Blues v Chiefs



  • Blues v Chiefs: Sunday 26 July, 3:35pm, Eden Park, Auckland

    Referee: Brendon Pickerill
    Assistant Referee 1: Ben Oโ€™Keeffe
    Assistant Referee 2: Paul Williams
    TMO: Mike Fraser



  • If the Blues can stop donating penalties to the opposition, we'll go OK.

    Chiefs will be desperate though, we'll have to match the physicality. Looking forward to it



  • @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    If the Blues can stop donating penalties to the opposition, we'll go OK.

    Chiefs will be desperate though, we'll have to match the physicality. Looking forward to it

    Haven't stopped all season.

    I presume Clarke will be back but I wonder what other changes - DC maybe.



  • Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down if they suffer a third loss in the row and the Chiefs have enough good players to win this if things click.



  • @KiwiMurph It will be interesting to see what they're going to do, if Carter is fit.

    10 BB, 22 Carter
    15 Duffie
    Plummer?



  • @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down if they suffer a third loss in the row and the Chiefs have enough good players to win this if things click.

    Gatland wonโ€™t even put his best out now. He will call it investment in the future.



  • @Stargazer said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @KiwiMurph It will be interesting to see what they're going to do, if Carter is fit.

    10 BB, 22 Carter
    15 Duffie
    Plummer?

    It sounds like last week they were going to run both Faiane and DC on the bench til DC got ruled out. I don't really see the point in running Plummer and DC though.



  • @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down

    Nope, we've done just fine this year, whatever happens from here on in. From being a rabble, we're now a competitive team that pushes every side to do well to win. There's a clear, cohesive unit that is playing pretty well most weeks, and I'll take that.

    The steps forward would be mitigated by a series of losses, but to win 6 or 7 in a row, beat NZ sides home and away - the mental hurdle is cleared and we're building nicely for the future. There are no easy wins in this comp - I expected teh Highlanders to suck, but they ahve been super competitive (built around Former Blues WTG squad member Aaron Smith I might add ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )



  • @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down

    Nope, we've done just fine this year, whatever happens from here on in. From being a rabble, we're now a competitive team that pushes every side to do well to win. There's a clear, cohesive unit that is playing pretty well most weeks, and I'll take that.

    The steps forward would be mitigated by a series of losses, but to win 6 or 7 in a row, beat NZ sides home and away - the mental hurdle is cleared and we're building nicely for the future. There are no easy wins in this comp - I expected teh Highlanders to suck, but they ahve been super competitive (built around Former Blues WTG squad member Aaron Smith I might add ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )

    Yeah, even with the loses have played well. We are a hard team to beat, home or away. Compared to previous seasons, how could this possibly be a let down?



  • @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down

    Nope, we've done just fine this year, whatever happens from here on in. From being a rabble, we're now a competitive team that pushes every side to do well to win. There's a clear, cohesive unit that is playing pretty well most weeks, and I'll take that.

    The steps forward would be mitigated by a series of losses, but to win 6 or 7 in a row, beat NZ sides home and away - the mental hurdle is cleared and we're building nicely for the future. There are no easy wins in this comp - I expected teh Highlanders to suck, but they ahve been super competitive (built around Former Blues WTG squad member Aaron Smith I might add ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )

    I agree, the Blues have done well and I have enjoyed watching their resurgence. They were in the fight against the Crusaders all the way and could easily have won that game. 'Big let down' was probably a bit of hyperbole, but to lose three in a row will get tongues wagging and people wondering if things have changed as much as hoped.



  • @Kirwan said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down

    Nope, we've done just fine this year, whatever happens from here on in. From being a rabble, we're now a competitive team that pushes every side to do well to win. There's a clear, cohesive unit that is playing pretty well most weeks, and I'll take that.

    The steps forward would be mitigated by a series of losses, but to win 6 or 7 in a row, beat NZ sides home and away - the mental hurdle is cleared and we're building nicely for the future. There are no easy wins in this comp - I expected teh Highlanders to suck, but they ahve been super competitive (built around Former Blues WTG squad member Aaron Smith I might add ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )

    Yeah, even with the loses have played well. We are a hard team to beat, home or away. Compared to previous seasons, how could this possibly be a let down?

    because of the "if you're not first you're last" and "you're only as good as your last game" mentality

    That said, 2 weeks ago the eye would have been on the title, a certain level of disappointment is realistic



  • @mariner4life said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Kirwan said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down

    Nope, we've done just fine this year, whatever happens from here on in. From being a rabble, we're now a competitive team that pushes every side to do well to win. There's a clear, cohesive unit that is playing pretty well most weeks, and I'll take that.

