Hurricanes 2020



  • The Canes have said they've talked to a few first five options who are currently overseas who have shown interest in challenging for the Canes 10 jersey. I, however, find it hard to take anything the Canes say seriously after last year's promise of attracting a monster lock to the franchise came to nothing.

    I would like them to lock up McLutchie as I think he has class written all over him. A proper game manager who knows how to use his weapons outside him. Obviously, he's had limited game time at NPC level to prove his worth so I am hoping he has a big tournament to prove he is upto the next level. Hopefully he brings his mate Fakatava along with him if he ends up signing for the Canes.



  • we've got a young but improved pack for next year. Esp at lock.

    I think we got stuffed around by that SA lock we recruited. He was a big bopper but an absolute fizzle in the end. Plumtree will learn from that episode.



  • @Winger said in Hurricanes 2020:

    JGB hasn't had enough time. When he did get game time this year against the Blues he had a VG game.

    He's 24 and played 13 games for the Rebels.

    It's pretty optimistic to regard him as untried.



  • @Chester-Draws on the other hand Jack Debreczeni is 26 and played 54 games for the Rebels.



  • They should try and get Perofeta out of his contract with the Blues. Bit of a punt but I like the jibe of the kid, he just needs time to mature and could learn a lot from Perenara partnering him in the halves.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Hurricanes 2020:

    @Chester-Draws on the other hand Jack Debreczeni is 26 and played 54 games for the Rebels.

    Yes, and?

    Debreczeni got to play lots of games for them because he's quite good. And as soon as he got game time for the Chiefs he showed that.

    Meanwhile Garden-Bachop has struggled to make the starting position, because he's not as good. Maybe he'll come better, but saying he "hasn't had enough time" is rather bizarre -- he's played most of a season of Super Rugby (including starting a decent number of times), a season of ITM starting for Wellington, and even been selected for the Maori ABs. How much do you have to play before it is "enough" that people know how good you are?



  • @Chester-Draws

    Debreczeni got dropped last year for Rebels (2018) because he was so poor - they ended up shifting Hodge out of position to play 10 instead.

    For what it's worth I'm no huge JGB fan - my point is to be wary of performances in Australia as there are other cases of players who look far better when they come to NZ (Taavao and Robbie Abel are two other recent examples).



  • @Chester-Draws and being not as good as BB means he hasn't had opportunities - nor should that be a black mark against a less experienced player. Particularly when they were also trying out Smith and toying with Marshall providing cover. So unless we expect him to rock up as a fully polished and influential super rugby player there has to be some time to develop. He's had 6 games for the canes which isn't enough imo to make a full judgement on where he'll end up.

    I'm not sold on him by any means, but think he offers as much as Smith, who also hasn't dominated in his appearances.

    Unless we snag an established player we are going to have to try a few options. And even if we do get someone proven we'll still need back ups in the squad.



  • What about chucking money at Josh McKay? He looks like he could go bloody well at 10 and correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t he play 10 at school for CBH? Josh Ioane is a lock at 10 for the Landers atm so it would make sense if he broke his contract for more opportunity. Whether he actually wants to play 10 at Super is another question. He just looks to have more of a ceiling over the likes of JGB and Smith.



  • @Paekakboyz said in Hurricanes 2020:

    I'm not sold on him by any means, but think he offers as much as Smith, who also hasn't dominated in his appearances.

    I think this is where teams go wrong -- they insist on trying to get guys who can dominate. If there was anyone that good, then they'd already be long since snapped up.

    Instead of the Hurricanes trying to get some dominant star, why not get the best guy who can do his job and make the others look good? The Hurricanes have got good centres, they don't need an all-star first five. Smith strikes me as a guy who does his core job well enough, and allows others to do their job well.

    Meanwhile the Blues have continued to try and find a star #10, so getting guys like Black, West, etc -- guys who don't kick goals well, and shovel the ball out, but once in a while look spectacular with ball in hand. They could have just got someone steady, won a few more games, and then a better player might think it's a franchise he could join. Meanwhile the Highlanders have been better served by just having Ioane do his business without trying to win the game by himself. And the Chiefs managed better with a plodding MMac than a star like DMac.



