Rebels v Hurricanes



  • Hurricanes:

    1. Reggie Goodes  2. Dane Coles (c)  3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen  4. Vaea Fifita  5. Michael Fatialofa  6. Brad Shields  7. Ardie Savea  8. Victor Vito
    2. TJ Perenara (vc)  10. Beauden Barrett  11. Julian Savea  12. Vince Aso  13. Matt Proctor  14. Cory Jane 15. Jason Woodward 
       
      Reserves: 16. Leni Apisai  17. Chris Eves  18. Ben May  19. Mark Abbott  20. Tony Lamborn  21. Jamison Gibson-Park  22. Otere Black  23. Ngani Laumape.

    Unavailable due to injury: Blade Thomson (knee), James Marshall (concussion), Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (knee), Callum Gibbins (Achilles), Nehe Milner-Skudder (shoulder).
     
    http://www.hurricanes.co.nz/the-canes/news/single/item/canes-name-new-look-midfield-to-play-rebels/
     
     
    Great to see that Mark Abbott is back from injury and that Tony Lamborn is likely to make his Super Rugby debut!
    I'm interested to see how the Aso-Proctor combination will go this weekend.



  • Jeez I hope some of those injuries aren't too serious. Can't afford to lose Thomson for too long. Interesting to see a new centre combination considering its a must win for the Canes in terms of staying with those front runners. A positive in giving guys like Proctor a crack is that it will create competition for places, something the Chiefs are doing really well and thriving on. 
     
    I believe there is too much firepower in this side for them to trip up.



  • How is Woodward going ? quite liked the cut of his gib when he came on the scene.



  • How is Woodward going ? quite liked the cut of his gib when he came on the scene.

    For some reason he was named to start last week but then ended up sitting in the stands. Injury setbacks have meant that he hasn't quite reached his potential since returning from the Rebels a few seasons ago. However I would probably have him starting ahead of Jane from now considering Jane has contributed pretty much F#$k all to the Canes back line this season. Too old I say time to give guys like Proctor and Woodward lengthy minutes in the Canes jersey



  • Yeah can't help but feel this is Janes last season and being a proud Upper Hutt boy he might hang up the boots completely rather than take a pay cheque overseas.



  • Jeez I hope some of those injuries aren't too serious. Can't afford to lose Thomson for too long. Interesting to see a new centre combination considering its a must win for the Canes in terms of staying with those front runners. A positive in giving guys like Proctor a crack is that it will create competition for places, something the Chiefs are doing really well and thriving on. 
     
    I believe there is too much firepower in this side for them to trip up.

    Rebels are playing some pretty decent rugby this season.  
     
    Canes success will depend largely on how their midfield goes. It has been a troublesome area lacking stability and continuity. I like Proctor's game and hope he goes well this week.



  • For some reason he was named to start last week but then ended up sitting in the stands. Injury setbacks have meant that he hasn't quite reached his potential since returning from the Rebels a few seasons ago. However I would probably have him starting ahead of Jane from now considering Jane has contributed pretty much F#$k all to the Canes back line this season. Too old I say time to give guys like Proctor and Woodward lengthy minutes in the Canes jersey

    Currently, Jane's strengths are his ability under the highball and his communication and experience. His weaknesses are that he isn't as dynamic as he once was, and he has never been the fastest. Seems to me that he now fits fullback much more than wing. With Milner-Skudder playing wing for the All Blacks, I don't know why they didn't swap them at the start of the season (let alone when NMS got injured).



  • Am pleased to see Tony Lamborn get the chance to make his Super Rugby debut.



  • Hurricanes:

    1. Reggie Goodes  2. Dane Coles (c)  3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen  4. Vaea Fifita  5. Michael Fatialofa  6. Brad Shields  7. Ardie Savea  8. Victor Vito
    2. TJ Perenara (vc)  10. Beauden Barrett  11. Julian Savea  12. Vince Aso  13. Matt Proctor  14. Cory Jane 15. Jason Woodward 
       
      Reserves: 16. Leni Apisai  17. Chris Eves  18. Ben May  19. Mark Abbott  20. Tony Lamborn  21. Jamison Gibson-Park  22. Otere Black  23. Ngani Laumape.

