Aaron Cruden



  • pfft, surely it goes like this...

    DC
    Daylight
    Beaver
    BB
    Cruden-Spencer-Merhts
    Brown-Mannix-Preston-McAllister
    A month of Sundays
    Marc Ellis



  • @taniwharugby said in Aaron Cruden:

    pfft, surely it goes like this...

    DC
    Daylight
    Beaver
    BB
    Cruden-Spencer-Merhts
    Brown-Mannix-Preston-McAllister
    A month of Sundays
    Marc Ellis

    Dammit! How could I forget New Zealands greatest first 5?!?



  • Yeah nah. He would be behind Carter, Mehrts and Spencer for me. You could also argue that Barrett has reached greater heights.

    Having said that he was really good in that 2012-2015 period when Carter was often missing.



  • jesus could you imagine Carlos behind our recent forward pack taking wide A Smith passes? He'd be a nightmare to defend.

    Cruden is a bloody good player, but 2nd on our pro-era 10s is a bit high.



  • @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    To be that well regarded he'd have had to go into first receiver way more than he did. He often relied on Dagg to be the main playmaker while he waited for a mismatch, then called for the ball.

    He also for more than half of his career had a short field kicking game, and later in his career over used the chip kick.

    Was a good player but not in the same league as Carlos and Mehrts. I'd have Tony Brown over him too.

    Agree with most of that.

    Mehrtens played first receiver consistently - but rarely ever played the playmaker. Very often it was just shovel it along to Alatini/Little/Cullen to do something constructive.

    Then you have the whole defensive angle where Cruden runs rings around Mehrts - that has to count for soemthing.

    Personally preferred Evans game to Cruden's - if we eliminate that 2008 Blues season under Nucifora - better kicking, his peer defensively, seemed more fluid in attack.



  • @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    The shock at Chiefs fans overrating Crudan!

    I think the biggest shock is anyone rating Tony Brown above him. That's plain idiotic. Brown was always only the next option 10 after the better options went down (and I was a big fan of Browns style of play).

    For much of his career Cruden was going toe to toe with the greatest 10 of all time and matched him during a long winning run of matches.

    If Barrett keeps up his form at 10 he'll likely be rated higher but at the moment I don't know how anyone can anoint him number two as a 10 as he's got one brilliant season - so the one coming will be the one that tells.

    In saying all that I don't think Cruden rates above Mehrts and Spencer, but I'm not sure he rates below them either.

    I was recently watching a highlights video (it was one where these two black guys watch a video on Youtube and then film themselves - kind of strange but it's a whole thing apparently) from 2012 - 2015 and Cruden was involved in a whole lot of the good stuff.



  • Cruden has been a great player, but like Rattue, I don't think he ever really reached the heights that were predicted. I don't think he was ever viewed as quite at the top echelon. He certainly was at super rugby level, and was a good international, but just never quite at that top level.

    Carter, then Mehrts, then everybody else. If Barrett continues his form this year, then that may well change.



  • @taniwharugby said in Aaron Cruden:

    pfft, surely it goes like this...

    DC
    Daylight
    Beaver
    BB
    Cruden-Spencer-Merhts
    Brown-Mannix-Preston-McAllister
    A month of Sundays
    Marc Ellis

    Someone has fraped you. Your posts are usually never this funny


  • Banned

    Cruden was a very good player but wasn't superstar level. He didn't have a prayer when BB ramped it up last year and tbh I rate LS above him now. No. 2 behind Carter? Cant see that. Would rate him below Mehrts, BB and Carlos.



  • @MajorRage said in Aaron Cruden:

    Cruden has been a great player, but like Rattue, I don't think he ever really reached the heights that were predicted.

    We agree on one thing, Rattue never reached any height!!



  • He's in the convo at 3 for me, behind Fox and Carter in some order I'd need to think about.

