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RWC 2019 SF1: New Zealand v England

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by waiopehu oldboy, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. waiopehu oldboy Tim Horan (67)

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  2. aeneas Charlie Fox (21)

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    Just what we need at least another week of Eddie Jones
  3. zer0 Alan Cameron (40)

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    So looks like Todd will be unavailable.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby...t-todd-ruled-out-of-semifinal-against-england

    Poor guy has no luck whatsoever when it comes to the All Blacks.

    Otherwise everyone else is good to go, thankfully.

    EDIT: If they do decide to replace him, I assume Papali'i would be first cab off the rank. But that all depends all on how serious it is.
  4. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Please please please smash the Poms
  5. KOB1987 Mark Ella (57)

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    NZ by 20
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  6. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    Why would they replace him? You have both Cane and Savea who are among the very best at No 7, and plenty of cover for the backrow otherwise although I note a few NZ posters here aren't overly impressed with the likes of Frizzel.
  7. zer0 Alan Cameron (40)

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    If they're looking to continue running with three opensides in the match-day squad then Frizel doesn't fit that bill. Read sorta could do it, but they could bring Papali'i over with relatively little trouble. Although I don't know how late they can leave it to allow Papali'i to be included in the semifinal team. The stand down is about 48 hours, I think?

    Otherwise I suspect they'd be more likely to have S.Barrett cover the blindside from the bench, and Tuipulotu the locks.
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  8. dru Mark Ella (57)

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    Go England. Eddie Jones do your thing.
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  9. Dan54 Paul McLean (56)

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    Well early in the week but looking forward to this already. Trying to think of any changes ABs might make, none spring to mind at moment, but at this stage I still trying to get my head around what game plan Shag and co will take into game. Poms are a pretty good game I think, with Underhill and Curry being a combo that needs to be taken out of game . I bet Poms will have a pretty good plan to not get sucked into chasing out to quickly on defence, as the ABs I believe are masters at passing/kicking quickly to get ball to sideline attackers and than bring it back in field and finding fractured defensive system which is quite often the fatties as the quick boys have chased out wide. All in all a very tasty test coming up.
  10. Brumby Runner Rod McCall (65)

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    As an outsider, I thought ALB looked out of place in the No 12 spot. After JG was replaced, ALB looked a lot more comfortable at 13. Maybe the mid field is one area where change could happen.
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  11. aeneas Charlie Fox (21)

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    I worry that the NZ wingers will be exposed against the poms. Eng were looking to attack wide at every possible opportunity against Aus.
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  12. John S Bob Loudon (25)

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  13. KiwiM Watty Friend (18)

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    Todd wasn't actually that good off the bench vs Ireland. I think the extra bulk of either Frizell or Tuipulotu could be handy.

    Nervous about what sort of tricks Eddie Jones has up his sleeve but excited to see us put everything out there against these guys.
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  14. zer0 Alan Cameron (40)

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    I'm absolutely in favour of one-upping Steady Eddie and hiring Tony Brown as a temporary consultant in rugby attacking trickiness.
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  15. Dctarget John Thornett (49)

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    Man, I'm excited for this game. Either way I can't lose. Just hope it's a belter and NZ doesn't dominate.
  16. Dan54 Paul McLean (56)

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    Funny that BR,I always thought ALB was more a 12 than 13, but that probably because I saw and got keen on him as a 12, so you maybe right.
  17. cyclopath Phil Waugh (73)

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    I reckon Bridge and Reece can handle themselves pretty well.
  18. cyclopath Phil Waugh (73)

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  19. KiwiM Watty Friend (18)

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    Yeah on attack I think ALB suits 13 better as he has more space to use his pace, quick feet and offloading game. He certainly shone at 13 in Bledisloe 2 and in the opening game v Boks. JG could be a nice defensive option though if England go with Tuilagi at 13.
  20. notapatrioticboneinme Sydney Middleton (9)

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    cacked myself > if nz forwards can deal with english eight then nz backs will rip england backs > nz by as many as they need, which would be 1
    south africa @ $1.41 worth a very large wager on my part methinks
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