Chiefs v Blues



  • Robinson and Gibson likely out

    Papali’i/Ioane/Sotutu trio with Lamborn on the bench would still be strong



  • @Duluth this is going to be tasty. I'm excited.



  • I'd like to see that backrow, but I can easily see us starting Lamborn at 7 and Papali'i at 6 to counter the Chiefs potentially having Cane and Boshier in their starting backrow.

    BB vs DMac should be good. That will be a big talking point this week.



  • @Dice said in Chiefs v Blues:

    BB vs DMac should be good. That will be a big talking point this week.

    I've been re-watching the game from Sunday. BB dragged defences around, and committed players by his presence ... kind of like mid stage Lomu - just having in out there created space for others.

    Hopefully the same happens again at the weekend



  • Should be another good crowd - 15k tickets already sold.



  • I am expecting the Chiefs to make a few changes. Cruden to start and possibly Alaimalo back in the mix.

    I'm not sure on Brown's injury and was surprised nothing more came from that incident.



  • As it isn't Thursday yet.

    Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
    Assistant Referee 1: Mike Fraser
    Assistant Referee 2: Paul Williams
    TMO: James Doleman



  • oh cripes - O'Thief.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Chiefs v Blues:

    oh cripes - O'Thief.

    Careful, you'll upset Stargazer.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Chiefs v Blues:

    oh cripes - O'Thief.

    hopefully he stops your cheating mob from cheating

    cheats



  • anyway, with Ginge out we'll murder you lot, and prove last week was just all emotion and shit...

    Blues by 15



  • Cruden to give away game defining try with a chip kick in his 22



  • @Kirwan Why?



  • @antipodean said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Cruden to give away game defining try with a chip kick in his 22

    Just as likely that Barrett concedes another penalty try because of a deliberate knock-down. It's a family trait. 🙂



  • @Stargazer said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Kirwan Why?

    Just a joke about your complaints about complaints about refs.



  • I wonder if Supercoach has figured out yet that attack through the forwards is still attack.



  • Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05



  • @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05

    Really?



  • @Tim weird odds considering how shit the Chiefs were last week. Lap it up Blues fans.



  • @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05

    That is frustrating. After last weeks performance from both these teams I would have Blues favourites despite the loss of that red headed chap.

    Blues 13+ could even be a good bet.



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05

    That is frustrating. After last weeks performance from both these teams I would have Blues favourites despite the loss of that red headed chap.

    Blues 13+ could even be a good bet.

    Noooo, Chiefs are unbackable favourites 🙂



  • @Kirwan said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05

    That is frustrating. After last weeks performance from both these teams I would have Blues favourites despite the loss of that red headed chap.

    Blues 13+ could even be a good bet.

    Noooo, Chiefs are unbackable favourites 🙂

    Take the $1:70 then! That is excellent value.

    I don't get the you are favourites, no you are favourites thing. At a full house in Hamilton, I would expect a good showing by us but given the two performances last weekend, only a fool would look at the Chiefs and think they are the better of the two based on performance.



  • One thing I only found out is that there are no finals? Just like Premier League? If that is the case, I quite like that but I also like finals footy.



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    One thing I only found out is that there are no finals? Just like Premier League? If that is the case, I quite like that but I also like finals footy.

    Timing critical, to leave room for the ABs I suspect ... the big money spinner



  • @nzzp said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    One thing I only found out is that there are no finals? Just like Premier League? If that is the case, I quite like that but I also like finals footy.

    Timing critical, to leave room for the ABs I suspect ... the big money spinner

    I do like that as it means you can't just limp into the semis and then win the thing, you need to perform every weekend



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Kirwan said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05

    That is frustrating. After last weeks performance from both these teams I would have Blues favourites despite the loss of that red headed chap.

    Blues 13+ could even be a good bet.

    Noooo, Chiefs are unbackable favourites 🙂

    Take the $1:70 then! That is excellent value.

    I don't get the you are favourites, no you are favourites thing. At a full house in Hamilton, I would expect a good showing by us but given the two performances last weekend, only a fool would look at the Chiefs and think they are the better of the two based on performance.

    Just joking.

    Home advantage does still seem to be a thing, and that has been the Blues biggest weakness over the past five years (away wins).

    So if we do win, and we are getting regular away wins, that will be a massive corner turned.



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @nzzp said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    One thing I only found out is that there are no finals? Just like Premier League? If that is the case, I quite like that but I also like finals footy.

    Timing critical, to leave room for the ABs I suspect ... the big money spinner

    I do like that as it means you can't just limp into the semis and then win the thing, you need to perform every weekend

    spot on. I'm ok without the stupid golden point either, just most wins get the trophy (or ties with other teams)



  • @Kirwan said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Kirwan said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05

    That is frustrating. After last weeks performance from both these teams I would have Blues favourites despite the loss of that red headed chap.

    Blues 13+ could even be a good bet.

    Noooo, Chiefs are unbackable favourites 🙂

    Take the $1:70 then! That is excellent value.

    I don't get the you are favourites, no you are favourites thing. At a full house in Hamilton, I would expect a good showing by us but given the two performances last weekend, only a fool would look at the Chiefs and think they are the better of the two based on performance.

    Just joking.

