Saders vs Bulls



  • Robertson has been a master stroke coaching selection. Team is on fire from 1 to 15. Putting the bulls to the sword so far.



  • 26-3 after 30 mins. Tries to Goodhue, Barrett, Bateman and Samu.



  • Top rate first half. Organised, skilful, lethal. Can't wish for more. Canes vs Saders coming up soon, potential dress rehearsal for the final based on what I've seen this season.



  • Goodhue is a freaking unit. So much better than Fekitoa imo.



  • @akan004 said in Saders vs Bulls:

    Goodhue is a freaking unit. So much better than Fekitoa imo.

    Not as good as fonatia though. Crusaders forced to play 15 man rugby this season now that the midfield is slick



  • Here you are. I was already wondering ..

    Good first half from the Saders. 5 tries already. Hoping they're not going to sleep halfway through the second half and start giving away presents.



  • That was an incredibly easy try from Havili. Bulls not defending at all.



  • Some things in rugby do not change.

    There is the Bulls’ “locks policy” – if you do not scone yourself on the door lintel as you pass through you’re not in with a chance for selection.

    Then there is the Crusaders’ “just about everything policy” – it hasn’t been updated since Con Barrell took the field. One is expected to pass truly, to catch reliably, to tackle properly all the time, to back up always, to run with purpose and then to shovel it on to someone else with a similar mindset, and to switch instantaneously from disciplined defence to scintillating attack. Backs are all expected to be as clever as Aaron Mauger and everyone is required to be composed at all times.

    Then there is the Crusaders’ expectation that the first few minutes of every second half shall be set aside to pay homage to, to honour, the rugby try.



  • Just a rugby clinic. Bulls are not a bad side but this is AB-esque. Todd has been excellent. Seriously reckon mounga will go past sopoaga



  • Crusaders just working on their points differential now.



  • The perfect Africa tour for the Crusaders, but next week will be tough against the Hurricanes.



  • @Billy-Tell said in Saders vs Bulls:

    Just a rugby clinic. Bulls are not a bad side but this is AB-esque. Todd has been excellent. Seriously reckon mounga will go past sopoaga

    Really? I've watched the Bulls a few times this year and I think they are a poorly coached side. They go really hard at the ball once it hits the deck and they have a really good lineout, but other than that, their kicking game, defensive alignment and attack is quite poor.

    A team that plays with a pace and keep the ball alive, they really struggle with.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Saders vs Bulls:

    @Billy-Tell said in Saders vs Bulls:

    Just a rugby clinic. Bulls are not a bad side but this is AB-esque. Todd has been excellent. Seriously reckon mounga will go past sopoaga

    Really? I've watched the Bulls a few times this year and I think they are a poorly coached side. They go really hard at the ball once it hits the deck and they have a really good lineout, but other than that, their kicking game, defensive alignment and attack is quite poor.

    A team that plays with a pace and keep the ball alive, they really struggle with.

    I take your point. But they are not diabolical. They didn't just fall over, they got comprehensively outplayed by a currently on-fire Crusdaers side.

    I agree with Richard Knowler about Havili - he is currently not in AB contention, but he is good enough that were he not contracted until 2019, there would be plenty of UK and French clubs knocking on the door with lucrative enough offers.



  • @Billy-Tell

    David Havili = Andre Taylor?

    He's going well!



  • @Chris-B. said in Saders vs Bulls:

    @Billy-Tell

    David Havili = Andre Taylor?

    He's going well!

    From memory Andre Taylor: hot (1st season), shit (2nd season), hottish (3rd)

    I like Havili, he's good, still very young even though he seems to have been around awhile, and plays across the backline. Back 3 is extremely competitive in NZ though, he'll have to improve a good bit more to come into genuine contention.

    A player who should definitely have higher ambitions is Jack Goodhue: I see Fekitoa and Crotty are yet to re-sign, SBW is getting on a bit, ALB has been a bit quiet this season to date, Ngatai we see, Laumape raw, Buckman not that young and uncapped, Ioane seems more like a wing than a centre to me etc...Goodhue has had an excellent first season at midfield, looks very calm and assured.



  • @Billy-Tell said in Saders vs Bulls:

    Top rate first half. Organised, skilful, lethal. Can't wish for more. Canes vs Saders coming up soon, potential dress rehearsal for the final based on what I've seen this season.

    The Saders are travelling a lot better then the Canes, I'm pretty worried it'll be a comfortable win for them. The Beauden factor will even it up a bit but the rest of the Canes players will need to up their game considerably.

    Have to give Razor some credit, they've built into the season very nicely.



  • @No-Quarter said in Saders vs Bulls:

    Have to give Razor some credit, they've built into the season very nicely.

    His resume is looking very good.



  • @Billy-Tell On Havili, I'm mainly thinking "looks good at Super level, but can't quite see him as an AB". Doesn't quite have the size and/or speed. He would really need to become a sort of zero errors guy.

    Goodhue looks the business. I think Kerevi might have broken through a goal line Goodhue tackle to score, but that's about the only significant "mistake" I can recall from him all season. He's doubtless made a few others. 🙂

    Seems to have all the necessary attributes to make an international centre - though not against the Lions.



  • @Chris-B. Goodhue and ALB will be our long term AB centre combo. That pass that he threw to Seta which led to the try that was reversed was thing of beauty.



  • @Chris-B. said in Saders vs Bulls:

    @Billy-Tell On Havili, I'm mainly thinking "looks good at Super level, but can't quite see him as an AB". Doesn't quite have the size and/or speed. He would really need to become a sort of zero errors guy.

    Goodhue looks the business. I think Kerevi might have broken through a goal line Goodhue tackle to score, but that's about the only significant "mistake" I can recall from him all season. He's doubtless made a few others. 🙂

    Seems to have all the necessary attributes to make an international centre - though not against the Lions.

    Agree, signing Havilli up for 3 years was a great move... he wont be an AB but is an excellent Super Rugby Player.

    I said last year on here that if given the choice between Goodhue and Jordie Barrett I'd take Goodhue (of course both would have been amazing).
    He's a natural centre, tough as nails and looks to be one of the fittest players in the team.

    I think George Bridge will be an All Black in the next few years also


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