    Unavailable due to injury: Blade Thomson (knee), James Marshall (concussion), Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (knee), Callum Gibbins (Achilles), Nehe Milner-Skudder (shoulder).
     
    http://www.hurricanes.co.nz/the-canes/news/single/item/canes-name-new-look-midfield-to-play-rebels/
     
     
    Great to see that Mark Abbott is back from injury and that Tony Lamborn is likely to make his Super Rugby debut!
    I'm interested to see how the Aso-Proctor combination will go this weekend.

    Same here. I thought Proctor was disappointing last year for Wellington at center but no one has put for hand up so hope he does well.  Laumape has done well at 2nd but I guess its just giving Aso a start in a diff position. He was very quiet at center but maybe 2nd is his position
     
    Thankfully Apisai is back as Motu's lineout throwing is a bit rubbish. and I will watch Fatialofa with interest as he seems to be progressing nicely at this level.



  • I thought Halaholo was playing quite well. Seems to be the only one capable of breaking the line with his nifty footwork. I don't think Proctor is big enough to be a centre. Hopefully I'm wrong though. I would be a little bit less nervous if Halaholo partnered Proctor in the centres rather than Aso as two completely new centres is a bit more of a risk going into a game like this.



  • I am sorely tempted to tip the Rebels in my pool:
    Pros

    1. No Blade Thomson
    2. New centre combination
    3. Rebels at home
       
      Cons
    4. Will Jason Woodward play a blinder against his old team
    5. Dane Coles is tearing shit up right now in open play and is more dangerous ball in hand that most backs in the country.
    6. Ardie Savea is major catalyst for the Canes and any time he is in the side you would be a brave man to write them off.
    7. Who actually can create a line break for the Rebels? Anyone?


  • Rebels:

    1. Toby Smith  2. James Hanson  3. Laurie Weeks  4. Luke Jones  5. Lopeti Timani  6. Jordy Reid  7. Sean McMahon  8. Adam Thomson
    2. Nic Stirzaker (c)  10. Jack Debreczeni  11. Cam Crawford  12. Mitch Inman  13. Tamati Ellison  14. Dom Shipperley  15. Reece Hodge
       
      Reserves16. Pat Leafa  17. Cruze Ah Nau  18. Jamie Hagan  19. Sam Jeffries  20. Scott Fuglistaller  21. Ben Meehan  22. Dan Hawkins  23. Sefa Naivalu


  • Where is Pita Ahki ? From what he showed when he was playing for the Blues, he is a better option than Aso or Hahaholo in midfield (2nd Five / Centre). I am pretty stunned that he did not get a chance since the beginning of the competition.



  • He is with the Sevens team isn't he? Or is that someone with a similar name?



  • Yep played Hong Kong 7s last weekend. Got injured I believe.



  • Yep played Hong Kong 7s last weekend. Got injured I believe.

    Yes, shoulder injury.



  • I'm tipping the Rebels in this one
     
     
    which is excellent news for you Hurricanes fans



  • Rebels:

    1. Toby Smith  2. James Hanson  3. Laurie Weeks  4. Luke Jones  5. Lopeti Timani  6. Jordy Reid  7. Sean McMahon  8. Adam Thomson
    2. Nic Stirzaker (c)  10. Jack Debreczeni  11. Cam Crawford  12. Mitch Inman  13. Tamati Ellison  14. Dom Shipperley  15. Reece Hodge
       
      Reserves16. Pat Leafa  17. Cruze Ah Nau  18. Jamie Hagan  19. Sam Jeffries  20. Scott Fuglistaller  21. Ben Meehan  22. Dan Hawkins  23. Sefa Naivalu

    wow, just checked the Rebels website and seems the excitement machine that is Dan Hawkins has already played 41 minutes over 3 games!



  • I've tipped the Rebels as well.  This game has classic Hurricanes wobbles written all over it.
     
