Super Rugby Final 2018



  • @cyclops said in Super Rugby Final 2018:

    @nepia said in Super Rugby Final 2018:

    @kev said in Super Rugby Final 2018:

    @sammyc I would say that the Blues are full of overhyped players. Suggest they would be better of with less guys that plays like stars and more guys that just play for the team. The great thing you see with Crusaders is how hard they work to stay in a team pattern and to get off the ground to get back for their mates. I laughed when I saw the ratings for players in Stuff. They rate based on hero moments. Glad we don’t select the ABs on that.

    That is simply not true, the Blues have the worst NZ squad with hardly any star players - they're easy to pick out, the Ioane brothers, a broken SBW and an aging Kaino. Not that many of the Blues players are overhyped, it's laughable to suggest that.

    Having a shit squad doesn't automatically mean players don't play for the team.

    When you have Moody, Crockett, Taylor, Whitelock, Barrett, Tood, Read etc in your team it's a lot easier to stick to a pattern than when you have who ever the fudge make up the Blues pack outside of Ofa and their loose forwards.

    I feel like for about the last 5 years preseason talk around the blues has always been about how much better their squad is looking and that this will be the year things turn around.

    Are you talking about the Blues or the Warriors? 🤔



  • @nepia Completely right. Our team is awful on paper with massive holes in it and I don't know why people continue to say we have plenty of talent when really our side is absolute garbage. We haven't had a proper midfield since god knows when (probably 2003 with Tuitupou and Muliaina) and ended up with Rieko Ioane and Michael Collins there ffs, we constantly hear about our problems at 9 and 10 which don't look like changing either, we haven't had a decent 2nd row since Donnelly and the 2014 version of Pat Tuipulotu, we have ongoing problems at hooker to the point where James Parsons is still number 1 for us as he wouldn't even be 2nd choice at any other NZ team (don't get me started on Leni Apisai), our back 3 is probably the 5th best in this country, we had Murphy Taramai as our starting 7 for most of the year who is barely Mitre 10 cup level, a 95 year old Jerome Kaino at 6 but yeah, other than that, our side is full of superstars that continue to underachieve at this level.

    @Cyclops Who has said that rubbish? Stuff writers who probably have less knowledge that people on here?



  • @african-monkey going into the season even I had some high hopes for a Blues midfield of SBW/Moala. What the hell went wrong there? And it wasn’t injury....



  • @african-monkey said in Super Rugby Final 2018:

    Our team is awful on paper with massive holes in it and I don't know why people continue to say we have plenty of talent when really our side is absolute garbage. We haven't had a proper midfield since god knows when (probably 2003 with Tuitupou and Muliaina) and ended up with Rieko Ioane and Michael Collins there ffs, we constantly hear about our problems at 9 and 10 which don't look like changing either, we haven't had a decent 2nd row since Donnelly and the 2014 version of Pat Tuipulotu, we have ongoing problems at hooker to the point where James Parsons is still number 1 for us as he wouldn't even be 2nd choice at any other NZ team (don't get me started on Leni Apisai), our back 3 is probably the 5th best in this country, we had Murphy Taramai as our starting 7 for most of the year who is barely Mitre 10 cup level, a 95 year old Jerome Kaino at 6 but yeah, other than that, our side is full of superstars that continue to underachieve at this level.

    This should be hung from the rafters. All of it. In full.



  • @act-crusader Moala doesn't know how to pass the ball, looked overweight at the start of the season and was found wanting a number of times on defence at centre as he seemed to have lost about 3 yards of pace especially in round 2 against the Chiefs which was one of the worst games I've ever seen him play. Funily enough he started to recapture his 2014-2015 form once he shifted back to the wing before getting injured. The motivation had clearly gone from him as he himself would have realised his ABs days were over.

    SBW plays when he wants. When he realised how shit we were he probably decided playing for us wasn't worth it so he'd save himself for the international season instead.



  • It's a murky old day in CHCH but some of the Crusaders have the shades on and just about cleaned the BP station out of fried shit and pies Hahahahaha



  • @shark said in Super Rugby Final 2018:

    It's a murky old day in CHCH but some of the Crusaders have the shades on and just about cleaned the BP station out of fried shit and pies Hahahahaha

    the Silly Sunday in to Mad Monday transition is always the toughest



  • Just watched "The 1014 Rugby Show" on Sky Sport with an interesting analysis of the Final and the SR season (mainly Crusaders). Very interesting what these guys do. If you missed it, there are replays:

    • on the Rugby Channel: tonight (Monday) at 11.30pm
    • on Sky Sport 1: Tuesday 9.00am, 9.30pm / Wednesday, 3.00pm

    There are probably more replays.



  • @stargazer said in Super Rugby Final 2018:

    Just watched "The 1014 Rugby Show" on Sky Sport with an interesting analysis of the Final and the SR season (mainly Crusaders). Very interesting what these guys do. If you missed it, there are replays:

    • on the Rugby Channel: tonight (Monday) at 11.30pm
    • on Sky Sport 1: Tuesday 9.00am, 9.30pm / Wednesday, 3.00pm

    There are probably more replays.

    Really good analysis, particularly around how we are playing so similar to the British lions on defense and when kicking, I also enjoyed the footage of Ryan Crotty organising the defensive line.

    Dunno what’s up with the main host and his stupid beanie tho. I’ve always thought the beanies/t shirt combo was a bit wrong.



  • @sammyc any reason to hate on Wellington.