Blues vs Waratahs



  • https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/sport/rugby/rieko-ioane-free-face-waratahs-all-blacks-rest-delayed

    Blues winger Rieko Ioane appears to have found a loophole in the All Blacks’ 2019 Super Rugby rest policy, training today to face the Waratahs at Eden Park on Saturday.
    
    With All Blacks players under orders not to play more than six straight matches leading into this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan, Ioane appeared to have reached his consecutive match limit after last weekend’s victory over the Stormers.
    
    However, 1 NEWS understands that with the Blues’ bye round falling between March 9-22, the six game limit has been reset, allowing for Ioane to face the Waratahs this weekend.
    
    As a result, Ioane was pictured in full training for the Blues today, put through his paces in preparation to face the New South Wales franchise.


  • @KiwiMurph Nonsense wording in that article. The bye week reset isn't a loophole. That was known from the start.



  • @Stargazer sorry I misread your comment. Yeah typical media sensationalism.



  • Not to mention it reads Rieko found the alleged loophole.

    Our media is awesome 🤘



  • https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/111737744/super-rugby-matt-duffie-chasing-blues-return-rieko-ioane-set-for-7th-straight

    I'm guessing they will let SBW recover from the knock. So probably Plummer covering 10/12 and Nonu starts and covers 13?



  • That article had some good comments from Duffie about the coaching improvement:

    Our structure that we practised the whole pre-season has become embedded in who we are. There is no individual  bull**** and falling out of shape when we're fatigued. We've got to the point now where we can really fall back on it, and it makes things a lot easier when the pressure comes on.
    
    "That's the key: our shape is really good. We've had a lot of continuity in our team each week, and guys are getting rewarded for training really well."
    


  • If Clarke is on the bench he could also cover 13. As could Rieko.

    Hopefully they don't feel the need to include Collins in the 23. I'd rather Aumua to be honest.



  • This will be interesting. Let's look at the Tahs recently:

    Round 1 - shit v Canes
    Round 2 - shit v Moondogs
    Round 3 - bye
    Round 4 - passable v shit Reds
    Round 5 - shit v shit Brumbies
    Round 6 - awesome v shit Crusaders
    Round 7 - shit v Moondogs

    I'm going to say our best performances are behind us, and we're about to get towelled up at Eden Park (again).



  • Blues have a surprisingly good record against the Tahs in recent seasons.

    Date Winner Score Location
    Sat, 05 May 2018 Blues 24-21 Sydney
    Sat, 06 May 2017 Blues 40-33 Sydney
    Fri, 15 Jul 2016 Blues 34-28 Auckland
    Sat, 28 Mar 2015 Waratahs 11-23 Sydney
    Fri, 25 Apr 2014 Blues 21-13 Auckland
    Sun, 24 Mar 2013 Waratahs 27-30 Sydney
    Fri, 24 Jun 2011 Blues 26-13 Auckland
    Sat, 16 Apr 2011 Blues 31-17 Auckland


  • This is a cool promo.

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    https://theblues.co.nz/blues-and-warriors-tribes-unite-with-unique-deal/

    The Blues and Vodafone Warriors are offering a cross-code experience for this weekend’s double header against Aussie opposition.
    
    Members and fans of both the Vodafone Warriors and Blues can attend each other’s match this weekend with their single ticket


  • @KiwiMurph I hope this promotion doesn’t re-infect the Blues with the Auckland teams disease they’ve fought off this year.



  • @Nepia said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    @KiwiMurph I hope this promotion doesn’t re-infect the Blues with the Auckland teams disease they’ve fought off this year.

    They'll be up against a Tahs team looking to bounce back from the biggest upset in Super Rugby history.



  • @antipodean said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    @Nepia said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    @KiwiMurph I hope this promotion doesn’t re-infect the Blues with the Auckland teams disease they’ve fought off this year.

    They'll be up against a Tahs team looking to bounce back from the biggest upset in Super Rugby history.

    them beating the Crusaders?



