Not sure why this discussion is in this thread, but it's totally possible this is Brad's last year as a Magpie. As posted in the Magpies 2021 thread, Ere Enari is signed for 2 years. It being more than a year of injury cover, may mean they're looking for a future without Brad and then possibly without Fakatava (if he makes the ABs), too.
@stargazer Most of those you mention would have me shaking a bit if they had to punt the ball out over the sideline in a hurry when needed on defence. And by over the sideline I mean a decent distance up field to help relieve pressure and not just a slice of the side of the boot ten metres type of clearance. They might be capable but I can't recall seeing it. Maybe we are just soo good that we have always been able to run our way out of trouble!!!!!!!!!!
From where I was sitting on Saturday (in the Centennial Stand on the first half and in the far eastern end of whatever the old McKenzie Stand is called these days) it looked like L. McLutchie still needs to work on gaining another ten or fifteen metres on his punting from hand. He seemed to have improved on that last season but looks to have lost some of that extra distance he found last season. Still I suppose that it is probably better to find the touchline rather than go for too much territory and not find the line. That he did once midway in the second half when he hoofed a penalty over the touch in goal line from a penalty and costing us a certain lineout drive try and the magical 100 points milestone.
Belated congratulations to the hawkes Bay, despite there being nothing to like about your union since Ian MacRae,(another poach from the West Coast!😜) retired. Fittingly the same nickname as the most beloved AFL team.
Nah, Fair dues played really good rugby and have a log to look at. Deserved victors, and a great season, you strange fucks 😉
@mikey07 I feel your pain, we've got the players but they just seem like they don't give two shites. They are a rabble and their attitude stinks. I mean half the team were just sitting back and watching on Sunday. Disgraceful.
@Magpie_in_aus Lowe played often centre during his schoolboy days and played both wing and centre for NZ U20s. He has played in the 13 jersey occasionally for the Magpies in his first years in the squad. Personally, I think it's his best position, although he's playing well on both wings.
@stargazer I must be well over triple figures for the Wellington game by now. I am seriously considering buying another HB jersey to ensure I have enough left to last the entire club season down here as I'm sure some sort of sabotage/theft will occur to my sole jersey left given it is worn most Saturdays!
@Billsy111 You guys also need to do some lineout drive training. The moves were so predictable that even our motley bunch knew what you were about to do and were able to nullify.
*apart from that bullshit YC/PT call
I just think we don't need to overuse it, overuse of it contributed to our loss against Southland and a few times last year.
We have some bloody good backs and top class loosies, we should base more attack around them rather than overdoing the lineout drives.
It was more the case that you only had one drive move (apart from going around our side and dragging it down to get a PT) and we studied it beforehand. Shit coaching on your side.
Yeah, as you had a whole season and one game of it to study. 😉
Just taken a call from Triple T of the Bush Tipping Team. Confident prick has taken me on in the Tipping Match between his mob and the Bay for a jug. Naturally the wager was accepted. After mustering a full turnout last week we somehow scrambled a draw against Northland when none of us were at out best. Hopefully that was simply us saving our top form for this week's encounter against the generally impregnable Wairarapa-Bush Team. Upon checking it looks like we are keeping our powder dry with no one having tipped yet, hopefully that it is not complacency setting in but rather an indication that every single aspect that needs to be taken into consideration before making those picks is still being pondered. A tricky situation though in the last match of the round where naturally it is assumed that each and everyone of us will be tipping the away team by some margin or other!
I actually woke up rather suddenly last night after clearly hearing Micheal Buffer's voice in my crystal clear dream announcing "and the judges score card see a unanimous decision in favour of the team fighting out of the Black corner and NEW" and that's as far as he got. I did not need to hear any more to know exactly what that meant!
Anyway heres the link to this week's tipping sheet, remember cut off time for tonight's easy ten pointer is 7.05PM
Some questionable refereeing in this game, with the offside rule apparently only being applied to the Tui. Having said that, they really need to work on their discipline and fitness also let them down. Very young team though, so it was always going to be tough against Northland, who deserved their win.
@Bones Michael Little is a good counter-example to the idea that the best players are signed into Super Rugby squads. He was much better than many midfield players in NZ squads (especially at the Blues), but had to go to Japan to get a full contract.
With Little it was a poor Blues organisation missing out, perhaps McClutchie has missed out at the Highlanders due to their pretty average coaches?
Considering we have an excellent first five (All Black) and a very good backup, I don't think we missed out. He would have been lucky to get game time.
TBH, I don't think HB fans were expecting him to go to the Highlanders, and we have few issues with Otago and the Highlanders, they're generally always happy to have players from our region.
A bit closer this time out but it was a 20/20 game so that is not unexpected. I can just imagine the joy when the bails fell from the stumps signifying the third wicket to fall in the chase in pursuit of my guys 180.
Saw this on Auckland Rugby's instagram. Didn't know about this game. From other posts I understand that Tiaki Fabish, Jordan Thompson-Dunn, Joeli Rauca, but also Tiaan Falcon and Neria Fomai were playing. I think Liam Udy-Johns was there, too. Don't know about the rest of the team.
@stockcar86 I would love to advise Stockcar86 of the result in the 20/20 match between NTOB CC and his combined NHSOB-Marist CC outfit played on Friday night but this is a club rugby forum so am sort of prevented from bringing up the 103 run win to the NTOB CC Premiers. Nevertheless I must acknowledge the great effort by the way NHSOB-Marist managed to bat out their 20 overs losing just eight wickets in the process!