Great news that the man is back playing!
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RE: SR Final: Crusaders v Jaguares
Arrived back home from hospital, this morning. I missed most of the SR final due to an asthma attack. I'm okay again, but it was a bit scary for a while. Absolutely bad timing, of course (although I think I know what triggered it), but fortunately we recorded the final on mysky and I just watched it, although it's not quite the same when you know the final score.
I don't have much to add to comments already made. It was a typical final in which defence won the game. Todd and Read were outstanding in the forwards, and Bridge, Mo'unga and Havili in the backs. Lots of dew on the ground and a wet ball can explain some of the bad ball handling, but it has to be said that the Jaguares also made some really stupid mistakes. Their 10 was terrible. Overall, the Jaguares played reasonably well and they'll learn from their mistakes. The Crusaders looked - as expected - the more experienced team. Awesome how they changed their game plan when the first one didn't work and good decision-making when they went for the points when they were on offer. Mo'unga's goal-kicking is outstanding now and that's good for the RWC. Not sure whether some of the other rookies are ready though. Still think Havili should have been named in the ABs.
And then reading this thread .. jaysus. How can a welcome new addition to the Fern with a fresh point of view turn so quickly into an arrogant, trolling twat. Although it was quite hilarious to read how those who responded to his nonsense were referred to as the "Cantab crew & their cheerleaders", considering many of them support other franchises in SR games other than the final and are quite fervent anti-cantabs 52 weeks per year.
Anyway, 2019 SR season done and dusted. I'll put the Crusaders 2020 blog post up tonight (had already prepared most of it). Can't wait for the Mitre 10 cup now, oh, and yes, some international games ...
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RE: The Cane vs Savea Debate
Something different entirely, but Ardie has expressed interest in moving overseas or to league, this year. He hasn't won a RWC, yet, so will he stay until after 2023, or will he leave when his contract expires at the end of 2021? So what happens in terms of ABs selections may impact negotiations/decisions ...
RE: Highlanders 2021
Here's the official Highlanders media release: https://thehighlanders.co.nz/media-centre/news/1039-highlanders-announce-tony-brown-as-head-coach
Tony Brown will be the Highlanders Head Coach for the next two years. Brown was confirmed today by Highlanders CEO Roger Clark and is already well underway with his planning for 2021.
... We are confident he is the best man for the job and along with assistant coach Clarke Dermody will move the team forward over the next few seasons. Our job now will be to find a defence coach to complement Tony , Clarke and Riki Flutey.”
Media release on NZR website: https://www.superrugby.co.nz/news/highlanders-name-tony-brown-as-head-coach/
RE: Mitre 10 Cup - news, injuries etc
Hi guys, I'm making an injury list for next year's Super Rugby.
At the moment, I'm trying to list all 2020/2021 SR players with long-term injuries that have ruled them out for the entire Mitre 10 Cup season, the remainder of the Mitre 10 Cup season and/or may rule them out for at least part of the 2021 SR season. I currently have the following players on my list; who am I missing? It has been proven hard to follow all the injuries in Mitre 10 Cup. Can you help?
Ray Niuia (knee)
James Parsons (concussion?)
James Tucker (knee)
Laghlan McWhannell (knee)
Solomon Alaimalo (shoulder)
Atu Moli (both hips)
Nathan Harris (rotator cuff)
Aiden Ross (knee)
Ethan Blackadder (knee)
George Bridge (pectoral injury)
Braydon Ennor (ACL)
Manasa Mataele (pectoral tear)
Connor Garden-Bachop (back) ??
Sam Gilbert (ACL)
James Lentjes (ankle)
Parpari Parkinson (knee)
Thomas Umaga-Jensen (shoulder)
Fraser Armstrong (knee?)
Possibly disappearing from this list soon: Ngani Laumape (forearm)
Tei Walden (ruptured his achilles tendon)
RE: 2020 NZ Schools
Only just discovered that the Crusaders finally published their list of U18 players on their website (backdated).
This list also includes the female players. Jorja Miller was one of the girls attending the camp. Some of you will remember her from the Condor 7s and World School 7s. It must be her last year in school, I think. It will be interesting to see how she progresses. She looked like a mini, female McCaw, destined for a big future in women's rugby.
RE: Farah Palmer Cup 2020
@Gunner This year was different in more than one way, because of Covid.
There was the lopsided North-South format, but also some teams having a huge advantage because of the addition of one or more Black Ferns 7s players to their squad, while others didn't get any. That's why I think it would be much fairer if they used last years rankings for next year's draw.
Last year, it was Otago that deservedly won the Championship, while Manawatu got relegated. (Northland finished fourth, by the way).
RE: 2021 Hurricanes
The Hurricanes already have Jamie Booth and Jonathan Taumateine for 2021. I only want Fakatava to move to the Canes if he makes a decent chance of game time, which he didn't get at the Highlanders this year. I don't know whether Hammington is still under contract at the Landers. Hammington moving to the Canes might be best for Fakatava if he stays at the Highlanders. Moving to the Canes will only be good for Fakatava if he can leapfrog who are already there (which may also be best for the Canes). With this coaching group, I can't see that happening.