  • @Rocky-Rockbottom said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    @Nepia said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    I hope this promotion doesn’t re-infect the Blues with the Auckland teams disease they’ve fought off this year.

    JESUS, ARE YOU EVER HAPPY ABOUT ANYTHING??

    Long answer: Hey, I’m trying to sympathise with you Blues fans and hope that the Warriors disease doesn’t infect them. Cleary the Warriors parents were anti-vaxx so shit-itis keeps rearing it’s head in auckland because they ruined the herd immunity.

    Short answer: No.



  • Wonder if this promo would have happened if that twat Bolton was still on the Blues board - unlikely.



  • @Duluth said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    That article had some good comments from Duffie about the coaching improvement:

    Our structure that we practised the whole pre-season has become embedded in who we are. There is no individual  bull**** and falling out of shape when we're fatigued. We've got to the point now where we can really fall back on it, and it makes things a lot easier when the pressure comes on.
    
    "That's the key: **our shape is really good.** We've had a lot of continuity in our team each week, and guys are getting rewarded for training really well."
    

    80% Nonu. Sure he doesn't have the gas he once did but he still can get in the right place, boss a backline and provide a safety valve for two struggling 10s.



  • Mike Cron has been with the Blues this week, so it'll be interesting to see how the scrum goes.



  • @NTA said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    This will be interesting. Let's look at the Tahs recently:

    Round 1 - shit v Canes
    Round 2 - shit v Moondogs
    Round 3 - bye
    Round 4 - passable v shit Reds
    Round 5 - shit v shit Brumbies
    Round 6 - awesome v shit Crusaders
    Round 7 - shit v Moondogs

    I'm going to say our best performances are behind us, and we're about to get towelled up at Eden Park (again).

    The Warratahs were comically bad against the Crusaders. A couple of times hot on attack they made such a meal of it I was actually laughing out loud.

    The Crusaders were worse, of course, but nothing about that game suggested to that the Warratahs were any good, Folau in the air aside.

    I'm relying on them being below the Chiefs at season's end.



  • @Chester-Draws said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    @NTA said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    This will be interesting. Let's look at the Tahs recently:

    Round 1 - shit v Canes
    Round 2 - shit v Moondogs
    Round 3 - bye
    Round 4 - passable v shit Reds
    Round 5 - shit v shit Brumbies
    Round 6 - awesome v shit Crusaders
    Round 7 - shit v Moondogs

    I'm going to say our best performances are behind us, and we're about to get towelled up at Eden Park (again).

    The Warratahs were comically bad against the Crusaders. A couple of times hot on attack they made such a meal of it I was actually laughing out loud.

    The Crusaders were worse, of course, but nothing about that game suggested to that the Warratahs were any good, Folau in the air aside.

    I'm relying on them being below the Chiefs at season's end.

    Completely missing the defensive effort that kept a mostly champion team to 1 try during play and another when the game was won. Sure.



  • @NTA said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    @Chester-Draws said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    @NTA said in Blues vs Waratahs:

    This will be interesting. Let's look at the Tahs recently:

    Round 1 - shit v Canes
    Round 2 - shit v Moondogs
    Round 3 - bye
    Round 4 - passable v shit Reds
    Round 5 - shit v shit Brumbies
    Round 6 - awesome v shit Crusaders
    Round 7 - shit v Moondogs

    I'm going to say our best performances are behind us, and we're about to get towelled up at Eden Park (again).

    The Warratahs were comically bad against the Crusaders. A couple of times hot on attack they made such a meal of it I was actually laughing out loud.

    The Crusaders were worse, of course, but nothing about that game suggested to that the Warratahs were any good, Folau in the air aside.

    I'm relying on them being below the Chiefs at season's end.

    Completely missing the defensive effort that kept a mostly champion team to 1 try during play (off a forward pass) and another when the game was won. Sure.

    Fixed


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