    That, and the Rebels are a pretty decent team this year.



  • Yeah I'm picking a hugely frustrating game that I personally think we should have won by 20 but will lose by 10 due to shithouse decision making.
     
    Edit - oh, and that fucking shithouse ref!



  • Yeah I'm picking a hugely frustrating game that I personally think we should have won by 20 but will lose by 10 due to shithouse decision making.
     
    Edit - oh, and that fucking shithouse ref!

    I thought you meant Lees and looked it up. Hoffman! The ref that was so bad in the Tahs/Sharks game last year that even Phil Kearns commented that the Sharks were stiffed.



  • I had no idea who the ref was I just know that I will hold him partly responsible for a below par performance from my boys.



  • I thought you meant Lees and looked it up. Hoffman! The ref that was so bad in the Tahs/Sharks game last year that even Phil Kearns commented that the Sharks were stiffed.

    Yep from memory in a new and inventive stuff up, he completely messed up when halftime was. He called halftime at next stoppage, so Sharks kicked the ball out. Then the siren went after the ball went out, so he changed his mind and played the lineout....



  • Yep from memory in a new and inventive stuff up, he completely messed up when halftime was. He called halftime at next stoppage, so Sharks kicked the ball out. Then the siren went after the ball went out, so he changed his mind and played the lineout....

    Was that also the one where an old painted out line was called as the 22 and the ball was deemed as carried back?



  • I've tipped the Rebels as well.  This game has classic Hurricanes wobbles written all over it.
     
    That, and the Rebels are a pretty decent team this year.

    After deliberating I tipped the Rebels but I have no confidence in my prediction. I thought the Landers vs Rebels match would be at least close and it wasn't so yeah I tend to over rate the Rebels.



  • Wow everyone tipping the Rebels. Jeez they aren't that great. What? they have one win over the Waratahs and everyone thinks their shit doesn't smell. Should be a tough game but id still have the Canes favourites and they should get the job done comfortably.



  • Wow everyone tipping the Rebels. Jeez they aren't that great. What? they have one win over the Waratahs and everyone thinks their shit doesn't smell. Should be a tough game but id still have the Canes favourites and they should get the job done comfortably.

    Ummm the Canes have beaten the Blues, Force, Kings and Jags, hardly ringing endorsements that they should be comfortable away from home against an improving side. I'm hopeful of a Canes win, but they will have to play some better footy than they have to win.



  • Canes to win comfortably. Woodward to score a brace.



  • Ummm the Canes have beaten the Blues, Force, Kings and Jags, hardly ringing endorsements that they should be comfortable away from home against an improving side. I'm hopeful of a Canes win, but they will have to play some better footy than they have to win.

    Meh they should win comfortably!!



  • Is there anyone out there getting shivers up their spine knowing Mr. Hoffman has the whistle?



  • that turf is a disgrace, Rebels should be fined for that shit



  • Mr. Hoffman does a virtual highland fling in his haste to award a try to the Rebels but then backtracks and refers what at first glance looked to be a clear held up to the TMO



  • Then has to back track. You can almost hear the disappointment in his voice.



  • Mr. Hoffman does a virtual highland fling in his haste to award a try to the Rebels but then backtracks and refers what at first glance looked to be a clear held up to the TMO

    Good job there by Perenara to get that referred to the TMO.



  • The turf trips Julian Savea up and lets the Rebels in for an undeserved try. This pitch is a disgrace, the game should be called off right now on grounds of safety.



  • the bus looked like a bus there



  • Mr. Hoffman does a virtual highland fling in his haste to award a try to the Rebels but then backtracks and refers what at first glance looked to be a clear held up to the TMO

    Haha good description.
     
    Highland fling was how I remember Jim Fleming awarding tries to the French in 99......



  • What a disgrace. They should go to golden oldies scrums to avoid the pitch tearing up like that, or just call it off. You can't play professional footy in a sand pit.



  • Haha, this tweet from James Marshall: "Should have trained at the beach this week!"



  • Also what is with Hoffman awarding a try when he obviously didn't see a grounding...


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