Reds v Highlanders



  • Highlanders:

    1. Daniel Lienert-Brown  2. Liam Coltman  3. Siosiua Halanukonuka  4. Mark Reddish  5. Joe Wheeler  6. Luke Whitelock  7. Shane Christie (c)  8. Liam Squire
    2. Aaron Smith  10. Lima Sopoaga  11. Pat Osborne  12. Rob Thompson  13. Malakai Fekitoa  14. Jack Wilson  15. Matt Faddes
       
      Reserves
    3. Ash Dixon  17. Ross Geldenhuys  18. Josh Hohneck  19. Tom Franklin  20. Dan Pryor  21. Fumiaki Tanaka  22. Hayden Parker  23. Jason Emery
       
      Unavailable due to injury: Waisake Naholo (leg),Brendon Edmonds (knee),Ben Smith (concussion),Elliot Dixon (head cut), Marty Banks (ribs)
       
      http://thehighlanders.co.nz/our-news/latest-news


  • Matt Faddes, Jack Wilson, Malakai Fekitoa, Rob Thompson, Patrick Osborne, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Liam Squire, Shane Christie captain, Luke Whitelock, Joe Wheeler, Mark Reddish, Siosiua Halanukonuka, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown.
    Reserves: Ash Dixon, Ross Geldenhuys, Josh Hohneck, Tom Franklin, Dan Pryor, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Jason Emery
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  • So Tongia is behind Jack Wilson now?



  • So Tongia is behind Jack Wilson now?

    It's ridiculous. I really hope Tongia gets a contract at another franchise next season. He just doesn't get the opportunities he deserves at the Landers. The Crusaders will need at least one, possible two (if rumours are true) new wingers; not sure about the other franchises.
    At least he'll be chomping at the bit when he comes back for Mitre 10 Cup, just like Evans, who also hasn't played for a while.



  • I wonder if Tongia shouldn't look at trying to pick up an Australian contract next year and trying out for the Wallabies?



  • The only thing the Reds have going for them is their scrum which I doubt will have as much success this week as it has in previous fixtures. Highlanders by plenty.



  • This fixture will be interesting to see what the difference is without Mr Smith at the back.



  • This fixture will be interesting to see what the difference is without Mr Smith at the back.

    FABMF. That is all.



  • This fixture will be interesting to see what the difference is without Mr Smith at the back.

    Have tickets to this one and am seriously pissed off B Smith is out. Have never seen him play live and probably wont ever now.



  • I am very nervous about this one.  Classic banana skin game.  The Reds are average, but they have enough in the forwards and the scrum to be a pain in the neck.  Plus we have flattered to deceive a bit lately -  we aren't as good as a 5-1 record indicates.  
     
    Picking an upset here.



  • Really? The Reds are last in their group. They have the second worst points differential and are the worst attacking side thus far.



  • Really? The Reds are last in their group. They have the second worst points differential and are the worst attacking side thus far.

    They drew with the Blues who beat the Clan. Only just lost to the Tahs.
    They aren't the Sunwolves.
    As Damo says the clan have won the last couple of weeks but not benn all that flash in doing so. Relied on defence more than dominance.
    Having said that if anything other than a Clan win I'd be surprised.



  • I am very nervous about this one.  Classic banana skin game.  The Reds are average, but they have enough in the forwards and the scrum to be a pain in the neck.  Plus we have flattered to deceive a bit lately -  we aren't as good as a 5-1 record indicates.  
     
    Picking an upset here.

    They're an ugly side who try and bring sides down to their level with dirty grubs such as Andrew Ready and Sef Fa'agase leading the charge. Can't say I have much time for the Reds and hope you guys smash them.



  • They drew with the Blues who beat the Clan. Only just lost to the Tahs.And the Clan flogged the Rebels who only just won against the Reds...The Highlanders should win by more than one score.



  • And the Clan flogged the Rebels who only just won against the Reds...
    The Highlanders should win by more than one score.

    Our defintion of "flogged" is different.
    The Clan put on a defensive show against the Rebels. Deserved to win but did not flog them.
    Agreed though they should win by more than a score.



  • Really? The Reds are last in their group. They have the second worst points differential and are the worst attacking side thus far.

    I am aware of the relative table positions of the team.  However I have watched all of both teams performances and the Reds are on the up and the Highlanders are not.  
     
    Reds have a very strong scrum and they aren't afraid to scrum for PK's over and over.  Highlanders are also missing two of their key players in Ben Smith and Elliott Dixon.  Plus we never seem to win in Brisbane (it has been over a decade since our last win there).



  • would say the Reds on the 'up' is still well below the Highlanders current mark.
     
    I think the Reds will have to play out of thier skins to win.



  • "With out pair"
    I hate listening to these bellends



  • C'mon boys, out muscle the banana skin!



  • Bloody good try by the Reds



  • Super slow mo of Aaron Smith stepping. Comms: "Look at Sopoaga...".



  • This Faddes guy is something isn't he?
     
    Been good the last couple of weeks on the wing, and now filling in for Ben Smith he is looking great.  
     
    I can feel a plucky loss coming on here.



  • another good try to the reds,



  • Looked about a foot forward to me but what would I know.



  • What's the fucking point of having a TMO? Really?
    Clearly forward out of the hands.



  • Malakai not having his best start



  • We seem to be falling off a lot of tackles.



  • Whitelock is playing much better but still doesn't really fit the highlanders game plan - at least not in the wide channels. Twice now they've had a positive looking attack and he's been found out wide and tucked the ball with no thought other than taking the tackle and going to ground.



  • Good kick that one



  • Osborne is having an absolute shitter on defence.



  • How the hell is that play on? Every other ref on earth gives that as a lazy running penalty.



  • Hometown Jackson needs to read the offside rule



  • Hometown Jackson needs to read the offside rule
    Hah I was just going to say exactly those words. Ignore the 3 offside guys on that play and award the penalty to the reds.



  • fuck off glen



  • what the fuck was Jackson doing there, embarassing refereeing



  • Every reply I see seems to show either of our props having a nice little relaxing walk. Not good.
    Really weak defence too, just going backwards in the tackle.



  • Great scrambling defence but the Highlanders are falling off way too many tackles.



  • JJ will be putting on the steel caps and preparing the riot act



  • Awful display from the Highlanders so far. Need an attitude adjustment in the 2nd half.


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