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Melbourne Rising Season 2016

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by Highlander35, Jun 3, 2016.

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  1. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Think the tyranny of distance (getting 23 extra players up or down) combined with the "Owners" only taking control of the Rebels, the Rising and the U20s means that it's unfeasible for now at least.
  2. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    I suspect Toolis is playing at 6 as a way of fitting him in to the side. I can't imagine he would be likely to get much time there in Super rugby. He looks a better player than Cummins but Cummins is probably the Rising's best lineout jumper at the moment.

    Actually, I'd like to see LT get a crack at BSF. I reckon a Rebels backrow of LT, McMahon and Mafi starting, and Jordy and Colby tossing a coin for the bench spot, would go alright.

    If Big Red keeps going the way he is he could be first choice lock next year.

    Totally agree on Placid. I hope we get a look at Other Jack soon.
  3. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    In time, I reckon it would be awesome if each NRC team had an under 20s side playing curtain raisers in their own comp.
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  4. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Not 2016, but Stacey Ili has signed a contract with Connacht. Obviously Auckland form got him there in the end, but good to see a non-Soup Alumni doing well.
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  5. KevinO John Thornett (49)

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    Sexton is on trial with Munster as well.
  6. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    1. Cruze Ah Nau (Footscray/Melbourne Rebels)
    2. Pat Leafa (Box Hill/Melbourne Rebels)
    3. Tim Metcher (Moorabbin/Melbourne Rebels)
    4. Sam Jeffries (Melbourne University/Melbourne Rebels)
    5. Alex Toolis (Edinburgh (UK)/Melbourne Rebels)
    6. Jordy Reid (Melbourne Unicorns/Melbourne Rebels)
    7. Ikapote Tupai (Melbourne Unicorns)
    8. Harley Fox (Power House/Melbourne Rebels)
    9. Nic Stirzaker (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)
    10. Ben Meehan (Box Hill/Melbourne Rebels)
    11. Ah-Mu Tuimalealiifano (Harlequin)
    12. Lloyd Johansson (Harlequin)
    13. Tom English (Melbourne University/Melbourne Rebels)
    14. Jonah Placid (Melbourne University/Melbourne Rebels)
    15. Jack Debreczeni (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)

    16. Siliva Siliva (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)
    17. Tom Moloney ((Harlequin/Melbourne Rebels)
    18. Tyrel Lomax (Tuggeranong Vikings (ACT)/Melbourne Rebels)
    19. Steve Cummins (Harlequin/Melbourne Rebels)
    20. Rob Leota (Melbourne University/Melbourne Rebels)
    21. Mick Snowden (Melbourne/Melbourne Rebels)
    22. Sione Tuipulotu (Southern Districts/Melbourne Rebels)
    23. Isaiah Leota (Footscray)

    No Sefa. Tupai gets a start, as does Lloyd. Ah-mu and little red are back, Cummo and Sione to the bench and Toolis plays lock after passing his concussion test.
  7. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    Slightly disappointed to see Sione dropped to the bench otherwise looks alright.
  8. RebelYell Ron Walden (29)

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    Last week was his worst game in either Rising or Rebels colours; I think it's a good message from Zane.
  9. jl75 Herbert Moran (7)

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    I have to agree. Although he has some talent, I think he is a little of the pace. That will come with experience and time. He has to learn to work harder of the ball. He was caught out a few times last week. Again time and experience will be the better for him. Hopefully they persist. I think the key to the rising and rebels success moving forward will be there centre pairing. We need go forward and power. Plus a solid defender. Time will tell.
  10. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Think the "unexpected benefit" that Turiniri is talking about is the one I've been spruiking:

    A greater understanding of how to play your own role comes from playing another one, and consequently is good for development.

