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Spirit v Rising - who's done the NRC right?

Discussion in 'National Rugby Championship (NRC)' started by D-Box, Oct 2, 2014.


Spirit v Rising - who's done the NRC right?

Poll closed Oct 9, 2014.
Spirit 2 vote(s) 14.3%
Rising 9 vote(s) 64.3%
Neither - a compromise would be better 3 vote(s) 21.4%
  1. swingpass Jim Lenehan (48)

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    no, the Rising yesterday just didnt play well enough. too many mistakes, too many poor options and too many poor executions to cope with the Spirits very organised defence and attack. simply the better team won on the day.

    as i opined earlier in the thread, we wont see for 3 -4 years who has/had the better strategy
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  2. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    The Spirit gets my vote.

    The reality is that they've played selections exactly as they said they would when the NRC was announced!

    I reckon Kevin Foote has done a great job of raising the awareness of a large number of local rugby players re what's required to make it at the next level (this includes lots of travel). They have done very well - esp the first game against a SXV-credentialed Vikings.

    By making the team selections as they have the well-traveled WForce players (more travel than any other franchise) have time to to be home base with WAGS and families and get over the long list of niggling injuries as well as set up their pre-conditioning for the upcoming pre-season.

    Some of the WF players were never going to play in the NRC due to their work load during the SXV (Hodgson, Mathewson and Steenkamp) others needed to play often to prove what they can do (Alcock).
    (Hodgson ended up playing against the BCs in Perth at McKenzie's request).
  3. Train Without a Station Steve Williams (59)

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    They played selections exactly as they said until the finals came along I think you mean.
  4. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Watching a replay of the game last night, there were still a lot of club players in that Spirit team.
  5. kiap Mark Ella (57)

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    Yep. They still get a decent run.

    It was good a match up and the Spirit used their ball better despite the Rising being on top in the scrums.

    This was an indication of the number of Super caps for each run on side:

    89 Cowan
    00 Abel
    15 Hoskins
    74 Wykes
    00 Murphy
    14 Stander
    00 Koteka
    00 Rovira
    45 Prior
    16 Holmes
    10 Brache
    20 Rasolea
    00 Matuauto
    53 Morahan
    17 Haylett-Petty
    353 TOTAL

    50 Smith
    17 Leafa
    32 Alo-Emile
    01 Jeffries
    38 Neville
    00 Noa
    00 Taufa
    18 Timani
    22 Stirzaker
    05 Debreczeni
    00 Kamana
    62 Inman
    00 Naivalu
    00 Lautolo-Molimau
    01 Placid
    246 TOTAL
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  6. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    There was no prior commitment to any strategy IF the Spirit made the finals.

    The 23 who played against the Melb Rising included:
    • 11 Perth locals (4 in run-on XV);
    • 4 x 2014 Replacements (Stander, Hopkins, Prior and Holmes)
    • 2 x EPS (Abels & Heiberg)
    By my count that's 17/23 or 74% of non-1st choice WF players.

    Missing were:
    • Hodgson, McCalman, Godwin and Faulkner (Wallabies)
    • Dellit, Alcock (Other NRC)
    • Charles, Tessmann, Coleman, Steenkamp, Walton, Cottrell, Mathewson, Ebersohn (injury or rested for NRC)
  7. Highlander35 Paul McLean (56)

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    Interestingly enough, both sides had most of their caps spread about 4 players.

    182 of the Rising Super caps came from Inman, Smith, PAE and Neville. 262 caps from Cowan, Wykes, Prior and Morahan.
  8. KevinO John Thornett (49)

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    Makes it really interesting, you look at the 3 players who where taken on EOYT tour and the caps would be pretty much the same.

    Spirit deserved the win after they kept the Rising score less in the first 20 minutes. That really gave them a confidence boost.
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