Nz team of round 8



  • My choice would be-
    15-Israel Dagg
    14-Reiko Ioane
    13-Kieran Fonotia
    12-Ryan Crotty
    11-Julian Savea
    10-Beuden Barrett
    9-TJ Perenara
    8-Stephen Luatua
    7-Ardie Savea
    6-Jordan Taufua
    5-Scott Barrett
    4-Luke Romano
    3-Charlie Faumuina
    2-Dane Coles
    1-Joe Moody
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    1. Joe Moody
    2. Dane Coles
    3. Charlie Faumauina
    4. Luke Romano
    5. Michael Fatialofa
    6. Brad Shields
    7. Ardie Savea
    8. Keiran Read
    9. TJ Perenara
    10. Beauden Barrett
    11. Julian Savea
    12. Ryan Crotty
    13. Vince Tavae Aso
    14. Reiko Ioane
    15. Israel Dagg


  • Aso played 12 and Proctor played 13 on the weekend C4L.
     
    This is Nigel Yalden's XV FYI http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/opinion/nigel-yalden-nz-super-rugby-team-of-week-8/

    1. Reg Goodes (Hurricanes) – scrummed as well as anyone on the shifting sands that is AAMI Park in Melbourne as well as getting get through a healthy amount of worked around the field in a typically busy effort.
       2. Dane Coles (Hurricanes) – another excellent all round performance by the second best hooker in world rugby … sorry New Zealand, Agustin Creevy is better.
    2. Charlie Faumuina (Blues) – Sir Graham Henry used to remind anyone who listened about what an outstanding athlete John Afoa was; I do wonder what Ted would made of the magnificent skillset of Faumuina.  So good is he around the field, in the tight exchanges and with ball in hand that it’s easy to overlook that he is scrummaging and lifting in the lineout to the high standards you’d expect from an All Black.
    3. Scott Barrett (Crusaders) – feel very comfortable making this proclamation – Barrett is now only behind team-mate Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick in the locking ranks of New Zealand rugby.  He just gets through work and as you’d expect from a Taranaki born forward named Barrett, he does it with great intent, physicality and controlled aggression.
    4. Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes) – continues to go from strength-to-strength since being inserted into the starting line-up.  Aerially impressive and robust on the ground versus the Rebels and like Scott Barrett, is only in his early 20’s (Barrett 22, Fatialofa 23) so another one for the future.
    5. Jordan Taufua (Crusaders) – though I wasn’t that enamored with any of the three NZ blindsides on display who I thought were all outplayed by their opposites.
    6. Matt Todd (Crusaders) – huge defensively with 17 tackles & 3 turnovers but his role in getting to the breakdown so quickly was also key for other Crusaders snaffling turnovers too.  He’s not an overt attacking threat like Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), who was excellent against the Rebels, but Matt Todd was never far from the ball on Friday night playing an excellent supporting role that allowed others to shine.
    7. Steven Luatua (Blues) – Saturday night was Steven Luatua showing everyone that he still can be that player we were so impressed with in 2012 & 2013.  He worked in close; he ranged out wide, he was robust in the defence, he soared in the lineout (2 steals including a vital one late in the game), in short he was every inched the talent rugby fans know him to be, but haven’t seen for a wee bit – my Forward of the Week PS Your All Black captain elect went pretty darn good in Christchurch too.
    8. TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) – worked beautifully with his first five to help orchestrated a comfortable bonus point win.  Beauden Barrett was playing flatter and Perenara’s accurate passing meant that the Canes were able to maximise that; kicking was good and as always very good defensively, both in and around the breakdown and in general play.
    9. Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) â€“ how good was it seeing Beauden Barrett playing flatter on attack where, as the Rebels found out to their detriment, he is so much more effective.  We saw the entire gambit of his attacking skills on Friday night, with his ludicrous acceleration still taking the cake, as he controlled the game beautifully – my Back of the Week
    10. Julian Savea (Hurricanes) – while play did flow his way, that didn’t stop him going in search of more touches, ending Friday night’s game with 20 carries (best of the round) which he turned into the 3rd best metres-made (131 metres). However you don’t the needs the stats to tell you what your eyes have already told you; it’s pretty clear to all that Savea is galloping back into the sort of form that makes him one of the most impactful wings in world rugby.
    11. Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) – not as impressive as in previous weeks, but still provided more in combination with his midfield partner than the respective pairing for the Hurricanes and Blues.
      13.Kieron Fonotia (Crusaders) – see Ryan Crotty
    12. Reiko Ioane (Blues) – all the talk prior to the start of the season was about his big brother Akira, but it’s the 19 year old is making a bigger impact for the Blues and did it again against the Sharks.  He provided the defining moment of the match; a delightful individual try showcase his evasiveness, acceleration and speed, part of a very prominent display throughout the entirety of the game.  As they say in basketball, he put up a heck of stat line: 16 carries, 118 metres made, 7 defenders beaten & 4 clean line breaks.
    13. Israel Dagg (Crusaders) – the eyes were wide, the mouth was open, the feet were nimble, the acceleration was sharp, the fend was rigid, the positional play was brilliant, the defence was solid and the smile was as wide as them there Canterbury plains – good to have back, young man.


