NZ vs. Aust - Japanese yawn edition



  • Weak Australian team named.



  • Finally...bloody time zones!

    New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody:
    Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd Todd, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo'unga, Anton Lienert-Brown.



  • Aaron smith dropped or rested ?



  • @taniwharugby said in AB EOYT 2018:

    Finally...bloody time zones!

    New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody:
    Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd Todd, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo'unga, Anton Lienert-Brown.

    Gone with the "strongest" team that is fit. Brodie to get some game time before England. Although I would have gone with ALB and Goodhue but they don't see it that way.



  • Coles was shite against Auckland, so not surprised to see him omitted. Needs a lot of time before he's back at this level.

    Aaron Smith was really bad against SA, so good to see him gone.

    Ben Smith doesn't look like he can play 15 any more.

    Scott Barrett is OK against a team like Australia. That's his level.



  • @hooroo Goodhue has glandular fever doesn't he?



  • @kiwimurph Yes, not with the squad.



  • The big Q

    When Mo’unga comes on

    a) Barrett to FB?
    b) Barrett to the bench?



  • (Goodhue) Going straight to England.

    Team seems pretty fast, poor tiring Ozzies having to get BBBR some time in the second half! How much rugby has laulala had?



  • They said BBBR wouldn't be ready for this test so I assume he'll now get some time off the bench to avoid playing against Japan.

    A big decision to put Nepo on the bench too.



  • Replacement kicker from the start of the match, too



  • @taniwharugby said in AB EOYT 2018:

    Great to see Nepo Laulala, Big Joe Moody and Matt Todd back.

    Matt Todd lost out to Ardie on the 2 foot height difference.



  • @taniwharugby said in AB EOYT 2018:

    Finally...bloody time zones!
    New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody:
    Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd Todd, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo'unga, Anton Lienert-Brown.

    That's a bloody strong team. If we lose it will be a disgrace.



  • @billy-tell said in AB EOYT 2018:

    The big Q

    When Mo’unga comes on

    a) Barrett to FB?
    b) Barrett to the bench?

    Mo'unga to 10, DMac to 14, BB to 15 and B Smith to replace which ever of the broken midfielders hasn't yet been replaced (ALB will already be on).



  • @antipodean said in AB EOYT 2018:

    @taniwharugby said in AB EOYT 2018:

    Finally...bloody time zones!
    New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody:
    Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd Todd, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo'unga, Anton Lienert-Brown.

    That's a bloody strong team. If we lose it will be a disgrace.

    A NATIONAL FUCKIN' DISGRACE NO LESS



  • @tim said in AB EOYT 2018:

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    Ben Smith doesn't look like he can play 15 any more.

    I completely disagree and think he has been excellent at 15 this year and a bit ordinary on the wing.

    In saying that, I may be getting his good games mixed up but to me he is still our number one fullback



  • @hooroo Yep, not sure where this myth of him not being a good 15 anymore sprung up from.



  • @machpants said in AB EOYT 2018:

    (Goodhue) Going straight to England.

    Team seems pretty fast, poor tiring Ozzies having to get BBBR some time in the second half! How much rugby has laulala had?

    Looks fast except the midfield.

    Shit midfield, are we just going to keep picking them hoping like hell they come good, but rely on ALB to come on and sort it all out? Shit at 10 as well. I wonder if Dmac starting negates his most obvious strength?

    Ofa T is a bit of a loss late in the game.

    Matt Todd is a bloody lucky boy.



  • The right team to try Dmac at FB, and a selection i hope will be successful.

    If he/we can handle Folau, he's probably good enough against anyone.



  • @gt12 Folau is likely to be playing 13.


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