    He did sensational things on the field. Henry described him as the best 10 he'd seen after Fox. Carter was a freak, but Fox was a machine. Like Norm Hewitt, Crudes had poor timing being stuck behind a great, and then getting injured once he got his chance



  • @Donsteppa said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    The shock at Chiefs fans overrating Crudan!

    The shock at someone rating Tony Brown ahead of him...

    Better kicker (goal kicker and directing the team around the field), better tackler, and didn't hide from running the backline.

    You can't be included in these great ten lists if you won't run the backline.



  • @nzzp said in Aaron Cruden:

    Like Norm Hewitt, Crudes had poor timing being stuck behind a great, and then getting injured once he got his chance

    He also handled the situation with considerably more dignity than Norm.



  • All the very best to Aaron Cruden,it pisses me off the nut case Chris Rattue,calls him the nearly man,well the nearly man played 47 x tests for his country,47 more than Chris Rattue ever played,just bloody unlucky,that he had some bad luck with injury,not to mention ,the great one Carter,and now Barrett playing in the same period,given that' the kid battled cancer,even before his proffesional career started,I reckon that's not a bad record.cant help feel that we saw the best of Cruden when SBW was playing outside him,with Charlie Ngatai at centre,we are fortunate to have Barrett,Sopaga and Richie Mounga floating around,one player I would definefly keep an eye on,is Tyler Blayendaal ,who is playing for Munster,is considered to be the most outstanding NZ player plying his trade in Europe at the minute.



  • One question that is worth considering in this discussion is whether Cruden was ever really seen as first choice 10?

    And other than the first two Wales games in 2016 you would have to say no. He was always filling in while DC was injured. Then BB went past him.

    Of course that doesn't disqualify him from being tge second best in the pro era.



  • @pukunui

    I remember debate on here quite some time ago on whether or not Cruden had surpassed Carter. Then Carter Cartered and that was the end of the convo



  • @pukunui I think for a period before and leading into the 2015 RWC Cruden was seen as the #1 10, many had written DC off and were annoyed at the coaching teams insistence at selecting when he got a window of fitness, lest we forget Twattue's opinion on DC as well, cos it carries such great weight.



  • @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Donsteppa said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    The shock at Chiefs fans overrating Crudan!

    The shock at someone rating Tony Brown ahead of him...

    Better kicker (goal kicker and directing the team around the field), better tackler, and didn't hide from running the backline.

    You can't be included in these great ten lists if you won't run the backline.

    Cruden didn't hide from running a backline at any level. If he did Hansen and co wouldn't have selected him.



  • @Nepia said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Donsteppa said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    The shock at Chiefs fans overrating Crudan!

    The shock at someone rating Tony Brown ahead of him...

    Better kicker (goal kicker and directing the team around the field), better tackler, and didn't hide from running the backline.

    You can't be included in these great ten lists if you won't run the backline.

    Cruden didn't hide from running a backline at any level. If he did Hansen and co wouldn't have selected him.

    Every player has his flaws, this was just his. Hansen covered it by using Dagg as a first receiver.

    That and his short kicking length.



  • @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Nepia said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Donsteppa said in Aaron Cruden:

    @Kirwan said in Aaron Cruden:

    The shock at Chiefs fans overrating Crudan!

    The shock at someone rating Tony Brown ahead of him...

    Better kicker (goal kicker and directing the team around the field), better tackler, and didn't hide from running the backline.

    You can't be included in these great ten lists if you won't run the backline.

    Cruden didn't hide from running a backline at any level. If he did Hansen and co wouldn't have selected him.

    Every player has his flaws, this was just his. Hansen covered it by using Dagg as a first receiver.

    That and his short kicking length.

    It wasn't hiding from running the backline, it was just the style that developed with him - it was a style that the Chiefs used effectively and Hansen was happy to carry on (clearly it's a style you don't prefer) ... and I don't think Dagg took the ball at first receiver quite as much as you're making out.

    Yes, he often wouldn't take the ball of the first ruck, because the opportunities open up on the second but quite frankly if you watch any modern rugby team this is the style that is played.


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