All Blacks vs. B&I Lions test #1



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    All Blacks team to play the Lions at Eden Park on Saturday (caps in brackets):

    1. Joe Moody (25)
    2. Codie Taylor (16)
    3. Owen Franks (91)
    4. Brodie Retallick (61)
    5. Samuel Whitelock (85)
    6. Jerome Kaino (78)
    7. Sam Cane (41)
    8. Kieran Read (97)
    9. Aaron Smith (59)
    10. Beauden Barrett (50)
    11. Rieko Ioane (2)
    12. Sonny Bill Williams (34)
    13. Ryan Crotty (26)
    14. Israel Dagg (62)
    15. Ben Smith (61)

    Reserves:

    1. Nathan Harris (5)
    2. Wyatt Crockett (59)
    3. Charlie Faumuina (47)
    4. Scott Barrett (5)
    5. Ardie Savea (13)
    6. TJ Perenara (30)
    7. Aaron Cruden (47) / Lima Sopoaga (7)
    8. Anton Lienert-Brown (10)

    British & Irish Lions

    1. Mako Vunipola - Saracens, England
    2. Jamie George - Saracens, England
    3. Tadhg Furlong - Leinster, Ireland
    4. Alun Wyn Jones - Ospreys, Wales
    5. George Kruis - Saracens, England
    6. Peter O'Mahony (capt) - Munster, Ireland
    7. Sean O'Brien - Leinster, Ireland
    8. Taulupe Faletau - Bath Rugby, Wales
    9. Conor Murray - Munster, Ireland
    10. Owen Farrell - Saracens, England
    11. Elliot Daly - Wasps, England
    12. Ben Te'o - Worcester Warriors, England
    13. Jonathan Davies - Scarlets, Wales
    14. Anthony Watson - Bath Rugby, England
    15. Liam Williams - Scarlets, Wales

    Reserves:

    1. Ken Owens - Scarlets, Wales
    2. Jack McGrath - Leinster, Ireland
    3. Kyle Sinckler - Harlequins, England
    4. Maro Itoje - Saracens, England
    5. Sam Warburton - Cardiff Blues, Wales
    6. Rhys Webb - Ospreys, Wales
    7. Johnny Sexton - Leinster, Ireland
    8. Leigh Halfpenny - Toulon, Wales


  • A stab at analysing All Black attack plans from a random blog:

    Attack analysis: how will New Zealand attack the Lions’ defence at Eden Park?



  • I feel like the free world is at stake. A battle of good vs evil. Will we wake on Sunday morning to a scorched earth where 10-man rugby overlords have mercilessly crushed all opposition or will the larks be singing and the crickets chirping as running rugby once again spreads its verdant wings and rays of golden sunshine bathe a benevolent populace? These are troubling times my friends but let the blackness bring light.



  • Call me arrogant, but for some reason I'm not getting as worried as some seem to be. We'll walk it...



  • @Bones Arrogant!
    But yeah, I'm full of hubris, with bouts of condescension for the brits when I'm chatting with people I want/need to keep onside with.
    Test#1 - short arm-wrestle, then ABs run away with it
    Hurricanes - midweek side try too hard to become candidates for "fixing the team", get rolled
    Test#2 - ABs humming, Lions disorganised and demotivated - walk-over
    Test#3 - hash-tag-Blackwash hash-tag-Bloodbath



  • @Kruse said in All Blacks vs. B&I Lions test #1:

    @Bones Arrogant!
    But yeah, I'm full of hubris, with bouts of condescension for the brits when I'm chatting with people I want/need to keep onside with.
    Test#1 - short arm-wrestle, then ABs run away with it
    Americas Cup - The Larry and Russell show gets down-trou'd
    Hurricanes - midweek side try too hard to become candidates for "fixing the team", get rolled
    Test#2 - ABs humming, Lions disorganised and demotivated - walk-over
    Test#3 - hash-tag-Blackwash hash-tag-Bloodbath

    For full arrogance factor I added some more



  • Rieko!!

    Crikey



  • Only other change I personally would have had is swapping 13 and 23.

    Otherwise can't fault it.



  • @booboo said in All Blacks vs. B&I Lions test #1:

    Only other change I personally would have had is swapping 13 and 23.

    Otherwise can't fault it.

    Not that thst is a yuuuge difference and i wss 50/50 ( well 51/49) on that anyway.



  • The real story is ALB out for Crotty - ALB has made every post a winner and his combination with SBW was impressive.

    Savea dropping perhaps a year too late - good to see they finally made the call, the only surprise is that it wasn't Naholo getting the nod.

    The bracketing of Cruden and Sopoaga is curious. The press release doesn't mention that it is predicated on Cruden's recovery. If Cruden is iffy now, is he that much better than Lima that he is worth rolling the dice on?



  • @rotated re Cruds v Lima; yes



  • @rotated said in All Blacks vs. B&I Lions test #1:

    The real story is ALB out for Crotty - ALB has made every post a winner and his combination with SBW was impressive.

    Savea dropping perhaps a year too late - good to see they finally made the call, the only surprise is that it wasn't Naholo getting the nod.

    The bracketing of Cruden and Sopoaga is curious. The press release doesn't mention that it is predicated on Cruden's recovery. If Cruden is iffy now, is he that much better than Lima that he is worth rolling the dice on?

    Apparently Crudes will play if his knee is right by Friday.



  • I think Crotty deserves to start, and can understand the decision to go with the most experienced midfield combo. I'm a little unsure about his test experience at centre though, by the looks he's only played against the USA and Samoa there.

    Ioane is a genuine bolter, but then Hansen has always liked to have one of those to change up the dynamic. It's a good call, this could well be the changing of the guard. It may seem harsh but the strike rate of our best outside backs starts falling pretty quickly after 25.



  • Well my humble apologies to Rieko fans. I was wrong. Ashcloth and alcohol free beer until Saturday.



  • Rieko wow. Even I wasnt expecting that. I do think the Lions Maori game would have done him a world of good. Much better preparation for this game than Savea who only started to look half decent against a shot Samoan side in the second half.

    ALB unlucky but glad he is at least on the bench.

    Scott Barrett may not have the power of Romano but his lineout ability is very important off the pine (obviously along with his skillset).



  • Vunipola, George, Furlong
    AWJ, Kruis
    O'Mahoney, Faletau, O'Brien

    Murray, Farrell
    Daly, Te'o, Davies, Watson
    Williams

    Big call on AWJ, the (correct) non-starting of Warburton, the (correct) non-selection of North, Williams



  • Halfpenny on the bench is quizzical.

    Not expecting Farrell to last, so need a kicker?



  • What's up with Joseph?



  • Are they going to name the team today?



  • Re AWJ instead of Itoje, Itoje definitely has more impact off the bench. But if you're playing the ABs I think you play all your trumps from the off. I like AWJ, but I think Gatland has got this one wrong. I'll be delighted to be wrong.