Wellington v Harbour



  • 0 - 3 Habour after 15.  Thought they were about to score a try but held up and then Harbour score an easy try from the 5 meter scrum.



  • Shit game so far. Ive switched it off. I cant be arsed with these rules. They are a joke.



  • I know what you mean. The ruck penalties shit me. I can only hope as the players figure it out it'll get better.



  • 6-10 by the way
    Willie doing his best Keith Quin and talking about which first fifteens a couple of the players were in last year.
    That annoys me too....best find some beer and its BBQ weather. Sounds like a plan given its about ten minutes to Marsden Village and back, so that's a good half time task.



  • Its just so confusing and it looks like the players dont even know whats going on either. Plus Earl Va'a is a shit coach so that doesnt help.



  • Earl Va'a is a shit coach

    This.



  • Absolutely terrible half of rugby. North Harbour have the players, but they lack belief not helped by Matt McGahan at 10. The guy is awful there.



  • 6-10 by the way
    Willie doing his best Keith Quin and talking about which first fifteens a couple of the players were in last year.
    That annoys me too....best find some beer and its BBQ weather. Sounds like a plan given its about ten minutes to Marsden Village and back, so that's a good half time task.

    I don't mind that.. First XV rugby is televised these days, and the next step up (on sky) is Mitre 10 Cup.. Club rugby isn't really televised, so it's good to show the audience the link 
    Something tells me you went to a school that doesn't get many mentions..



  • Is Lose commentating? I can hear Ken...



  • Is Lose commentating? I can hear Ken...
    It is Ken. I just like to hate on Loser.
    Actually, I've just remembered I hate Ken too. "Second man play" aaargggrh



  • Something tells me you went to a school that doesn't get many mentions..

    Burn....but true. The Hutt gets plenty of mentions. Just not the ones you'd want.



  • 21-17 to Wellington by the way after Goosen drops an easy intercept. He did all the work getting there and hands up.



  • Of the things I dislike commentators for, being well researched and accurately describing plays aren't in the list, I've always found the dislike for Ken odd in that regard. Oh and apparently he pronounces names correctly too which people don't like. Go figure.



  • And Wellington win after scoring no tries to Harbour's two.



  • That would have to be contender for worst game of the year.



  • Why are Wellington so shit. With Goosen, Proctor, Treeby, Umaga Jensen in their backline surely they should be scoring more tries than they are.



  • I don't mind that.. First XV rugby is televised these days, and the next step up (on sky) is Mitre 10 Cup.. Club rugby isn't really televised, so it's good to show the audience the link 
    Something tells me you went to a school that doesn't get many mentions..

    Keith Quinn will tell you a story about what some player's sister as the player goes and score a try. If there is a break in play, giving extra info is fine. Quinn just picks terrible moments to do it.



  • That would have to be contender for the worst game of the year.

    I was at the game and concur with most of the above. The first half was all stop start with practically no phase going above one or two before someone made a mistake or a penalty was awarded. I don't know how players like Brad Shields and Vaea Fifita can go from looking like real decent players to the "who the hell are these guys" that we have seen in the last two Wellington matches. They certainly are nowhere near the standard they played at during the Super Rugby season. Whether it is because they are still a little fatigued from that or whether they played well above themselves or whether  the game plan employed by Coach Va'a is wrong for their strengths I don't know but they are streets away from where they were just a month back. At least Fifita still won all his lineouts with contemptuous ease, pity Wellington didn't call every lineout for him though.
     
    The new tall kid Walker-Leawere is hard to get a handle on as I thought he was supposedly the next big thing but all I have really seen from him is sort of a lumbering carthorse type player when he has the ball in hand. Probably being a bit unfair on him but he just looks a bit ponderous to me at this stage. Even Peter Umaga-Jenssen was quiet tonight and he is a kid I have seen play really well at club level but was not able to show up tonight. In fact you could say that about the entire Wellington side if being brutally honest, doing nothing of note but certainly plenty of forgettable things. That they did not manage to score a try pretty much sums up everything. There was someone in the midfield who stone cold dropped perfectly catchable passes twice when under no pressure at all, maybe Sean Treeby by a process of elimination but whoever was responsible it was something a paid professional player should not be doing. The scrum immediately started going Harbours way once Alex Fidow was wheeled on with about ten minutes to go, no more needs to be said there. Don't get me started on Sam Lousi!!!!
     
    On the other side Harbour weren't exactly looking likely to run away with the match, despite Wellington doing their best to encourage them to win so they too must have their supporters tearing their hair out (if they have any left after these last few seaons!). All in all it was one of the dreariest, disjointed, penalty infested, error ridden games of rugby played at an unbelievably slow pace I have had to endure. One wonders how many of the paltry attendence of three thousand and a few will be back for another serving of that slop.
     
    Despite everything written above there is still a team worse than the two on display tonight believe it or not. I shudder what to think Auckland will do to my mob come Wednesday night so shite are the Bay's displays so far.