Bulls v Crusaders



  • Geez, the officiating is only going to get worse for the Crusaders! Rasivhenge and Seconds!

    Officials:

    Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
    AR1: Jaco Peyper
    AR2: Egon Seconds
    TMO: Willie Vos



  • The Bulls are offering tickets at NZD2. Apparently they only had 7500 at the Waratahs game.



  • Also I think this kicks off around 5am Saturday which for me isn't a bad time as it's when I'm normally up during the week and I should be able to watch at least the first half before being harassed by small humans and/or wifey.



  • @shark Yep, kick-off is Saturday morning at 5.10am.



  • Jaysus Rasta in the Bull pen - surely the Saders will draw a crowd?



  • Fuuuuk great Ref appointments
    Clowns at the circus



  • @shark said in Bulls v Crusaders:

    Also I think this kicks off around 5am Saturday which for me isn't a bad time as it's when I'm normally up during the week and I should be able to watch at least the first half before being harassed by small humans and/or wifey.

    Don't forget the Heineken Cup final at about 0400. Steyffen Joans says it's going to be the match of the century, and could beat international sides.





  • Crusaders:

    1 Joe Moody, 2 Codie Taylor, 3 Mike Alaalatoa, 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 5 Scott Barrett, 6 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (c), 8 Kieran Read
    9 Bryn Hall, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 11 George Bridge, 12 Ryan Crotty (vc), 13 Jack Goodhue, 14 Sevu Reece, 15 David Havili

    Reserves:
    16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor



  • @Stargazer

    Same comment I made after last week’s game. Romano vastly better than Dunshea against the big SA boys.



  • Strange injured or out of favour?



  • @Tim Injured a foot infection



  • Strong argument that is our best backline.

    Looking for better performances from our front row and loosies this week.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Bulls v Crusaders:

    Strong argument that is our best backline.

    Looking for better performances from our front row and loosies this week.

    Probably only Whitelock and Franks away from best pack as well.



  • Bulls:
    1-Lizo Gqoboka, 2-Schalk Brits, 3-Trevor Nyakane, 4-Jason Jenkins, 5-RG Snyman, 6-Marco van Staden, 7-Jannes Kirsten, 8-Duane Vermeulen, 9-Andre Warner, 10-Handre Pollard (c), 11-Rosko Specman, 12-Burger Odendaal, 13-Johnny Kotze, 14-Cornal Hendricks, 15-Warrick Gelant

    Reserves:
    16-Jaco Visagie, 17-Simphiwe Matanzima, 18-Wiehahn Herbst, 19-Thembelani Bholi, 20-Paul Schoeman, 21-Embrose Papier, 22-Manie Libbok, 23-Divan Rossouw



  • Only concerns for me - and these are amplified against SA teams - are the green bench props and not having any genuinely tall timber by modern standards.

    Our three locks are 1.99, 1.97 and 1.98m. Read is another option but the rest of our loosies aren't tall, Douglas is the next tallest at 1.9m.

    Snyman is a whopper at 2.07m and Jenkins is 2.01m. Kirsten on the blindside is 1.97m. Vermeulen and Read match up at 1.93m. The Bulls don't have a lot of height on the bench but start with a signficant advantage there.

    The height difference, recent scrummaging issues and less effective mauling of recent times are concerns. But we should still win even if we lack a little of the pill.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Bulls v Crusaders:

    Strong argument that is our best backline.

    Looking for better performances from our front row and loosies this week.

    I'd add Franks, Perry and Whitelock and say that is our best 23 - though there would be some quibbles in the outside backs.

    Funnily enough - without Franks and Whitelock - it doesn't look as strong as this suggests - in part because of the weaknesses in the bench props. Wonder if that's why Romano is on the bench - add a bit of scrum starch.



  • @shark Have no fear, 1.9m locks are the standard these days.



  • @Nepia said in Bulls v Crusaders:

    @shark Have no fear, 1.9m locks are the standard these days.

    Ardie Savea is 1.88cm. He could play lock!

    https://www.allblacks.com/Player/AllBlacks?id=2134



  • @Chris-B said in Bulls v Crusaders:

    @ACT-Crusader said in Bulls v Crusaders:

    Strong argument that is our best backline.

    Looking for better performances from our front row and loosies this week.

    I'd add Franks, Perry and Whitelock and say that is our best 23 - though there would be some quibbles in the outside backs.

    Funnily enough - without Franks and Whitelock - it doesn't look as strong as this suggests - in part because of the weaknesses in the bench props. Wonder if that's why Romano is on the bench - add a bit of scrum starch.

    Yeah we need Romero when there is a big drop off in our front row come the second half.

    I also think any two of Jordan, Ennor and Reece at this point would still make it the ‘top 23’


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