    Home advantage does still seem to be a thing, and that has been the Blues biggest weakness over the past five years (away wins).

    So if we do win, and we are getting regular away wins, that will be a massive corner turned.

    It has a 100% strike rate so far in this version of the comp 🙂 I agree, if you touch us up this weekend, it will be between you and Canterbury



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Kirwan said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Kirwan said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05

    That is frustrating. After last weeks performance from both these teams I would have Blues favourites despite the loss of that red headed chap.

    Blues 13+ could even be a good bet.

    Noooo, Chiefs are unbackable favourites 🙂

    Take the $1:70 then! That is excellent value.

    I don't get the you are favourites, no you are favourites thing. At a full house in Hamilton, I would expect a good showing by us but given the two performances last weekend, only a fool would look at the Chiefs and think they are the better of the two based on performance.

    Just joking.

    Home advantage does still seem to be a thing, and that has been the Blues biggest weakness over the past five years (away wins).

    So if we do win, and we are getting regular away wins, that will be a massive corner turned.

    It has a 100% strike rate so far in this version of the comp 🙂 I agree, if you touch us up this weekend, it will be between you and Canterbury

    I'm just happy the result is not a foregone conclusion. Sport is incredibly dull when that happens.



  • @Kirwan said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Home advantage does still seem to be a thing

    Both home teams won last week. I doubt that will happen this week but not impossible.

    Chiefs will be better, and at home so odds are probably about right.

    Whats on offer for the other match?



  • Ben Tameifuna helping out at Blues training



  • @Duluth said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Ben Tameifuna helping out at Blues training

    If he isn't injured he would be good as Scrum opposition.



  • @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Chiefs $1.71
    Blues $2.05

    you know, i read those odds the other way around, and got confused with the following discussion.

    Those odds are ludicrous



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Duluth said in Chiefs v Blues:

    Ben Tameifuna helping out at Blues training

    If he isn't injured he would be good as Scrum opposition.

    F**king traitor!!!! 🙂



  • @Nepia said in Chiefs v Blues:

    F**king traitor!!!! 🙂

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    🤔



  • @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Nepia said in Chiefs v Blues:

    F**king traitor!!!! 🙂

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    🤔

    You've been on here long enough to know that the little brown shaded bit go out of their way not to pick players from the large yellow bit on the east coast.



  • @Nepia said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Nepia said in Chiefs v Blues:

    F**king traitor!!!! 🙂

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    🤔

    You've been on here long enough to know that the little brown shaded bit go out of their way not to pick players from the large yellow bit on the east coast.

    he was talking about you



  • @mariner4life said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Nepia said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Tim said in Chiefs v Blues:

    @Nepia said in Chiefs v Blues:

    F**king traitor!!!! 🙂

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    🤔

    You've been on here long enough to know that the little brown shaded bit go out of their way not to pick players from the large yellow bit on the east coast.

    he was talking about you

    Ah true. 😉 Ben and I are linked, we both went to the Chiefs at the same time ... he just played a more active role.



  • While I am bored of this question, will the teams be named today? or tomorrow?



  • 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Otere Black, 9 Sam Nock; 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman.

    Reserves: 16 Kurt Eklund, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Matt Duffie.


    Players not considered with injury: Karl Tu’inukuafe (leg strain), Jack Heighton (quad), Jared Page (pec), Stephen Perofeta (fractured foot), Blake Gibson (hamstring), Tom Robinson (knee). Season ending: Ray Niuia, James Tucker, Tanielu Tele’a


    https://blues.rugby/power-pair-return-to-take-on-chiefs/

    All Black loose forwards Dalton Papalii and Akira Ioane return to the Blues starting line-up for Saturday’s second round of the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
    
    They are the only changes from the team that accounted for the Hurricanes 30-20 in the first-round clash at Eden Park.
    
    Papalii, who came off the bench last week, starts at No 7 while Ioane, with 68 Blues caps to his credit, comes in at No 6 replacing Blake Gibson and Tom Robinson respectively, who are both unavailable due to injury.
    
    The Blues have the same front five but are bolstered with the return of North Harbour’s Sione Mafileo, one of the standouts earlier in the season, who will earn his 50th cap off the bench.
    
    The trio of in-form Hoskins Sotutu, Papalii and Ioane will form a potent trio in what should be a pivotal battle at the breakdown.
    
    The backline remains unchanged with Otere Black, who celebrated his blazer game for the Blues in the win over the Hurricanes, remains at first-five with Beauden Barrett again starting at fullback, to form an exciting back four with Rieko Ioane at centre and wings Caleb Clarke and Mark Telea.
    
    Coach Leon MacDonald said while a several other players have pushed their claims for selection at training, that the efforts last week warranted their retention.
    
    “We know that last week was a good start but that we will need to get better if we want a positive result against the Chiefs,” said MacDonald.
    
    “The players who took the field will be better for that experience, especially understanding the importance of discipline at the breakdown and getting back into competition after so long off.
    
    “We know that depth will be really important in this competition and we are fortunate to have the likes of Dalton and Akira to come into the starting line-up. Parts of our play were good last week but we must lift to another level against what we know is a very good and very physical Chiefs side as well as a healthy rivalry with our neighbours.”
    

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