Waratahs v Blues



  • Blues line-up:

    15 Matt Duffie, 14. Tumua Manu, 13. Orbyn Leger, 12. Rieko Ioane, 11. Caleb Clarke, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 9. Augustine Pulu ©; 8. Akira Ioane, 7. Dalton Papalii, 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 3. Sione Mafileo, 2. James Parsons, 1. Ross Wright.

    Reserves: 16. Matt Moulds, 17. Pauliasi Manu, 18. Mike Tamoaieta, 19. Ben Nee-Nee or Lyndon Dunshea, 20. Murphy Taramai, 21. Jonathan Ruru, 22. Dan Kirkpatrick, 23 Terrence Hepetema.

    Not considered because of injury: Otere Black (knee – season), Blake Gibson (shoulder), Glenn Preston (groin, season), Sonny Bill Williams (wrist), Alex Hodgman (wrist), Scott Scrafton (leg – season), Melani Nanai (ankle), Matt Johnson (surgery – season), George Moala (chest – season), TJ Faiane (ankle), Tamati Tua (hand), Michael Collins (hand), Ofa Tuungafasi (knee), Jimmy Tupou (knee), Josh Goodhue (concussion), Isaac Salmon (hand).

    The Blues welcome back the experience of captain Augustine Pulu, Patrick Tuipulotu and Jerome Kaino to their starting line-up for the Super Rugby match against the Waratahs in Sydney.
    
    The return of the trio to start the game is positive news for the Blues, with Pulu having played 30 minutes off the bench last week, while Tuipulotu missed the game with illness. Kaino returns after a hamstring strain that side-lined him for the past three games.
    
    “We have some key players starting to slowly return over the next couple of weeks but it is welcome news to have these three players back, not just with their rugby ability but especially their experience,” said coach Tana Umaga.
    
    There are still defections this week which means Northland and Maori All Black prop Ross Wright gets his first start at loosehead prop after seven games off the bench.
    
    The loose forward trio form an impressive combination with Kaino’s return alongside the in-form young guns Akira Ioane and Dalton Papalii.
    
    Pulu teams with Stephen Perofeta to guide the team while Rieko Ioane and Orbyn Leger are again paired in the midfield.
     Replacement Tumua Manu, who has scored in each of his two games, moves to the right wing to allow for the debut of Caleb Clarke, who has recovered fully from appendicitis which ruled him out of the All Black Sevens team at the Commonwealth Games.
    
    All Black Matt Duffie, who excelled slotting back to fullback in terrible weather conditions last week, retains his spot.
    “It is back to the basics again for us. We need to win our set piece and the collision, hold our discipline, play positively with patience with some go-forward ball, communicate well and defend to plan,” said Umaga.
    
    “We are working hard. Each week we do some things well but one or two things let us down. We know this is a tough test with our young and inexperienced team, but we are ready to put a performance together.”
    
    The match will be played at Brookvale Oval, the home of the Manly Warringah rugby league side, with the Waratah’s home ground of Alliance Stadium unavailable.
    

    http://theblues.co.nz/experienced-trio-to-start-for-blues-against-the-waratahs-in-sydney/



  • Caleb Clarke - excellent. He won the Brisbane 10s MVP so looking forward to seeing him on debut in what should be good conditions (the weather...not the field).

    I thought perhaps the Ioanes might be rested for this one but Blake Gibson & SBW must be another week away.

    Loose trio has a nice balance to it on paper - that's if Kaino can find some form.



  • Time to turn the corner.....



  • @hooroo which team 😉

    Good to see Wright getting a start!

    does this word not mean what I think it means?

    There are still defections this week which means Northland and Maori All Black prop Ross Wright gets his first start at loosehead prop after seven games off the bench.



  • Jeez, what's happened to Pauliasi Manu? I'd still pick him at LH ahead of Tim Perry in the ABs though.

    Some decent players on that injured list. I was a bit of a fan of Nanai a year or two ago, but he's dropped away.

    Ruining the NZ teams winning streak the final straw for the clowns involved with the Blues?



