• Sid Going, RIP

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    @kiwiinmelb

    Big brother Ken was the hardman. Any winger who stepped inside him knew what was coming―coathanger...their choice.

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    Don't need abs cover next year, as their last game October 28 latest, no t end of Nov like normal. They'll do full pre season, unless they have a deal

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    Moulds, Hallam Eames, Milo Harris. So close yet no cigar.

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    The try that Selby-Rickit scored would never have happened (reffing issues or not) back in the days when forwards actually had to pile into rucks. In some ways it was a consequence of the constant fanning out that happens now.

  • Northland MOTM v NH

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    Moorby, Adams for that chip kick catch, Murray. Matich was good also. Harris was also there apart for that brain explosion at half time.

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    @J77 loosie is probably the one area we are served well currently, and even looking at the next line of players in club that were in and around the Dev squad and the age group ones, plenty to like there, plus the whispers of who I hear they are looking at too...

    But we really need to be looking very hard at mid-field options (that dont include Blake) and probably a couple of tight forwards too.

  • Northland MOTM v Otago

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    @Kiwiwomble for large patches I thought Otago played well

  • Northland MOTM v HB

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    After Ta$man: Murray 3, BKP 2 and single point each to Hallam-Eames, Rush and Mau'u
    After Manawatu: Moorby 3, Mau'u 2, Matich 1

    Season:
    Adams 5
    Murray 5
    Caird 3
    Rob Rush 3
    Mau'u 3
    Moorby 3
    Goodhue 2
    Reihana 2
    BKP 2
    Hallam-Eames 1
    Milo-Harris 1
    Matich 1

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    @ARHS said in Northland v Shield Snorters:

    Awesome from Northland 9s and loosies. They were the difference with the HB stars a bit quiet. Thought the ref did well but maybe HB unlucky on some calls.

    That's not strictly true, there's only so much McClutchie, Flanders and to a lesser extent Fakatava can do on their own in a diss-functioning team.

    But as a team Northland definitely had it over the Shield Snorters.

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    @taniwharugby Yeah I'm done with rugby for the weekend as well after this mornings debacle, and last nights jekyl and hyde show.

    The Northland rugby circus continues next week where we will no doubt beat Shield Snorters. The following week we will flick the loss switch again and get pumped in Dunedin. So predictable at times..bloody gumbies!

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    I went with BKP, Murray and Mau'u.

    Best game from BKP, full of the energy I see at club, hit his targets (bar 1) and nice turn of pace shown in one of his nice runs.
    Mau'u, another who isnt as fit as he should be, but huge engine, great pressure at the breakdown, tackles, just what you want from a 7
    Murray, man I hope Northland lock this kid down, and hope he gets a super gig next year, sure he aint an out and out wing, but he is quick enough and he is a facilitator out there, not to mention the fact he scores on both sides of the park (did both last week and last night) goes looking for work and seems such a smart player.

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    And great to see in post match Heremaia Murray talking about his pride in playing for Northland.

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    @taniwharugby agree Milo has been really good. What Nock started to do with the Blues is play a bit like Aaron Smith. Quick ball, speed of pass. So nothing against Milo except to say when Nock is on, he has quicker pass.

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    @ACT-Crusader

    Why bother with extra time at all? A draw was as a fair reflection of the game at fulltime as it was after extra.

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    Voted for Adams, Caird and Goodhue.

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    @Duluth first half we had zero line speed, zero energy, even our usually good defenders missed tackles, and then when we did get into a bit more of a pattern, defending our line first at a maul then making tackle after tackle would have sapped them hugely, which we did a few times IIRC.

    Mauling and defending for long passages is hugely taxing, more so if you have a few of players with fitness not where it should be.

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    Lack of execution in the first half really came back to bite. Maybe if we had gone in up at halftime like we should have been, the pressure might have told on Canterbury.

    Agree about swapping midfielders. Goodhue has always been better at centre but think injuries and how much he has bulked up probably means he's more of a 12 now. Can potentially play as a second playmaker too. Probably good to have him defending closer in too.

    Personally I think that injury to Craig may make it hard for him to make it back into the team. I thought we looked better with Hallam Eames extra size and physicality. Sweetman to come in plays similar to LHE so can see Craig dropping down the pecking order for me.

    Reihana will come good but certainly didn't hit the level last night that he was playing at last year. Will also be good to get Moorby back and push Murray back to the wing.