Wellington v Southland



  • @winger said in Wellington v Southland:

    I don't know what to make of TJ Va'a. He must be rated highly by someone so hope he can show why this year. It doesn't seem to be his cross field kicking ability though that got him a super rugby contract

    Also second choice behind Jackson Garden-Bachop which clearly does not put him very high up the rating pecking order. Were you the guy that vocally heckled Va'a after that unusual cross field kick? It drew a few chuckles amongst the people (all three of us who had virtually the entire block to ourselves - and we weren't that far away from the half way line) I was sitting with!
    Could well be one of those situations of being given a multi year contract when he got that one whilst still at school when the former coach was in the drivers seat. It's got me stuffed too how he keeps getting in the Lions and Hurricanes despite virtually nil time on the paying field.

    As a neutral the highlight of the night was JGB stuffing a conversion attempt from almost right in front into the right hand upright. For an unabashed non admirer of the Wellington Lions it was well worth the $25.00 admission just to see that.



  • @winger you do realise Hintz is originally from Wellington and went to Stream before going down to Canterbury? A bit on the small side for a prop but does the job at scrum time.

    Standouts for me were Aumua, Tuitama and I thought Ben Nicholas had a tidy game at no8.

    With Numia going off injured, the Lions depth at prop is going to be tested as the season progresses.



  • Va'a was rated highly at schoolboy level (got signed by Wellington while still at school iirc), but then had that horrible injury afterwards. Give him time to develop, he's still young.



  • @mimic said in Wellington v Southland:

    Va'a was rated highly at schoolboy level (got signed by Wellington while still at school iirc), but then had that horrible injury afterwards. Give him time to develop, he's still young.

    His old man was also the NPC coach at the time, though.

    So, there's an asterisk about his teenage elevation.

    He's probably an NPC level potential player though. Careerwise - He should probably declare for Samoa, get some test caps on his CV, and try to get an overseas gig.



  • Yep, I was hoping for Va'a to play for Samoa, along with Tuitama and the Umaga-Jensens



  • @mimic said in Wellington v Southland:

    Yep, I was hoping for Va'a to play for Samoa, along with Tuitama and the Umaga-Jensens

    You can have Va'a but leave the better of the Umaga-Jensens. Don't try and Tonga us in rugby.



  • @mimic said in Wellington v Southland:

    Yep, I was hoping for Va'a to play for Samoa, along with Tuitama and the Umaga-Jensens

    Luteru Laulala should be looking down that route.



  • Funny how alot of Ferners are judging Va'a on 20 mins of footy in the last two years. I agree he probably wasn't worthy of a Super contract, but atleast let him show his worth over an extended period of time before making judgements. He was excellent at school boy level and nearly guided Scots College to back to back National titles. Give the bloke a chance fellas.



  • @canes4life aren't they saying he's not worthy of a super contract? Which is what you just said.



  • @bones I am saying he wasn't worthy based on his injury, not his playing ability over 20 mins of ITM Cup. I am willing to give him a chance to show his true colours over an extended playing period and only then can a proper judgement be made.


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