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The recent discussion about the relative worth of players in comparison to their peers made me look up some stats on backrow players in Super Rugby. Unlike baseball, it appears to be more difficult looking for a specific skill that you want from a certain position. Apparently, it's not as easy as "make tackles".

This is what I had to work with:

  • Tries
  • Points
  • Carries
  • Metres
  • Clean Breaks
  • Defenders Beaten
  • Offloads
  • Try Assists
  • Passes
  • Open play kicks
  • Lineout catches
  • Lineout steals
  • Tackles
  • Missed Tackles
  • Tackles Success
  • Turnovers Won*
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So the ABs are a historically successful team, and have been for some time. Winning streak records, World Cups, etc.

And now it seems they have attracted the scorn of pundits and fans around the world. We've had commentary about their nefarious tactics (eye gouging, niggle off the ball, constantly infringing), their cozy relationship with referees, issues with 'attitude' and 'entitlement' (eg shagging birds in disabled toilets), and a general longing from most fans that they will flat out lose.

Here is my theory, and maybe it's stating the bleeding obvious... this treatment isn't so much to do with the ABs, in fact it happens to most, if not all, historically successful teams.

Admittedly I don't have a huge number of examples to support this, but here are a few off ...

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NZ looking for Win Number 19 28.
Ireland looking for win Number 1 2

The Dublin Duel. It's the ultimate revenge match. The banker. NZ always come back. This they're the underdogs.

Will they bark or bite?

Thoughts, scorn, empathy, snarling invective and snappy one-liners all welcome.

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North Harbour v Tasman
Albany 7:35 PM 12 Oct

Matt McGahan, Matt Duffie, Matt Vaega, Michael Little, Tevita Li, Bryn Gatland, Chris Smylie; Murphy Taramai, Connor Collett, Glenn Preston, Chris Vui, Gerard Cowley, Sione Mafileo, Adrian Smith, Karl Tu'inukuafe
Reserves: Kalem Chan-Boon, Hani Fatai, Jethro Felemi, Hapakuki Moala-Liavaa, Kane Jacobson, Bryn Hall, Daniel Hilton-Jones, Afa Fa'atau

Mitchell Hunt, Viliame Lolohea, Alex Nankivell, David Havili, James Lowe, Marty Banks, Finlay Christie, Shannon Frizzell, Tevita Koloamatangi, Ethan Blackadder, Quinten Strange, Alex Ainley, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry
Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, Kane Hames, Siua Halanukonuka, TeAriki Be...

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Manawatu v Wellington
Palmerston North 7:35pm, 05 Oct

1 Chris Eves, 2 Hunter Prescott, 3 Jake Ilnicki, 4 Kane Thompson, 5 Liam Hallam-Eames, 6 Antonio, 7 Callum Gibbins (c), 8 Valentino Mapapalangi, 9 Jamie Booth, 10 Otere Black, 11 Nathan Tudreu, 12 Hamish Northcott, 13 Jason Emery, 14 Curtis Reid, 15 Ambrose Curtis
Reserves: 16 Tim Cadwallader, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Harrison Brewer, 21 Toby Morland, 22 Sam Malcolm, 23 Ngani Laumape

15 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Tomasi Palu, 8 Hoani Matenga, 7 Brad Shields (c), 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Chris Baumann, 2 Leni Apisai, 1 ...