@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...
Injuries from yesterday's preseason game:
The Crusaders lost openside flanker Billy Harmon to a minor knee knock in the first half, while halfback Mitchell Drummond was taken off early in the second half as a precaution after a head knock.
Hurricanes wing Jonah Lowe left the field with a left shoulder issue, the same injury he suffered last season, which worried coach Jason Holland.
"I'm really hoping that's not as bad as it looks because Jonah is coming back from a shoulder injury and he's worked really hard this pre-season and is in great nick.
"I'm a little bit worried about him, but we'll see how he comes up."
Don't underestimate how hard coaching lebron and the Lakers is. Vogel sounds like an ordinary guy doing an extraordinarily good job
From Cully's Stuff article:
Mauger also said that hooker Ash Dixon, whose back flared up during a scrummaging session and wasn't taken to Sydney, was hopeful of being ready for the start of Super Rugby.
@Smudge said in Rough tips and other bets...:
Some Do is in R4 tonight at Alex Park. Good each way hope in a smallish field.
Shame the run didn't pan out. The driver was damned if he stayed in on the markers (would have got shuffled back) and damned when he did what he did and went up to sit parked. Fought on well enough for 5th though after taking the lead on the turn.
Hey India.. go fuck yourself. Read some articles where they were sticking the boot in to us for our poor performances in Aus, turns our Aus are a handy team at the moment. Thrash India,
India 255 in 49.1 overs... Aus 258 for 0
The Chiefs team that started the game was quite different to what was originally listed.
Slater was at hooker.
Ross was at LH prop. I don't think Coxon played at all.
Vaa'i was at lock, and Brown went to the bench. Ardron moved to no.8 and Sowakula to 6 but they might have alternated a bit.
Falcon started at 1st 5, Nankivell at 2nd 5 in place of Manu, Stevenson moved to fullback and Alaimalo to the left wing.
DMac came on at HT.
The wind was strong and it was behind the Blues in the 1st half. The Chiefs dominated the opening 10 mins but couldn't score when camped on the Blues' line. The first 2 Blues tries were from stupid mistakes from the Chiefs. Stevenson had a brain fart and chose to run the ball 5 m from his own goal line when he had plenty of time to kick it out. He was penalised for holding on and the Blues scored from the resulting lineout. For the 2nd try a poor 5 m scrum by the Chiefs was compounded by Ardron and then TTT throwing passes under pressure so that Tupaea gets a hospital pass on his goal line, resulting in a turnover.
The Blues might be the happier of the two teams but their starting XV was closer to what should play in Rd 1 than the Chiefs. Falcon made a couple of nice linebreaks but his kicking was really poor. The opening kickoff didn't go 10 m and the others were inaccurate. Trask put a kickoff out on the full and both 1st 5s missed touch from penalties. TTT still looked tentative and his clearance wasn't great at times.
In summary, it was a typical pre-season game where mistakes were made. I didn't see any major injuries except for Falcon's hand or fingers being looked at, but he continued.
Black Ferns 7s squad for Hamilton:
Stacey Fluhler (nee Waaka)
Both Sarah Hirini and Michaela Blyde return from injuries which saw them miss the victories in Dubai and Cape Town, bolstering an already strong team.
Edited to add that - from the Cape Town squad - Huia Harding and Shiray Kaka have missed out.
If Basketball is the example. Then I for one applaud our marketing overlords' success in bring North Shore Events Centre sized crowds to Eden Park.
There is undoubtedly empirical evidence out there that about 2000 per city enjoy watching their live sport with the Boom Box on.