SBW out? Rieko to 12!
There's been some comments in the media that the current situation is similar to all the other Blues coaches. I thought I would check out the win percentages vs other NZ sides
Yes, the form of the NZ teams has ebbed and flowed but they are generally strong. Also, they are the one constant across the various number of teams, competition structure etc
15 games 1 win
The one win was the first game vs the Highlanders (33-31)
If his team the next 5 NZ games (2 vs Crusaders, 2 vs Hurricanes, 1 vs Highlanders) he can just edge in front of Kirwan
24 games 7 wins
(3 Hurricanes, 2 Highlanders, 2 Crusaders)
24 games 9 wins
(4 Highlanders, 2 Chiefs, 2 Hurricanes, 1 Crusaders)
I think there has to be a note about the injury crisis in Lams fourth season. Crazy number of injuries, players with no NPC experience starting... locks in particular, we were starting our 7th choice lock with a loosie next to him etc
First three seasons prior to that injury crisis:
This included the best streak since Henry: 6 in a row versus NZ teams. The streak Included all other NZ sides. That season was the last time the Blues made the playoffs
(2 Chiefs, 2 Highlanders, 1 Hurricanes, 1 Crusaders)
A bad first season cemented reputation then his team went ok (0-4 in that first year)
(3 Crusaders, 2 Chiefs, 2 Hurricanes, 2 Highlanders)
Yes, even Jed Rowlands
13 in a row before losing the final in 98
Clearly Henry belongs in his own category.
From 1999-2011 all of these coaches had a minimum of 50% success rate against NZ teams:
Sure, thats not good enough, but they were competitive. They all got a lot of criticism in the press compared to the current coach.
Then came the injury crisis in Lam’s fourth season. I have never been convinced the right action was to sack Lam after that amount of injuries. He had very little support in the media and from the board so he had no chance.
The new normal of shittness has settled in under Kirwan/Umaga
@Hooroo Punch a teammate, punch the opposition, punch the missus?
This seems like a good time to bump these posts:
kick the useless prick out and never let him put a jersey on again. Wife beaters are up there with paedophiles in my book. What a waste of talent. Fucking loser
would you want him playing for your club. Imagine what message that sends to the female members of the club. I say go and get a real job mate.
No, he had low scores in the first 3 rounds. Currently, he's kicking better than BB, but obviously, if you average it, BB is still higher.
But if you ignore some of BB misses his %age is even higher
I wonder if Hillary told Jacinda about her links with Sir Edmund?
As told by Mark Steyn:
...in the mid-Nineties when she visited New Zealand and met Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Everest, and for some reason decided to tell him he was the guy her parents had named her after. Hmm. Edmund Hillary reached the top of Everest in 1953. Hillary Rodham was born in 1947, when Sir Edmund was an obscure New Zealand beekeeper and a somewhat unlikely inspiration for two young parents in the Chicago suburbs. ------- Eventually, when it was noticed that Hillary was born six years before the ascent of Everest, Clinton aides tried assuring skeptics that her parents had seen a press interview with Sir Edmund in his beekeeping days, Mr. and Mrs. Rodham apparently being the only Illinois subscribers to The New Zealand Apiarist.
Hickey, Lam and Adams. Funaki unlucky.
Lam, Funaki, Adams
Lam doesn't make many errors and is having lots of positive impact. Adams did his core work and then had two great runs.
Funaki because of how important that performance might be for the overall season (although Ieremia is quite a conservative selector)
Probably unfair on Hickey
Here's the top 15 challengers at middleweight
He's likely facing the winner of Cannonier v Whittaker next (a high quality Till v Hermansson fight may change that)
Cannonier, Hermansson & Till are the ones I want to see him fight over the next 18 months
If he fights Whittaker again hopefully its post covid with crowds back. You could make a good argument for a ppv event in NZ for that one