Anybody else still miss ReUnion?



  • I do, that is all.



  • No, actually, it's not all.

    The Breakdown is ok, for what I assume it is trying to achieve. A bit too yoof for my liking, and definitely too muck talk / banter not enough video.

    ReUnion was excellent. I miss it.

    I looked it up, and I started a thread similar to this 3 years ago.

    But ....... I still miss it. It was better.



  • I used to watch Re:Union much more regularly than I watch Breakdown, which I don't find that interesting. Analysis of rugby or any sport on TV in NZ is bloody terrible compared to sports in other countries.



  • Yeah I was hoping that 1014 Rugby would take over as the technical analysis stuff, but they've gone too



  • @Machpants I get a bit bored of them at times. Spot some interesting stuff but then there is a bit of blah at times too.

    Reunion was great.



  • @Bovidae yeah, its a pretty stark difference when compared to some of the sports shows in aus



  • @Bones said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @Machpants I get a bit bored of them at times. Spot some interesting stuff but then there is a bit of blah at times too.

    Reunion was great.

    For sure, but better than matey mate mate that we get atm. As annoying as JK can be, at last he's not afraid to be controversial - outside of that is very vanilla



  • Not at all. I'm glad Tony Johnston and his bum chin have been put out to pasture.



  • @Rapido said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    No, actually, it's not all.

    The Breakdown is ok, for what I assume it is trying to achieve. A bit too yoof for my liking, and definitely too muck talk / banter not enough video.

    ReUnion was excellent. I miss it.

    I looked it up, and I started a thread similar to this 3 years ago.

    But ....... I still miss it. It was better.

    I did start missing it after last night's show. The way they were kissing up to Hamish McLennan and assuming that whatever he was saying was 100% truthful was pretty nauseating.



  • @MN5 said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    Not at all. I'm glad Tony Johnston and his bum chin have been put out to pasture.

    Target audience.



  • @Bones said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @MN5 said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    Not at all. I'm glad Tony Johnston and his bum chin have been put out to pasture.

    Target audience.

    They should get Mex and Ken ‘Second man play’ Laban to host a show. It would be unbeatable.



  • @MN5 yeah I was kinda saying, you saying you don't miss it because bumchin is kinda like me being elated that Soccer AM went off air.



  • @Bones said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @MN5 yeah I was kinda saying, you saying you don't miss it because bumchin is kinda like me being elated that Soccer AM went off air.

    Ok



  • Never watched ReUnion. I like the breakdown, I like JK, he's a great dude and though he's a one eyed Jafa, as someone said above, he isn't afraid to he controversial. I like Bernadine Oliver-Kerby as well, probably coz she's diehard Chiefs Mana. No issues for me but like I said I can't compare to ReUnion.



  • I barely watch/ed either, other than watching rugby, I come here for my rugby chat and analysis...can you tell 😆



  • @taniwharugby said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    I barely watch/ed either, other than watching rugby, I come here for my rugby chat and analysis...can you tell 😆

    Awful analysis, incorrect conclusions, zero insight
    Wrong about pretty much everything



  • @Yeetyaah the problem with JK is that he appears to have little to no clue or depth to his analysis. Amazing human being, but goddamn I don't want him anywhere near a rugby team coaching position. How he got and kept the Blues coaching job I have no idea.



  • @nzzp James Parsons is someone I reckon should be looking at that side of things once he finally hangs up his boots, never rated him as a player, but hearing him speak seems to be pretty onto it with his analysis, not to mentioned seems a top bloke too!



  • I loved 1014, and really enjoy Matty Johns' Footy Show. Have not seen anything close to Reunion standard, other than 1014



  • @taniwharugby said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @nzzp James Parsons is someone I reckon should be looking at that side of things once he finally hangs up his boots, never rated him as a player, but hearing him speak seems to be pretty onto it with his analysis, not to mentioned seems a top bloke too!

    absolutely agree. Great human being, tries his guts out, a leader, but just a bit small for top level rugby it appears.



  • There was a YouTube show called ruggamatrix or something on YouTube a couple of years back that I thought was quite good, just a couple of Aussies but they put their bias aside. I think they had to stop due to lack of funding.



  • @taniwharugby I like what James Parsons has to say, too. Corey Flynn is similar; I like his radio commentary.

    I find Sir JK as annoying as hell. Always yelling over the others; spewing a lot of nonsense. And as some others said, too much fanboying on the Breakdown (not only SJK) and too little analysis.

    I like their live interviews more, but like @akan004 said, they assumed too much that what McLennon said was 100% true and that's typical for the programme. Still, it's for the interviews that I still watch the Breakdown.

    1014 Rugby came closest to what I want to see. If they would combine that with a news section, it would be a great programme.

    Instead of Re:union, I just watch the match highlights.



  • @Yeetyaah said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    There was a YouTube show called ruggamatrix or something on YouTube a couple of years back that I thought was quite good, just a couple of Aussies but they put their bias aside. I think they had to stop due to lack of funding.

    That was hosted by Djuro Sen and Ben Kimber and was top notch. Sen is no longer there but Kimber has started a new podcast with Morgan Turinui called The Rugby Ruckus. They are both generally pretty fair although in recent times Kimber has been fairly one sided with his reporting of the TT/RC negotiations.



  • Meg should be used more on a show like Breakdown to analyse games. While he knows SFA about the laws of the game I enjoy his insight about how the backs are aligned and what was done to manipulate the defence. Mexted was the same on Re:Union in an analysis role, but was poor as a commentator.