  • @Chester-Draws you have a higher estimation of Smith than I do. We were unhappy (ie the franchise) to lose Black but he hasn't amounted to much in his time at the Blues. I think Ioane is a rising star and has shown some real brilliance this season, so he's far more than just steady imo.

    There was also a reason why the Chiefs ended up with Debraceny starting ahead of MMac, as he was doing a better job and is a genuine longer term option for the team.

    As for availability, contracts are always coming up for renewal/review or ending around the world. I don't think the Canes should limit their search to NZ, as I'd agree the pickings are lean here. But that doesn't mean a better option than our currently signed crop of players is impossible to find. Whether we can foot the $$ to compete with other interested parties is another story.



  • @Chester-Draws said in Hurricanes 2020:

    @Paekakboyz said in Hurricanes 2020:

    Meanwhile the Blues have continued to try and find a star #10, so getting guys like Black, West, etc -- guys who don't kick goals well, and shovel the ball out, but once in a while look spectacular with ball in hand. They could have just got someone steady, won a few more games, and then a better player might think it's a franchise he could join. Meanwhile the Highlanders have been better served by just having Ioane do his business without trying to win the game by himself. And the Chiefs managed better with a plodding MMac than a star like DMac.

    As a Blues fan I have to disagree with this.

    Otere Black and West are very different players - Black is that guy who is someone steady - the problem is he doesn't take the line on nearly enough - and he also plays remarkably small - he gives it his all but he has very little power or strength to his game.

    Simon Hickey and Chris Noakes also played the 'steady' role at 10 for the Blues and neither of them succeeded. Heck throw in Jimmy Gopperth and Michael Hobbs into that category too. You could also include Bryn Gatland.

    The great thing about the Highlanders is they have a pattern of play that works for them. Ioane was able to sit for a season behind Sopoaga and then step in this season - he also has far more X factor to his game than the 'steady' Bryn Gatland who Ioane clearly outperformed this season at the Highlanders.



  • @Chester-Draws said in Hurricanes 2020:

    @Paekakboyz said in Hurricanes 2020:

    I'm not sold on him by any means, but think he offers as much as Smith, who also hasn't dominated in his appearances.

    I think this is where teams go wrong -- they insist on trying to get guys who can dominate. If there was anyone that good, then they'd already be long since snapped up.

    Instead of the Hurricanes trying to get some dominant star, why not get the best guy who can do his job and make the others look good? The Hurricanes have got good centres, they don't need an all-star first five. Smith strikes me as a guy who does his core job well enough, and allows others to do their job well.

    Meanwhile the Blues have continued to try and find a star #10, so getting guys like Black, West, etc -- guys who don't kick goals well, and shovel the ball out, but once in a while look spectacular with ball in hand. They could have just got someone steady, won a few more games, and then a better player might think it's a franchise he could join. Meanwhile the Highlanders have been better served by just having Ioane do his business without trying to win the game by himself. And the Chiefs managed better with a plodding MMac than a star like DMac.

    What was the last team that won the comp without an international quality 10?

    Recent winners

    Chiefs - Cruden
    Tahs - Foley
    Highlanders- Sopoaga
    Canes - Barrett
    Crusaders- Richie



  • @SammyC so the obvious answer there is the Tahs 🙂

    But I totally agree. A quality 10 is a huge part of the equation.

    Hmmm who would be the 'worst' 1st five to lead a team to a super rugby title??



  • @Paekakboyz said in Hurricanes 2020:

    Hmmm who would be the 'worst' 1st five to lead a team to a super rugby title??

    Derick Hougaard Bulls 10 in 2007 (beat Sharks at the death).





  • @Yeetyaah I Really hope he does stay Loyal to the Canes.We don't need him and it would just keep one of the Crusaders backs on the bench or out of the 23



  • @Canes4life He’s signed for the Highlanders next year and I think he wants to be a Fullback articles nearly a year old https://www.planetrugby.com/josh-mckay-commits-to-highlanders/



  • @Yeetyaah I’m glad my good oil wasn’t spot on



  • https://stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/114392767/super-rugby-blues-firm-as-favourites-to-land-jordie-barretts-signature

    How can the Blues spunk all this money on two new star acquisitions? I assume it's because they spend little on the rest of their squad


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