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Super Rugby Round 10, Waratahs vs Lions - Friday 20 April 2018

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by Braveheart81, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    I wouldn't expect the Tahs to make any changes for this game unless they are injury forced. They seemed pretty much intact after the game though. Wells had a sore shoulder but hopefully nothing major.

    Certainly the toughest game of the season so far for the Waratahs but one they really have to win. It would give them some excellent momentum heading into four matches against New Zealand sides.
  2. Derpus Alan Cameron (40)

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    Fuck me. Is one of them the Blues at least?
  3. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Yes. We play them first (Lions then a bye) at Brookvale Oval.

    We play the Crusaders and Chiefs away, Highlanders and Blues at home and don't play the Hurricanes.
  4. KOB1987 John Hipwell (52)

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    I know the Lions are leading their conference but they have won 5 from 8 and the team coming 2nd has won 3 from 7.

    I hope this doesn’t come back to bite me but I don’t think they are the force they have been the past few seasons. I predict a victory for the Tahs here followed by a NZ drought breaker over the blues.
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  5. Up the Guts Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Agree, don’t think the SA conference has been necessarily that strong this year.
  6. Ulrich Alex Ross (28)

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    Hard to gauge really whether the Lions went through an unusually low patch or whether they simply aren't as good.

    Also difficult to gauge conference strengths when pretty much everyone in AUS still have to travel whereas in SA almost all teams have finished their traveling schedules so things may even out in time.
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  7. Micheal Arch Winning (36)

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    Was Miller not injured as well at the end of the game? Hence why we finished with Roach in the backrow.

    Either way - I think all of Hooper, Wells, Miller and Holloway are coming into some form and I wouldn't mind any of them starting.

    When's Dempsey due back? That'll throw a spanner in the works. Otherwise, the rest of the team is hitting some form with the scrum and the lineout going well, the forwards busy around the park, and the backs look dangerous, if not impatient. Keep the everything the same where possible.

    I'm really looking forward to this game. Big T to run over some of the smaller Lions backs.
  8. KOB1987 John Hipwell (52)

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    Yes, I don't disagree with this however the 2015-2017 Lions would be 7/8 or 8/8, not lost to the Blues or Jaguares, and beaten the Sunwolves by more than 2 points. So it's just an objective assessment.
  9. dru Greg Davis (50)

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    It is objective only if you presume that the Blues, Jaguares and Sunwolves have been static. There is also a matter as the whether we are comparing home or away games.

    All the same, I'd like to think that the Waratahs will get up for this one.
  10. fatprop Tim Horan (67)

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    The Tahs have been to SA, Argentina and Japan.

    The only road trip they have left is NZ
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  11. Ulrich Alex Ross (28)

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    While I agree, they lost to the Jaguares in 2016 and 2017. It's home side wins between these two it seems. Maybe it's all about the catfight.
  12. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Lions to face the Waratahs
    1. Jacques Van Rooyen
    2. Malcolm Marx
    3. Ruan Dreyer
    4. Andries Ferreira
    5. Marvin Orie
    6. Albertus “Kwagga” Smith
    7. Franco Mostert (C)
    8. Hacjivah Dayimani
    9. Dillon Smit
    10. Elton Jantjies
    11. Madosh Tambwe
    12. Harold Vorster
    13. Lionel Mapoe
    14. Ruan Combrinck
    15. Andries Coetzee
    Reserves
    Robbie Coetzee
    Dylan Smith
    Jacobie Adriaanse
    Lourens Erasmus
    Marnus Schoeman
    Nic Groom
    Rohan Janse Van Rensburg
    Sylvian Mahuza


    Still no Warren Whitely is good news for the Tahs.
  13. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Referee: Mike Fraser
    AR1: Damon Murphy
    AR2: Graham Cooper
    TMO: George Ayoub
  14. Derpus Alan Cameron (40)

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    I'd be dropping Newsome to the bench, starting Foketi at 13 and pushing Rona to the wing.
  15. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Jeez, I'm not sure. I like the way Foketi has played this season but Rona has been outstanding, particularly since moving to 13.
  16. Derpus Alan Cameron (40)

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    Yeah, a little is lost with Foketi in at 13 over Rona. But, a lot is gained with Rona over Newsome on the wing. I think anyway.
  17. Up the Guts Nev Cottrell (35)

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    Rona has got it down pat how to play with Taqele outside him. Exploits the holes created by defenders drifting onto Taqele and gives it to Taqele at the right time when he's in a bit of space. Newsome hasn't been so bad that it warrants breaking up the Rona/Taqele combination yet. Also when Folau returns it's just any easy straight swap for Newsome and no one else has to shuffle around.
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  18. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    Tahs have beefed up their pack. Staniforth starting, Hanigan back to 6 and Miller forces Clark out of the 23 with a 6:2 bench. Nick Palmer back in the 23 as the reserve lock.
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  19. Hawko John Hipwell (52)

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    I wouldn't. Newsome is our bomb chaser and, although he's not as good as Folau, he's made some really good grabs.

    The backrow may also be that way, plus the 6:2 bench, because Wells and Miller were both under an injury cloud and Gibson might want some insurance. Bye next week should mean some good recovery time before Blitzkreig.
  20. Scrubber2050 Mark Ella (57)

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    Damian continues to hold down No. 2 spot. Well deserved.

    Gotta be favourite for Wallabies spot behind Taf.

    Reckon the Bulls will belt Taqele. They know they cannot give him time and space.

    This will be an interesting match on the field as well as what's in the minds of some Tah's PI players considering the Folau issue raised again this week. Hopefully there will be no effect in that regard.

    Tahs by 30

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