsense. Crotty can easily play @ 13. IMO 13 suits Crotty even better than 12. Fonotia's spot in the team is vacant and the Crusaders can offer Barrett a starting spot at 12 with weaker competition than there is at the Canes (Laumape). Havili doesn't set the world on fire and is just keeping the jersey warm until a better player comes along; Wainui nor Hunt have proven to be that player (yet). Don't think they will re-sign Fruean.

    Would love to see Jordie at the Canes though. The prospect of Barrett and Barrett at 10 and 12 sounds really awesome. Can't they steal Scott as well and convert him into a 13 to make it a Barrett-Barrett-Barrett combo?



  • @Stargazer said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @SammyC said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @Rembrandt said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    So I hear everyone's favourite 6'8" great-white-hope younger Barrett hasn't yet signed for the Crusaders. Any chance of the Canes snaffling him with Halaholo going?

    I hear he's pretty close to signing with the Canes.

    Helps that they can offer him the 12 or 15 shirts, whereas we have Dagg and Crotty keeping him out of the team

    Nonsense. Crotty can easily play @ 13. IMO 13 suits Crotty even better than 12. Fonotia's spot in the team is vacant and the Crusaders can offer Barrett a starting spot at 12 with weaker competition than there is at the Canes (Laumape). Havili doesn't set the world on fire and is just keeping the jersey warm until a better player comes along; Wainui nor Hunt have proven to be that player (yet). Don't think they will re-sign Fruean.

    Would love to see Jordie at the Canes though. The prospect of Barrett and Barrett at 10 and 12 sounds really awesome. Can't they steal Scott as well and convert him into a 13 to make it a Barrett-Barrett-Barrett combo?

    I think Robertson is pretty keen on Goodhue at centre. Who apparently is being chased hard out by the blues. I can see us losing both him and Barrett next year



  • Sid and Brian Going for North Auckland and NZ Maori



  • @SammyC he is very keen to play for Northland (unsure why just now....) so I guess if the Blues are privy to any negotiations at that level they can make it even more attractive at Super level, although he is studying in Christchurch isn't he.



  • @taniwharugby said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @SammyC he is very keen to play for Northland (unsure why just now....) so I guess if the Blues are privy to any negotiations at that level they can make it even more attractive at Super level, although he is studying in Christchurch isn't he.

    Can fully understand him wanting to play for his home province, good on him.

    Yeah both him and Barrett are studying down here. I'm hoping that's enough to keep them, both have huge potential.



  • oh I understand why he wants to return to play for Northland, similarly Sam Nock, but would also fully understand if they shunned Northland which would in most cases be for the good of their careers.

    But the likes of the Goodhues and Nock being age group stars has made that path easier so playing in an underperforming Northland side wont hamper them for the time being.



  • Loni Uhila, the Tongan Bear, is out for the season after breaking his arm vs Auckland. A big loss for Waikato.



  • Vietchy said he has heard Jordie has signed with the Canes



  • @kiwiinmelb He may be right, but he does tend to jump the gun a lot on rumours.



  • @African-Monkey

    Nepo Laulala off to the RWC...



  • @Billy-Tell said in Standout players in Mitre 10 cup:

    @African-Monkey

    Nepo Laulala off to the RWC...

    Elliott Dixon to be named in ABs squad (2015), Kieran Foran has signed for the Warriors (2015) just to name a few...



  • Sam Lousi is beginning to have an impact. This is good news for the Hurricanes as he was pretty dire in the first rounds. But I am inclined to think that Walker-Leawere is a better lock as far as driving is concerned.


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