Crusaders v Blues



  • I'm hoping that Perofeta is the starting fullback next year. Thats where he has played his best rugby for Taranaki. Judging by the pre-season matches I think MacDonald was intending to use him there too

    If you look at the fullbacks for the other sides - DMac, Jordie, Havili/Jordan, Smith - they all come into first receiver and are kicking options.
    Nanai has had a great year but he does not play that role.

    It's particularly bad when aerial ping pong breaks out. Plummer is the only one who will kick for position. It's too easy for the opposition to see what is coming



  • @Duluth said in Crusaders v Blues:

    I'm hoping that Perofeta is the starting fullback next year. Thats where he has played his best rugby for Taranaki. Judging by the pre-season matches I think MacDonald was intending to use him there too

    If you look at the fullbacks for the other sides - DMac, Jordie, Havili/Jordan, Smith - they all come into first receiver and are kicking options.
    Nanai has had a great year but he does not play that role.

    It's particularly bad when aerial ping pong breaks out. Plummer is the only one who will kick for position. It's too easy for the opposition to see what is coming

    And Nanai's best form was on the wing, having go to fullback has blunted his attacking game. Shame Trainor was injured too.



  • @African-Monkey said in Crusaders v Blues:

    @KiwiMurph I wouldn't take what he says too seriously. He moaned and sulked for months on end after the Mitre 10 Cup last year lol and is probably still sulking about it despite his team being by far the best in Super Rugby.

    Justifiably so, when he knows his team only even made the final through the shady dealings of Hansen and the Canterbury mafia getting Joe Moody released to play in the semi.

    Look at those other Canterbury props getting stuffed! It's an outrage! 🙂



  • @African-Monkey said in Crusaders v Blues:

    @KiwiMurph I wouldn't take what he says too seriously. He moaned and sulked for months on end after the Mitre 10 Cup last year lol and is probably still sulking about it despite his team being by far the best in Super Rugby.

    I’m still sulking about that too 🙂 when you’re used to winning, losing hurts!



  • @SammyC said in Crusaders v Blues:

    @African-Monkey said in Crusaders v Blues:

    @KiwiMurph I wouldn't take what he says too seriously. He moaned and sulked for months on end after the Mitre 10 Cup last year lol and is probably still sulking about it despite his team being by far the best in Super Rugby.

    I’m still sulking about that too 🙂 when you’re used to winning, losing hurts!

    What game are you talking about it? Don’t recall anything like that ever occurring.



  • @Kirwan said in Crusaders v Blues:

    @Duluth said in Crusaders v Blues:

    I'm hoping that Perofeta is the starting fullback next year. Thats where he has played his best rugby for Taranaki. Judging by the pre-season matches I think MacDonald was intending to use him there too

    If you look at the fullbacks for the other sides - DMac, Jordie, Havili/Jordan, Smith - they all come into first receiver and are kicking options.
    Nanai has had a great year but he does not play that role.

    It's particularly bad when aerial ping pong breaks out. Plummer is the only one who will kick for position. It's too easy for the opposition to see what is coming

    And Nanai's best form was on the wing, having go to fullback has blunted his attacking game. Shame Trainor was injured too.

    Agree Nanai is a far better winger and he uses the sideline with his in and out swerve very well.

    Overall though I think he had been very good this season and despite a few brain fades, his game has matured as a result of being at that back.



  • Watching this I think we can all agree Nanai should have been carded:

    For that matter so should Moody for a blatant neck roll.



  • @Kirwan said in Crusaders v Blues:

    @Duluth said in Crusaders v Blues:

    I'm hoping that Perofeta is the starting fullback next year. Thats where he has played his best rugby for Taranaki. Judging by the pre-season matches I think MacDonald was intending to use him there too

    If you look at the fullbacks for the other sides - DMac, Jordie, Havili/Jordan, Smith - they all come into first receiver and are kicking options.
    Nanai has had a great year but he does not play that role.

    It's particularly bad when aerial ping pong breaks out. Plummer is the only one who will kick for position. It's too easy for the opposition to see what is coming

    And Nanai's best form was on the wing, having go to fullback has blunted his attacking game. Shame Trainor was injured too.

    Wish Trainor was healthy to see what he could do after a good NPC season. His kicking game was near flawless for Auckland last year.

    There have been quite a lot of clean linebreaks we've made that probably should've finished with points, but we had no one with enough pace to zoom up in support and finish them. I couldn't help but think if someone like Trainor was on the field, we might've got some points at the end of those breaks. We're probably missing that top level support player who finishes off breaks like some other teams.



  • @Dice said in Crusaders v Blues:

    @Kirwan said in Crusaders v Blues:

    @Duluth said in Crusaders v Blues:

    I'm hoping that Perofeta is the starting fullback next year. Thats where he has played his best rugby for Taranaki. Judging by the pre-season matches I think MacDonald was intending to use him there too

    If you look at the fullbacks for the other sides - DMac, Jordie, Havili/Jordan, Smith - they all come into first receiver and are kicking options.
    Nanai has had a great year but he does not play that role.

    It's particularly bad when aerial ping pong breaks out. Plummer is the only one who will kick for position. It's too easy for the opposition to see what is coming

    And Nanai's best form was on the wing, having go to fullback has blunted his attacking game. Shame Trainor was injured too.

    Wish Trainor was healthy to see what he could do after a good NPC season. His kicking game was near flawless for Auckland last year.

    There have been quite a lot of clean linebreaks we've made that probably should've finished with points, but we had no one with enough pace to zoom up in support and finish them. I couldn't help but think if someone like Trainor was on the field, we might've got some points at the end of those breaks. We're probably missing that top level support player who finishes off breaks like some other teams.

    Yeah, the new Terry Wright with his pace and build. Agree about the kicking game too.

    My concern on him is he makes weird errors from time to time, so I was looking forward to seeing if he has improved in that area. Has unbelievable pace.



  • I think that another fast outside would be useful, but also having a halfback who makes a big effort there would be good. It’s an important part of TJ, Weber, and Smith’s games.


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