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
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
@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.
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.
Matt Gibbon, James Hanson, Pone Faamausili, Rob Leota, Trevor Hosea, Josh Kemeny, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Matt To'omua (c), Marika Koroibete, Campbell Magnay, Stacey Ili, Frank Lomani, Tom Pincus
Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Cabous Eloff, Cameron Orr, Lucio Sordoni, Ross Haylett-Petty, Isi Naisarani, Brad Wilkin, James Tuttle, Lewis Holland, Glen Vaihu (two to omit)
Scott Sio, Folau Fainga'a, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, James Tucker, Rory Scott, Rob Valetini, Ryan Lonergan, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Bayley Kuenzle, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks
Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, James Slipper, Tom Ross, Nick Frost, Will Miller, Nic White, Reesjan Pasitoa, Mack Hansen
Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu'u, Santiago Medrano, Jeremy Thrush, Sitaleki Timani, Tim Anstee, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander, Tomas Cubelli, Domingo Miotti, Jordan Olowofela, Kyle Godwin (c), Tevita Kuridrani, Richard Kahui, Jack McGregor
Reserves: Andrew Ready, Angus Wagner, Greg Holmes, Ryan McCauley, Fergus Lee-Warner, Ian Prior, Grason Makara, Jake Strachan
Angus Bell, Dave Porecki, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Hugh Sinclair, Max Douglas, Lachlan Swinton, Carlo Tizzano, Will Harris, Jake Gordon (c), Ben Donaldson, James Ramm, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Alex Newsome, Jack Maddocks
Reserves: Tom Horton, Te Tera Faulkner, Darcy Breen, Sam Caird, Jeremy Williams, Charlie Gamble, Jack Grant, Tane Edmed
There’s thread about it here:
As for Tom Sanders at 7, whilst that's a genuinely unusual selection, it's not like we have much of a choice. Tom Christie is out for the season, and Sione Havili Talitui has struggled in the past two matches. Robertson clearly wants to get Sanders into the starting XV and no.7 was the best for him this week. I'm actually excited to see how he goes at openside.
Similar size and shape to Papali'i
Sanders brings some ball carrying to the backrow that it has been lacking (apart from Blackadder)
Goodhue gone for the year
Still no confirmation on how long Moody is gone for:
“Joe Moody has had scans which have confirmed a significant injury to the soft tissues at the base of his big toe. At this stage surgery is not required, but this will be reviewed by a specialist in two weeks’ time. A return to play time-frame will become clearer at that time,
So what is the actual goal here? Simply more matches?
The end result could well be - To weaken the comp again? Keep adding teams until the standard is degraded and we, as sports fans, prefer the Bunnings NPC? The blues back to being shit? (Actually I think that is the master plan - but I like conspiracies).
NZR wanted another NZ team. The current SR license holders didn't want that. Blues are the only NZ franchise without a private license holder, therefore no opposition to NZR. Blues get a team in their backyard.