Nz team of round 7



  • 15.Damian McKenzie
    14.Johnny Mcnichol
    13.Seta Taminavalu
    12.Charlie Ngatai
    11.Julian Savea
    10.Aaron Cruden
    9.Aaron Smith
    8.Kieran Read
    7.Sam Cane
    6.Brad Shields
    5.Blade Thompson
    4.Brodie Retallick
    3.Charlie Faumuina
    2.Cody Taylor
    1.Mitch Graham
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  • Ioane R for FABJM



  • Has to be someone else at 6. Shields was too inconsistent.
     
    Taufua?



  • Kaino had his moments at 6. As did Luatua.



  • I didn't see the Crusaders game but going by reports Taufua was good.
    If we were playing guys out of position though I would select Leitch.



  • I didn't see the Crusaders game but going by reports Taufua was good.
    If we were playing guys out of position though I would select Leitch.

    If Leitch were eligible, you wouldn't need to pick him out of position, he was much better than Read this weekend.
     
    R Ioane at 14, Lowe at 11 and Taufua at 6. Savea was better than he's been all season but I don't think he was as good as the scorecard made him look. And while Kaino had a good game, Taufua was the best forward on the field in his game.



  • When I mentioned Luatua i thought he had gone to 6 when Ioane came on.



  • McNicholl did one or two good things but spent the rest of the game being pretty awful. Just no.



  • I didn't watch the Landers game, but my NZ player of the week was Retallick. He was everywhere + effective.  The difference between him and Bird was chalk and cheese. Just a machine.



  • I didn't watch the Landers game, but my NZ player of the week was Retallick. He was everywhere + effective.  The difference between him and Bird was chalk and cheese. Just a machine.

    Yeah, he was huge.
     
    Think you're being a bit harsh on Bird though, he's only just coming back from a long layoff, so should take a little while to get back up to speed. Maybe should've been eased back in from the bench but giving Allardice a rest after his enormous workload was understandable.



  • Taufua was awesome I thought. Both he and Todd worked very well together.
    Reiko was very strong with the ball.


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