Otago v Auckland



  • Ieremia will have seven All Blacks – Hodgman, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Akira Ioane, Hoskins Sotutu, Rieko Ioane and Caleb Clarke – available for Saturday’s opener against Otago in Dunedin. He intends to pick all of them, fitness permitting.
    

    It's going to be interesting to see how he uses the AB loosies while they are available. Iremeia needs to build depth at 6/8 quickly.



  • i was really hoping some of those AB's would be rested....



  • With those Allblacks available , this becomes a must watch game now for me



  • its a good thing i tip with my heart...otherwise i might have wanted to change my tips



  • @kiwiinmelb said in Otago v Auckland:

    With those Allblacks available , this becomes a must watch game now for me

    I think this is the first time in the pro era that Otago doesn't have an AB named, either. Coudl be a bit ugly out there (but then we said the same about the Highlanders to be fair)



  • @nzzp its one of the annoying things about the AB squad...without a game to play if kind of just gives some guys confidence and others a kick in the guts, hoping J'aone goes out to prove them wrong...but could just as easily have had his confidence shaken



  • Given Josh's comments on the RugbyPass podcast this week he is going to be just fine.

    Otago are going to have a large advantage at first-five in this game - by far the best Auckland schooled 10 on the field.



  • If all available, the Auckland team should look something like this:

    1 - Alex Hodgman
    2 - Leni Apisai
    3 - Ofa Tu'ungafasi
    4 - Patrick Tuipulotu
    5 - Scott Scrafton/Jack Whetton
    6 - Akira Ioane
    7 - Blake Gibson
    8 - Hoskins Sotutu
    9 - Jonathan Ruru
    10 - Harry Plummer
    11 - Salesi Rayasi
    12 - TJ Faiane(c)
    13 - Rieko Ioane
    14 - Caleb Clarke
    15 - Jordan Trainor

    16 - Mike Sosene/Soane Vikena
    17 - Jarred Adams/Marcel Renata
    18 - Angus Ta'avao
    19 - Jack Whetton/Scott Scrafton
    20 - Adrian Choat/Waimana Riedlinger-Kapa
    21 - Taufa Funaki/Danny Tusitala
    22 - Zarn Sullivarn/Simon Hickey
    23 - Tanielu Telea/Tumua Manu/AJ Lam

    Starting team is pretty straight forward, but most of the bench spots are contestable. I'm particularly interested in who gets those bench backs spots.



  • i wont even try posting an Otago team as im really not sure what they have planned, id have collins in the midfield but i think they'll have him at 15



  • @Dice Wouldn't be surprised if they play some of the ABs from the bench in order to help the team's pattern?



  • @Tim said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Dice Wouldn't be surprised if they play some of the ABs from the bench in order to help the team's pattern?

    That might be the way they go.

    If we do go with the absolute best line-up, it'd probably be our strongest line-up on paper since 2007.



  • My Otago XV

    1. Aoina
      2 Coltman
      3 Hohneck
      4 Tucker
      5 Hill
      6 Manu
      7 McDowall
      8 Nel
      9 Hammington
      10 Ioane
      11 Nareki
      12 Tomkinson
      13 Timu/Aleki Morris-Lome
      14 Vaahakolo
      15 Collins




  • @Bones And dipshits here compare Bridge to Howlett.



  • @Tim said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Bones And dipshits here compare Bridge to Howlett.

    Yeah Bridge would've probably finished that break instead of having to throw a wobbly pass to Muliaina.

    Edit: But seriously, I didn't see the comparison either....and then I watched this video and thought "huh, that is quite like Bridge". Go figure.



  • @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Tim said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Bones And dipshits here compare Bridge to Howlett.

    Yeah Bridge would've probably finished that break instead of having to throw a wobbly pass to Muliaina.

    Edit: But seriously, I didn't see the comparison either....and then I watched this video and thought "huh, that is quite like Bridge". Go figure.

    Howlett's vision was just as much a part of his game as his pace. He would pop up in weird places and score crazy trys.

    I've not seen that from Bridge yet.



