Taranaki vs Auckland



  • No surprise Perofeta missed his kick!

    He was the most productive first five on attack in Super Rugby this year (highest rate of line breaks per run, and line break assists per pass), but his goal kicking under pressure is really poor. Will be a bloody good player sooner or later though.

    Ioane had a poor defensive game. Looks like he needs a week off.

    Auckland is very good at holding players up in the tackle, but didn't get that going tonight. Credit to Tamanivalu, Mateale, and Perofeta. Dangerous on attack, and showed good physical ability.



  • @mimic ha ha, they don't call him home town for nothing!



  • mimic said:

    Tim said:

    Huge effort from Taranaki. Auckland failed to get up mentally after Tasman and Canterbury.

    Very odd looking ruck at the end when Jackson penalised Auckland. Looked like a lot of Taranaki players on the deck sealing it. But they were at home.

    What about the ruck at the end (before naki stole the ball with 10 seconds to go), a Naki player rushed up offside, Auckland player ran at him (before he got back onside) and there was no penalty.

    That was bs.

    Was about to mention this! Right in front of the ref- shot up before the ball moved, made the tackle, adn the ref was just 'meh, whatevs boys'



  • @steven-harris yep, had to have been hands in the ruck.



  • BTW, I sometimes chat with the guy who posts on Twitter as "The Chase". Must be a video analyst for a pro team. These were his comments on the Tasman game:

    Just caught up now. Was really impressed with how Auckland managed to stop Tasman from moving the ball into the midfield from quick rucks - it was especially effective when Tasman looked to play down the short side early in the first half, and when they didn't make breaks they were left trying to play from breakdowns next to the touchline opposite a full defensive line. Tuipulotu was a really important to their defence: the way they slowed the attack down was by looking to hold the carrier up in the tackle, and he's great at that (as is Ioane and, actually, Plummer).
    
    It was clear Tasman came out in the second half with a change of approach: they looked to carry through their forwards in and around the ruck, I think to try and prevent those sorts of situations arising.
    
    Thought Auckland kicked pretty well from deep and used multiple options (Ruru, Plummer, Trainor and Rayasi all used on exits). Nanai chased effectively down the right wing and got into the space of the Tasman back three - probably their most dangerous players in Jordan and Alaimalo were disrupted on kick return and couldn't get anything going.
    
    This meant Tasman couldn't really get their attack going, and when Auckland got on the ball in the opposition half they used their short kicking game nicely to find space behind the midfield. Their general attacking pattern is pretty simple, with a lot of forward carries off 9.
    
    They played pretty well, but I think the scoreline was a result of a couple of bounces (Tuipulotu's second try and Nanai's in particular) going their way early, which allowed them to play with a lead. I'd still probably back Tasman in a playoff game between the two (even at Eden Park), but fairly encouraging start to the season nonetheless - especially given where they've been the last couple of years!
    


  • I thought both teams got away with offsides in this game. Auckland were definitely pushing their backline rush defence at times. The breakdown was a lottery at times.

    Taranaki paid the price for wanting to run everything in the 2nd half when in their own half. Putting the ball in the air with that wind was causing problems for the team playing with the wind.

    In the end Auckland were more clinical on attack and scored a couple of lovely backline tries.



  • mimic said:

    Tim said:

    Huge effort from Taranaki. Auckland failed to get up mentally after Tasman and Canterbury.

    Very odd looking ruck at the end when Jackson penalised Auckland. Looked like a lot of Taranaki players on the deck sealing it. But they were at home.

    What about the ruck at the end (before naki stole the ball with 10 seconds to go), a Naki player rushed up offside, Auckland player ran at him (before he got back onside) and there was no penalty.

    That was bs.

    I thought the Orcs were camped offside for most of the night so swings and roundabouts.

    Pretty good game. Nice to not have a blowout.



  • Tamanivalu bosses this level of rugby. I remember when he first made the Chiefs and was being talked up as an AB off his NPC form, which I missed (the comp that year), and then he was a bit of a dud. The he went to the Crusaders and became a decent wing. But I can see why he was so hyped when he plays games like this.

    I think Auckland deserved the win, I'm as bemused as anyone as to how the Naki got the ball back.

    Was a fun game of rugby for a neutral-ish.



  • In our last 3 games, our opposition have had an average of 61% of the possession, so we've done a lot of tackling, which seems to be taking it's toll on the players.

    We're going to need to give a number of players a break in the next game.



  • Glad to win that. Hard to play against 16.

    Jackson is a borderline cheat.


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