@Stargazer I agree.
I see Pete Samu mentioned as a possibility - I saw him fall off a lot of tackles for the Crusaders - he's a good useful player (not sure he's a natural 7) but for me he missed too many tackles to make this team.
The Herald also purposely didnt include Canes cos they played the Sunwolves - I thought it would be more fun to include Canes.
@Hooroo Pulu was outstanding. He along with Rieko were the two best players on the field. Everything he did was excellent - with and without the ball.
Another I almost put in was Pauliasi Manu - I thought he was terrific for the Blues - scrum went well - was good around the park and muscled over for a try.
Even the Tahs Force highlights looked rubbish.
For some reason the Force are a bit of a bogey side for the Tahs - and they love to drag teams into an unwatchable grind as well.
At least there seemed to be some running rugby in the 3 overnight games in South Africa. Lions v Tahs should be a good battle next week and a truer reflection of where both teams are at.
Some things don't change - Jackson is still rubbish.
Crusaders not terribly convincing but given how they usually start seasons they'll take the win.
Thought Taufua, Goodhue and Dagg were the Crusaders best.
Bridge I thought would go better but he has ability - worth sticking with.
@pukunui who would you have starting over Duffie? The Blues have lost Li and Lam. Duffie is no star but he is a second fullback who doesnt do much wrong, can finish and is excellent in the air. I was super critical of Duffie at the start of last year but he has improved a heck of a lot in 12 months.
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