  • The Breakdown have also had Glenn Jackson on the programme a few times and his analysis was pretty good, too.



  • As I'm in Oz I don't watch the Breakdown, but I used to really like Reunion, TJ was good on that show in an opposite way to how shit he is when commentating the Invitational Chequebook XV, Crusaders, Canterbury and but for different reasons the Blues/Auckland.

    Reunion in its heyday struck the right balance of analysis/highlights of games and fluff pieces. The few episodes of the Breakdown I've seen seem quite slight in comparison on the analysis.



  • Love The Breakdown, I think it is excellent.



  • @Nepia said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    As I'm in Oz I don't watch the Breakdown, but I used to really like Reunion, TJ was good on that show in an opposite way to how shit he is when commentating the Invitational Chequebook XV, Crusaders, Canterbury and but for different reasons the Blues/Auckland.

    Reunion in its heyday struck the right balance of analysis/highlights of games and fluff pieces. The few episodes of the Breakdown I've seen seem quite slight in comparison on the analysis.

    Agree with all of this except I can't comment on The Breakdown. Have never seen it.

    With regard to SJK. He was never that on to it as a coach or analyst. And being "controversial" doesn't necessarily indicate a greater intellect. Something a few talk show hosts seemed to forget.



  • @booboo the full episodes are on the ABs YouTube channel.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @booboo the full episodes are on the ABs YouTube channel.

    That probably sums it up, really.

    It's fluff enough to be on the NZRU's own youtube channel.



  • @Bovidae said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    Meg should be used more on a show like Breakdown to analyse games. While he knows SFA about the laws of the game I enjoy his insight about how the backs are aligned and what was done to manipulate the defence. Mexted was the same on Re:Union in an analysis role, but was poor as a commentator.

    I agree. Mex offered very good insight and analysis when he was away from the emotion/activity of a live game.

    On 1014, I thought they were too dry. You have to bring some entertainment value as well as the analysis and good oil.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @Bovidae said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    Meg should be used more on a show like Breakdown to analyse games. While he knows SFA about the laws of the game I enjoy his insight about how the backs are aligned and what was done to manipulate the defence. Mexted was the same on Re:Union in an analysis role, but was poor as a commentator.

    I agree. Mex offered very good insight and analysis when he was away from the emotion/activity of a live game.

    On 1014, I thought they were too dry. You have to bring some entertainment value as well as the analysis and good oil.

    Re Mex: he lost me with "psychic energy"



  • @booboo said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @ACT-Crusader said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @Bovidae said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    Meg should be used more on a show like Breakdown to analyse games. While he knows SFA about the laws of the game I enjoy his insight about how the backs are aligned and what was done to manipulate the defence. Mexted was the same on Re:Union in an analysis role, but was poor as a commentator.

    I agree. Mex offered very good insight and analysis when he was away from the emotion/activity of a live game.

    On 1014, I thought they were too dry. You have to bring some entertainment value as well as the analysis and good oil.

    Re Mex: he lost me with "psychic energy"

    but he left us with gold.

    'Murray, can you hear me?'

    'No'



  • @nzzp said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @booboo said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @ACT-Crusader said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    @Bovidae said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    Meg should be used more on a show like Breakdown to analyse games. While he knows SFA about the laws of the game I enjoy his insight about how the backs are aligned and what was done to manipulate the defence. Mexted was the same on Re:Union in an analysis role, but was poor as a commentator.

    I agree. Mex offered very good insight and analysis when he was away from the emotion/activity of a live game.

    On 1014, I thought they were too dry. You have to bring some entertainment value as well as the analysis and good oil.

    Re Mex: he lost me with "psychic energy"

    but he left us with gold.

    'Murray, can you hear me?'

    'No'

    Murray used to pop into a place I worked all the time. He’s a good joker and takes the commentary piss takes extremely well.



  • Mex:
    "Mauger loves to come inside Merhtens" - one the most memorable bits of commentary.

    Along with "the batsman is Holding the bowler's Willy" of course.

    I am such a child.



  • It doesn't get any better than Mexted and Loe's live on-air conversation, that quickly descended into an argument.



  • @Snowy said in Anybody else still miss ReUnion?:

    Mex:
    "Mauger loves to come inside Merhtens" - one the most memorable bits of commentary.

    Along with "the batsman is Holding the bowler's Willy" of course.

    I am such a child.

    Some of the others were bangers as well....

    Pumping Martin Leslie especially....

    His psychic energy talk probably had Nisbo scratching his head too.



  • I love The Breakdown. So much better than any equivalent show in the UK. All the episodes are available on the ABs Youtube Channel.

    Jeff Wilson and Berndice Kirby-Oliver are excellent presenters, who balance having fun with asking probing questions of guests. All of their panel are good value, especially Glen Jackson and Sir John Kirwan.



  • All our shows are fucking terrible. I'm not a league fan but I'd happily sit down and watch 360, The Matty Johns Podcast or Sunday Night with Matty Johns for the entertainment value. I don't know how we manage to assemble casts of such average presenters. What's the show with the slightly chubby chick and all the recent ex players sitting around in their ripped jeans and hoodies talking absolute garbage??



  • If I had to list the shows I'd watch before The Breakdown, it'd include NRL 360, anything hosted by Matty Johns, PTI, The Jump and that one that always has Woody Paige, Frank Isola etc on it. And I love rugby. But our shows are so poor that I can't watch them.


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