    The steps forward would be mitigated by a series of losses, but to win 6 or 7 in a row, beat NZ sides home and away - the mental hurdle is cleared and we're building nicely for the future. There are no easy wins in this comp - I expected teh Highlanders to suck, but they ahve been super competitive (built around Former Blues WTG squad member Aaron Smith I might add ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )

    Yeah, even with the loses have played well. We are a hard team to beat, home or away. Compared to previous seasons, how could this possibly be a let down?

    because of the "if you're not first you're last" and "you're only as good as your last game" mentality

    That said, 2 weeks ago the eye would have been on the title, a certain level of disappointment is realistic

    unrealistic fan expectations clearly, and media who jump on one performance as the zeroes or heroes mentality ๐Ÿ™‚

    Seriously, though, we were contending for the title, and it took something super special from teh Crusaders to beat us. Then we got some injuries, had anoff week, and dropped an away game by 2 points. Would be great to win the next two, and go into the last week with a shot at redemption, but frankly I'm happy with our season already.



  • @mariner4life said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Kirwan said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down

    Nope, we've done just fine this year, whatever happens from here on in. From being a rabble, we're now a competitive team that pushes every side to do well to win. There's a clear, cohesive unit that is playing pretty well most weeks, and I'll take that.

    The steps forward would be mitigated by a series of losses, but to win 6 or 7 in a row, beat NZ sides home and away - the mental hurdle is cleared and we're building nicely for the future. There are no easy wins in this comp - I expected teh Highlanders to suck, but they ahve been super competitive (built around Former Blues WTG squad member Aaron Smith I might add ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )

    Yeah, even with the loses have played well. We are a hard team to beat, home or away. Compared to previous seasons, how could this possibly be a let down?

    because of the "if you're not first you're last" and "you're only as good as your last game" mentality

    That said, 2 weeks ago the eye would have been on the title, a certain level of disappointment is realistic

    Yeah, but that's just silly. We've gone for the 5th best team in NZ to arguably the second, at worst 3rd.

    Perspective is important. I actually wonder if that Crusaders game was effectively a final, and the players were flat last week because of that result.

    Hopefully they will get up again, and finish strong. A few players back will help, just Clark on his own would have made a difference against the Canes.



  • @Kirwan said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Perspective is important. I actually wonder if that Crusaders game was effectively a final, and the players were flat last week because of that result.

    Also, the Blues played really really well against the Crusaders. We dominated them for most of the game, and that is bloody impressive. The loss doesn't change the way we played for so much of that game.



  • @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Kirwan said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Perspective is important. I actually wonder if that Crusaders game was effectively a final, and the players were flat last week because of that result.

    Also, the Blues played really really well against the Crusaders. We dominated them for most of the game, and that is bloody impressive. The loss doesn't change the way we played for so much of that game.

    Yeah, the score blew out at the end which didn't really reflect how close the actual match was.



  • @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down

    Nope, we've done just fine this year, whatever happens from here on in. From being a rabble, we're now a competitive team that pushes every side to do well to win. There's a clear, cohesive unit that is playing pretty well most weeks, and I'll take that.

    The steps forward would be mitigated by a series of losses, but to win 6 or 7 in a row, beat NZ sides home and away - the mental hurdle is cleared and we're building nicely for the future. There are no easy wins in this comp - I expected teh Highlanders to suck, but they ahve been super competitive (built around Former Blues WTG squad member Aaron Smith I might add ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )

    I agree, the Blues have done well and I have enjoyed watching their resurgence. They were in the fight against the Crusaders all the way and could easily have won that game. 'Big let down' was probably a bit of hyperbole, but to lose three in a row will get tongues wagging and people wondering if things have changed as much as hoped.

    jesus you blues supporters are full of it... love it!

    you were in that crusaders game for 60 mins. last time i checked a game of rugby is minimum 80mins. so that's a whole quarter of the game you weren't in it.

    take away Reikos try cause it should have never been your scrum cause clearly came off the back of Plummers hand and you weren't even close.

    anyway at least you're participating now I suppose



  • @WillieTheWaiter said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Crazy-Horse said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Massive match for the Blues. Their season is in danger of being a big let down

    Nope, we've done just fine this year, whatever happens from here on in. From being a rabble, we're now a competitive team that pushes every side to do well to win. There's a clear, cohesive unit that is playing pretty well most weeks, and I'll take that.

    The steps forward would be mitigated by a series of losses, but to win 6 or 7 in a row, beat NZ sides home and away - the mental hurdle is cleared and we're building nicely for the future. There are no easy wins in this comp - I expected teh Highlanders to suck, but they ahve been super competitive (built around Former Blues WTG squad member Aaron Smith I might add ๐Ÿ˜ƒ )

    I agree, the Blues have done well and I have enjoyed watching their resurgence. They were in the fight against the Crusaders all the way and could easily have won that game. 'Big let down' was probably a bit of hyperbole, but to lose three in a row will get tongues wagging and people wondering if things have changed as much as hoped.

    jesus you blues supporters are full of it... love it!

    you were in that crusaders game for 60 mins. last time i checked a game of rugby is minimum 80mins. so that's a whole quarter of the game you weren't in it.

    take away Reikos try cause it should have never been your scrum cause clearly came off the back of Plummers hand and you weren't even close.

    anyway at least you're participating now I suppose

    Nice backhanded compliment mate, crack up. Sounds like my post game talk to CF Jr's football team after a smashing!

