Chiefs vs Highlanders



  • @Duluth

    Not really. I don’t think we have that much class to be more than an upsetter in the conference.

    This game, in particular, will give some clues as to whether we are likely to be pushing the Crusaders or fighting with the Blues.

    There are also a lot of ifs about the team - we are going to be reliant on BBBR, with no Cane for however long. A few front row injuries, or god forbid, and injury to (I’ll stop right there), and we’ll be fighting for 4th place in the conference.

    On the positive side, we have game-breaking class in the backs, and potentially the next best midfield in Super rugby if the Auckland boy steps up and plays well.



  • fuck, off, you have Beaver, it's a done deal already!



  • @gt12 said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @Duluth

    Not really. I don’t think we have that much class to be more than an upsetter in the conference.

    This game, in particular, will give some clues as to whether we are likely to be pushing the Crusaders or fighting with the Blues.

    There are also a lot of ifs about the team - we are going to be reliant on BBBR, with no Cane for however long. A few front row injuries, or god forbid, and injury to (I’ll stop right there), and we’ll be fighting for 4th place in the conference.

    On the positive side, we have game-breaking class in the backs, and potentially the next best midfield in Super rugby if the Auckland boy steps up and plays well.

    we're hugely lacking in top end talent. Good props don't win Super Rugby.

    BBBR has bigger fish to fry this year, and Same Cane is on a loooong comeback. That's our point of difference up front.

    In the backs it's DMac (but not where he is most dangerous) and ALB.

    We've got some good super rugby level players, but that makes us a mid-table side. At best we scrape in to the finals.



  • @antipodean said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @Duluth said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    We have a disproportionate amount of Chiefs fans on the fern, yet there's no chat about this game. Chiefs fans not confident?

    Perhaps they've elected to go back to supporting their original teams in the last few years...

    I think there was only myself and @Crucial that switched from the Canes, the rest just kept their heads in the sand. 😉

    I'm not fully in week in week out supporting mode yet ...but I'm not confident of a good season from the Chiefs, scrape into the finals maybe but only just.



  • @mariner4life

    Yep. If a few of the new signings turn out to be good ones, and we stay injury free, I predict we get third in the conference and sneak into the finals.



  • How strange. First time in a looong time I genuinely dont care.
    Maybe that will change as the season progresses.



  • @Baron-Silas-Greenback said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    How strange. First time in a looong time I genuinely dont care.
    Maybe that will change as the season progresses.

    it's really early. I mean, i know it starts this early every year now, but this feels really early



  • @mariner4life Super rugby, right back to 1997 has started in Feb every year....in 2007 it we'd be into week 2



  • @taniwharugby said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @mariner4life FYI, Super rugby, right back to 1997 has started in Feb every year....in 2007 it we'd be into week 2

    really? fuck. well, there you go.

    Doesn't change the fact that it is stupidly early for a football code to start. There should still be test match cricket on.



  • Well the Caps have got the Bangles next so interest may wane there if they don't put up a fight, which is likely given Shakib is injured. Also it being a RWC year the first rounds of Super rugby is the least interesting part of the season by miles.



  • @mariner4life said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @taniwharugby said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @mariner4life FYI, Super rugby, right back to 1997 has started in Feb every year....in 2007 it we'd be into week 2

    really? fuck. well, there you go.

    Doesn't change the fact that it is stupidly early for a football code to start. There should still be test match cricket on.

    I always remember the post @Dodge made about the footy season starting in England where he found it a little depressing as it meant Summer was about to end.

    That kind of struck a chord with me.

    I am liking my cricket too much to care about the Chiefs at the moment. I can honestly say that if I was given a free ticket to this weekends game (are we even at home, I am thinking so purely because of thread title) that I would turn it down.



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @mariner4life said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @taniwharugby said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @mariner4life FYI, Super rugby, right back to 1997 has started in Feb every year....in 2007 it we'd be into week 2

    really? fuck. well, there you go.

    Doesn't change the fact that it is stupidly early for a football code to start. There should still be test match cricket on.

    I always remember the post @Dodge made about the footy season starting in England where he found it a little depressing as it meant Summer was about to end.

    That kind of struck a chord with me.

    I am liking my cricket too much to care about the Chiefs at the moment. I can honestly say that if I was given a free ticket to this weekends game (are we even at home, I am thinking so purely because of thread title) that I would turn it down.

    I don't watch cricket and it seems a bit early for me even - but I know I'll probably watch at least two games this weekend and if our free tickets pan out I'll venture over to Brookvale to watch the Canes v Tahs.



  • @Nepia I fell out of love too.

    Marty is back, Lomax improved immensely last year so if he even improves a tenth as much this season he'll be a beast, ditto our bench blindsides. Tomkinson has owned preseason and will be a great partner for matchbox 20. Bye Chiefs.



  • @Bones said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    Tomkinson has owned preseason and will be a great partner for matchbox 20.

    You reckon you guys can field two quality NPC midflieders this year?



  • @Tim outside a quality NPC first five and at least one quality NPC winger.



  • @Hooroo said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @mariner4life said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @taniwharugby said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @mariner4life FYI, Super rugby, right back to 1997 has started in Feb every year....in 2007 it we'd be into week 2

    really? fuck. well, there you go.

    Doesn't change the fact that it is stupidly early for a football code to start. There should still be test match cricket on.

    I always remember the post @Dodge made about the footy season starting in England where he found it a little depressing as it meant Summer was about to end.

    That kind of struck a chord with me.

    Living in Qld I love the footy season starting because it means summer is coming to end.



  • @Crazy-Horse said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @Hooroo said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @mariner4life said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @taniwharugby said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @mariner4life FYI, Super rugby, right back to 1997 has started in Feb every year....in 2007 it we'd be into week 2

    really? fuck. well, there you go.

    Doesn't change the fact that it is stupidly early for a football code to start. There should still be test match cricket on.

    I always remember the post @Dodge made about the footy season starting in England where he found it a little depressing as it meant Summer was about to end.

    That kind of struck a chord with me.

    Living in Qld I love the footy season starting because it means summer is coming to end.

    Especially on days like this. Will be even worse tomorrow!



  • @Rancid-Schnitzel yeah late 30s and humid. Yay.



  • @Crazy-Horse said in Chiefs vs Highlanders:

    @Rancid-Schnitzel yeah late 30s and humid. Yay.

    Sounds like a winner on tinder though.



  • I would be disappointed if we (Highlanders) didn't win the game. Looking at conference chiefs look to have most holes of any NZ team. Watched both Highlanders preseason and am concerned about two things, ability to create space on attack and missed first up tackles. In saying that hopefully having all frontline players in team will help.


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