  • None of the leaders have been held accountable for the Jaguares loss. I would have benched Parsons but the problem is, he is easily the best Blues hooker (damned with faint praise).



  • Moulds preferred ahead of Apisai again? Which is the correct call, but why wasn't that the case a week ago?

    Taramai preferred ahead of Pryor? That seems strange given the form this year. The extra cover that Taramai provides is irrelevant because there's enough 6/8 cover with the starters.

    Leger/Ioane wrong way around. Again.

    They have run out of patience with Gatland?

    Or is the injury list wrong again?

    Good to see Wright get a start. He has earned it.

    Pleased to see Clarke out there finally. The back three is ok given the resources. I like Duffie at fullback.. he's finding form and the more he touches the ball the better. Two very inexperienced wingers though.



  • another unwanted sequence breaker for the Blues coming up then



  • Mr & Mrs Ioane: Hey Tana, here's a Lamborghini! Free of charge, wants to be driven.

    Tana: Thanks fellas, I needed something to plough my fields. They're nice and muddy after some rain.



  • Clark vs Clarke out on the wing should be fun.

    Waratahs:

    Israel Folau, Cam Clark, Lalakai Foketi, Kurtley Beale, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Bernard Foley, Jake Gordon; Michael Wells, Michael Hooper, Will Miller, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Sekope Kepu, Damien Fitzpatrick, Tom Robertson.

    Reserves: Hugh Roach, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Paddy Ryan, Tom Staniforth, Jed Holloway, Nick Phipps, Curtis Rona, Bryce Hegarty.



  • Has Phipps been dropped for penance?



  • @duluth said in Waratahs v Blues:

    Taramai preferred ahead of Pryor? That seems strange given the form this year. The extra cover that Taramai provides is irrelevant because there's enough 6/8 cover with the starters.

    On the bright side, Papali'i is starting ahead of both of them.



  • @bovidae No. Gordon is the preferred 9 anyway.



  • @mimic so the sub will be made at 58 mins regardless of how well he is playing...



  • @mariner4life said in Waratahs v Blues:

    another unwanted sequence breaker for the Blues coming up then

    I wince every time I see the title of this thread (actually I wince whenever I here about the Blues).



  • @snowy said in Waratahs v Blues:

    @mariner4life said in Waratahs v Blues:

    another unwanted sequence breaker for the Blues coming up then

    I wince every time I see the title of this thread (actually I wince whenever I here about the Blues).

    me too!



  • @nzzp said in Waratahs v Blues:

    @snowy said in Waratahs v Blues:

    @mariner4life said in Waratahs v Blues:

    another unwanted sequence breaker for the Blues coming up then

    I wince every time I see the title of this thread (actually I wince whenever I here about the Blues).

    me too!

    We should start #metoo campaign. Supporting the Blues is certainly emotional abuse and a support group might be needed. We could have celebrities speaking out in our favour and JK as patron. I am reaching Australian cricket levels of "win at all costs".



  • don't worry guys, they will win this weekend and all will be well with the Blues...until next week.



  • @taniwharugby said in Waratahs v Blues:

    don't worry guys, they will win this weekend and all will be well with the Blues...until next week.

    For some reason I don't share your confidence - I think they call it experience.



  • @taniwharugby said in Waratahs v Blues:

    don't worry guys, they will win this weekend and all will be well with the Blues...until next week.

    THIS IS OUR WEEK

    Weirdly, I have a good feeling about this game. We have done some good damage to the Tahs in the past ... hopefully that continues this week.

    Also, this feels like an abusive relationship.



  • NRL officials asked for an investigation into the surface at Brookvale aka Knee Surgeon's Paradise.

    Hooper will play a good game as its in his home territory but the rest of them will wonder what kind of poorly-lit, 70s horror film they just walked into.

    It really is a shit hole.



  • @snowy this is the Blues, they are playing shite and should get spanked....



  • @nzzp said in Waratahs v Blues:

    THIS IS OUR WEEK

    I'm really just hoping to win a half (or even a few minutes).



