Crusaders v Blues



  • Blues named
     
    1 - Ofa T
    2 - Quentin Macdonald
    3 - Sione Mafileo
    4 - Patrick Tuipulotu
    5 - Josh Bekhuis
    6 - Jerome Kaino (c)
    7 - Blake Gibson
    8 - Steven Luatua
    9 - Billy Guyton
    10 - Matt Mcgahan
    11 - Tevita Li
    12 - George Moala
    13 - Rene Ranger
    14 - Melani Nanai/Rieko Ioane
    15 - Matt Duffie/Lolagi Visinia
     
    Reserves
    Parsons, Prattley, Faumuina, Ioane, Pryor, Hall, West, Sau.
     
    Visinia must be injured. Didn't see the halves swapping and hooker swapping coming - seems Tana is big on having impact on the bench.



  • I'm loving Tana's work so far.



  • Sam Prattley. Hmm ...
     
    Did not see McGahan starting!



  • Somebody said on the other thread that Ioane and Faumauina were going to start.
     
    Very happy from a crusaders point of view that they are not.
     
     
    Also happy with that front row, MacDonald is not a great scrummager. We can attack there at least



  • Looks like T made a promise to a few players that they would get a chance to stake a claim on a position.



  • So is giving them a shot against a sure thing?  🙂
     
    Fair dues, Crusaders look a bit hopeless.



  • Just like last week, if this game is close after the 1st half, we've got a great chance to close it out with that bench.

    Somebody said on the other thread that Ioane and Faumauina were going to start.

    Feeney is a troll. :mad1:



  • Sounds like Visinia's injury is more of a niggle than anything serious.
     
    Interestingly - on the newshub article it has Visinia bracketed with Duffie and Rieko Ioane bracketed with Nanai.

    Coach Tana Umaga also named former Melbourne Storm player Matt Duffie to make his debut at fullback with Lolagi Visinia under an injury cloud.
     
    "We are going to need the entire squad throughout the year so it is important they get a taste of Super Rugby from the start," Umaga said.
    "There's real competition for places as well. Pre-season is one thing, but we need to test some different players and different combinations.
    "Also we do not want to get to the situation where we are forced to put players in to roles without them first experiencing it for their sakes and for us as coaches to evaluate their performance."



  • Sounds like Visinia's injury is more of a niggle than anything serious.
     
    Interestingly - on the newshub article it has Visinia bracketed with Duffie and Rieko Ioane bracketed with Nanai.

    That's because they are bracketed in the official Blues announcement: http://theblues.co.nz/blues-team-to-play-crusaders/



  • That's because they are bracketed in the official Blues announcement: http://theblues.co.nz/blues-team-to-play-crusaders/

    Sorry yes - Blues have started a new thing on their FB where they run through the team via video portraits but don't include bracketed players.



  • Sorry yes - Blues have started a new thing on their FB where they run through the team via video portraits but don't include bracketed players.

    Yes, must be a NZRU or Sky thing, because I noticed it on other FB pages, too (I think I saw it on the Crusaders page). The annoying result is also that the team namings don't appear on Twitter anymore, or not until much later.



  • Some interesting selections there. I think us winning last week has taken a bit of pressure off Tana and allowed him to experiment somewhat.



  • Possibly, although you'd think there are a few positions he is still not sure who his 1st pick is, plus looking for the right balance.



  • Not picking West was a surprise to me. As others have said, he obviously wants to give different players a chance.



  • Yep McGahan is a bit of a surprise, though I thought West was good last week without being outstanding, same as Hall. I think maybe I would want a look at a few players early too.



  • Crusaders

    1. Joe Moody  2. Codie Taylor  3. Owen Franks  4. Scott Barrett  5. Samuel Whitelock (c)  6. Jordan Taufua  7. Tim Boys  8. Kieran Read
    2. Andy Ellis  10. Richie Mo'unga  11. Nemani Nadolo  12. Kieron Fonotia  13. Sean Wainui  14. Jone Macilai  15. David Havili
       
      Reserves
    3. Ben Funnell  17. Wyatt Crockett  18. Mike Alaalatoa  19. Jimmy Tupou   20. Pete Samu  21. Leon Fukofuka  22. Ben Volavola  23. Johnny McNicholl


  • I thought that the Blues scrum struggled a little last week once Parsons went off, so I'm a bit surprised to see MacDonald getting a start in this game, when they might have already been under pressure.



  • Not sure what to think with changing the halves , 
     
    I know tana is his own man and has his reasons , but it feels a little Kirwan like



  • Don't mention the K word in a Blues thread, you will bring ill upon the team.



  • Yep McGahan is a bit of a surprise, though I thought West was good last week without being outstanding, same as Hall. I think maybe I would want a look at a few players early too.
    I think West was much better than Hall, West had to tidy up a lot of passes from behind and toes


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