Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago



  • You can follow online updates of the games on stuff:



  • Otago squad (15 - 1):

    Michael Collins, Mitch Scott, Matt Faddes, Sio Tomkinson, Vili Koroi, Josh Ioane, Josh Renton, Dylan Nel, Slade McDowall, Joketani Koroi, Josh Dickson, Tom Rowe, Hisa Sasagi, Junior Pole, Aki Seiuli.

    Edit: this may be for the game against Canterbury only. Not sure.



  • SCHEDULE
    6.30pm: Cantabrians v Otago
    7.10: halftime (15 mins)
    7.25pm: All Blacks v Otago
    8.05pm: Halftime (10 mins)
    8.15pm: All Blacks v Cantabrians
    8.55pm: Fulltime



  • Rieko is starting at 13 and ALB at 12 apparently. Better than the other way around!



  • All Blacks lineup (1-15)

    Karl Tu'inukuafe
    Nathan Harris
    Ofa Tu'ungafasi
    Brodie Retallick
    Jackson Hemopo
    Shannon Frizell
    Sam Cane
    Liam Squire
    
    Aaron Smith
    Beauden Barrett
    Nehe Milner-Skudder
    Anton Lienert-Brown
    Rieko Ioane
    Waisake Naholo
    Ben Smith
    
    
    Reserves
    Liam Coltman
    Tim Perry
    Owen Franks
    Ardie Savea
    Luke Whitelock
    TJ Perenara
    Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
    Damian McKenzie
    Ngani Laumape
    Jordie Barrett


  • I suspect that Squire is better suited to 8 than 6.





  • From the commentary on stuff:

    Meanwhile, wing Nehe Milner-Skudder is down and receiving medical attention.
    
    Milner-Skudder is off, and the medical team are checking him over. Hard to tell if it's neck or shoulder. They're looking at his head. 
    Jordie Barrett is on for him.
    

    A few minutes later:

    Good signs for Milner-Skudder. He's off his seat and has gone for a jog around AMI Stadium.
    
    Good news. Milner Skudder is back on. Jordie Barrett makes his way back to the pine.
    


  • According to the Herald's commentary, Ioane was "awesome" at centre, and scored three tries. Matt Faddes is a real plodder though.



  • @tim said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    According to the Herald's commentary, Ioane was "awesome" at centre, and scored three tries. Matt Faddes is a real plodder though.

    Just awesome? Or O for awesome?



  • Exciting youngster King at tight head. He can't seem to actually flag it, despite saying the opposite.



  • @tim Wont be long before Hansen follows Tana's lead and pushed him to 12!



  • @act-crusader said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    You know the real reason why it’s not being televised....

    Save Canterbury the embarrassment of two defeats in one day?



  • @act-crusader said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    You know the real reason why it’s not being televised....

    It's all the new stuff they're implementing and don't want other teams watching and analysing.



  • Hansen was pleased with BBBR by all accounts.
    Still don't get what they see in NMS - he must be the luckiest farker ever (closely followed by handful of minutes Frizzle)



  • @shadowtrooper s

    Still don't get what they see in NMS - he must be the luckiest farker ever.

    Ah, but he knows their systems, which are so intricate that newbies can't learn them.



  • NMS is all about the edict that if they were happy with you pre injury you get another shot after recovery.
    I think his selection is also grounded in having a point of difference to his play.
    Now he needs to take the chance he has been given or they will cut him. I think that is understood by all.



  • @antipodean said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    @act-crusader said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    You know the real reason why it’s not being televised....

    It's all the new stuff they're implementing and don't want other teams watching and analysing.

    They don't want other teams getting more tape of Frizzle to analyse.



  • Re NMS.

    I agree with @Crucial. It's about form prior to injury that they re-pick you on.

    Further, I think they think if they can get his pace back well ... good. He's been injured most of the year. Given a decent run without injury and specialist treatment and coaching he may be able to get back up to speed. Probably best if he does that in the AB environment, where he can concentrate on rehab/rebuilding, rather than than to play half arsed.

    Just my thunk. May be wildly wrong.



  • @booboo said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    Re NMS.

    I agree with @Crucial. It's about form prior to injury that they re-pick you on.

    Further, I think they think if they can get his pace back well ... good. He's been injured most of the year. Given a decent run without injury and specialist treatment and coaching he may be able to get back up to speed. Probably best if he does that in the AB environment, where he can concentrate on rehab/rebuilding, rather than than to play half arsed.

    Just my thunk. May be wildly wrong.

    There were people similarly hopeful about Savea getting his speed back.

    It never happens at his age. They are wasting their time unless they want him to move to midfield. Which I doubt.

    Does anyone know the oldest winger to ever start a test in the professional era for the All Blacks?

    Edit: by my quick reckoning a few of the greats just stayed on until the age NMS will be.

    Only players like him to start at his age would be Eric Rush and Israel Dagg.