  11. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    He was a bit ordinary last week but has been good in the previous rounds. Harsh but fair i guess.
  12. Mr Wobbly Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    A bit OT but I think the Rebels are looking pretty good for centres next year. Probably be Hodge and Inman but there are Sefa, Shipperley, English, and Sione that can all go alright. Our halves are the worry; we aren't going to get far without a quality 10.
  13. jl75 Herbert Moran (7)

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    There are no quality 10's in OZ. If Stirza can stay fit and injury free, he could return to the 2015 form he had. I do like what I see with BM at 10, but it's only early days. Also chuck in Semi, with quality centres feeding him wow look out.
    Maybe hodge and Sefa pairing would be awesome.
  14. Average Outside Center Herbert Moran (7)

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    Here's a question for those better informed then me regarding the Dewar Shield. If we had to pick a starting 15 of non-soup players what would it bet?
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  15. elementfreak Trevor Allan (34)

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    Wouldn't be too bad, however wouldn't set the world alight. Or are you asking for a specific team?
  16. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    a) Team of the year 2016
    b) Best possible team currently playing in the Dewar Shield
    c) potential Rising team if there were no Rebels players

    Could be three quite different teams, but all could fill the criteria you asked for.

    Would it be (b) or (c) you're looking for?

    Edit: Having said that, if you remove Rebels players, based on the training squads, match day squads, and the original squad, something like:

    1. Mike Tyler (Power House)
    2. Jordan Uelese (Uni)
    3. Fereti Sa'aga (Uni)
    4. Angus Hamilton (Harlequins)
    5. Murray Douglas (Harlequins)
    6. Sione Taufa (Harlequins)
    7. Ikapotae Tupai (Melbourne)
    8. Ta Hosea (Harlequins)
    9. Keisuke Yamada (Footscray)
    10. Lloyd Johannsen (Harlequins)
    11. Ah-mu Tuimalealiifano (Harlequins)
    12. Eli Vole (Harlequins)
    13. Taiso Silafai Leena (Powerhous)
    14. Isiah Leota (Footscray)
    15. ???

    Others will know much better than me though.
  17. RebelYell Ron Walden (29)

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    I'm curious to see somebody have a crack at this too, having left Melbourne late last year and only seen one Dewar Shield match this year.

    Assuming that option (C), no 2016 contacted Rebels players at all whether they have played DS or not, is the criteria then I would assume something along the following lines as a starting point (and I have also used this extended squad for guidance along with 2014 & 2015 NRC form & 2016 Rebels U20s team):

    1. ???
    2. Jordan Uelese
    3. Fereti Sa'aga
    4. Murray Douglas
    5. Angus amilton
    6. Sione Taufa
    7. Ikapote Tupai
    8. Ta Hosea
    9. Keisuke Yamada
    10. Patolo Toeta
    11. Filipe Vilitati
    12. Lloyd Johansson
    13. Taiso Silafai-Leaana
    14. Ah-Mu Tuimaleali'ifano
    15. Billy Gray
    16. Angus Arundel
    17. Mahe Vailanu
    18. Mike Tyler
    19. Will Clift
    20. Robert Valetini
    21. Maradona Farao
    22. Elias Vole/Leo Taliu
    23. Oisin Clarken/Isaiah Leota/Josh Cocker-Valu

    I left Angus Fowler out as it appears he has returned to Queensland, and likewise with Josh Coward signing for the 7s program, but somebody else may have a better understabnding of that situation than I.

    Many from the 2015 side are no longer in Melbourne; Duncan Chubb, Mitch Andrews, Stacey Ili, Justin Marsters, while Pom Simona retired (but I would pick him in my 23 any day of the week).

    From 2014, the likes of Greg Bauer, Frank Amituanai, OJ Noa, Rennie Lautolo-Molimau, Reuben Rolleston, Junior Paila, Martin Naufahu, Shane Imo, Finbar Simpson and Tui Tuiatua seem to no longer be around either.
  18. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Bauer went back to South Africa after his exhange year at RMIT.

    Don't know where Frank Amituanai ended up.

    OJ Noa is obviously up in the ACT with the Vikings

    RLM, Reuben Rolleston, Junior Paila and Martin Naufahu are still around I think. Naufahu was in the Tonga training squad for the June Internationals.

    No idea where Simpson or Tui ended up, but Imo played in Spain I think.
  19. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    And Valetini has also signed with the Brumbies if I'm not mistaken.
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  20. amirite Chilla Wilson (44)

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    RLM and Rolleston play at Moorabbin now. They had a great squad on paper this year.

    Both Palias are at the Eagles and always threaten to have a breakout year. Nathan in particular could've been anything.

    Bauer did not go to RMIT, nor was he on an exchange. I think he did some study over here but it was always travel for travel's sake. I think he's plying in the National Championship of Excellence in Italy.

    I'll also add to a previous post that Fereti plays LH and not TH prop.
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