Blues vs Stormers



  • Saturday night out at Eden Park coming up, and the chance for three in a row for the mighty Blues. Saw a bit of the Canes Stormers at the weekend; they looked pretty good in the first half. Going to take a bit for the Blues to get up.

    How the Stormers win:
    Smash the Blues physically, kick for corners, maul tries, capitalise on poor Blues kicks, win penalties from set pieces

    How the Blues win:
    give the ball some air, put it in the hands of Rieko and Melani, forwards go forward enough to give some quality ball to the backs.

    Going to be good fun, I'm looking forward to it.



  • Yep, we are going to get massively targeted by the maul. Time for Coventry to step up there.



  • @Kirwan said in Blues Stormers:

    Yep, we are going to get massively targeted by the maul. Time for Coventry to step up there.

    It's only been years and years of shit maul defence.

    I find it so frustrating - last weekend we stuffed up the two mauls we attempted. The second one we got well set, and then just didn't seem to push ... it's just weird.



  • @nzzp said in Blues Stormers:

    Saturday night out at Eden Park coming up, and the chance for three in a row for the mighty Blues. Saw a bit of the Canes Stormers at the weekend; they looked pretty good in the first half. Going to take a bit for the Blues to get up.

    How the Stormers win:
    Smash the Blues physically, kick for corners, maul tries, capitalise on poor Blues kicks, win penalties from set pieces

    How the Blues win:
    give the ball some air, put it in the hands of Rieko and Melani, forwards go forward enough to give some quality ball to the backs.

    Going to be good fun, I'm looking forward to it.

    The rush defence of the Stormers was pretty effective too. If their midfield get decent ball they can be a real handful.



  • @Kirwan said in Blues Stormers:

    Yep, we are going to get massively targeted by the maul. Time for Coventry to step up there.

    I always had the impression that Patty T and Ioane were, at least individually, pretty good at defending mauls. Throw in another couple of AB tighties, and there really should not be an issue.

    Just don't take the 'canes approach of standing there and watching.

    This should be a comfortable Blues win, but expectation can be a bitch.



  • @Kirwan said in Blues Stormers:

    Yep, we are going to get massively targeted by the maul. Time for Coventry to step up there.

    Put a call to BBBT and ask how they nullified the Brumbies' maul.



  • Yeah, Akira is particularly good with his maul defence. Whatever the issue is, it looks more like a team cohesion/understanding issue than individual ability.



  • Their lineout drive scares me. We'll need to be extra good with our discipline this week and keep the ball in play as much as possible.

    Rieko might be rested this week. If that happens, I'm guessing Duffie comes in on the right wing and Telea moves over to the left.

    SBW probably comes back to start at 12. Nonu should then go to the bench in place of Aumua. The coaches don't seem to trust Aumua much.



  • I would like to see a lot more work on our Red Zone exit,make them play from deep as to negate lineout drive opportunities..
    You would hope given that we know what’s coming,this will be a good test case for the forwards coach especially.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @nzzp said in Blues Stormers:

    Saturday night out at Eden Park coming up, and the chance for three in a row for the mighty Blues. Saw a bit of the Canes Stormers at the weekend; they looked pretty good in the first half. Going to take a bit for the Blues to get up.

    How the Stormers win:
    Smash the Blues physically, kick for corners, maul tries, capitalise on poor Blues kicks, win penalties from set pieces

    How the Blues win:
    give the ball some air, put it in the hands of Rieko and Melani, forwards go forward enough to give some quality ball to the backs.

    Going to be good fun, I'm looking forward to it.

    The rush defence of the Stormers was pretty effective too. If their midfield get decent ball they can be a real handful.

    They are good at staying in a line, so even if they are a yard offside it is hard for the ref to pick up.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Blues vs Stormers:

    The rush defence of the Stormers was pretty effective too. If their midfield get decent ball they can be a real handful.

    How good is the defense though. They conceded 5 tries and should've conceded more if not for horrendoes errors from the Canes





  • @Duluth Easy decision to make. Leon would have seen what the Tahs did to the Crusaders, so he'd be writing that fixture off and targeting the Stormers while they're vulnerable.



  • @antipodean said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @Duluth Easy decision to make. Leon would have seen what the Tahs did to the Crusaders, so he'd be writing that fixture off and targeting the Stormers while they're vulnerable.

    I agree - but because if we have to travel to face the Tahs, it's a damn sight easier than going to SA



  • @antipodean said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @Duluth Easy decision to make. Leon would have seen what the Tahs did to the Crusaders, so he'd be writing that fixture off and targeting the Stormers while they're vulnerable.

