Crusaders v Highlanders



  • @sammyc said in Crusaders v Highlanders:

    Bryn hall was my player of the game, why does he not get considered for the ABs?

    Think he was super unlucky to get injured late in the NPC last year. Would easily have toured ahead of Drummond otherwise.



  • @chester-draws said in Crusaders v Highlanders:

    Todd is also six years older. He didn't get picked for the ABs until he was Savea's current age.

    Since then Todd has got better, but is now unlikely to improve much more. Savea might well improve considerably in the way Todd did.

    In a close call you'd always go with the younger.

    Bullshit, I’d go with the better player, age is irrelevant



  • One more thing.... hung around to watch the great man crockzilla’s presentation, what an absolute fucking legend.

    The whole time through whilst sumo Stevenson was giving his tribute and Wyatt being a humble gracious fluffybunny and thanking the fans and everyone else fuckwit Justin Marshall stands there in the front row with a chick standing in front of him brushing his face with a make up brush waiting for his next bit of camera time.

    Great player, shit bloke.



  • @sammyc said in Crusaders v Highlanders:

    One more thing.... hung around to watch the great man crockzilla’s presentation, what an absolute fucking legend.

    The whole time through whilst sumo Stevenson was giving his tribute and Wyatt being a humble gracious fluffybunny and thanking the fans and everyone else fuckwit Justin Marshall stands there in the front row with a chick standing in front of him brushing his face with a make up brush waiting for his next bit of camera time.

    Great player, shit bloke.

    You should have thrown a copy of 'Laws of the Game' at him.



  • @sammyc Sure, go for the better. But if it is a toss-up?

    The selectors have consistently picked on promise for years now, and seem to get it right more often than not (Sam Cane's elevation raised eyebrows because he was so young, you'll remember.)

    By the way, I'd have picked Todd ahead of Ardie this year. I just don't think that the selectors are irrational, and actually I trust their judgement. (That dropped ball stat really bothers me, and I'd want to know if it's indicative or just a blip.)





  • @sammyc said in Crusaders v Highlanders:

    Just back from the game/pub. Great night out

    Bryn hall was my player of the game, why does he not get considered for the ABs? ..Mo’unga and Crotty close behind.

    Was Liam squire playing? Totally anonymous when the highlanders needed him.

    There’s a noticeable drop off in organisation and control when Hall goes off. He’s been a standout all season and extremely glad he’s resigned.

    Thought Squire was good in the first half particularly when the ball hit the deck. Very prominent at ruck time. But you’re right because I didn’t notice him in the 2nd 40 at all, other than a close up when the commentators thought he was being subbed off.



  • A few random thoughts:

    1. Sumo's overenthusiasm really started to wrack me off after a while;

    2. I thought Squire was pretty good in first, One excellent turnover, and quite gnarly on defence;

    3. Mo'unga has a very good turn of speed. Up there with Benda over 20 by the look of it;

    4. Barrett (S) seemed quiet in first; and

    5. Clan's defence reminded me of a sieve.

    I think Savea (A) is a fair bit quicker than Todd. Can imagine the selectors liking that after 60 when things typically get a bit looser.

    Has anyone heard how Moody's knee is?



  • @pakman I don't think Squire's the answer at 6. He'd be better at no.8 galloping down the tram lines and offloading to wingers or his insides.

    Mounga's going well and it's great to have him competing with DMac for no.2 first five.

    On A. Savea, even as a Hurricanes supporter I don't rate him. I'd have Todd in the ABs ahead of him and tell Taufua to get ready to play 6, 7, and 8 off the bench if needed. I can't help the feeling Savea's a bit of a glory hunter.

    The Highlanders' game plan of kicking away possessing works if you make your tackles, but the last two games it's gone horribly wrong.



  • Not a bad start from young Pari Pari Parkinson : one lineout steal against Sam Whitelock and a good workrate. Hard to say if he was effective at scrum time though.


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