Chiefs squad



  • I'm liking the look of their squad!
    Glen fisiahi I'm hoping makes a big impact,he has some serious pace
    My starters would be-
    15.Damian Mckenzie
    14.Glen fisiahi
    13.charlie ngatai
    12.Andrew horrell
    11.James lowes
    10.aaron cruden
    9..Tkb
    8..Michael leitch
    7.Mitch karpik
    6.sam cane
    5.Dominic bird
    4.Brodie retallick
    3.nepo laulala
    2.Hika Elliott
    1.Paliasi Manu
    I know cane not played a lot at 6 but I really think cane and karpik would work well together as hooper and pocock do
    6..
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  • Is Ngatai a better 13 or 12?



  • He played mostly at 13 I think
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  • Not a bad 23.....picking Ngatai to start a stellar ab career next year (well bloody well hoping so. Rated him since he turned up as a school boy). Thought he was terrific v Samoa pre WC.



  • Ngatai mostly plays 12 but he can play either position pretty well.
     
    I really like the look of the Chiefs squad too. Laulala and Bird are awesome signings, it's great to see the wily veteran Donald in there (especially given the problems the Chiefs had at first five last year) and there's a lot of promising young players like Karpik, Tucker, Sanders, Moli, Seu and so on mixed in too.
     
    As for your team leyton, most of it looks pretty good but your loosie combo and midfield are mixed bags. Horrell's decent but doesn't really offer anything on attack, so I'd like to see ALB and Tamanivalu given some chances long before he gets a shot at the starting lineup. I'd also like to see Bardoul, Sanders, Seu and Vaipulu given shots long before anyone start thinking about playing two opensides.



  • Hopefully a break out year next year for Tamanivalu. He should get some extended game time and hopefully run in to sone hot form. He's got a lot to play for next year with C Smith gone.



  • I think the Chiefs are still looking a bit week out wide TBH. I know they like to play a team game and are happy to rely on journeymen wings like Tikoirotuma if no big names are out there - but the Chiefs have lost crucial games in the last couple of years where a flair winger has won the game on the back of some sparkling play (Osborne for the Highlanders for example). Now, I'm more than happy to have them play a team game, and I really rate Lowe but I'd like some other backs out wide with a bit more of a reputation (I think it's bonkers that Fisihasi has walked into Super rugby from an injury plagued career in league - and I'm a fan of his at the Warriors when he played).



  • I also looked at that list and thought that the outsides looked a bit uninspiring.



  • My starting XV would be :
     
    McKenzie
    McNicol
    Tamanivalu
    Ngatai
    Lowe
    Cruden
    Kerr Barlow
    Leitch
    Cane
    Squire
    Retallick
    Bird
    Laulala
    Elliott
    Graham



  • Thought squire went to landers?



  • Thought squire went to landers?
    Yeah he did go to highlanders
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  • Where does young Moli fit in, looked a beast in the JWC.



  • He does look a talent but with laulala and Manu and Mitch graham there I can't see him playing that much
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  • I reckon give chase tiatia a  crack on the wing



  • Cane will be starting at 7.  It makes no sense to play him in a position that he won't be playing in for the ABs.  I think Rennie will go one of two ways for the loose forward combination:
    Leitch (6), Cane (7) and Vaipulu (8) or (6) Bardoul, (7) Cane and Leitch (8).
     
    There isn't an abrasive ball-carrier in the first combo which is why I favour including Bardoul at 6.  They might look at Seu at blindside flanker to play the same role.
     
    Leyton's team looks fairly close with questions marks on who plays at 6/8, 12/13 and 14.



  • Some comments from Rennie about the Chiefs squad.  The insight on TKB's rehab shows you how bad he wanted to be at the RWC.
     



  • With Pulu putting his hand up for the 7s - who is the next cab off the rank as 3rd halfback for when Pulu isn't there?



  • With Pulu putting his hand up for the 7s - who is the next cab off the rank as 3rd halfback for when Pulu isn't there?

    Probably Levien.



  • I'd think it would be more likely to be Kayne Hammington. They brought him in this year at one point, I think.



  • I'd think it would be more likely to be Kayne Hammington. They brought him in this year at one point, I think.

    He has a relationship with Rennie from his U20s days (and an Upper Hutt connection) and was travelling at his own expense to train alongside the Chiefs. His reward was a bench spot after Pulu broke his arm. Was never an official squad member though.