RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Cancelled) (Pool B)



  • So it looks as though we are playing Ireland in the quarter finals as I expect Japan to beat a fairly rubbish Scotland.

    With that in mind do we now role out the big guns all the way in or do we play a similar side to that against Canada?

    Retallick prolly needs another 30 mins too though.

    Jordy is going to need a rest too?



  • @Hooroo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy Pool B:

    So it looks as though we are playing Ireland in the quarter finals as I expect Japan to beat a fairly rubbish Scotland.

    With that in mind do we now role out the big guns all the way in or do we play a similar side to that against Canada?

    Retallick prolly needs another 30 mins too though.

    Jordy is going to need a rest too?

    Heard Hanson say he wants Retallick to get 60mins next outing



  • @voodoo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy Pool B:

    @Hooroo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy Pool B:

    So it looks as though we are playing Ireland in the quarter finals as I expect Japan to beat a fairly rubbish Scotland.

    With that in mind do we now role out the big guns all the way in or do we play a similar side to that against Canada?

    Retallick prolly needs another 30 mins too though.

    Jordy is going to need a rest too?

    Heard Hanson say he wants Retallick to get 60mins next outing

    Oh good. That makes sense as we need him 100 v Ireland, even though I think we can comfortably put them away at the moment.



  • @voodoo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy Pool B:

    @Hooroo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy Pool B:

    So it looks as though we are playing Ireland in the quarter finals as I expect Japan to beat a fairly rubbish Scotland.

    With that in mind do we now role out the big guns all the way in or do we play a similar side to that against Canada?

    Retallick prolly needs another 30 mins too though.

    Jordy is going to need a rest too?

    Heard Hanson say he wants Retallick to get 60mins next outing

    Building him into game shape, excellent. Should be ready to explode come QF time



  • @Hooroo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy Pool B:

    So it looks as though we are playing Ireland in the quarter finals as I expect Japan to beat a fairly rubbish Scotland.

    With that in mind do we now role out the big guns all the way in or do we play a similar side to that against Canada?

    Retallick prolly needs another 30 mins too though.

    Jordy is going to need a rest too?

    You've assumed we've beaten Italy?

    We're not 100% guaranteed in the QF just yet.

    Having said that I'm inclined to look an 80% strength XXIII in the interests of player management.

    Having said that ... I'm not sure what the top XXIII actually is to start conjecturing on where they may tinker.



  • It’s only Italy.....

    9 - A. Smith
    10 - Mo’unga
    11 - Bridge
    12 - SBW
    13 - Crotty
    14 - Ioane
    15 - B. Barrett

    21 - Perenara
    22 - Goodhue
    23 - B. Smith



  • @booboo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Pool 😎:

    @Hooroo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy Pool B:

    So it looks as though we are playing Ireland in the quarter finals as I expect Japan to beat a fairly rubbish Scotland.

    With that in mind do we now role out the big guns all the way in or do we play a similar side to that against Canada?

    Retallick prolly needs another 30 mins too though.

    Jordy is going to need a rest too?

    You've assumed we've beaten Italy?

    We're not 100% guaranteed in the QF just yet.

    Having said that I'm inclined to look an 80% strength XXIII in the interests of player management.

    Having said that ... I'm not sure what the top XXIII actually is to start conjecturing on where they may tinker.

    I assume we have beaten Italy in the same way I assumed we were going to beat Canada and Namibia. Just the margin changes.



  • @booboo said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Pool 😎:

    You've assumed we've beaten Italy?
    We're not 100% guaranteed in the QF just yet.

    Does this work the same as cricket and we have to send you to bed early?

    When exactly did you go to bed when we were versing Namibia? Huh?



  • @Snowy said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Pool 😎:

    When exactly did you go to bed when we were versing Namibia? Huh?

    Arrggghhhh

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  • @Stargazer Very deliberate. Look who I was talking to. His pet hate.



  • @Snowy said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Pool 😎:

    @Stargazer Very deliberate. Look who I was talking to. His pet hate.

    You write this as if I only have one...



  • @booboo I laugh!



  • This might be heresy - but not totally sure Retallick will make starting 15 in the QF unless totally up to speed.

    Barrett, Whitelock and Patty T all playing very well.



  • @Frank said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Pool 😎:

    This might be heresy

    What do you mean - "might"?

    Heathen.



  • @Frank said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Pool 😎:

    This might be heresy - but not totally sure Retallick will make starting 15 in the QF unless totally up to speed.

    Barrett, Whitelock and Patty T all playing very well.

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  • @ACT-Crusader said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Pool 😎:

    It’s only Italy.....

    9 - A. Smith
    10 - Mo’unga
    11 - Bridge
    12 - SBW
    13 - Crotty
    14 - Ioane
    15 - B. Barrett

    Very likely based on the first 3 games.

    SA: Crotty and ALB (SBW)
    Canada: SBW and Goodhue (Crotty)
    Namibia: ALB and Goodhue



  • Team I'd pick

    Moody, Taylor, Laulala, Patrick T, Retallick, S. Barrett, Todd, Read, A.Smith, R. Mo'unga, Bridge, SBW, Crotty, Reece, B.Smith

    Coles, Moli, Ta'avao, S.Whitelock, Cane, TJP, B.Barrett, J.Barrett.

    Given week off: Ardie Savea, ALB and Ofa T.



  • Really hard to know what will take precedence in this game - the need to conserve energy for a potential long play-off run or the need to give our top team game time and a dress rehearsal (bearing in mind that this game has to be won). Bit of mix and match, I think.

    Maybe something like:

    Tuúngafasi, Coles, Laulala, Retallick, SBarrett, Cane, Todd, Read, ASmith, Mo'unga, Bridge, SBW, Crotty, Reece, BBarrett

    Moody, Coltman, Taávao, Whitelock, Frizell, Weber, Lienert-Brown, JBarrett

    Leaving Taylor, Moli, Tuipolotu, Savea, Perenara, Goodhue, BSmith and Ioane out.

    Taylor, Savea, Perenara and BSmith to come back into the top 23 for the play-offs.



  • @Chris-B said in RWC: All Blacks v Italy (Pool 😎:

    Really hard to know what will take precedence in this game - the need to conserve energy for a potential long play-off run or the need to give our top team game time and a dress rehearsal (bearing in mind that this game has to be won). Bit of mix and match, I think.

    Maybe something like:

    Tuúngafasi, Coles, Laulala, Retallick, SBarrett, Cane, Todd, Read, ASmith, Mo'unga, Bridge, SBW, Crotty, Reece, BBarrett

    Moody, Coltman, Taávao, Whitelock, Frizell, Weber, Lienert-Brown, JBarrett

    Leaving Coles, Moli, Tuipolotu, Savea, Perenara, Goodhue, BSmith and Ioane out.

    Coles, Savea, Perenara and BSmith to come back into the top 23 for the play-offs.

    Because everyone loves a corrector ...



  • @Chris-B sounds good although I'd swap Tuipulotu for Whitelock and get Bfa a run. Lots of early subs.


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