@cgrant No they'll just look short compared to the towering height of Ardie on the opposite side.....
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RE: All Blacks vs. B&I Lions test #1
"We are not intentionally trying to hurt anyone," Hansen told host Martin Devlin.
"They are predictable comments from Gatland...I guess he might be a bit desperate. It never will be (the way we play) as long as I'm involved with the All Blacks.
"It is really, really disappointing. We're trying to charge the kick down and or tackle him.
"Just because he is one of their key players, he doesn't have the right to go around the park without being charged down or tackled."
RE: Blues v BI Lions
That was a pretty cool night for Blues rugby.
They haven't exactly been known for their culture or a team that plays for each other before Tana arrived but I think the club has come a long way in that regard in the last couple of years.
The haka summed it up. While they have a lot to improve on, The Blues have some spine about them now. They seem to be a proper team that play for each other and the region.
Known as a club that has let talented locals flourish for other teams, excellent to see a lot of local stars performing well for the Blues, including a high profile returnee SBW.
It was a huge occasion with a huge crowd and the Blues responded.
A famous Blues victory - and their havent been too many of them in recent years.
Blues fans can hold their heads high and feel proud of their team. I wonder how many kids will be running around in their back yard pretending to be Rieko in the next few days.
RE: 2017 Bledisloe Cup & Rugby Championship (4 Nations)
@ACT-Crusader Surely if you want to take big tests to tin pot grounds you might as well go all in and award it to Christchurch....
RE: BLEDISLOE 3
@akan004 Did DMac do that much wrong tonight? I don't remember any howlers (but I may be wrong)?
What did DMAC actually add?
He muffed an early handling chance, he missed a conversion to tie the game, he got overpowered for a loose ball off a lineout shortly after that, he got overpowered for a try (both of these probably cos hes tiny). His field kicking was average.
He created absolutely nothing for anybody else - he made one small break off a kick return once that I saw - that was it.
He got ragdolled several times (again coming back to being tiny).
RE: How are the AB's tracking heading into the BIL series?
Very happy with that squad. Congrats to the debutants - Laumape very much a deserved selection. If Jordie can sort out his tackling he is going to be sensational.
Always a number of unlucky players - Todd would be in the squad if they could name 3 x 7s so he's right there. Fekitoa, DMac and Luatua unlucky but can see the reasoning for being left out.
Love the inclusion of Goodhue and Akira in the injury cover.
Goodhue looks born to play midfield, rare for someone so young to look so comfortable at centre.
Akira is all talent and has really stepped up in Super Rugby since Kaino went down injured. Any talk of Akira laziness should watch Blues-Lions last night - he was all over the place all night - with and without the ball. Clearly his ceiling is much higher than Elliot Dixon, Whitelock or Shields. Now it's up to him to reach it (and the coaching staff to help).
Bring on the series.
RE: Highlanders vs Blues
Some random thoughts
SBW is slow as hell in the open field. Strictly a 12 only - cant be considered for 13.
Naholo and Rieko were both excellent - brilliant to watch.
Rob 'Matchbox 20' Thompson really strong.
Akira made a statement - workrate up - looks bloody fit - x factor galore. Outplayed Luke Whitelock.
Pulu clearly outplayed by Aaron Smith but by no means was he poor - error free, was decisive at ruck time, made good captaincy choices.
Gatland's boot a huge step up from Ihaia.
Preston looked out of his depth - I had my suspicions when Steve Bates talked him up - sure enough.
Nutbrown wasnt atrocious but he isnt a very good ref - Highlanders got the rub of the green.
Cracking game considering first for both.
RE: Springboks v Wallabies - Bloemfontein
"He grabbed the guy around the collar," Cheika said.
When further probed on the issue, Cheika was even more adamant.
"You've got to watch the vision (replay) ... he got him by the collar," the coach re-iterated.
"He didn't come in and grab him by the hair. Who tackles somebody by the hair? Forget about it ... it's a non-issue."
RE: Rebels v Hurricanes
Was at the game.
A few thoughts.
Rebels attack is so narrow. Their 10 is quite poor. As has been stated Mafi was the real key their attack.
Canes on the other hand play with so much width. Jordie, Barrett and Perenara allow them to throw wonderful wide balls.
Canes have some really athletic forwards with skills - Lousi, Fifita, Evans, Fatialofa, Aumua.
Jordie's defense has really improved - made some good tackles. He looked class.
Julian Savea is so slow live. His kick chase is really poor. Nowhere near AB quality anymore.
Ben Lam on the other hand was really good. Has to be on the AB radar - put in a really good punt and a low error rate.
Laumape very impressive. Runs good lines to go along with his mini bus power. Can really hit too. With SBW and Crotty seemingly injured constantly he should get more AB opportunities this year.
RE: Lions v Blues
Perofeta won that game. The game changed when he came on at 10. He attacked the line but he also has great passing skills. He is some talent.
After Perofeta came on the 10-12-13 channel started to really flourish.
Credit to the bench forwards too - the decision to pick 6 forwards on the bench paid off. Ross Wright was a huge improvement over Apasai.
Akira Ioane wow. There he was at the end to drive Taramai over for the winning try.
Im not sure what this means for the season but a great win - credit where it is due - well done Tana and the coaching team.