  • @taniwharugby said in Waratahs v Blues:

    @snowy this is the Blues, they are playing shite and should get spanked....

    Tana isn't completely bad at management. His "expectation management" is superb - keep losing and the fans expect nothing.

    The Blues are also more consistent they they have ever been previously...I shouldn't need to explain that.



  • @snowy mate, I support Northland, I am always looking for a silver lining, somewhere, any glimmer of hope, any spark, ANYTHING.



  • Previous matches

    1996: Blues 56-44 at Auckland

    1997: Blues 34-20 at Sydney

    1998: Blues 47-25 at Auckland

    1999: Blues 21-20 at Sydney

    2000: Blues 31-17 at Auckland

    2001: Waratahs 35-19 at Sydney

    2002: Blues 22-20 at Auckland

    2003: Blues 31-18 at Sydney

    2004: Blues 22-17 at Auckland

    2005: Waratahs 25-20 at Sydney

    2006: Waratahs 43-9 at Sydney

    2007: Blues 34-6 at Auckland

    2008: Waratahs 37-16 at Sydney

    2009: Waratahs 27-22 at Auckland

    2010: Waratahs 39-32 at Sydney

    2011: Blues 31-17 at Auckland
    Blues 26-13 at Auckland (playoff)

    2013: Waratahs 30-27 at Sydney

    2014: Blues 21-13 at Auckland

    2015: Waratahs 23-11 at Sydney

    2016: Blues 34-28 at Auckland

    Matches: 21. Blues 13 wins, Waratahs 8.



  • @snowy said in Waratahs v Blues:

    I'm really just hoping to win a half (or even a few minutes).

    How about the 2nd half for a change?

    The Blues have often led at HT, particularly in the NZ derbies, and found a way to lose the match.



  • @nzzp I see the Blues were leading the series 8-1 after 2004.

    Lost 5-7 since then.



  • So a lot of close losses in Sydney, but losses nonetheless since 2003.



  • @bovidae said in Waratahs v Blues:

    How about the 2nd half for a change?

    That would be different. I did mention that they are developing some consistency so a second half win seems unlikely.

    I almost bought into this:

    @nzzp said in Waratahs v Blues:

    Weirdly, I have a good feeling about this game.

    Then you ruined it by pointing out that we haven't won in SYD for over a decade.



  • @snowy history means nothing to this Blues team!



  • @taniwharugby said in Waratahs v Blues:

    @snowy history means nothing to this Blues team!

    Sadly that is true. I am old enough to remember when they were quite good.



  • @nzzp Blues won v Tahs in Sydney 40-33 last year.



  • @kiwimurph Didn't notice that 2017 was missing. There is hope!
    Well not really, we are worse this year than last.



  • @kiwimurph said in Waratahs v Blues:

    @nzzp Blues won v Tahs in Sydney 40-33 last year.

    That's the one I was thinking of! That was a huge result for us ... hopefully we can do the same thing again.

    Also, I LOOOOOOVE this conference system. PLaying the Tahs away two years in a row. Mmmm yeah baby.



  • Worst Blues season of all time results wise, Sydney away, yep, Tahs are unbackable favourites @NTA

    Done all I can for the hoodoo.

    Has Tana moved Rieko to prop yet?



  • @kirwan you're assuming God won't strike Folau down for hating on gay people.

    Other than that, our pack is going to get dished up with the ABs returning to Tana's menagerie of discombobulation.





  • @nta said in Waratahs v Blues:

    NRL officials asked for an investigation into the surface at Brookvale aka Knee Surgeon's Paradise.

    Hooper will play a good game as its in his home territory but the rest of them will wonder what kind of poorly-lit, 70s horror film they just walked into.

    It really is a shit hole.

    If Rieko Ioane gets a serious knee injury as a result of the pitch I swear to fucking God....



  • Good too see with reputations on the line that reporters are questioning the religious beliefs of the opposition.

    "Keep your eyes on the ball" is a key tenet in rugby. "Keep your writing to the game itself" should be one for rugby journalists.


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