  • Favourites were the hat trick against Oz in a Bledisloe, calling for the Ali Williams kick, and skinning Robinson





  • 1 Alex HODGMAN (Suburbs)
    2 Leni APISAI (Ponsonby)
    3 Ofa TU’UNGAFASI (Grammar TEC)
    4 Scott SCRAFTON (Grammar TEC)
    5 Jack WHETTON (Grammar TEC)
    6 Akira IOANE (Ponsonby)
    7 Adrian CHOAT (Waitemata)
    8 Hoskins SOTUTU (Marist)
    9 Jonathan RURU (University)
    10 Harry PLUMMER (Grammar TEC)
    11 Caleb CLARKE (Ponsonby)
    12 TJ FAIANE (c) (Pakuranga)
    13 Rieko IOANE (Ponsonby)
    14 AJ LAM (Grammar TEC)
    15 Jordan TRAINOR (Ponsonby)

    16 Mike SOSENE-FEAGAI (Marist)
    17 Jarred ADAMS (Suburbs)
    18 Angus TA’AVAO (Eden)
    19 Liam HALLAM-EAMES (Grammar TEC)
    20 Blake GIBSON (Ponsonby)
    21 Danny TUSITALA (Ponsonby)
    22 Simon HICKEY (Grammar TEC)
    23 Tumua MANU (College Rifles)

    Head Coach, Alama Ieremia has named a strong and experienced Auckland team to take on Otago in Dunedin this Saturday afternoon. Out of the 23 that Ieremia has named, 14 were involved in the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, including six All Blacks.
    
    The midfield will have a familiar look for Auckland fans as TJ Faiane and Reiko Ioane start at 12 and 13 for Saturday’s contest. Faiane will captain the side from Second-Five.
    
    Ioane has made himself at home in the midfield position, playing his Super Rugby season and North V South game in the 13 jersey. As Head Coach and a former All Blacks midfielder, Ieremia has been observing Ioane in the midfield.
    
    “He (Reiko) played well during the Super Rugby season. He still has room to improve, but definitely has the potential to be a world class centre” said Ieremia.
    
    Grammar TEC teammates, Jack Whetton and Scott Scrafton will link up in the second row again this year after both coming off impressive campaigns with the Highlanders (Jack Whetton) and Hurricanes (Scott Scrafton). Scrafton will run out for his 30th appearance in the Blue and White Hoops.
    
    Coach Ieremia is thankful for the short pre-season that the team has had to get ready for the Mitre 10 season.
    
    “Of course, it is exciting to have our All Blacks back in the team, but the rest of the players have responded well to the one pre-season fixture. Although rusty in parts, the team are excited to wear the Blue and White hoops for another campaign”
    




  • i hear R'oane and Clarke are pretty handly...not Tomkinson and Nareki but they probably wont let you down.....



  • @Kirwan yeah not like the no.1 rated try on that video I posted is an example of that eh...😁



  • the fact Howlett is still the AB's top try scorer even with all the names that have played since let alone before proved he is one of the best



  • @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Kirwan yeah not like the no.1 rated try on that video I posted is an example of that eh...😁

    Highlights show Howlett taking the outside break over and over again. Bridge doesn't really do that, he's great in a gap. Also shows what I was talking about with Howlett's ability to pop up when needed.

    Ironically, it starts with Howlett at 15 then ending up on the wing, which I think will be the opposite for Bridge.



  • @Kiwiwomble longevity and not coming late to the ABs helps!



  • @Kirwan yeah, i would have though a lot more common to migrate from the wing in field like Tana



  • @Kirwan yep true. .who knows what highlights will show if he spends as long in the ABs. I remember being similarly unconvinced on Howlett at this stage in his career.



  • @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Kiwiwomble longevity and not coming late to the ABs helps!

    As do hatricks against Australia and trys against England, both when they were good teams. Are you really suggesting Howlett wasn't a great winger?