    I see what you've done there Tahs fan......



  • @KiwiMurph said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @antipodean said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @Duluth Easy decision to make. Leon would have seen what the Tahs did to the Crusaders, so he'd be writing that fixture off and targeting the Stormers while they're vulnerable.

    I see what you've done there Tahs fan......

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  • Why is it that the maul is pretty much anathema to NZ Super rugby and All Black teams.

    Down there with the drop goal.

    ABs have never been good at the maul.

    I love a good maul, an art form, very hard to stop when done well.



  • @infidel said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Why is it that the maul is pretty much anathema to NZ Super rugby and All Black teams.

    Down there with the drop goal.

    ABs have never been good at the maul.

    I love a good maul, an art form, very hard to stop when done well.

    Not sure I agree that the ABs have never been good at the maul. We’ve scored our fair amount of tries from it.

    Doesn’t take away from the fact I fucking hate them as it goes against the principles of rugby.
    Let’s just re-name it legal obstruction.



  • Left wing Ioane has started all five of the Blues matches this year but took a very active part in training for the Blues today which suggests he will be starting once again against a South African side who narrowly lost to the Hurricanes last weekend.

    Matt Duffie's return from a severe hamstring strain could mitigate a little against this risk.



  • @infidel said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Why is it that the maul is pretty much anathema to NZ Super rugby and All Black teams.

    Down there with the drop goal.

    ABs have never been good at the maul.

    I love a good maul, an art form, very hard to stop when done well.

    Crusaders score plenty from mauls, as did the Blues 12 years ago. Auckland through the 90s hammered teams with it.

    AB teams have often been good with the Maul, Keven Melaumu scores plenty from them. Older ferners can mention teams from before the 80s as well.



  • @infidel said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Why is it that the maul is pretty much anathema to NZ Super rugby and All Black teams.

    Down there with the drop goal.

    ABs have never been good at the maul.

    I love a good maul, an art form, very hard to stop when done well.

    Hear hear.

    But the ABs have had their moments with the msul. Just less so recently.

    Recall Kev Mealamu scoring a winning try v the Bokke in Dunners back in the noughties on the back of a maul for example.

    Reckon we can, and should, spend more time on it.



  • @Gunner said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @infidel said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Why is it that the maul is pretty much anathema to NZ Super rugby and All Black teams.

    Down there with the drop goal.

    ABs have never been good at the maul.

    I love a good maul, an art form, very hard to stop when done well.

    Not sure I agree that the ABs have never been good at the maul. We’ve scored our fair amount of tries from it.

    Doesn’t take away from the fact I fucking hate them as it goes against the principles of rugby.
    Let’s just re-name it legal obstruction
    .

    First bold: back! (said derisively with spit)

    Second bold: you sound Australian. I must disagree strenuously. A maul is about strength and unity. It's about teamwork in it's purest sense. The whole forward pack is combining together to get the ball going forward. It creates space for backlines as it drags in defenders. It is the essence of the principles of rugby. As suggested if you believe that the only way of promoting the ball forward is passing and catching there is this incredibly boring game that is quite popular in North Eastern Australia ... one concept ... all the time ...



  • @Gunner said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @infidel said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Why is it that the maul is pretty much anathema to NZ Super rugby and All Black teams.

    Down there with the drop goal.

    ABs have never been good at the maul.

    I love a good maul, an art form, very hard to stop when done well.

    Not sure I agree that the ABs have never been good at the maul. We’ve scored our fair amount of tries from it.

    Doesn’t take away from the fact I fucking hate them as it goes against the principles of rugby.
    Let’s just re-name it legal obstruction.

    I love me a good maul, but not the ones we have at the moment. Mauls used to be real risk/reward - if you took it in, you better get ground immediately, and get the ball back. Now you can fark around, form a string of players out the back who aren't bound, stop, start, go sideways and backwards, and then eventually wander up the field. Modern mauls I don't like.

    You see more mauls from tacklers holding up players, which is a response to not being able to contest the ball on the ground unless you can clamp within a nanosecond of the runner hitting the deck of happen to wear a 7 on your back.

    Bah, bloody humbug. Also - we can't change the laws, so get better at them. That's the solution; score a shedload of one dimensional Brumby style tries, and see whether the maul laws just get left alone.



  • @infidel said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Why is it that the maul is pretty much anathema to NZ Super rugby and All Black teams.

    Down there with the drop goal.

    ABs have never been good at the maul.

