LAst week was probably the worst ever result in the history of the HB TIpping team with a whipping of such huge proportions that we were lucky to get withing 20 points of the combined Sth Island outfit. But were we foxing as by then we already had the Minor Premiership Wooden Spoon safely wrapped up and even engraved and stored in our Trophy Cabinet?
At least this week we front with at least five tippers after PAJ and BorderJB have recovered enough from their injuries to at least take the field in this week's Bowl Semi-final against South Island again as it turns out. Still awaiting @stargazer to submit their tips and hey presto we start with a full lineup for the first time in about a month. Watch out Sth Island, we are gunning for you!
If The Bay take BoP down in Tauranga on Saturday, as logic suggests we should, then we will be in pole spot to take this one out. If the unthinkable happens then we will face an uphill challenge! HB by a 9 - 16 minimum looks obvious!
A similar situation exists in the Wgtn v Waikato game with us all but 100% in favour of the visitors, for obvious reasons, with our opponents 100% the other way. Get both these results correct will see a massive margin between the teams. Fingers crossed that we can avoid the humiliation of a second straight thrashing!
It's a good thing that Larsen is getting some help, but as he's still there, it won't make the favouritism go away.
Don't know why the Hurricanes are funding part of this when they don't generally take players from HB anyway (unless the are taken by the Wgtn Lions directly out of school and placed school into one of the OBU, MSP and Petone clubs). As it looks like it is a NZRFU driven project the likes of the other four franchises will be made more aware of any talent uncovered that they might not know about through their own spying networks. At least the HBRFU people generally sign up promising locals, other than those that head off to university, before the others get their hands on them which is something to be thankfully for so there probably won't be many of our guys slipping through our fingers.
@Higgins No socks stolen. Below is the best evidence yet. An instagram post from Tamaea, reposted by Enari with a club day comment, which was then reposted by Tamatea with "kei a mātou te whiwhi" underneath.
Lolagi Visinia was wearing his Clive socks (blue/yellow), just like Josh Kaifa.
On the positive side, we must reckon the Magpies are a very well coached team. Kudos for Ozich and his assistants. They have done a great job with underrated players such as Parsons, Toala, Enari and Kaifa, just to name a few.
They are definitely no underrated by HB supporters at least. We know a thing or two about how to rate players properly given the torment of some of those thrust upon us in the past.
Centre Willie Lafaele stole Christian Cullen's thunder as a Wellington XV beat Hawkes Bay 38-11 in a representative rugby match on a soggy Maidstone Park in Upper Hutt yesterday.
All Blacks selector Mark Shaw and most of the 1000-plus crowd had come to see All Blacks discard Cullen make New Zealand coach John Mitchell eat humble pie, but left none the wiser after the fullback produced an unconvincing display.
It wasn't that Cullen played badly. He scored a good individual try, sparked several counter-attacks, including engineering a 60-metre effort to wing Sireli Bobo.
But he kicked aimlessly at times and generally appeared to lack the urgency of a player who should be on the brink of World Cup selection.
In contrast, former NZ Colt Lafaele was a ball of energy, outstanding in all aspects of the game.
Looking at the finalc score, it wasn't a close game.
@delicatessen I saw Connor McLeod being helped by the physio back into the changing rooms as the team went back inside to complete whatever they do about 7 minutes prior to kick off. I can only summise that you must declare your matchday 23 to the referee and opposition maybe half an hour before kick off and any injuries etc after that time it is just bad luck and there is no provision for any late additions. Guess that must be to even things up for visiting teams who obviously would not have access to a third halfback for example that late in the game.
Yep, he stuffed his knee in the warmup.
His replacement will probably be Zach Donaldson.
The halfbacks in the Development Team's three matches in the last three weeks have been Trent Hape, Humphrey Sheild and Shamara Brooks.
Although ... I did see Aidan Thomas at the game yesterday - it was Saracens Day ....
Well we certainly got our behinds kicked bigtime last weekend and start the second half of the final a whooping eight points behind. Damn you Canterbury and damn you Tasman!
With the lineup of games this week there is not really many games that could go either way that could give us the edge so we are going to have to rely on super accuracy with our margin tippings to try and erase the deficit. Even then we might have to rely on one of the Counties tippers to either have a nightmare or to forget to tip, or maybe even both!!!!!!
Anyway good luck guys - Cut off time is again 7.04pm tonight
@stockcar86 He stepped nicely off his left foot a couple of times in the first half to easily get past his opponent and there was a very nice flick on of the ball when under pressure to create space for the player outside him later on. I agree with you, he shows promise but you have to take into consideration the amateur level of the opposition, particularly their ability to fall off tackles when tiredness set in. In addition our guys would probably have had at least 80% of possession. A clear case of professionals v amateurs in this case.
I would have expected the Shield Defenders to utterly slaughter the challengers given the difference in personnel available to each team but that did not really happen. I know that might not make sense when 93 points were raked up but I got the impression that the Magpies were holding an awful lot back that they might not have wanted video analysists of upcoming opponents to see. For example I would have expected the scrum to shunt the Coast backwards big time every scrum (they did not) and to swing the ball wide showing off Harlem Globetrotter like plays way more than they did. We must also consider that it was nowhere near the complete Bunnings Cup team on the field at the same time at any stage so Messrs Ozich and Syms were keeping things under their hats to a certain degree.
Saw some posts on instagram. It looks like Jordan Thompson-Dunn has signed a contract with a Portuguese club. I don't know which one. I hope he'll come back and hasn't give up on a Magpies jersey, yet. He's still so young, but young players seem more impatient these days.
I think former (6-cap) Magpie Hayden Hann is still playing there.
So Jordan Thompson-Dunn is playing for Sport Lisboa e Benfica in the Portuguese Divisão de Honra (the top tier of domestic rugby in Portugal). Looking at their team sheets, he plays mostly at 10.
And now uncapped 2019 Magpie Tyrone Dodd-Edwards, who has finally recovered from a serious leg injury that he suffered last year, has moved to Madrid where he was training on a field called Pozuelo de Alarcón in Madrid. No idea of the club, yet. There's a club from Madrid in the Spanish top division and a club in the B division that is based in that suburb.
Devery (Hurricanes) - concussion
Cridge (Waratahs) - ankle injury
Ili (Rebels) - is injured, but I don't know what kind of injury he has
Visinia (Moana Pasifika) - still recovering from a foot injury; has started running again
Sapsford (Brumbies) ?? - don't know whether he is injured, or just not picked
Overseas: all our players in the MLR are playing, except Robinson-Bartlett, who's been out with an "upper-body injury".
Falcon playing, too, in Japan (if the games aren't cancelled due to Covid).
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.