Blues vs Crusaders



  • @SammyC said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Crucial said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @chchfanatic said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Bones mate let’s be honest we’ve got so much depth it doesn’t matter who we choose. Do you think the blues would take both hunt and Cameron before black and Plummer.

    @chchfanatic as you will likely find out as the season progresses this is the sort of comment that ensures a continuation of the dislike of your teams from everywhere sans the inbred plains.

    Not only do you have stacked teams cherry picked from around the country that you claim as 'locals' but then have the gall to suggest that even your third stringers are superior to other team's first choices.

    As much as I admire many Saders players when in the black jersey, I will continue with the Saders as my 'hatiest' NZ team while the classic one-eyed fan remains.

    Is it hard to breathe all the way up there on your high horse?

    Hell no!
    I have decades of altitude training.

    This one's name is Trigger 😉

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    (Man, this site is getting way too serious. WTF happened to it being a place for abusing each other?)



  • @Crucial said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @SammyC said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Crucial said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @chchfanatic said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Bones mate let’s be honest we’ve got so much depth it doesn’t matter who we choose. Do you think the blues would take both hunt and Cameron before black and Plummer.

    @chchfanatic as you will likely find out as the season progresses this is the sort of comment that ensures a continuation of the dislike of your teams from everywhere sans the inbred plains.

    Not only do you have stacked teams cherry picked from around the country that you claim as 'locals' but then have the gall to suggest that even your third stringers are superior to other team's first choices.

    As much as I admire many Saders players when in the black jersey, I will continue with the Saders as my 'hatiest' NZ team while the classic one-eyed fan remains.

    Is it hard to breathe all the way up there on your high horse?

    (Man, this site is getting way too serious. WTF happened to it being a place for abusing each other?)

    haha,
    I blame the politics threads 🙂
    I'm looking forward to rugby season and all the abuse that comes with it.



  • @SammyC said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Crucial said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @SammyC said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Crucial said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @chchfanatic said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Bones mate let’s be honest we’ve got so much depth it doesn’t matter who we choose. Do you think the blues would take both hunt and Cameron before black and Plummer.

    @chchfanatic as you will likely find out as the season progresses this is the sort of comment that ensures a continuation of the dislike of your teams from everywhere sans the inbred plains.

    Not only do you have stacked teams cherry picked from around the country that you claim as 'locals' but then have the gall to suggest that even your third stringers are superior to other team's first choices.

    As much as I admire many Saders players when in the black jersey, I will continue with the Saders as my 'hatiest' NZ team while the classic one-eyed fan remains.

    Is it hard to breathe all the way up there on your high horse?

    (Man, this site is getting way too serious. WTF happened to it being a place for abusing each other?)

    haha,
    I blame the politics threads 🙂
    I'm looking forward to rugby season and all the abuse that comes with it.

    Good. I aim to deliver.



  • @shark said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    Oh, and as I often say these last few seasons, we look a little undersized throughout the second row and loosies. Massively committed and hard working players but not a lot of height.

    Is Ardie looking for a job?



  • Eden Park expected a decent turn out this weekend and had hope for the Blues' Super Rugby season ahead.
    ....................
    
    "We're very hopeful that the crowd will exceed 20,000``


  • @KiwiMurph Eden Park residents association probably hope the Blues continue thier poor form, less people in thier hood!



  • @Crucial haha cherry picked. Like the chch schooled players in your backline. Every team recruits from all around nz. Just the crusaders seem to be the best at turning them into good players. After watching the knights trial on Saturday there’s plenty more coming thru too.



  • @Crucial said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @chchfanatic said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Bones mate let’s be honest we’ve got so much depth it doesn’t matter who we choose. Do you think the blues would take both hunt and Cameron before black and Plummer.

    @chchfanatic as you will likely find out as the season progresses this is the sort of comment that ensures a continuation of the dislike of your teams from everywhere sans the inbred plains.

    Not only do you have stacked teams cherry picked from around the country that you claim as 'locals' but then have the gall to suggest that even your third stringers are superior to other team's first choices.

    As much as I admire many Saders players when in the black jersey, I will continue with the Saders as my 'hatiest' NZ team while the classic one-eyed fan remains.

    Yeah, well you poached Kieran Read! /sarcasm

    Is poaching between provinces even a thing (that anyone cares about) any more? High school players are essentially scouted and recruited by NPC or Super rugby teams with little care for provincial loyalties. Maybe it's time to move to a draft for high school players?



  • Blues by 20. Rieko hat trick



  • I love the run up to Round 1, and the anticipation of an improved Blues team.

    Anticipation that will barely make it out of the first quarter.



  • Crusaders are huge favourites - theirs to lose, all I'm looking for is an improvement in the team structure for the Blues and a coherant game plan.

    It'll take time to flush away the Tana stink, so I have low expectations for this year.

    It takes time for a coach to get the players they want now thanks to the contract structure, so that's a factor too.

    So a loss for the Crusaders will be a bit of a disaster. A competitive, organised looking Blues performance will be the aim for us. Something to build from.



  • Blues actually have a decent record under new coaches - they tend to win their first game but that's been something of a false dawn.

    • Blues won their first game under Umaga against the Highlanders at Eden Park (their last NZ derby win I think?)

    • Blues won their first game under Kirwan against the Canes in Wellington

    • Blues won their first game under Lam against the Force in Perth I believe

    Having said that - I can't see the Blues winning this weekend - Razor has barely lost a game as Crusaders coach in 2 years. I am very much looking forward to seeing the Blues under their new coaches though.



  • @mariner4life said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    I love the run up to Round 1, and the anticipation of an improved Blues team.

    Anticipation that will barely make it out of the first quarter.

    Think you are projecting a bit there. Most of what I see is relief that Tana isn’t giggling his way through interviews anymore.

    We are well aware that we have a long way to go.



  • @Kirwan said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @mariner4life said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    I love the run up to Round 1, and the anticipation of an improved Blues team.

    Anticipation that will barely make it out of the first quarter.

    Think you are projecting a bit there. Most of what I see is relief that Tana isn’t giggling his way through interviews anymore.

    We are well aware that we have a long way to go.

    you are doing it wrong



  • @mariner4life said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @Kirwan said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    @mariner4life said in Blues vs Crusaders:

    I love the run up to Round 1, and the anticipation of an improved Blues team.

    Anticipation that will barely make it out of the first quarter.

    Think you are projecting a bit there. Most of what I see is relief that Tana isn’t giggling his way through interviews anymore.

    We are well aware that we have a long way to go.

    you are doing it wrong

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  • You guys were saying the same about Auckland in the NPC and things turned out OK. I am not buying your pessimism.



  • Very short highlights:



  • Match Blues v Crusaders
    Referee Nick Briant
    AR1 Federico Anselmi
    AR2 Dan Waenga
    TMO Ben Skeen



  • Winter's coming? Can't wait!!!



  • 15 Michael Collins, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu ©, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman

    Reserves: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.

    https://theblues.co.nz/akira-ioane-chalks-up-50th-cap-for-blues/


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