AB Quizzes (Wingers + others)
having watched teh last two Bok tests it would be an enormously stupid error to pick an inferior all-round player just to negate one part of what the opposition does, and not look to making more of what we do well.
I wouldn't have Bridge in the 23, he is unnecessary.
We have a team full of finishers. We want someone who can create the opportunities.
well put, i really do miss people like B & C smith (and obviously others), sure they finished a lot themselves but i most fondly remember them just making those breaks/half beaks that then had two or three other feed off and finish
Our current four wings are scoring tries at almost unprecedented rates.
Even the much maligned George 12/15
TOTAL 63 tries 78 tests 0.8 tries per test.
Doug Howlett got 49/62 at 0.79
Cully got 46/58 at 0.79
Goldie got 44/60 at 0.73
Big Jules got 46/64at 0.72
Joe Rok got 46/69 at 0.66
Jonah got 37/63 at 0.58
Bender got 39/84 at 0.46
Tana got 36/74 at 0.48
It's not that unusual for AB wingers to start their Test careers with a good try scoring rate. It's maintaining that strike rate after the first couple of years that seems to be quite tough.
These guys started out with fairly good try scoring rates.
Joe Rokocoko - 24 tries in first 16 tests
Julian Savea - 29 tries in first 25 tests
Tana Umaga - 22 tries in first 24 tests
Jonah Lomu - 14 tries in first 15 tests
Christian Cullen - 23 tries in first 23 Tests
Doug Howlett - 10 tries in first 11 Tests
Jeff Wilson - 20 tries in first 24 tests
Do/Should we start automatically dropping wingers at 20 tests?
Between 2000 and last weekend the ABs have played just over 270 tests/games.
How many ABs have started on the wing during that period?
1 - George Bridge
2 - Will Jordan
3 - Sevu Reece
4 - Rieko Ioane
6 - Jordie Barrett
7 - Ben Smith
8 - Waisake Naholo
9 - Nehe Milner-Skudder
12 - Israel Dagg
13 - Julian Savea
17 - Cory Jane
20 - Hosea Gear
21 - Zac Guildford
22 - Richard Kahui
24 - Isaia Toeava
25 - Sitiveni Sivivatu
26 - Joe Rokocoko
27 - Lelia Masaga
30 - Doug Howlett
31 - Rico Gear
32 - Scott Hamilton
34 - Caleb Ralph
35 - Jonah Lomu
37 - Jeff Wilson
39 - Tana Umaga