Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago



  • Their try scoring always seems to drop off dramatically. Maybe other teams start working them out and the space appears elsewhere.



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

    Their try scoring always seems to drop off dramatically. Maybe other teams start working them out and the space appears elsewhere.

    There was an interview with Ted late in his tenure where he explained he picks wings based on their core role which exclusively their ability to beat their man 1-on-1 using one of three skills - speed, step or power. Having one of those is great, two is better.

    It's just a case of losing yard and instead of beating your man 75% of the time you can only beat them 50% of the time. Instantly you just got 33% worse at the job, even if the peripheral stuff is the same or is even improving.

    Sounds simplistic but if you look at a guy like Cullen (admittedly not a wing) who went from ethereal to replaceable simply losing a step or two through injury - literally nothing else mattered.

    The only guys whose careers kicked on multiple seasons after losing that ability were second fullbacks like Jane/Dagg and Siti who had that unique first receiver type role - and in all cases they weren't first string wings.



  • @rotated There's quite a small set of people who played a lot at wing for the ABs in the pro era.

    I think quite a few of them called time on their own AB careers, when they could easily have played more tests - Goldie, Howlett, Rico Gear, Piutau.

    Tana moved to the midfield.

    Jonah got sick.

    Zac drank too much.

    Injuries put paid to Sivivatu and Kahui.

    Rok and Julian legitimately lost their pace, I think.

    Those who had long careers and/or are still in the frame include Muliaina (mainly fllback), Jane, Ben Smith, Dagg, Naholo, NMS.

    A heap of others who played a handful of games - Osborne, Ralph, Vidiri, Berryman, Reihana, Randle, Toeava, Hamilton, Wulf, Hosea Gear, Masaga, Ranger, Halai, Duffie.



  • @chris-b said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    Injuries put paid to Sivivatu and Kahui.

    Sivi wasn't injured and played well in the early 2011 tests. It still annoys me that Henry selected Guildford and then H Gear (injury replacement) ahead of him at RWC 2011.



  • @bovidae I guess he went from being a fixture in 2009, to injured in 2010, to dumped after a couple of tests in 2011.

    I can't really recall the reasons given for his 2011 exclusion, but I can remember a lot of people being surprised that Zac made the cut for the RWC.



  • @chris-b Part of the reason for the dropping of Rokocoko and Sivivatu was their vulnerability under the high ball, which was the main SA tactic in 2009-2011. That was more relevant to Rok than Sivi and led to the emergence of Jane, Dagg and then Kahui being selected as a winger at the RWC.

    His omission can't have been due to any off-field problems either, given the story about Zac in Aust immediately before the RWC. So I can only assume it was because Sivivatu had signalled he was going to France later that year and coin flip didn't go in his favour.



  • Hang on, @Chris-B has got you guys talking about Guildford in amongst our great wings? Well played, sir.



  • @chris-b said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    I can't really recall the reasons given for his 2011 exclusion, but I can remember a lot of people being surprised that Zac made the cut for the RWC.

    The other weird thing was the RWC squad was announced before the ABs final Tri Nations test that year in Brisbane - in which Zac had a shocker - he was lucky the squad was already picked!



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

    @chris-b said in Game of 3 halves: All Blacks v Canterbury v Otago:

    I can't really recall the reasons given for his 2011 exclusion, but I can remember a lot of people being surprised that Zac made the cut for the RWC.

    The other weird thing was the RWC squad was announced before the ABs final Tri Nations test that year in Brisbane - in which Zac had a shocker - he was lucky the squad was already picked!

    True, but I think there were deadlines outside of AB control that all RWC squads had to be submitted.



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

    @chris-b Part of the reason for the dropping of Rokocoko and Sivivatu was their vulnerability under the high ball, which was the main SA tactic in 2009-2011. That was more relevant to Rok than Sivi and led to the emergence of Jane, Dagg and then Kahui being selected as a winger at the RWC.

    His omission can't have been due to any off-field problems either, given the story about Zac in Aust immediately before the RWC. So I can only assume it was because Sivivatu had signalled he was going to France later that year and coin flip didn't go in his favour.

    But wasn’t there some off field issues nonetheless that may have been a contributing factor?