  • 1 Alex HODGMAN (Suburbs)
    2 Leni APISAI (Ponsonby)
    3 Ofa TU’UNGAFASI (Grammar TEC)
    4 Scott SCRAFTON (Grammar TEC)
    5 Jack WHETTON (Grammar TEC)
    6 Akira IOANE (Ponsonby)
    7 Adrian CHOAT (Waitemata)
    8 Hoskins SOTUTU (Marist)
    9 Jonathan RURU (University)
    10 Harry PLUMMER (Grammar TEC)
    11 Caleb CLARKE (Ponsonby)
    12 TJ FAIANE (c) (Pakuranga)
    13 Rieko IOANE (Ponsonby)
    14 AJ LAM (Grammar TEC)
    15 Jordan TRAINOR (Ponsonby)

    16 Mike SOSENE-FEAGAI (Marist)
    17 Jarred ADAMS (Suburbs)
    18 Angus TA’AVAO (Eden)
    19 Liam HALLAM-EAMES (Grammar TEC)
    20 Blake GIBSON (Ponsonby)
    21 Danny TUSITALA (Ponsonby)
    22 Simon HICKEY (Grammar TEC)
    23 Tumua MANU (College Rifles)

    Some good names missed the 23: Tuipulotu, Rayasi, Renata, Riedlinger-Kapa, Funaki, Sullivan, Telea

    Any of them injured?



  • Never forget the landers gave him his super start....3 tries in 2 games and we didn’t resign?



  • @Kirwan said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Kiwiwomble longevity and not coming late to the ABs helps!

    As do hatricks against Australia and trys against England, both when they were good teams. Are you really suggesting Howlett wasn't a great winger?

    this is getting ridiculous. Bridge will be on Jeff Wilson's level next

    Dougie was great. Great at being at the right place at the right time. Fucking quick. Could absolutely skin a guy on the outside, and wasn't afraid to. And did it at the highest level for years and years with massive consistency.



  • @Kirwan said in Otago v Auckland:

    Favourites were the hat trick against Oz in a Bledisloe, calling for the Ali Williams kick, and skinning Robinson

    Doug Howlett had serious gas, excellent vision and super soft hands. He is the ABs record Test try scorer. Comparing George Bridge to such a great player is a bit insane.



  • @Kirwan said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Kiwiwomble longevity and not coming late to the ABs helps!

    As do hatricks against Australia and trys against England, both when they were good teams. Are you really suggesting Howlett wasn't a great winger?

    Wtf? Where did I suggest that? Yeah saying I'm unconvinced on Bridge in his first season or two like I was for Howlett is suggesting Howlett wasn't a great winger. Good one. I get it, he's from Auckland so can't be talked about in anything other than god terms.



  • @sparky yet no one called me up on suggesting Clarke goes through tackles in a similar style to Jonah. Wonder why that was...



  • @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    I get it, he's from Auckland so can't be talked about in anything other than god terms.

    R U OK?

    (tis the day in Aus i believe)



  • @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Kirwan said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    @Kiwiwomble longevity and not coming late to the ABs helps!

    As do hatricks against Australia and trys against England, both when they were good teams. Are you really suggesting Howlett wasn't a great winger?

    Wtf? Where did I suggest that? Yeah saying I'm unconvinced on Bridge in his first season or two like I was for Howlett is suggesting Howlett wasn't a great winger. Good one. I get it, he's from Auckland so can't be talked about in anything other than god terms.

    Here;

    "longevity and not coming late to the ABs helps"

    The implication being that he only got the record because he started young and stayed in the team. Which of course ignores why he was selected early, and why he stayed in the team. Not to mention the quality of opposition he was scoring against.

    You can lose the chip as well, we are just having a conversation about a player.



  • @mariner4life sorry bro the reference is lost on me... can you dumb it down?



  • Remember all those "new Jonah Lomu"s who turned out to be nothing like as devastating as the great man. George Bridge is a bit like that but substitute in thr words Doug Howlett for Jonah.



  • @Bones said in Otago v Auckland:

    @mariner4life sorry bro the reference is lost on me... can you dumb it down?

    https://www.ruok.org.au/join-r-u-ok-day



  • @Kirwan said in Otago v Auckland:

    The implication being that he only got the record because he started young and stayed in the team. Which of course ignores why he was selected early, and why he stayed in the team. Not to mention the quality of opposition he was scoring against

    49 in 63 says bullshit to that


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