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NZ Super 15 Teams 2013

Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by SaderCheif, Oct 16, 2012.

  1. SaderCheif Fred Wood (13)

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  2. Jets Greg Davis (50)

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    That would be disappointing as he has been one of the players to watch in Super Rugby. I guess he has to look after himself though and he would make a killing in Japan.
    I've always been a big fan of his work.
  3. Blue Paul McLean (56)

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    Difference is that the Highlanders already have a very good core group and now they add this lot.

    Their starting 15 is scary. Much scarier than the Blues 15 last year.
  4. Scoey Ken Catchpole (46)

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    I would be happy to see the Highlanders do well - my favourite NZ team. Not that I have anything against them but I'd love to see a finals series without the Crusaders for once! ;)
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  5. teach Charlie Fox (21)

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    Dream final Highlanders V Crusaders, at the stadium in Dunedin. Would be a massive southern derby.

    Might have to get season tickets. Got rung up the other day and offered a deal. They were a bit shocked when I told them I prefer the Zoo stand, and if they can beat the $12.50 a seat I will buy tickets to all the home games.
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  6. Dan54 Desmond Connor (43)

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    Shh Teach, ya just reminding me how much nore I got to pay to go to Suncorp!!!!!!
  7. mudskipper Bill McLean (32)

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    A massive lost Adam Thomson.. one of my favorite super NZ players.. I can understand its time for him to move on and cash up and travel before he retires. I wish him the best.
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  8. teach Charlie Fox (21)

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  9. kronic John Solomon (38)

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  10. Antony Syd Malcolm (24)

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  11. Bairdy Dick Tooth (41)

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    From the way Tanaka played for Otago in the ITM Cup, that came as no surprise. Smith and Tanaka are very similar in how they play: both very quick to the breakdowns and quick service.
  12. en_force_er Geoff Shaw (53)

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    He adds a tonne of speed to the game so I suppose it will depend if you want speed or experience off the bench.
  13. Antony Syd Malcolm (24)

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    If you want speed of service or run you could really just leave smith on. Or do you reckon this guy is quicker? I've never seen him, missed this year's ITM (am I correct in thinking he was involved in that?)
  14. ACR Dave Cowper (27)

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    He started at 9 for Otago in the ITM Cup all year. He really is very similar to Smith, quick to the breakdown, delivers good ball (although not Smith's bullet), can have the occasional dart at the line. He seems slightly smaller than Smith if that is possible, quite courageous putting the odd tackle in. He's like Aaron Smith lite. He can just hover behind the rucks and sweep in defence. A good player.
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  15. en_force_er Geoff Shaw (53)

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    Yeah you're right but there's the whole fatigue and player management factor.

    Plus, Tanaka will bring more speed for 10 minutes then Smith will when he's been playing for 70.
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  16. Antony Syd Malcolm (24)

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    Cheers guys, look forward to seeing him in action. Shit the highlanders have a squad this year.
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  17. en_force_er Geoff Shaw (53)

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    Highlanders recent success over the last 2 seasons came from a squad of strong locals supplemented with some Wellington rejects (I'd guess because of Josef's coaching background).

    This 2013 squad is pretty far departed from that and almost against their anti-"rockstar" mentality (to quote how their former captain put it).
  18. Dan54 Desmond Connor (43)

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    Tanaka's only bit of a weakness is his decision making, though I reckon he's improved over season, he just seems to not always see the best way to go, he almost always just keeps attack going same way ie left to right etc
  19. en_force_er Geoff Shaw (53)

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    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/7887356/Samoan-nine-newbies-in-Crusaders-squad

    Plenty of guys including Lee Grant shouted Su'a's name from the rooftop when the Rebels were starting and I'd suggest any player good enough to be the Crusaders 3rd scrummy is good enough to be at least the 3rd scrummy at one of Aussie's 5 teams.

    Oh well, best of luck to the bloke.
  20. Lee Grant Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    Jeremy was around the Tahs stable for a while but never got a Super contract and I thought he could have.

    I don't know about shouting his name from the rooftops but expected that he would have got one of the 3 scrummie spots at the Rebels. However when they started up they went with a utility player as the backup and an EPS guy as 3rd string.

    We couldn't blame Jeremy for taking a different path and accepting a RWC spot with Samoa last year and now he is lost to Oz pro rugby.
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