Force v Crusaders



  • Crusaders:

    1. Wyatt Crockett  2. Codie Taylor  3. Owen Franks  4. Luke Romano  5. Sam Whitelock  6. Jordan Taufua  7. Matt Todd  8. Kieran Read (c)
    2. Mitch Drummond  10. Richie Mo’unga  11. Nemani Nadolo  12. Ryan Crotty  13. Sean Wainui  14. Johnny McNicholl  15.  Ben Volavola
       
      Reserves:
    3. Ged Robinson  17. Joe Moody  18. Mike Alaalatoa  19. Scott Barrett  20. Jimmy Tupou  21. Andy Ellis  22. Kieron Fonotia  23. Jone Macilai


  • Force:

    1. Pekahou Cowan  2. Heath Tessmann  3. Tetera Faulkner  4. Sitiveni (Steve) Mafi  5. Adam Coleman  6. Angus Cottrell  7. Matt Hodgson Â©  8. Ben McCalman
    2. Alby Mathewson  10. Peter Grant  11. Semisi Masirewa  12. Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea  13. Ben Tapuai  14. Luke Morahan  15. Dane Haylett-Petty
       
      Reserves
    3. Nathan Charles  17. Francois van Wyk  18. Jermaine Ainsley  19. Rory Walton  20. Richard Hardwick  21. Ryan Louwrens  22. Ian Prior  23. Albert Nikoro


  • Glad we didn't get carried away with rotating players.
     
    This is the sort of game we have done exactly that in previous years and paid for it.
     
     
    I think this year Toddy has changed a couple of things.
     
    Firstly, his rotation policy as I outlined above
     
    Secondly, I think he's learnt from Jamie Joseph and the highlanders.. instead of constantly fanning out across the field we are committing more numbers to breakdowns this year in search of turnovers and quick ruck ball.
     
     
    Both changes are very positive in my ipinion.



  • Can anyone tell me what's the news on Mitchell hunt? Is he injured or just not getting any game time?
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  • Can anyone tell me what's the news on Mitchell hunt? Is he injured or just not getting any game time?
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    Not getting game time at this stage.
     
    Has been on tour with the squad, so is in the mix I suppose. 
     
     
    Wouldn't mind seeing him have a run at fullback instead of Volavola (although to be fair Volavola is playing much better than he did for Fiji last year). I think it's wise to keep Richie at 10 for now.



  • http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/78648475/aussie-tv-commentator-criticises-crusaders-basic-game-plan
     
    Marto and Big Stormin Normin providing a bit of extra motivation for tonight 🙂



  • Who cares if the game plan is basic. Especially if it is winning games. And it still should be too good for the Farce.



  • I don't think he's wrong about the basic gameplan, the Saders attack is super predictable compared to the other 4 NZ teams, but the opposition still have to be good enough to contain them and I don't think the Force have any chance of doing that (out of the Aussie teams at the moment, only the Brumbies probably do). Their only real chance is if the Saders are tired from the travel and have underestimated them like they have the Force/Rebels a few times over the years.



  • the Crusaders have long used the side to side stuff, but they have a bit of variation with some penetrative runners out there and is making a big difference



  • the Crusaders have long used the side to side stuff, but they have a bit of variation with some penetrative runners out there and is making a big difference

    Yeah we've definately changed things up a bit this year.
     
    it's only taken 4 years for Blackadder to learn 🙂 And if you ask me, he's pretty much copied the highlanders blueprint from last year



  • I think people are being a bit harsh on Blackadder's attack structures. The Crusaders have consistently been one of the best attacking teams in Super Rugby under his tutelage. Pretty sure they topped the NZ conference attack stats last year, despite the Hurricanes topping the table.



  • I think people are being a bit harsh on Blackadder's attack structures. The Crusaders have consistently been one of the best attacking teams in Super Rugby under his tutelage. Pretty sure they topped the NZ conference attack stats last year, despite the Hurricanes topping the table.

    From memory we had a few big wins last year (sharks and reds game spring to mind) but really struggled to score against the other NZ teams.
     
    Think we only scored 1 try in 2 games against the Chiefs. despite having enough posession to be competitive.



  • They topped the "smash shit out of the crap teams" board while looking largely ineffective against the top sides.



  • They topped the "smash shit out of the crap teams" board while looking largely ineffective against the top sides.

    Agree 🙂
     
    "you can come up with stats to prove anything Kent. Fofty percent of all people know that"



  • They topped the "smash shit out of the crap teams" board while looking largely ineffective against the top sides.

    Just saying, Blackadder always cops plenty of grief for how poorly his team attacks, but even when they top the attack stats for the entire competition people still cricticise them for being one dimensional and easy to read in attack.



  • Dilbert has a view on this too
     
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  • Dilbert has a view on this too
     
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    because of my role, i always liked this one



  • I'm not making any numbers up TR.
     
    I don't have last season's table in front of me, but I know if the Crusaders weren't the highest scoring team during the round-robin fixtures in 2015 than they were very close to the highest. Now people can choose to ignore this fact and point to the fact that they didn't score many tries against the Chiefs, but when it comes to point scoring Blackadder can't do much more than have his team score more points than any other team.



  • my post was in response to SammyC's one above yours....not saying you made them up, just that was mildly related and funny!



  • my post was in response to SammyC's one above yours....not saying you made them up, just that was mildly related and funny!

    No worries, I wasn't sure if you were responding to my post.


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