Who should start at 10 in Bledisloe I?



  • A fair bit of debate about Mo'unga, and there should be. He has been great all season but especially the past few weeks. I think we all know that the selectors will stick with Beauden because they are loyal and he has done the job in the past. I am just interested as to how many people would actually be willing to pick Mo'unga right now.



  • Beaudy will start and he should. You don't discard a 60+ test AB for a guy who has played 10 minutes off the bench in the biggest game of the year.

    Real question for me is whether they'll give the Bled1 bench spot to Richie or DMac.

    I'm going to guess DMac though it would be a bit more daring to give it to
    Richie.



  • Why is Marty Banks missing from the list?

    Or is this actually a serious thread?



  • Richie has looked stellar lately. But you have to wonder how BB would go in that Crusaders team. He is also a leader in the AB's.
    It is great to have a replacement already for Sopoaga.



  • It would be peculiar to start Mo'unga in the first test. He's missed some of the training, hasn't played much outside Smith, and it would be a massive kick in the crotch to Beauden (of the sort these selectors know not to do). To do that for the start of a big series?

    I'm all for him getting a start or two, even in games against South Africa and Australia. But not the first game.



  • I like Richie's pace. I also think his decision making has been top notch lately. Yes he is playing behind a bloody decent pack, but he stood up tonight, didn;t rest on his laurels and was a catalyst for some good front foot ball.
    Dare I say he looks like the "new" BB of about 3 seasons ago,



  • I have voted for BB because there is no reason why he should be discarded. Has he ever been bad with the 10 jersey for the All Blacks ?
    But I would take Richie Mo'unga on the bench for the presumed tight games (vs South Africa (x2), Ireland and England in November).



  • I wonder if the ABs will do the trick of testing some guys on the tour part of the RC? I guess they will, as it is a rough EOYT coming. Beaudy might stay home again and mo'unga start in SA and argy



  • With youth/pace on his side I really can't see why Richie couldn't be a superb impact sub at this stage of his career. He's like DMac but without the ridiculous brain farts, so a much better fit for test footy.



  • How did @mariner4life get to vote 8 times?

    Obviously BB. Still have nightmares about RM vs the actual Lions. Didn't have a dominant pack and went to shit. Flat track bully.

    🎣



  • @rancid-schnitzel tbf that was well over a year ago, he looks a much better player now even behind his Rolls Royce pack.



  • Just checking that poll, how many logins does Canerbry have?



  • Thing is, if DMac can play ten, why the fuck can't Mounga play fifteen? This is what puzzles me the most.



  • @bones not to mention that BB can move back to 15 anyway, didnt he do this when Dmac went to 10 in one game?



  • @taniwharugby said in Who should start at 10 in Bledisloe I?:

    @rancid-schnitzel tbf that was well over a year ago, he looks a much better player now even behind his Rolls Royce pack.

    No he shall be forever tainted.



  • @rancid-schnitzel I guess if Wayne Barnes is still a cnut, we cant let Mounga off something so recent it may as well have been yesterday 😉



  • @bones said in Who should start at 10 in Bledisloe I?:

    Thing is, if DMac can play ten, why the fuck can't Mounga play fifteen? This is what puzzles me the most.

    His high ball take in the final and break shows he can handle that part of the game, has the pace for it too.

    Be a good way to ease him into the side and force DMac to cut the comedy errors out of his game.

    And until I see a Sopanga debut again South Africa type performance from Mounga at Test level, then BB is safe as houses at 10.

    It’s DMac’s position that’s under threat.



  • @taniwharugby yeah although I can see the theory of bringing on bench impact. But if there's one thing Mounga has always had it's pace. Now he reads the game beautifully. Fullback would be easy as.



  • We could just pick the 2 best first fives in the country in the All Blacks 23 and leave it at that.

    Too radical?



  • @siam best in who's opinion?