    After years of futility the bar is lower and being competitive along with winning some matches might be enough to satisfy the starving fan base this season. But the game is about wins and with BB offshore next year this was a season to knick a title



  • @WillieTheWaiter I am a Crusaders supporter...



  • I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

    Blues have a good strongest 15 - there aren't too many weaknesses in their top 15.

    They still lack depth however in some positions (halfback, 12, 13 etc).

    They certainly have improved but are very much are part of the chasing pack as opposed to the Crusaders level.



  • @KiwiMurph Yeah that's why I'm not too fussed on seeing new guys get given a crack. Plummer has been found wanting a bit at 12, but going forward we need to try these things to build depth, similar to Carroll playing at 6.

    It's one of the reasons why the Crusaders are so good. They have depth everywhere.



  • Back to this game - hopefully Nock is back so we get to see Nock v Weber.

    If Nock can finish the season strongly he could be in the mix for the 3rd AB halfback role.



  • @WillieTheWaiter how's those Chiefs going for ya Willie?



  • @nzzp pfffft everyone knows it's all about NPC... ๐Ÿ˜‰



  • @KiwiMurph said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Back to this game - hopefully Nock is back so we get to see Nock v Weber.

    Watching Canes Blues just now - was out Saturday night. Half an hour in, and Christie is making terrible decisions, stinking up the joint. Nock was noticeably better.

    It's interesting how as a halfback it's easier to come on and look good - going back to Byron Kelleher when he came off the bench over Marshall, but wasn't as good. Seeing that this season at times.

    Anyone know when Nock might be back? Is he injured?



  • @nzzp he played for Kerikeri on Saturday apparently, word is he had been stood down.

    Think it was @Nogusta said he had been 'sucker punched' by someone.



  • @taniwharugby said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @nzzp he played for Kerikeri on Saturday apparently, word is he had been stood down.

    Think it was @Nogusta said he had been 'sucker punched' by someone.

    Was due to play for Kerikeri on Saturday but all rugby was cancelled up here due to the flooding.



  • @Nepia said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Kirwan said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Perspective is important. I actually wonder if that Crusaders game was effectively a final, and the players were flat last week because of that result.

    Also, the Blues played really really well against the Crusaders. We dominated them for most of the game, and that is bloody impressive. The loss doesn't change the way we played for so much of that game.

    Yeah, the score blew out at the end which didn't really reflect how close the actual match was.

    It did though...



  • @Gunner ah of course, was a wee bit wet



  • Fuck it. Chiefs to turn up and win by 100 now that they 100% can't win the comp.



  • @Yeetyaah Don't see any reason why they can't get up on Sunday personally.



  • @Yeetyaah said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Fuck it. Chiefs to turn up and win by 100 now that they 100% can't win the comp.

    before your time young fulla, but that used to be our speciality. Wait until we couldn't make finals, and then come home with a wet sail, playing open exciting rugby.



  • @mariner4life reading that and all of a sudden I hear TJ in my head "LOKI CRICHTON!!!"



  • @Bones said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @mariner4life reading that and all of a sudden I hear TJ in my head "LOKI CRICHTON!!!"

    โ€œDavid Hill is starting to play some good footyโ€



  • @KiwiMurph said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Stargazer said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @KiwiMurph It will be interesting to see what they're going to do, if Carter is fit.

    10 BB, 22 Carter
    15 Duffie
    Plummer?

    It sounds like last week they were going to run both Faiane and DC on the bench til DC got ruled out. I don't really see the point in running Plummer and DC though.

    If he didn't get injured, I have a feeling DC was going to play fullback off the bench last week.



  • @Dice Not 12, replacing Plummer?



  • @Stargazer Nah, not 12. Faiane was always going to come on and play 12.



  • @Stargazer said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Dice Not 12, replacing Plummer?

    he'd get munched at 12 I fear, not the channel for DC I fear. Mind you, anywhere Laumape runs at you isn't a great place for normal people (or DC) ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @nzzp said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Stargazer said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Dice Not 12, replacing Plummer?

    he'd get munched at 12 I fear, not the channel for DC I fear. Mind you, anywhere Laumape runs at you isn't a great place for normal people (or DC) ๐Ÿ™‚

    this is Daniel fucking Carter we are talking about. Not some scrub. Even old man Dan will take whatever can be thrown at him with ease.

    Respect fool!



  • @Dice said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @KiwiMurph said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @Stargazer said in Blues v Chiefs:

    @KiwiMurph It will be interesting to see what they're going to do, if Carter is fit.

    10 BB, 22 Carter
    15 Duffie
    Plummer?

    It sounds like last week they were going to run both Faiane and DC on the bench til DC got ruled out. I don't really see the point in running Plummer and DC though.

    If he didn't get injured, I have a feeling DC was going to play fullback off the bench last week.

    Does beg the question what do they do this week on the bench.

    Sounds like Otere is doubtful - so Duffie to 15? This is where Tanielu Tele'a would be perfect on the bench - covers 12/13/wing



  • @mariner4life said in Blues v Chiefs:

    Respect fool!

    He's 38! 68784d2c-b001-4b64-9f8b-d25e1416804f-image.png


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