@ACT-Crusader said in RWC All Blacks v South Africa:
@pakman said in RWC All Blacks v South Africa:
@ACT-Crusader and decent clean outs.
Our tight 5 aren’t shrinking violets when it comes to that.
Also one of the pleasing things that Savea has really developed over the last year is what Rodders became an expert at and that was shifting bodies. Still not up to where Rodders level, but has been more noticeable to me.
Agreed, but Franks brothers in Dublin still seems a high point (or maybe just a rosy memory).
@SidBarret said in Los Pumas vs Springboks:
Re Koch - I would prefer they go with an extra tight-head. 1) Nyakane can cover both sides so going in with 2 and half of each gives us more scope to manage the props' workload and 2) I really don't rate Malherbe and would like to have the option of dropping him from the strongest side.
But I think they will go with Gqoboka to help with the "numbers". Gqoboka is a great player who is unfortunate to be behind Kitshoff and Beast. It wouldn't be an undeserved selection, but probably not the best thing for the team.
If Dyanti can prove form and fitness he will probably take Nkosi's spot I think.
I see England have gone with only two scrumhalves and for a pool game Kolbe is fine as cover, but come the knock out rounds I would be super nervous about a scrummy going down in the week before the game. Also, like the with the props, the reserve scrumhalf with get plenty of minutes in pool rounds, so it would be nice to rotate Jantjes and De Klerk out of the 23.
You mention bringing in a another loosie, but it is case of who? It seems weird to say this, but where are the big blidside/8s at the moment? Smith, Louw, Kolisi and Coetzee are all primarily opensides. I am a little concerned about the minutes that Vermeulen and Du Toit will have to play. Whiteley is confirm as being out (I think) and the Du Preez brothers seem to be out of the mix. Rassie is having a look at Elstadt, but I just don't see it.
While we differ a bit on some calls - I can't fault your logic.
To add to your thoughts on loosies: Elstadt wouldn't be a good call for me either. And I am not a fan of the du Preez brothers. Even if Whiteley was fit in time - and this seems unlikely - he doesn't easily balance the loose trio although he at least gives the squad a second specialist no. 8. What has happened to our other blindside bruisers?!
@cgrant said in SANZAAR players coming home:
Players I'd like to see back in NZ for Super Rugby :
Fitzgerald (the Chiefs' stock of locks is rather empty)
Ihia West (he's been good for La Rochelle and there aren't many experienced 1st 5/8 in the country)
Charles Piutau and Steven Luatua (of course)
Rory Grice (two years ago, he was rated as the best Nr.8 in the Top 14 - it's a position where the NZ teams are lacking big physical men)
Michael Fatialofa (he would bring some grunt to the Blues second row)
Victor Vito (his experience is needed)
Tawera Kerr-Barlow (for the third halfback spot in the ABs)
Saw West play. Looked bloody sharp. Was carving up. TKB not so much. But he seemed to have a vendetta against the opposing 9. Got himself a yellow.
@NTA said in Aussie Rugby in general:
@KiwiMurph they don't like inter comp games because the public schools occasionally thrash them
Sydney schools Rugby is a fucking joke.
It's weird that there are so few games between the different comps. No idea why GPS and TAS in Brisbane can't play each other more often or even Sydney schools versus Brisbane schools. Such a ridiculous closed shop. I don't read the Courier Mail any more but apparently they're heavily promoting GPS schools rugby. That's nice for old boys and the parents who can afford to pay 20k plus a year to send their boys to those schools.
@Victor-Meldrew said in What are they up to now? - Former All Blacks:
Kids of school age are are a piece of cake when compared to teenage daughters. Trust me on that one.....
I think teenagers are generally just shit. My son is sending me to an early grave.
Primary school age kids are pretty easy, but I'd take normal work over raising babies or toddlers any day.
Wendyball "friendlies" generally mean respect for the ref, minimal cheap shots, not winding the crowd up and having a friendly chat and beer with the opposition after the final whistle.
Bit like any Rugby game really.
@Stargazer said in NPC Predictions:
@Nepia said in NPC Predictions:
The older one, the younger one is dead to me after he spurned us for the Naki Invitational XV ... and I'm still not convinced about how good he is yet, he was on the end of an awesome backline.
@nzzp said in Who does TSF want to be the next AB coach?:
Fark, I hated that in 2009. We just got monstered; Bakkies and Matfield were all over us. Was at the Tron when we got beaten up, and Steyn kicked a couple of 60 m penalties. Was just incredible, and they deserved it.
The only time I've seen the ABs lose live. And despite the long-range penalties and a JdV intercept, the ABs could still have sneaked a win at the end.
@Magpie_in_aus said in NBA season 2018/19:
@canefan yeah i heard on jalen and jacoby. Jalen was suggesting bron hits up the front office for him to get signed. I reckon bad idea. But any other team outside of the contenders couldn't do worse. What do you think about pelicans 6th man?
I don't think he can keep up! He is a defensive liability, so a team like LA at least half makes sense. Their bigs might be able to bail him out. But if LBJ wanted Melo he could have had him already
@taniwharugby said in What's Wrong With Reiko Ioane?:
@junior how often do our guys throw passes without looking expecting someone to be there?
Similarly that clip that lead to the SA try, Pollard didnt look for his pass...alot of what these guys do is instinctive and based on expectations and trust of those around them to be in the right spot...which obviously requires the pass to be in the right spot too...
They do it a lot, which is fine for short simple passes. However, the one I'm referring to was a 10m plus pass that didn't hit its mark. There was no need to throw a no-looker there, as Reiko was already in space and so there was no need for any deception.
@mofitzy_ said in Sarpreet Singh - NZ's football wunderkind:
Would he be the most successful person of subcontinental descent in pro football?
Almost certainly not. Lots of people from Suriname are of ethnic subcontinent origin. Rudi Gullit looks quite Indian. Frank Rikjaard perhaps. Certainly someone from there will have made it big.