@KiwiMurph many people in Auckland Rugby asking the same question about Hickey , what has he really done coaching wise..?
Interestingly enough he turned up to one of Manukau Rovers training nights to see what they were doing differently
Given Rovers had a possible upcoming semi final against G-Tech in the coming weeks , even though he was there in his Auckland capacity , he was politely asked to leave given he had ties with G-Tech ..🤦🏻♂️
When Waikato won the NPC title in 2021 the midfield was Wrampling and Sullivan. Obviously neither ALB or Tupaea were available because of AB commitments. Sullivan is a much better centre than a winger but in the current Waikato team there are more options/depth in the midfield, so to get all of them on the field he'll probably play on the right wing.
@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.