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Bledisloe II @ Eden Park

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by Dctarget, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. qwerty51 Jason Little (69)

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    If Pocock can’t make the Samoa match he shouldn’t be picked. I can’t even see where he fits in now. Fact is Hooper’s never going to be dropped and our set piece is just starting to flex it’s muscles why comprise that with Pooper.
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  2. Joe Blow Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Pocock on the bench and rotating with Hooper when need be. Gotta take two 7s no matter what. May as well have one that can play 6 and 8 too. If Poey doesn’t go then Samu and maybe Wright do.
  3. Joe Blow Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Talking RWC
  4. Derpus Paul McLean (56)

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    Samu, for sure. He also covers 6 and 8. He runs it well, is reasonably strong over the ball. Hes well rounded. Perfect for the bench.
  5. qwerty51 Jason Little (69)

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    What do you mean rotating? I think we can beat Georgia and Uruguay without Hooper in the 23 and Hooper is playing 80 in every other Test.
  6. pissedoffihavetoregister Sydney Middleton (9)

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    I like Angus Ta’avao playing, he wasn't much value for the tahs, and he got thumped so many times when he ran last weekend. Look forward to a rerun.
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  7. Joe Blow Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    He is not going to start every test at the RWC.
  8. waiopehu oldboy John Eales (66)

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    All Blacks: Beauden Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Sam Whitelock, Patrick Tuipulotu, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Angus Ta'avao, Jackson Hemopo, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Jordie Barrett.

    Franks, Bender & Rieko the casualties of Perth. Nine changes in all including six in the XV (one positional).

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/a...ge-nepo-laulala-in-as-all-blacks-ring-changes
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  9. Dan54 Paul McLean (56)

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    Interesting team WOB, did wonder if they would want to look at Reece starting before naming WC squad, and well B Smith has looked a little off pace, though I tend to think it almost as much about looking at Bridge going for full game before WC as they know what they will get from Ben. Maybe I would of liked to see a specialist 6 start, but obviously Fifita looks like his run is over, though I still would not be surprised if Squire comes out of left field for WC, as I still a little worried about lineout with only 3 jumpers. Still I all ready so roll on the game!!
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  10. KOB1987 Paul McLean (56)

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    Adding to the above that Liam Wright will be making his debut off the bench. What a potentially massive moment for him

    WALLABIES (likely): 15. Kurtley Beale 14. Reece Hodge 13. James O’Connor 12. Samu Kerevi 11. Marika Koroibete 10. Christian Lealiifano 9. Nic White 8. Isi Naisarani 7. Michael Hooper (captain) 6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto 5. Adam Coleman 4. Izack Rodda 3. Allan Alaalatoa 2. Tolu Latu. 1. Scott Sio.

    Reserves: 16. Folau Fainga’a 17. James Slipper 18. Taniela Tupou 19. Rob Simmons 20. Liam Wright 21. Will Genia 22. Matt Toomua 23. Adam Ashley-Cooper.

    That’s Panda’s version, Wayne Smith is reporting there won’t be any changes at all to the 23.
  11. Ulrich Bill McLean (32)

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    There is a tonne riding on this game. If the ABs lose they will be the team remembered for it, Hansen will be the coach remembered for it. The Wallabies will be remembered as the team to regain it.

    The depth to which such a knock would plummet the ABs would probably put them out of contention for the world cup. It would be a massive, massive blow.

    History suggests New Zealand will get the job done and I think they will. I also think they have taken quite a bit of flack for foul play and older players etc from the Australian press so I doubt they will be lacking motivation. It's not every day the All Blacks openly call on former players for calming guidance either and Hansen has seldom looked so serious.
  12. KiwiM Bill Watson (15)

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    That's a very beatable All Black team.

    This shapes up to be a classic.
  13. Adam84 Arch Winning (36)

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    Would have preferred Petaia over AAC on the bench, we know what AAC a can do, Petaia is the unknown with more potential.

    Wright is an interesting selection as well, as a Reds fan I rate him, not sure if he is at test standard though.
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  14. Derpus Paul McLean (56)

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    Not at all convinced by that Wallaby bench. We have way better available (if true).
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  15. VassMan Herbert Moran (7)

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    Yeah very strange, we know what AAC brings, solid stable player but he doesn't have pace/agility anymore to open up a defence, whereas Petaia does and he needs to be tested at this level to show it!

    Wright could be an indication that they are shit scared Pocock won't make the World Cup and they want a backup specialist openside. I would have gone with Samu this week and if Pocock doesn't make it back personally.
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  16. Dctarget Peter Johnson (47)

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    I'm pleased NZ are going with dual opensides again, hopefully we can negate it again. Makes sense to have a traditional seven on the bench then in Wright, especially if they're going to bring Todd on later in the game. Bit tough on Jones, he seems to be a big lad that can use his size and good in the lineout.

    Yet to be impressed by ponderous AAC. What an uninspiring bench option to bring on, same goes for Simmons. Let's see if Simmons can replicate Coleman's cameo from last week.

    Also, how fucking delicious that we got Franks and old man Bender dropped. Feels good. Hopefully Sevu Reece is found out for the flat track bully he is.
  17. Micheal Colin Windon (37)

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    If the AAC rumours are true, I imagine Kerevi will be subbed and AAC will come on to replace him with 10-15 to go if were in front. JOC to 12.

    The selectors are probably thinking that some of the more temperamental or inexperienced players (Eg Kerevi) night be overawed and shit the bed if we have to cling on.

    Having an 84 year old AAC come on to partner JOC in the centres could possibly give the team the experience and steadiness to see it out.

    “Steady on chaps, I’ve been here before, it’s just another game”.

    If we’re chasing the game I don’t think AAC will get minutes.
  18. Dctarget Peter Johnson (47)

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    Didn't even notice Bridge on the wing, he'll be problematic. Impressive depth that they can drop Smith & Ioane and bring on Reece, Bridge, J. Barrett and have Naholo and others waiting in the wings.

    As has been said before, I don't think Read & and the rest of geriatrics are completely passed it. They're at the age where they can't maintain the intensity week in, week out as we saw on the weekend. But their ability is still there and given the right motivation, they can perform at their peak level for a game or two. So, Bled on the line, at their fortress after a record spanking would probably be enough to get them up. Imagine being SBW watching your darlings get put to the sword on tv, he'll be foaming at the mouth to get stuck in.

    ABs to come out breathing fire, close match until the last ten and for them to run away with it by 10+
  19. Warpath Bill Watson (15)

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    again TK at 23, JOC can move to wing or 12 in a flinch, don't need a reserve winger, Banks did nothing when he came on last week, missed 3 tackles too.. too early for JP, this is the the Bledisloe decider, the first time in what 17 years Australia has a chance, DO NOT RISK IT WITH N00BS.
  20. formerflanker John Solomon (38)

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    Slight correction!
    Really good photo you now use by the way.
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