  • Of course with the Chiefs having a bye this week is a Claytons selection 😉



  • Aso moved to Centre when Woodward went off and he played better there. Will be interesting if they keep the original Aso/Proctor combination against the Chiefs or revert back to Laumape.



  • Of course with the Chiefs having a bye this week is a Claytons selection 😉

    Sam Cane should still have been picked



  • Sam Cane should still have been picked

    Was Ardie Savea playing?



  • Aso moved to Centre when Woodward went off and he played better there. Will be interesting if they keep the original Aso/Proctor combination against the Chiefs or revert back to Laumape.

    Woodward went off in the second half when the score was already 26-8. If you are looking at players who moved to centre during a match, Moala has a better case in my opinion.



  • Sam Cane should still have been picked

    Was Ardie Savea playing?

    1. Matt Todd (Crusaders) – huge defensively with 17 tackles & 3 turnovers but his role in getting to the breakdown so quickly was also key for other Crusaders snaffling turnovers too.  He’s not an overt attacking threat like Ardie Savea (Hurricanes), who was excellent against the Rebels, but Matt Todd was never far from the ball on Friday night playing an excellent supporting role that allowed others to shine.

    As predicted Matt Todd is surpassing both :whistle:



  • Well can't argue with ACT too much, thought it close between Todde and Ardie, but Cane was invisible on weekend!!



  • Well can't argue with ACT too much, thought it close between Todde and Ardie, but Canes was invisible on weekend!!

    Yeah I thought Ardie had a huge game, not 6'2 huge, but workrate around the park, he was exceptional.
     
    Todd has looked really sharp since coming back into the side. Not only defensively but he had an excellent game in attack. Always in support but also showed off some nice passing both ways whilst in the attacking line.



  • Well can't argue with ACT too much, thought it close between Todde and Ardie, but Canes was invisible on weekend!!

    Cane did nothing wrong though. Totally Error free.100% tackle rate.



  • Matt Todd is the kind of flanker who would be a star for the 6N sides.  I reckon he is about 5% away from being a regular AB.  Unfortunately 5% or 50%, I don't think he's going to feature, although I suppose if Savea is away at 7s (I forget if he's signed on...) then Todd could well be in with a shout for the bench.



  • Yeah I thought Ardie had a huge game, not 6'2 huge, but workrate around the park, he was exceptional.
     
    Todd has looked really sharp since coming back into the side. Not only defensively but he had an excellent game in attack. Always in support but also showed off some nice passing both ways whilst in the attacking line.

    Imagine if Ardie played like he was 6ft 3!



  • Imagine if Ardie played like he was 6ft 3!

    It's well known fern logic that the Saveas are this eras Stu Forster.....


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