Otago vs Canterbury (RS)



  • Saturday night, and for once a prime time game of note. Can't wait. For a change I'm more interested in getting the W for our postion on the table than I am for the Shield, which is indicative of our season relative to seasons past when we've also challenged.

    Team naming probably tomorrow but sounds like Romano and Ennor are both in doubt



  • how do the same goddam teams keep getting challenges?!

    Me and @Chris-B demand an investigation, Geoff Toovey style



  • @mariner4life said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    how do the same goddam teams keep getting challenges?!

    Me and @Chris-B demand an investigation, Geoff Toovey style

    The Bay has had two challenges since we last had one!

    Which is more than what Wellington and Auckland have had (one apiece).

    At the other end of the spectrum, Why-fucking-Kato has had 6; Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Otago and Southland have each had 5.

    Thames Valley, Mid-Canterbury and Wanganui have each had 3 and they don't even play in the fucking NPC!!!

    Yeah - where's Geoff Toovey when you need him!



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    those stats are actually amazing

    I don't even remember our challenges to be honest, it just felt like years since we had one. Truth be told we've been ordinary for a while, so they were probably foregone conclusions.



  • @mariner4life The Blues were in the play-offs last time we got a challenge! Well, that's a slight exaggeration, but people could at least remember the Blues being in the play-offs. 🙂



  • @Chris-B said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @mariner4life The Blues were in the play-offs last time we got a challenge! Well, that's a slight exaggeration, but people could at least remember the Blues being in the play-offs. 🙂

    Toeava was killing it, got hurt, and the Blues folded?

    Did your plastic franchise even exist then? Or were you still one of the two backwater 2nd Div provinces?



  • sorry, we were supposed to be in solidarity! Old habits...

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  • aaaaanyway.

    Even though Otago seem to have got better since the Bay flogged fuck through them early in the year, what chances are there that they repulse the evil empire here? Slim? Fuck all?



  • @mariner4life said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    aaaaanyway.

    Even though Otago seem to have got better since the Bay flogged fuck through them early in the year, what chances are there that they repulse the evil empire here? Slim? Fuck all?

    I think at $3.25 Otago are a good bet, we have been average this year



  • @mariner4life Mako have been around for 14 years. We've had two challenges in our existence.

    The first (vs Wellington) we got stitched up when Bryce Lawrence sent the world's best halfback (according to @Nepia ) to the bin, for fuck-all, when we were threatening a boilover.

    Second was more than seven years ago.



  • @Chris-B said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @mariner4life Mako have been around for 14 years. We've had two challenges in our existence.

    The first (vs Wellington) we got stitched up when Bryce Lawrence sent the world's best halfback (according to @Nepia ) to the bin, for fuck-all, when we were threatening a boilover.

    Second was more than seven years ago.

    what i love about the Shield is the way it makes us cling bitterly to the stitch up we got from the ref. Otago in Auckland all those years ago. The fullback stepped dead before he put the ball down in '96, i fucking swear it, where was Ben fucking Skeen then aye?

    Colin Hawke must have a rogues gallery of those type of moments.



  • @SammyC said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @mariner4life said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    aaaaanyway.

    Even though Otago seem to have got better since the Bay flogged fuck through them early in the year, what chances are there that they repulse the evil empire here? Slim? Fuck all?

    I think at $3.25 Otago are a good bet, we have been average this year

    Yep, we're quite ordinary and I'd expect that big plastic lean-to to be at its fullest for the season, raucous, and a bloody good atmosphere. Should be a good spectacle on the box.

    I'll call it now: this is the biggest round robin game of the comp and will be the closest we'll come to a decent SR game for atmosphere, intensity and spectacle.



  • @Chris-B Chris Eaton?



  • @mariner4life said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Chris-B said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @mariner4life Mako have been around for 14 years. We've had two challenges in our existence.

    The first (vs Wellington) we got stitched up when Bryce Lawrence sent the world's best halfback (according to @Nepia ) to the bin, for fuck-all, when we were threatening a boilover.

    Second was more than seven years ago.

    what i love about the Shield is the way it makes us cling bitterly to the stitch up we got from the ref. Otago in Auckland all those years ago. The fullback stepped dead before he put the ball down in '96, i fucking swear it, where was Ben fucking Skeen then aye?

    Colin Hawke must have a rogues gallery of those type of moments.

    I'm still annoyed with the Wellington based NZRU removing our Shield victory in 1927 over Wairarapa in the Battle of Solway (which was a return match after they took the Shield off the greatest provincial team ever, well maybe until the 1980s Aucklanders) because a player was a couple of days late arriving in Hawkes Bay.



  • @Nepia said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @mariner4life said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Chris-B said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @mariner4life Mako have been around for 14 years. We've had two challenges in our existence.

    The first (vs Wellington) we got stitched up when Bryce Lawrence sent the world's best halfback (according to @Nepia ) to the bin, for fuck-all, when we were threatening a boilover.

    Second was more than seven years ago.

    what i love about the Shield is the way it makes us cling bitterly to the stitch up we got from the ref. Otago in Auckland all those years ago. The fullback stepped dead before he put the ball down in '96, i fucking swear it, where was Ben fucking Skeen then aye?

    Colin Hawke must have a rogues gallery of those type of moments.

    I'm still annoyed with the Wellington based NZRU removing our Shield victory in 1927 over Wairarapa in the Battle of Solway (which was a return match after they took the Shield off the greatest provincial team ever, well maybe until the 1980s Aucklanders) because a player was a couple of days late arriving in Hawkes Bay.

    With Cardiff Arms Park in 1905 a close second.



  • @Nepia said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Chris-B Chris Eaton?

    Chris Eaton never played for Tasman!

    The Mighty Kahn!



  • @Chris-B said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Nepia said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Chris-B Chris Eaton?

    Chris Eaton never played for Tasman!

    The Mighty Kahn!

    He was our best poach from you guys ever! After you poached him from Wellington. Should have been an AB!



  • @Nepia said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Chris-B said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Nepia said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Chris-B Chris Eaton?

    Chris Eaton never played for Tasman!

    The Mighty Kahn!

    He was our best poach from you guys ever! After you poached him from Wellington. Should have been an AB!

    @Nepia said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Chris-B said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Nepia said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Chris-B Chris Eaton?

    Chris Eaton never played for Tasman!

    The Mighty Kahn!

    He was our best poach from you guys ever! After you poached him from Wellington. Should have been an AB!

    George Naopu was fairly decent as well. On the other hand there was Mike Coman...........................................



  • @Nepia We repatriated him from New Haven Rugby in the US. Who poached him from Auckland.

    Like most right-thinking people, he had nothing to do with Wellington. 🙂



  • @Chris-B said in Otago vs Canterbury (RS):

    @Nepia We repatriated him from New Haven Rugby in the US. Who poached him from Auckland.

    Like most right-thinking people, he had nothing to do with Wellington. 🙂

    Auckland? Wellington? At any rate the North Island!


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