Discussion in 'Rugby Discussion' started by RugbyReg, May 9, 2019.
No worries mate, nobody attends home games any more
After a being disappointed in him for a few weeks I was quite pleased with Leota's impact off the bench last week, seems to be a good fit for him. 30 minutes against tiring bodies.
Cheers for that. That’s our section.
I’ll pass it on to everyone I know that came.
I’d had plenty of beers so should be good
Extract from an email from Rebels regarding the COVID-19 infestation at the Lions game:
What I suspected (cost). Also the fact that the cost from Brumbies/Tahs is pretty low for that game (bus up/down for the day) so it's only the costs for playing the Rebels that is significant. Red's would have to fly everywhere.
Still, it's a shame. I agree that it's been good and will hopefully help with squad depth in the longrun not to mention the some of the A team boys cracking into the starting squad. Ramm for example I think has been good in his Tah's games. Hoping some others get a chance.
Well, that makes three on GAGR that I know who live in Section 9 (KevinO and I). I'm up in the 2-seater behind the main bit, away from the rabble below. I suspect the man was sitting down in the lower sections, but can't be sure as they won't release details.
Reds wider squad is also made up with a bulk of U20s players, who are currently involved in U20s camps.
There's only a handful of Reds WTS players who wouldn't fall in the U20s category, the bulk of any 2nd XV Reds team would have to be made up by club players.
I'm in the cheap seats over in section 16/17 so a long way from me, unless he caught the train home.
You know that the germs all float upwards though, right?
The fan day that was to be on this Saturday 14th at Moorabbin has been canceled due to lack of toilet paper, or something.
Good decision, I guess.
As something to occupy time I have been trying to do a genuine VIC rugby side with existing players.
Team is made up of players that have come through the Vic system (eg. Played the majority of their junior rugby there) and a few that came from overseas (not to play rugby) but worked their way through the local system.
1 Sa’aga (Rebels)
2 Uelese (Rebels)
3 Faulkner (Tahs)
4 Hosea (Rebels)
5 Douglas (Brumbies)
6 Valetini (Brumbies)
7 Samu (Brumbies)
8 Leota (Rebels)
10 CLL (Japan)
11 Naivalu (Stade Francais)
12 Tapui (Harlequins)
13 Tuipulotu (Japan)
14 Paisami (Reds)
15 Tui (Stade Francais)
That’d be a solid side but seriously lacks any depth beyond it. Fa’amasuili - TH (Rebels) Ulugia- HK (Clermont), Potter - wing (Rebels) are the only other contracted players I can think of atm.
It’s actually a better side than many would think has come through the system. Could genuinely challenge WA or ACT. Light years away from QLD and NSW
Yeh, I had to shoehorn a few players in there.
He came to Melbourne on a working holiday from Scotland and signed up for his local club (Harlequins). Played the season as a bit of fitness and a way to meet new people, then impressed the Melb Rising NRC coach who asked him if he’d like to train with them. That ultimately lead to first pro deal with Rebels.
Naivalu similar story and Paisami - family moved to Melbourne in final year of school are the other shoehorns despite been identified by the Blues academy pre-move with family.
Anyone identified professionally in my eyes isn’t a product of local system.
Members' Q&A tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 10:30am, with Paul Docherty, Baden Stephenson, and David Wessels.
Join in via the Rebels' Facebook page.
Members update on FB now
Anything of note said?
DH-P and Reece Hodge were also on the panel. They explained what they were doing to keep fit/connected as well as a couple of specific skill examples during lockdown.
One of the main take-aways for me, they say they need (ideally) three weeks of contact work plus a week of game prep to be ready for a resumption. Most likely no games before August. Probably, as we've been speculating, a domestic comp with five Aus teams plus possibly the Sunwolves.
They should consider a revised approach to the reserve bench if/when things restart. Three weeks of training probably won't have them up and running at the level of fitness to finish a full 80 min game safely.
good little initiative. Not much interaction with the 'members' watching, but does put across the tight nit community that the organisation seems to be.
Sounded like the fitness level won't be the issue. More that contact ready.
Players doing a lot of work on fitness, DHP and Hodge have both been told to work on speed. DHP is training with Stonis in WA while Hodge has been on the athletics track.
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