Rebels v Highlanders



  • Great to see Wheeler back in the team, and Ash Dixon starting. Luke Whitelock is back, too.
    I don't quite understand why they brought Jack Wilson over to the Highlanders, while they have an excellent winger in Ryan Tongia, who can play in all three outside back positions. Tongia seriously needs to think about moving to another team because he's wasting his time down South. Osborne is back on the left wing.



  • Who's Jack Wilson?
    And why the fuck is Anonymous Whitelock playing ahead of Dixon?



  • Got me beat too Gunner. Played a mere 18 ITM Cup matches (including 8 for the BoP and a massive 10 for Otago) over the last four seasons, admittedly he seems to have been earning a living up in England (another indicator that his prospects in NZ must have been limited). It must be galling for the likes of Ryan Tongia to be overlooked for a player that is there on an injury replacement contract (for The Barracuda).
     
    http://thehighlanders.co.nz/our-team/player-profiles/747-jack-wilson
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/78228874/former-nz-and-england-sevens-star-jack-wilson-to-debut-for-highlanders
     
    EDIT: On a closer read of his profile I discover he is now a Pom. What the hell is the NZRFU forking out money to pay for a pom for when there must be any number of wingers plying their trade that would be a better investment than this? At least Highlanders fans have the consolation that he is a "star", at least according to the press headline anyway.



  • Cue Wilson smashing it up this weekend.



  • Tongia seems to do well when given the chance. Can't believe he wouldn't be picked if he was fit.



  • I'm far from his biggest fan, but Whitelock has been playing well. Plus it's only the Rebels......



  • It seems the Highlanders are really buying into a rotation policy, especially with the forwards. Dixon, Coltman and the likes of Wheeler and Franklin always start against the top teams. But there's no harm in playing the likes of Reddish, Ainley, and Whitelock, just to keep the other guys fresh.
     
    But I'm a bit perplexed about the selection of Jack Wilson ahead of Tongia, who I'm a massive fan of. Tongia has been great on attack and his defensive reading has improved a lot over the last year.



  • Every chance Tongia has had, he has taken it with both hands, is odd he isnt gettting a decent shot



  • I'm far from his biggest fan, but Whitelock has been playing well. Plus it's only the Rebels......
    You know it's a requirement to not rate Whitelock. His reputation precedes him and he'll never be rid of it.
    Edit: must learn to type better on phone ... fat fingers



  • Wilson spent a couple seasons in Durban as well. Didn't work out though.



  • Andrew Leeds is refereeing. Will the game be worth watching? Just tuned in and its still nil nil after fifteen minutes.



  • Andrew Leeds is refereeing. Will the game be worth watching? Just tuned in and its still nil nil after fifteen minutes.

    There's already been a couple shit decisions for each team.
     
    Highlanders are getting the better of play so far but making way too many mistakes.



  • Thompson scores off a Rebels fumble.
     
    Landers 10-0



  • Everyone else watching the cricket? Can't say I blame you, dull game.
     
    Landers 13-0
     
    Second half starts.



  • I'm happy because a Highlanders win keeps my multi alive.... But....
    Andrew Lees is a joke. Was begging the TMO to let him award a penalty try. For that? Wow



  • Everyone else watching the cricket? Can't say I blame you, dull game.
     
    Landers 13-0
     
    Second half starts.

    A good night to flick through the channels.



  • I'm happy because a Highlanders win keeps my multi alive.... But....
    Andrew Lees is a joke. Was begging the TMO to let him award a penalty try. For that? WowFor commentators eye patch?



  • Everyone else watching the cricket? Can't say I blame you, dull game.
    Landers 13-0
    Second half starts.Nope, can't watch anything tonight. Trying to follow everything all at once from my phone.
    So, I don't care if it's a dull game, as long as the High Landers win by plenty 🙂



  • The Landers have butchered a few occasions in the first half. They should be ahead by 20+.



  • I'm happy because a Highlanders win keeps my multi alive.... But....
    Andrew Lees is a joke. Was begging the TMO to let him award a penalty try. For that? Wow

    Yeah, even the penalty was harsh, looked like the Rebels player tried to catch it to me but then lost it backwards.
     
    And then the Landers fuck the 5m lineout up anyway.
     
    Landers 13-3 after 53 mins.


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