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Melbourne Rising 2014

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by KevinO, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Need another win before the bye, preferably another bonus point one.

    Think that would all but seal up top spot.

    From there, giving a handful of players a run in case they're needed in the finals (say Bauer, Gus, and Martin), should be considered.
  2. pablo Darby Loudon (17)

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    Well cast, few on the bait...#sarcasm!
  3. Tigers Tale Guest

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    What is the latest on Jonah Placid?
  4. oztimmay John Hipwell (52)

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    According to the last injury update Jonah and Toby were due back from team rehab after the bye this weekend. On reports it only a minor knee strain.
  5. oztimmay John Hipwell (52)

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    So here comes the impending dilemma.

    Next home game is on 18 October @ 6pm. Not due to finish until 8pm, well into the start of the third Bledisloe test match. Quite a PITA if you want to get somewhere and watch the test immediately after the Rising match.

    I also note the Thursday night slot is still listed as TBA.

    What's the chance they will switch the rising match to the Thursday slot? Granted the sevens are on Saturday, so that my kybosh that idea.
  6. Jagman Trevor Allan (34)

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    Was at the stars-eagles game today. They announced over the ground that the stars will have that Thursday night game so Melbourne won't.

    However I think you've forgotten about daylight saving. The Bled starts at 7pm in Qld which is 8pm daylight savings time.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  7. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Yep, we can all get down to a pub and watch the game.
  8. KevinO John Thornett (49)

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    Other Dilemma, The Caulfield Cup runs at 5:45pm.
  9. oztimmay John Hipwell (52)

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    That's not a dilemma; when you clean up at the cup you can shout us beer at the pub all night.
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  10. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Telusa ruled out for the remainder of the NRC season.

    No word on Wallaby side, and therefore released players. Assuming both are unavailable, along with Sefa.

    1. T. Smith
    2. Sexton
    3. Alo-Emile
    4. Jeffries
    5. Neville
    6. McMahon
    7. Taufa
    8. Timani
    9. Stirzaker
    10. Debreczeni
    11. Kamana
    12. Johansen
    13. Inman
    14. RLM
    15. Placid

    16. Leafa
    17. Tui
    18. Ah-Nau
    19. Hamilton
    20. Simona
    21. Meehan
    22. Naufahu
    23. Imo

    Smash em in the first half, empty the bench in the first 15 or so minutes of the second.
  11. oztimmay John Hipwell (52)

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    I started a matchday thread :) I've been a bit slack this week. Don't mind that team.
  12. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Looking at this week's draw, I doubt the top four will change from:

    1 Melbourne
    2 NSW Country
    3 Brisbane
    4 Perth

    Which means we'll probably play Perth in the semi final.

    None of the spots from 2 to 4 are locked up though and it's still possible for the Vikings to grab 4th if they can beat Brisbane and NSW beat Perth.

    Some good games coming up this weekend.
  13. Lee Grant John Eales (66)

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    It''s good to see Lopeti Timani get regular game time at a level higher than club rugby.

    If he can improve his handling from the base of the scrum and around the ruck he could have a big future.
  14. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    I think we'll play the Rays. The Stars are pretty bad and coming off a short break and a long road trip.

    Bonus point on offer.
  15. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    I hadn't actually considered that the Rays would still be a chance, they only need a bonus point win and Perth to lose by more than 8. doable.
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  16. OneOrThree Allen Oxlade (6)

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    Semi final will be an arvo game - 3.30pm kick off 25th Oct, according to Rising FB feed. Perfect.
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  17. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Don't want to look to far ahead but, should we manage to win that game the final will probably be Saturday, 01/11. AAMI Park has an A League game on the 31st and some mungo exhibition on the 2nd.
  18. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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  19. oztimmay John Hipwell (52)

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    Congrats to Higgers, Luke Jones, Tom English and Sean McMahon who have all made the 2014 EOYT. Well done lads.

    Now, the headache begins on how we cover the loss of everyone. Higgers hasn't played with the rising all year so that's covered. Jones and English I suspected by Sean McMahon is a real bolter. Lots of positions to cover.
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  20. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    With no new injuries.

    1. Toby Smith
    2. Pat Leafa (vc)
    3. Paul Alo-Emile
    4. Sam Jeffries
    5. Cadeyrn Neville
    6. Pom Simona (vc)
    7. Sione Taufua
    8. Lopeti Timani
    9. Nic Stirzaker (C)
    10. Jack Debreczeni
    11. Joe Kamana
    12. Lloyd Johansen
    13. Mitch Inman (vc)
    14. Rennie Lautolo-Molimau
    15. Jonah Placid

    16. Tom Sextom
    17. Tui Tuiatua
    18. Cruze Ah-Nau
    21. Luke Burgess/Ben Meehan
    22. Martin Naufahu

    You'd assume Rolly Polly, Orange Juice and Gus would be fighting for 19 & 20. For 23, I can only see Imo and Paila as the other backs, and like Martin, they're both playmakers?

    Maybe go with a 6/2 split? Put all three forwards on the bench, and plan to bring on Martin for Lloyd around 55-65 minutes?
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