    I love a good maul, an art form, very hard to stop when done well.

    you obviously dont watch the Crusaders play



  • Auckland's maul defense in the NPC was extremely good. Lemalu and Whetton shut down every maul they came up against.

    No reason that those practices can't become a discipline of NZ rugby.



  • @Tim Except in NPC there are no big Saffas running around.



  • @Canes4life said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Except in NPC there are no big Saffas running around.

    No, there's big Kiwis running around

    The big Saffa's thing is a bit of a myth. There's plenty of large Kiwis running around, they just don't play for the Canes.
    Romano is a big lump, talented and experienced. Auckland had to cope with him a couple of times in the NPC.



  • @Tim said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Auckland's maul defense in the NPC was extremely good. Lemalu and Whetton shut down every maul they came up against.

    I've never seen an NZ side spend as much time on the maul during warmup (although it was mostly attacking setup)
    It was clearly a focus.



  • @Duluth I was meaning more around the fact that they live and breath mauling. Kiwis aren't conditioned to it as much because we like to play an expansive game. As a result when we come up against Safas in Super Rugby they are very difficult to stop because they spend so much time perfecting the art.



  • @Canes4life

    I don't think they are any better than Canterbury's NPC side. When the backs screw up, Canterbury changes gear and mauls teams to death. Tasman aren't bad at it either.



  • @Duluth They are probably an exception to the rule because of their gnarliness, overall though you would have to say South Africans love the maul more than Kiwis hence why the majority of our Kiwi sides struggle. On the other hand it really limits their style of rugby because they have little else in their arsenal - case in point being the Canes game on Saturday.



  • @Canes4life said in Blues vs Stormers:

    you would have to say South Africans love the maul more than Kiwis hence why the majority of our Kiwi sides struggle.

    Other NZ sides struggle against Canterbury. The maul is a large part of their string of titles. It's worth noting when an NZ side manages to negate it.



  • @Duluth Yeah but Canterbury are an exception. They have always played a very structured style of rugby which is bread into them from a young age - they master the basics of rugby really well hence why they win more often than not in playoff footy.

    In contrast for example, the Canes and Wellington sides might not be good at maul play etc, but they are renowned for their ability to rip teams apart even when their forwards are back peddling because they have always had x factor loosies and great backs to do that.

    Tbh i'm glad most teams in NZ don't focus too much on the maul. It might be a safe option in finals footy etc but as a spectacle it is a bloody bore to watch. We need variety in the game so I guess our teams will always be fairly poor at stopping the maul.



  • Match Blues v Stormers
    Kick-off 19:35 local
    Referee Nick Briant
    AR1 Glen Jackson
    AR2 Federico Anselmi
    TMO Ben Skeen



  • @KiwiMurph Looking forward to this match!



  • @nzzp said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Now you can fark around, form a string of players out the back who aren't bound, stop, start, go sideways and backwards, and then eventually wander up the field. Modern mauls I don't like.

    This is the main issue with mauls these days. The stop and go is bollocks and just leads to another level of differing interpretation. We have situations where a maul is going backwards but is allowed to stop and then power up field. It's is straight up stupid.

    Just make it so a maul can move once and if it moves sideways or backwards that counts as the once.



  • @Nepia said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @nzzp said in Blues vs Stormers:

    Now you can fark around, form a string of players out the back who aren't bound, stop, start, go sideways and backwards, and then eventually wander up the field. Modern mauls I don't like.

    This is the main issue with mauls these days. The stop and go is bollocks and just leads to another level of differing interpretation. We have situations where a maul is going backwards but is allowed to stop and then power up field. It's is straight up stupid.

    Just make it so a maul can move once and if it moves sideways or backwards that counts as the once.

    disagree. But i feel like we have this discussion every year.

    Not sure you have noticed, but the refs are way less lenient on them now, and the snake mauls have gone as well. Having to move the ball rather than the man backwards has changed a lot of the maul dynamic, for the better IMO.



  • @mariner4life said in Blues vs Stormers:

    disagree. But i feel like we have this discussion every year.

    but, but I love a good whinge every year: alt text



  • @mariner4life Yeah would have to agree there the Mauls are more defined and the Refs I think have controlled them well, Much better than the moving players backwards bullshit we had before, That was a mess.



  • @Chris said in Blues vs Stormers:

    @mariner4life Yeah would have to agree there the Mauls are more defined and the Refs I think have controlled them well, Much better than the moving players backwards bullshit we had before, That was a mess.

    real good as a player if you drilled your pack how to do it well, and you could just grind teams in to the dust. But yea, it's better with the balance we have now


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