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  • @akan004 said in Super Rugby News:

    @bones You must have low standards if you think Whitelock and Frizell are playing at an AB required level.

    Comprehensive to describe Louw's performance against Read was incorrect, I will give you that.

    Haha, my standards are high enough to not have to scour the EP for players!



  • I thought Frizzel was outstanding on his first start and was on par with rest of forwards for second start



  • @nepia said in Super Rugby News:

    @chris-b said in Super Rugby News:

    @nepia said in Super Rugby News:

    @chris-b said in Super Rugby News:

    Read, Cane, Squire, Savea, Todd, Frizell, Whitelock, SBarrett, Hemopo, Taufua, Fifita, Ioane.

    Damn, is that Hansen's rating you've put them in? Isn't there another couple of Highlanders loosies you can put above Akira?

    Not Hansen's ratings - but, based on past patterns of selection the only things we can be sure of is that Read is first on the list and Akira is last. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I'm actually not 100% certain you didn't mean Reiko in case he looses all his speed between now and the RWC.

    I've got nothing against those Ioane boys. In fact, I wouldn't be unhappy to see Akira in the ABs, because it would probably mean Tasman would have Frizell and that would be a substantial swing in the balance of power! ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @hooroo said in Super Rugby News:

    I thought Frizzel was outstanding on his first start and was on par with rest of forwards for second start

    You mean when the game when he ran off rucks like Fifita? ๐Ÿ˜‰ He did put in a good defensive shift against the Argentinians over there - although it's interesting what style of game he would have played if Whitelock was available.

    @Chris-B Would he make your starting lineup?



  • @nepia said in Super Rugby News:

    @hooroo said in Super Rugby News:

    I thought Frizzel was outstanding on his first start and was on par with rest of forwards for second start

    You mean when the game when he ran off rucks like Fifita? ๐Ÿ˜‰ He did put in a good defensive shift against the Argentinians over there - although it's interesting what style of game he would have played if Whitelock was available.

    @Chris-B Would he make your starting lineup?

    I'm talking about the game when his defence was Kaino-esque. Just standing them up dead in their tracks.



  • @hooroo said in Super Rugby News:

    @nepia said in Super Rugby News:

    @hooroo said in Super Rugby News:

    I thought Frizzel was outstanding on his first start and was on par with rest of forwards for second start

    You mean when the game when he ran off rucks like Fifita? ๐Ÿ˜‰ He did put in a good defensive shift against the Argentinians over there - although it's interesting what style of game he would have played if Whitelock was available.

    @Chris-B Would he make your starting lineup?

    I'm talking about the game when his defence was Kaino-esque. Just standing them up dead in their tracks.

    I guess I didn't see that one. But his first start was the running one, so I expect you mean the second Argentina one.



  • Kaino-esque is certainly not a term that should be used to describe Frizell's defence. Luatua wasn't exactly a big hitter before he left NZ either, but based on the games he has played for Bristol this year, it looks like he has upped his defensive game a fair bit.



  • @akan004 said in Super Rugby News:

    Kaino-esque is certainly not a term that should be used to describe Frizell's defence. Luatua wasn't exactly a big hitter before he left NZ either, but based on the games he has played for Bristol this year, it looks like he has upped his defensive game a fair bit.

    I think you mean comprehensively ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @nepia said in Super Rugby News:

    @Chris-B Would he make your starting lineup?

    Frizell?

    Yeah - we've got about half a dozen 6/8s out, so he'd bolt in at present.

    If everyone was available? We can field Squire and Taufua so in all seriousness, he'd probably be on the bench! ๐Ÿ™‚



  • @chris-b said in Super Rugby News:

    @nepia said in Super Rugby News:

    @Chris-B Would he make your starting lineup?

    Frizell?

    Yeah - we've got about half a dozen 6/8s out, so he'd bolt in at present.

    If everyone was available? We can field Squire and Taufua so in all seriousness, he'd probably be on the bench! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Skite.



  • Luatua can play at Nr.8 so he might fit as Read's cover, the other options being not too flashy.



  • @cgrant Going by the article that was posted in the 2019 Blues thread, Luatua isn't likely to come back any time soon. He's happy to stay at Bristol if they want him.



  • @kiwimurph said in Super Rugby News:

    One of Bristolโ€™s top recruitment priorities for next season, who are preparing to loose another All Black loose forward, Steven Luatua.
    
    Luatua is believed to be contemplating a return to New Zealand in order to reignite his international career ahead of next yearโ€™s World Cup
    

    lose! Fucking lose! not fucking loose!!!



  • Fake news. No way can he even think that returning in June will give him a realistic chance of an AB place.



  • Now there's a loose forward that would be valuable to have back in black - Vctor Vito. I would say he left too soon. If he'd hung around, irony is that right now Shag would probably draft him in as first choice - no questions asked



  • @shadowtrooper said in Super Rugby News:

    Now there's a loose forward that would be valuable to have back in black - Vctor Vito. I would say he left too soon. If he'd hung around, irony is that right now Shag would probably draft him in as first choice - no questions asked

    I think if Victor was back here he may be a bit more than a Highlanders bench option so could well be overlooked.



  • Liked the industry and spark of Billy Proctor and Walker leawere - have either of them picked up SR contracts in NZ?



  • @shadowtrooper I am sure that both are with the Hurricanes. Procter signed recently and Leawere was there last season. I think Proctor is only 19 and Leawere 21 so both good prospects.



  • @shadowtrooper

    Victor Vito has done well at La Rochelle. I think if he returned to NZ he'd be ahead of Luke Whitelock and Shannon Frizell:



  • @majorrage said in Super Rugby News:

    @kiwimurph said in Super Rugby News:

    One of Bristolโ€™s top recruitment priorities for next season, who are preparing to loose another All Black loose forward, Steven Luatua.
    
    Luatua is believed to be contemplating a return to New Zealand in order to reignite his international career ahead of next yearโ€™s World Cup
    

    lose! Fucking lose! not fucking loose!!!

    You could stretch a metaphor to suit "loose" if you consider him tied up previously.