For a guy so big, Takei'aho's motor is something else. He's just into everything.
He had 24 carries and 10 tackles. Most of those carries were quality too.
I don't think I've seen a player have 24 carries before. Is that a record?
Just like last week, there was a big penalty count against us in the 1st half, but we somehow still came out of the half with the lead, then in the 2nd half, we adapt a bit and really start taking control of the game.
Patty and the backrow were very good tonight. Akira will get another start next week after that performance.
Setpiece is functioning really well this season, and we still have Karl T to come back into the team.
The defense in tight was a bit iffy at first, but it just got better as the game went on. Was nice to keep them tryless.
Nice of the team to dedicate the win to Blues fan, Constable Michael Hunt.
Doesn't feel like a Bledisloe test week. Could be because it's a dead rubber? Maybe because it is in Japan? Maybe because it's already Wednesday and Hansen hasn't baited Cheika yet.
Don't expect the last one to happen this week as the most rancid bait will be saved Eddie no doubt.
Plus the team hasn’t been named yet.
When is that by the way?
All of the backline issues stem from the decisions of the 10. Our biggest problem is that we keep selecting 10s that are extremely well skilled players that seemingly have zero tactical awareness.
For all the talk of how good Mounga was in SA, last night he may as well have renamed himself Beauden.
No use looking for answers in the midfield if they are being expected to do things that aren’t on. That only leads to them trying things they shouldn’t or aren’t equipped to do.
Both RM and BB are front foot geniuses but terrible on static ball or breaking down set defences. We get blinded by their skills when they get to use them. They want to attack from everywhere rather than earn the right.
Even DMac for all his crazy will use his boot to steer the team or pick out straight runners.
I’d like to see Perofeta given a chance to run the show. I have no idea if he is the answer but RM and BB aren’t.
Perofeta maybe, but if he gets a run it will be on the back of bugger all play at 10 this season. He even played 15 for the Naki last week when it would have been an ideal time to give him some time at 10.
So yeah, given he played well for the Blues at 15 Foster will probably play him at 10.
Perofeta did get a few starts at 10 for the Blues this season and looked sharp there. He also finished some games at 10.
I think he got an AB spot because he performed at 10 and not just at 15. If he only performed at 15, I'm not sure he makes the All Blacks.
In saying that, I would probably wait for Japan to get him a chance at 10.
Thank you Walshy 💰
How poor was that tackle attempt by him for the first Panthers try. Useless.
Him and SJ are two of the worst defenders in the comp.
Terrible defense by the whole team in this one though. 53 missed tackles.