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Highlanders VS Tahs

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by Blackadder, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Blackadder Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Tahs side

    1. Harry Johnson-Holmes

    2. Damien Fitzpatrick

    3. Tom Robertson

    4. Ned Hanigan

    5. Tom Staniforth

    6. Michael Wells

    7. Will Miller

    8. Hugh Sinclair

    9. Nick Phipps

    10. Mack Mason

    11. Curtis Rona

    12. Lalakai Foketi

    13. Adam Ashley-Cooper

    14. Cam Clark

    15. Alex Newsome


    16. Andrew Tuala

    17. Rory O’Connor

    18. Shambeckler Vui

    19. Ryan McCauley

    20. Jed Holloway

    21. Jack Dempsey

    22. Jake Gordon

    23. Tautalatasi Tasi
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  2. Derpus Paul McLean (56)

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    Poor ol' Mack Mason is in for it.
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  3. waiopehu oldboy John Eales (66)

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    No Bender & Clan have named a 6/2 bench so presumably have a forward-oriented game plan in mind:

    Highlanders: Josh McKay, Waisake Naholo, Rob Thompson, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Josh Ioane, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock (c), James Lentjes, Liam Squire, Tom Franklin, Jackson Hemopo, Tyrel Lomax, Liam Coltman, Ayden Johnstone.
    Replacements: Ash Dixon, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Siate Tokolahi, Josh Dickson, Shannon Frizell, Elliot Dixon, Kayne Hammington, Marty Banks.


    Not sure that even a BP win will be enough to get them a QF but they'll surely give it a red hot go.
  4. formerflanker John Solomon (38)

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    I hope Mack Mason has a blinder.
    Time to show those crazy selectors that having him get splinters was a bad move.
  5. Strewthcobber Paul McLean (56)

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    Wasn't the selectors that left him on the bench
  6. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I reckon Mason will get passed by Harrison pretty quickly and ultimately he won't end up being a regular starting Super Rugby 10.

    The Tahs should have given him more opportunities but likewise, I don't think he's that great that purely giving him more experience would get him up to the right level.
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  7. Blackadder Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Swinton has a head knock and that is why he is out
  8. Froggy Jim Clark (26)

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    I really like that front row, in fact I think it could be our best. Surprised not to see Holloway starting at lock, we seem to lack a bit of punch there. I thought they might start AAC at 15, Rona at 13 and Newsome on the wing, however I don't mind what they've done. I saw Newsome play a bit of NRC at fullback, thought he went pretty well.
    This is a pretty important game for Mason. After his unfortunate game last start, he needs to be at least solid to give himself first crack at 10 next year (assuming Foley's gone), another poor showing and they will be looking for someone (anyone) else at 10. Possibly Harrison, although he's really still in short pants!
  9. Derpus Paul McLean (56)

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    I'd just go with Harrison straight up, myself.
  10. Finsbury Girl Syd Malcolm (24)

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    He could prove me wrong but I think he's shot.

    He must know his professional career is on the line in this match after the debacle last time. A pity that most likely his pack will be on the back foot all night.

    I must say in my opinion, the 'tahs treatment of him has been nothing other than shambolic. I have no doubt it has affected their recruitment adversely. Good luck any young buck dislodging the untouchables.
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  11. 'Tattsy'TaylorFan1 Sydney Middleton (9)

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    Mason could be a 15 possibly if he doesn't have a good game. Try Gordon at 10, at least Gordon would pose a genuine running game threat from 10.
  12. RoffsChoice Peter Johnson (47)

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    Gutted to not be able to see Roff 2.0 in the final game. Clan probably won't make the finals unless they get the winning BP and the Cheifs win without one, so it's a sad end to the season: no Pocock, no Smuth.

    Anyway, go for your life, Mason, I'll be wishing you well.
  13. RugbyReg Stirling Mortlock (74)

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    you are close to my favorite poster.
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  14. Blackadder Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Yes exactly. Mason should have been given more of a run. If he failed then cut him lose not expect him to save the day after playing 5 minutes of football.
  15. 'Tattsy'TaylorFan1 Sydney Middleton (9)

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    Reg I don't think I was too far off the mark in foreshadowing Swinton's rise on the Wallabies page months ago. The media is loving Swinton at the moment. Also I think you've been a bit harsh on Alex Newsome over the journey. Scored a try in each of the games against your boys this year (one at the SCG and one at Suncorp).

    Beaudan Barrett has changed fly-half like Adam Gilchrist changed the role of the wicketkeeper in cricket. I'm not saying Gordon is Beaudan Barrett but they both have that turn of speed. The loss of Taqele has been huge and we haven't had a point of difference in the backline this year.
  16. Blackadder Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    14- Nil Highlanders
  17. Blackadder Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Another try to the Highlanders
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  19. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Are they crap or the Highlanders good?
  20. Blackadder Phil Hardcastle (33)

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    Highlanders in again

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