Blues v Tahs



  • Blues have been named. Moala and Faumuina bracketed on the bench.
    The Blues team is:
    Sam Prattley, James Parsons ( C ), Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Josh Bekhuis, Jerome Kaino, Kara Pryor, Steven Luatua; Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Tevita Li, Piers Francis, Male Sa’u, Matt Duffie, Melani Nanai.
    Replacements: Matt Moulds, Nic Mayhew, Sione Mafileo or Charlie Faumuina, Scott Scrafton, Blake Gibson, Billy Guyton, Matt Vaega or George Moala, Lolagi Visinia.



  • Look forward to this game , although the blues have been out of the race , I think the fact that they can have an influence on the finals set up has motivated them somewhat .



  • Blues by 50.



  • Waratahs need to win, and get a bonus point, to give themselves a shot at finals, given the Brumbies have the Force at home, and the Force are shit, returning from South Africa, and are falling apart off the field.
     
    And the game is Friday night, so they know they have to put the pressure on the Brumbies for Saturday night. But that pushing for a bonus point might be their undoing. 
     
     
    So they'll either be hyper-focused, and that big pack will turn up like against the Chiefs and roll forward, or they'll choke under the pressure, turn the ball over, and be chasing Blues backs all over the field. I can't see it being close either way.



  • So they'll either be hyper-focused, and that big pack will turn up like against the Chiefs and roll forward, or they'll choke under the pressure, turn the ball over, and be chasing Blues backs all over the field. I can't see it being close either way.

    I like OPtion B.
     
    Unfortunately will miss the game as away up north, but will be another great night out at Eden Park I"m sure.  As a Blues fan, next season looks very exciting right now



  • I'd like to think the Blues match up well with the Tahs and the Tahs would find it hard to bully the Blues forward pack the way they would others.
     
    Sau needs a big game to contain Folau which could be key.



  •  
    Blues faced the opponents with the most average wins.
     
    Well, it's an interesting metric.  Makes sense on some levels, but our success this season ain't based on who we play.  Super success sure does - look at the Reds in 2011, for instance - but I think we didn't win more games this year because of mental issues at the back end.  A bit of confidence, and who knows.



  • I'm not sure who i'd rather see miss out on the playoffs out of the Brumbies and Waratahs. I hope they both get a hiding this week and it comes down to points differential. The Brumbies should sneak in as they are playing the Force who are alot weaker than the Blues.



  • wow, Moulds on the bench!



  • And Scott Scrafton. 🙂



  • I'm not sure who i'd rather see miss out on the playoffs out of the Brumbies and Waratahs. I hope they both get a hiding this week and it comes down to points differential. The Brumbies should sneak in as they are playing the Force who are alot weaker than the Blues.

    The Brumbies have won 1 more game so the only way the Tahs make it is if they get a BP win over the Blues and the Brumbies only win versus the Force (possible but unlikely) or the Force upsets the Brumbies (more unlikely) and the Tahs beat the Blues.  So basically, the Tahs need 1 more competition pt than the Brumbies get.
     
    I think this game will be more physical than NSW-Canes, given the desperation of the Tahs.



  • We have the game to do it, just not the consistency.
     
    The Brumbies might fall over the line because it looks like their wheels have fallen off, but they've got the better run home. They're also without Tomane who broke his leg playing for Uni Norths.



  • Waratahs

    1. Paddy Ryan (76 caps)  2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (140 caps)  3. Tom Robertson (12 caps)  4. Dean Mumm (100 caps)  5. Will Skelton (52 caps)  6. Jack Dempsey (13 caps)  7. Michael Hooper (c) (95 caps)  8. Dave Dennis (vc) (106 caps))
    2. Nick Phipps (96 caps)  10. Bernard Foley (76 caps)  11. Matt Carraro (54 caps)  12. Rob Horne 101 caps)  13. Israel Folau (59 caps)  14. Reece Robinson (12 caps)  15. Andrew Kellaway (10 caps)
       
      Reserves:  16. Hugh Roach (20 caps)  17. Jeremy Tilse (59 caps)  18. Angus Ta’avao (62 caps)  19. Sam Lousi (17 caps)  20. Wycliff Palu (133 caps)  21. Matt Lucas (26 caps)  22. David Horwitz (12 caps)  23. Jim Stewart (uncapped – potential NSW and Super Rugby debut)


  • Lambs to the slaughter.



