Great effort by Kyrgios. He is awesome to watch. Nadal just had a bit too much in the tie breaks.
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RE: Blues 2020
@KiwiMurph I thought the ABs were going to play limited minutes to start the season? If not, then I'd definitely start him.
Going by McKendry article its likely Tuipulotu will start and Robinson an option to move to lock in the second half.
RE: Super Rugby 2020
The Waratahs have put the final piece of their 2020 squad puzzle in place with the signing of centre Siosifa Lasila. Waratahs coach Rob Penney hinted at a new centre signing some weeks ago and it was reported then that Lasila was reported to be on his way, the club only confirmed his addition on Thursday. The Japanese Sevens international and former Tonga U23 player played under Penney at Japanese division two club Toyota and it was that relationship that brought him to NSW.
RE: NZ Conference 2020 Finishing order
Who have the Chiefs recruited apart from the coach to suggest they are going to be any good this season? No Brodie this year
Quite a bit might depend on how Cruden goes and whether he stays fit. If he's something close to the Cruden of old then the Chiefs will be pretty well-balanced.
Brodie is a loss, but not as big as what the Canes and Crusaders have shed.
I'm in the camp that says the Canes will be badly hurt without Beaudie and Ardie. Crusaders will be vulnerable to injuries to people like Moúnga (especially), Alaalatoa, Moody and Barrett.
And I think the Blues will relatively improve - though the first couple of rounds will be crucial for them. A poor start and their fragile confidence could rapidly dissipate. However, if they get a flier they could finally be away.
Where has Ardie gone to?
sorry, the news should be filtering through to Matamata in a few months. keep a lookout for the stagecoach
Out for the season hurt or having a rest hurt?
Originally it was reported gone for the season but more recent reports have suggested he will return around when Beaudie will play for the Blues (April).
RE: Blues 2020
@KiwiMurph Yeah - it's unlikely to be a position of strength for the Blues.
Ruru looks like he's got the skills but not the vision/cool head and Finlay is a bit the other way round.
Have to hope that with another year under their belts they'll be better. Interesting looking at some of these halfbacks - Finlay is only 24. Nock is 23. Still kids.
Drummond who seems to have been around an age is 25 (though nearly 26). Ruru is 26 but nearly 27, so should be in his prime.
Yeah the main issue with Ruru is his distribution. I could live with his lack of cool head but his passing his simply not quick or accurate enough - it causes issues for the whole attack. He's a terrific defender but I don't think that's as important in the current game. Nock has the best distribution of the 3 and it feels like now or never for him at the Blues.
RE: Blues 2020
Still no sign of Finlay Christie?
That's a worry for the Blues next week - up against the Chiefs with handbrake Ruru again at 9.
Pleased to see players tried in some different positions - Narawa at 15 was very successful for BOP.
Not sure I'd pin too many hopes on Finlay Christie being a halfback saviour.
He'll be different to Ruru, Pulu and Nock - but, I'm not sure he's better.
I guess one advantage is that he's spent his M10 Cup career playing in Leon's systems.
Yeah my hope on Christie was based on Leon's history with him and the fact he is at least a new face - not exactly based on past performances!
If its one issue I have with Leon its his approach to halfback. I don't think he's done nearly enough to address the situation. I fear it will cost the Blues again this season.