@Magpie_in_aus said in Battle of the Bays: Steamers v Magpies:
They win the title, create a concert called bay dreams them behave like this....https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/118568012/mass-brawl-at-bay-dreams-in-bay-of-plenty
I feel you should rescind the name.
mate, anyone will tell you there are no locals at the Mount this time of year. Probably just drunken flogs on holiday escaping from shitholes like Hastings and Taradale
@mariner4life i.e. 2015 RWC final starting 15 with Cory Jane looking to unseat Nehe
edit - forgot the cock didn't make it to the Final. Can't have an AB team without a Harbour rep. It's why we lost last year...
@mikey07 Ili has only been named in the Rebels "A" team. I'd be surprised if he makes the SR squad; WTG at best.
I don't know Ili's contract status with the Hawke's Bay RU, but I doubt being a member of the Rebels WTG will stop him from returning. Having said that, as long as McClutchie, Falcon, Toala and Makene are all fit and the 10/12/15 positions are covered, he'll see little game time for the Magpies if he stays. Maybe he wants to move on.
@Davesofthunder said in SA S15 Conference 2020:
Any good summaries on the South African conference as we get closer?
Keen to get a better grip on how those teams are stacking up after all the changes for 2020
I am biased but on paper the Stormers should do well specially with the pack (Kolisi, PSdT, Malherbe, Bongi, Kitshoff) and exciting Herschel Jantjies and Damian Willemse. They havent lost that many players like the others and have better depth compare to the others.
The Sharks have a very good backline (Andre Esterhuizen and Am in midfield, and a back three of Mapimpi, Nkosi and Aphelele Fassi.). Lions have a very young but talented squad, Bulls will there or there about. Jaquares will also be strong.
Not sure about the Jacquares.
From the article below:
... fullback David Havili will captain the side in his first pre-season appearance, and will finish the match at second-five eighth as the Crusaders test combinations.
Openside flanker Billy Harmon picked up a medial ligament strain last week against the Hurricanes and is expected to be sidelined for four-six weeks.
Already known but Tuipulotu confirmed as captain for 2020.
All Black lock Patrick Tuipulotu was today confirmed as captain of the Blues for the 2020 Investec Super Rugby competition.
Tuipulotu was the co-captain in 2019 and assumes sole captaincy of the team for this year.
The 26-year-old has played 67 times for the Blues since making his debut and while he has also earned 25 caps for the All Blacks.
Head coach Leon MacDonald said that Tuipulotu was their first choice as leader of the team.
“It is a role he co-shared with Blake Gibson last season but Blake is keen to prioritise his on-field endeavours this year, after he has battled through injuries in recent seasons,” said MacDonald.
“Patrick is a standout international player and a critical part of our pack on the field.
“Off the field he is massively respected. He may be quiet-spoken, but when Patrick speaks, everyone listens.”
Tuipulotu said he was humbled and honoured to accept the role as captain.
“It is a privilege to be leader of this club and this team and a role I do not take lightly,” said Tuipulotu.
“I am driven to lead a group of guys who are hard-working and very proud to live in this great city and represent the Blues.
“While I have the honour of captaining this team, there are a number of experienced players who are leaders in this club. And we are all focussed on being the best we can be and at the same time continue to love this game.”
Tuipulotu will be on the sideline for the final pre-season game against the Hurricanes at Onewa Domain on Friday at 3pm but will be available to play in the opening round of the Investec Super Rugby when the Blues host perennial rivals, the Chiefs at Eden Park on Friday 31 January at the earlier time of 7.05pm.
Anyone else smashing these tennis promos for the Aus Open?
Bet easy have chase the ace where you get between 50cents and $10 in bonus bets per ace on selected games (3 per day). Just need a $20 head to head bet to qualify. Played a few so far and have about $180 in bonus bets from that. The spin wheel doesnt work for nz customers so need to live chat but they've agreed with me (and a few other mates) that we get $2 per ace for player you backed to win which is great as something like 95% of the spins are supposed to result of either 50cents of $1.
Then NZ tab have one at which requires a set betting (ie match result 3-0 , 3-2 etc) and its $1 per ace for your player. I smashed this one yesterday and while only breakeven $ wise on the bets I am about $300 up now on bonus bets.
Avoid the ladies games of course.
@Crucial said in George Moala:
I haven't seen Piutau turn in a performance anywhere near his pay packet in any of the Bristol games I have watched. Luatua has been awesome for them, with his work rate and determination often the difference or inspiration.
I don't see Piutau as anywhere near the loss as Luatua. The Blues would certainly be a better unit with him in it.
And perhaps the 2019 ABs too.
@Crazy-Horse said in Other Cricket:
@Paekakboyz said in Other Cricket:
@Cyclops yeah, and very interesting given Oz pasting India in ODIs. For all our limp performance in our latest series we aren't quite as shit as we've been painted!
2-1 series win to India wasn't it? Not sure I would call that Aus pasting India.
The 1 was a 10 wicket win chasing 250 odd. That's a humiliation, doubly so at home. India bounced back well though.