@canefan Roger Moore was the James Bond I grew up watching in the 1980s so I was saddened to hear of his passing despite his age.
I read this on another forum.
Ireland have been seriously good for some time. They should have beaten us in Christchurch a few years ago. They should have beaten us in Dublin in 13. They did beat us in Chicago.
That win in Chicago was the catalyst for this victory in Dublin. Ireland now has the belief they can win these games, and that is half the battle.
The disappointing thing from an AB perspective is that Ireland played exactly how everyone expected them to so Hansen and co should have had a game plan to counter that.
As Selectors pointed out its work rate and energy levels for Akira. ABs need the forwards to work, clean out rucks, link etc so backs can finish which is probably why Akira not chosen
Is "workrate and energy levels" a euphemism for masquerading on the wing ala Fifita?
I'm 2 days late reading this thread so I'll only make a few comments.
I was high up in the stands in the corner where Jordie scored so had a good view of the other chances at the same end of the ground. Both BB and Laumape could have also scored tries as they were in gaps but fumbled under some defensive pressure. But no excuses for Savea - that was a definite try if he had caught the bloody ball. As many have said, if we had taken 1 or 2 of those chances the ABs would be well ahead at HT and in control of the game, as the Lions were never going to score multiple tries.
The thing I was most pissed off about was that the officials let the Lions slow the game down all the time as not all the injuries seemed to be genuine. It was like watching a RL game when the support staff run onto the field at every opportunity. Read should have spoken to Poite about this too.
Now for something about the Lions tour in general. I picked my father up from the airport earlier in the day as he had been working in Europe and was going to the game with me. He travelled back to NZ via London and was sitting next to a guy who was flying into Auckland to attend the 3rd test and flying back to the UK the following day - that's dedication. And at the test there was a South African guy (wearing his Bok colours) next to me who also flew to NZ especially for the game. That is what makes these tours unique so long may they continue.
I’m really pleased to see him there, he jumped out at Mitre 10 level so I hope he can step up and perform as he meets the needs of a tough six and line out option.
I first saw Finau playing for St Peters at 1st XV level. The thing is he played mostly at lock at school and for the NZ U20s but is better suited to 6 when there are 2 m locks available.
My biggest concern is that both of our locks are also really lock/sixes too, so we should be mobile but are also a bit undersized. I hope the set piece stands up...
It will be interesting. Vaa'i is the same height as Tuipulotu so not small. Brown might play 6 when he is subbed on, so the lineout wouldn't suffer.
Some comments about Finau:
“If there was one guy who has impressed me the most in pre-season, even before the team got named, I would have said Samipeni,” Cane said.
McMillan added: “He’s a big guy, he’s explosive, and his ability to carry and get gain line has been really impressive. Defensively, he’s got a lot of hurting in his intentions.”
How about news on CDG? He would have given us a bowling option rather than the shit that Jimmy is (as a bowler, I'd still have him in the team, he is a part timer, not 4 overs).
Back playing for ND, but only as a batsmen. He was out first ball yesterday.
What has happened to Tiaan Tauakipulu? Is he injured or not in the mix at the moment?
As his playing career wound down, Mark Hammett was intent on teaching as a career option, only for coaching to intervene before he fulfilled that ambition at his former school. Hammett is a month into his new role as director of high performance and well-being at St Thomas of Canterbury College, a position that dovetailed nicely with the end of his tenure as an assistant coach at the Highlanders after Super Rugby Aotearoa.
The Warriors don't expect to have any home games this season.
The NZ Warriors won't be playing at home this season, even if a trans-Tasman bubble is in place. The club had hoped to return to Mount Smart Stadium in April for their round five clash with Manly, but unless there is clear certainty around borders remaining open, that won't happen. The club says even if a bubble does open, it doesn't mean the team will be able to come home straight away. Club CEO Cameron George has told Newshub it's too risky for the competition to have the team travel back and forth, if there's no certainty the borders will stay open. Newshub ubderstands George and head coach Nathan Brown will discuss the situation with the team and their families this weekend, with an announcement expected in the coming days.
@arhs I rate Finau too. As he played for the Blues Dev last year I thought they might have wanted him again.
We won't really know what McMillan's top 23 is until everyone is fit and available. Moli, Ross, Trask, Boshier, and maybe Sowakula and Tupaea in there.