  • Waratahs
     
    7. Michael Hoopah (c) (95 caps)

    Squinty Hoopah is going to have 100 caps when he's just 25 years young. Is this the fastest in Super Rugby history?



  • Squinty Hoopah is going to have 100 caps when he's just 25 years young. Is this the fastest in Super Rugby history?

    It looks more like a strabismus, could be wrong, but impressive stat otherwise.
     
    The big question is if the Blues pack can front the Tahs.  I think they have the pack to do this.  Be good to see Charlie play and Moala to keep Folau honest physically.



  • And Scott Scrafton. 🙂

    Yup good to see Umaga give him and Cowley-Tuioti a run before the end of season.



  • thought he mighta given Nock a run too, especially with Hall on his way out the door.



  • Li finally gets a chance!



  • Li finally gets a chance!

    Yup fully deserves it. We get to see him crash the ball up aimlessly one last time.



  • Blues by 50.

    At least.
     
    Tahs are effectively playing for their season, but it doesn't fucking matter because 24 hours after the hooter here, the Ponies will belt the Farce in Canboring on a cold, fucking miserable night.



  • At least.
     
    Tahs are effectively playing for their season, but it doesn't fucking matter because 24 hours after the hooter here, the Ponies will belt the Farce in Canboring on a cold, fucking miserable night.

    Yeah - will be tough for the Tahs to believe they're going to make it. I'm somewhat amazed they're in this position, because they're a far more dangerous team than the Brumbies.



  • I've got the Blues to win this in my multi. But I think it will be a nail biter. I just reckon home team gets the rub of the green usually in a number of facets of the game.One of them being that the road team will kick more pill away, which means less opportunities for Israel magic to be worked.That said you can pencil him in for a try right now. Outstanding player.



  • Yeah - will be tough for the Tahs to believe they're going to make it. I'm somewhat amazed they're in this position, because they're a far more dangerous team than the Brumbies.

    The games against the Rebels and Canes showed they don't deserve it. Top two inches.



  •  
    Blues faced the opponents with the most average wins.

    Only because they lost plenty. If you remove games the Blues were involved in their SOS was identical to all other NZ franchises.
     
    I mean if you really want to look at it the Crusaders had a tougher schedule because it was identical to the Blues except they had to play the Brumbies away (and Reds at home), where the Blues played Brumbies at Eden Park (and Reds away). If both the Crusaders and Blues were even I would prefer the Blues schedule playing tougher teams at home and weaker ones on the road.
     
    The article is just a really convoluted way of saying the NZ conference is incredibly dominant.



  • The article is just a really convoluted way of saying the NZ conference is incredibly dominant.

    And that metric is shit



  • Going by the forecast looks like it is going to absolutely hose down during the game.
     
    Not sure who that favours - if Tahs are chasing a bonus point win it may backfire.
     
    Guess we'll see if the Blues have developed since getting destroyed in the pouring rain in JoBurg earlier in the season.



  • Moala and Faumuina confirmed for the Blues bench tonight.



  • Asia based Ferners: Rugby Pass has the game streaming for free.

    http://www.rugbypass.com/game/waratahs-at-blues-on-07152016



  • Hope the blues pump them tonight



  • Sumo and Mehrts on the box. That is such a massive step up from TJ, Nisbo and Marshall.



  • Great to have merts on the mic tonight



  • Rubbish penalty - there was no ruck, Parsons was the only one near the ball.



  • Awesome by luatua



  • That was stripped out by the Waratah player, shouldn't be a knock on if we're being consistent...



  • Luatua HAS to be picked by Hansen - surely



  • surely that was holding?



  • Foley rips the ball out and it's called a knock on by the Blues player. Last week TJP knocked the ball out of Foley's hands and it was called a knock on by TJP.
    It seems if you knock the ball out of a players hands and it goes forwards, it's a knock on by you. If it goes backwards, it's a knock on by the player with the ball.
    I'm struggling to understand the rulings on that.



  • Bryn HaLL taken too long to pass.. step hop pass...



  • Blues scrum under all sorts of pressure...tahs looking for a PT/YC?


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