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Bledisloe II @ Eden Park

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

  1. Dctarget Peter Johnson (47)

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    Scrums late in the game should be pretty tasty. If Moody hasn't remembered how to play it could get messy for NZ. Laulala isn't really renowned for his scrummaging and then there's a huge step down on their bench with Tu'ungafasi and the reserve Waratah. Both NZ bench props are significantly taller, like a few inches, than their Wallaby counterparts with Ta'avao like 6 or 7 inches taller than Tupou.

    We might actually win the ball back when Simmons inevitably knocks it on.
  2. zer0 Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Sure you're not mixing him up with someone else? Laulala has typically been a strong scrummager, even with his backlog of injuries.

    I agree about Ta'avao though. I'd have much preferred Moli ahead of him for this match, and am hoping that Tu'inukuafe is back for the RWC.
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  3. Dctarget Peter Johnson (47)

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    Your word is better than mine I'd imagine. But as a prop myself, I've never really rated his scrummaging. Also be interested to see the effect of Tuipulotu in the scrum. What's the NZ consensus on PT and Hemopo?
  4. KiwiM Alfred Walker (16)

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    Hemopo is a bit short for an international lock but his workrate is exceptional - sort of a lock/6 tweener - good bench option. Tuipulotu has never really delivered on his promise - huge unit with great ability but has been inconsistent throughout his test career - his form with the Blues this year was pretty good though so it will be interesting.
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  5. teach Trevor Allan (34)

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    [quote="Dctarget, post: 1087739, member: 18568\\ What's the NZ consensus on PT and Hemopo?[/quote]
    I wouldn't be upset to see Hemopo come in later in the game. He can pilfer. He's quick and a strong runner. If its a forwards contest you wouldn't be losing anything by bringing him on to shore up a scrum. There is not too much upset about having him in the squad.
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  6. KOB1987 Mark Ella (57)

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    GeeRob is reporting more in line with Wayne Smith than Panda, in that the only change will be the injury enforced ones of Coleman & Simmons
  7. zer0 Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    If anything Hemopo should've played much more than he has.
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  8. Joe Blow Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Man, I hope they spring a surprise and we see Poey on the bench. Wright would be interesting. I would prefer TK to AAC
  9. Brumby Runner Phil Kearns (64)

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    My worst nightmare KOB.:)
  10. Strewthcobber Paul McLean (56)

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    Wayne Smith saying he definitely won't be playing as well
  11. Joe Blow Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    Apparently there are other press saying no changes except maybe Coleman in for Arnold? Should be out soon.
  12. Brumby Runner Phil Kearns (64)

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    AAC is a bit of being in the same boat as Ben Smith. Both getting older and slower and not in the form of their heydays. Only Smith has much more recent form than AAC and was a better player all round in any case. The ABs have seen the light and have replaced Smith but the Wallabies look like returning to the dark ages by selecting AAC.

    I have no concerns about Liam Wright proving to be up to test standard. In my book, he was the standout No 7 in the Aussie Super conference this year.
  13. KOB1987 Mark Ella (57)

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    correct, I put that up a few posts back. Thinking there might have been a bit of foxing going on ;). Let's see if Pocock is there or not.
  14. fatprop David Wilson (68)

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    I think Poey is looking for another delivery of gaffer tape.

    Not sure on the thinking of Wright, Hooper will play 80 so Wright will come on at 6? I would guess to match the mobility of the ABs

    AAC? dunno, he is closer to JOC in style, we seem to have shelved playing two big boppers in the centres - just dunno what the thinking is
  15. fatprop David Wilson (68)

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    As to this games outcome? It is going to depend on whether Aus can deliver at the same level intensity for two weeks in a row and whether the ABs will allow them to play with the same level of freedom
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  16. Tex Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    I'm steeling myself for an absolute drubbing and am going to trust that the pub in Abbotsford will be far away from the regular Kiwi backpacker haunts to spare me from the inevitable blowback when the dark Orcs prevail.
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  17. Dan54 Paul McLean (56)

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    Tex, I fear you trying to hard to feed the Mocker gods, I don't really believe anyone thinks there will be a drubbing.:p
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  18. Strewthcobber Paul McLean (56)

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    Yep. We had an all time go forward performance from the tight five in combination with all time low in penalties including just one in our own half all game.

    I doubt we will be able to match those two next week. But we possibly don't need to.
    Big opportunity to do better on defence (missed >25% of tackles) especially turnovers/kickoffs.
  19. TSR Ken Catchpole (46)

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    I personally hope we move on from AAC. He deserves absolute respect for his career - but I don’t think he is the selection the Wallabies need for mine.

    IMO the number one selection criteria for jersey 23 is the best possible wing reserve and I don’t feel that is AAC. If they don’t keep Banks, then my very strong preference would be Petaia.

    And, sorry Michael, but I really see no logic in bringing AAC on for Kerevi unless he is injured. That would be madness IMO.
  20. Tex Peter Fenwicke (45)

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    I think we have legitimate claims to underdog status, possibly in perpetuity!

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