The word is he's been pretty banged up with some shoulder niggles. Playing in midfield you have to deal with some pretty heavy traffic with some large players. Makes me wonder if he is cut out to be a test match midfielder.
You have missed Sotutu - I'd suggest Sotutu is ahead of Grace - Sotutu is an incumbent and playing well - Grace i'm not sure has done enough to get back in though with playoffs still to come lots can still change with form/injury etc. I would like to see one of Pita Gus or MMT in as another ball...
That was an intense game.
Can see why it was called test match like.
Brumbies scramble defence was fantastic. Nic White was everywhere. Tom Hooper looks a good prospect - mobile and big frame.
For the Blues Sotutu really stood out I thought - particularly with a lack of bulk at 6 to support...
Well that was fun.
Blues scored some champagne tries even against half-arsed defence.
Telea's try and Rieko's 3rd try were top drawer.
Rebels need to look at the Tahs turnaround this year to get a blueprint of how to get some starch back next year.
Surprised to see Leali’ifano there after the shot he copped from Ray Nu'u last week.
It is frustrating that Visinia has played so little this season after such a strong NPC for Hawke's Bay - however Toala went well at 15 last week I thought.
Very well summarised.
Baffles me after 5 or so years in the ABs that McLeod is reappointed as defence coach.
in addition to being a selector Schmidt is going to be involved in strategy/tactics etc as well so will be interesting if there's some fresh ideas.
Some believe that he has simply been burnt out by being overplayed by Razor the last few Super seasons. The backup hookers Crusaders haven't had a ton of game time in recent seasons (unless injury enforced) hence why Makalio shifted south to the Highlanders.
Combine that with a pretty heavy AB...
I wasn't trying to diminish the Tahs effort - and I agree with the point that it was the Tahs commitment and pressure that made the Crusaders play poorly.
The first half was a blowout - it was 17-0 and rightly so - Tahs were accurate and high energy and the Crusaders were passive and paid for...
Yeah JK and Wilson are awful
it's like when they tried to attribute the Six Nations high quality rugby to kiwi coaches - when the two kiwi coached teams finished 5th and 6th.
Justin Marshall on Stan over the weekend had the odd good point but it's clear his knowledge of players and teams...