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Old 03-10-2012, 05:34 AM   #181 (permalink)
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Don't get me started on Rugby. Fucking Waratahs have already blown 6 points this year from games we should have won. We were garbage at the breakdown which meant our backline couldn't click into gear. I have no idea why Carter got dropped for Barnes. Carter has been in form, he provides some go forward in the backline with his hard ball running, he just got 2 tries last week and he is a specialist centre unlike Barnes who is Australia's best fly half. Barnes should be in the number 10, organising our backline because Halangahu isn't great at all. He is a decent backup but nothing more.

If we had no injuries then a side of

15. Adam Ashley Cooper
14. Lachie Turner
13. Rob Horne
12. Tom Carter
11. Drew Mitchell
10. Berrick Barnes
9. Sarel Pretorius
8. Wycliff Palu
7. Pat McCutcheon
6. Rocky Elsom
5. Kane Douglas
4. Dean Mumm
3. Sekope Kepu
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau
1. Benn Robinson

would absolutely tear the Highlanders. Kingston and Foley have really impressed me and we haven't lost much with Turner and Mitchell out but Barnes must be fly half, and we desperately need a better forward pack. Our props are gash, and i don't really rate our locks at all. Our depth in our flankers is minimal as well which is why we're struggling at the breakdown atm.
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:37 AM   #182 (permalink)
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Don't get me started on Rugby. Fucking Waratahs have already blown 6 points this year from games we should have won. We were garbage at the breakdown which meant our backline couldn't click into gear. I have no idea why Carter got dropped for Barnes. Carter has been in form, he provides some go forward in the backline with his hard ball running, he just got 2 tries last week and he is a specialist centre unlike Barnes who is Australia's best fly half. Barnes should be in the number 10, organising our backline because Halangahu isn't great at all. He is a decent backup but nothing more.

If we had no injuries then a side of

15. Adam Ashley Cooper
14. Lachie Turner
13. Rob Horne
12. Tom Carter
11. Drew Mitchell
10. Berrick Barnes
9. Sarel Pretorius
8. Wycliff Palu
7. Pat McCutcheon
6. Rocky Elsom
5. Kane Douglas
4. Dean Mumm
3. Sekope Kepu
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau
1. Benn Robinson

would absolutely tear the Highlanders. Kingston and Foley have really impressed me and we haven't lost much with Turner and Mitchell out but Barnes must be fly half, and we desperately need a better forward pack. Our props are gash, and i don't really rate our locks at all. Our depth in our flankers is minimal as well which is why we're struggling at the breakdown atm.

That lineup is good, no doubt - but the Landers are on a tear this year.

I hope my Sharks can actually pull off a win today
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Old 03-10-2012, 05:42 AM   #183 (permalink)
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Highlanders barely squeaked past us missing Elsom, Mitchell and Turner. Highlanders looked good in patches but they need to be able to keep it up for 80 minutes or they'll get crushed by a team like the Reds or Stormers who will wait for you to slacken off slightly and rack up some points.

Also looked like a bad injury to McCutcheon. Broken ankle or dislocated ankle which is his season done.

edit: just checked, dislocated ankle. What is it with Tahs players and dislocating ankles? Mitchell did the same thing, but way worse last year.
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Bulls/Blues might be worth staying up for, as the Bulls seem to be a real threat this season even without their wealth of experience which has retired from their side.

Stormers/Lions will be akin to European rugby though. The Stormers should be booted this season if they don't start playing attacking rugby.

Btw, the Rebels played really well tonight, but still lack that edge to get over the line and threaten the top teams. The Reds have been really lucky so far to play weaker/weakened sides without Quade, but next week will be their test in Durban
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At the start of the season, nobody would have picked the Highlanders to beat NSW at all, so tonight was definitely still big for them. They had a terrific game plan, playing high tempo and attacking every defensive breakdown with counterrucking, forcing NSW's slaggy forwards (looking at you Ben Robinson) to commit to the breakdown, and just ran them off their feet. It's telling that the only way NSW could score was off a chargedown. The second Highlanders try was fantastic, and the game was definitely up there with the best so far. That ankle injury to McCutcheon looked gruesome.

As for the Crusaders, I think teams get themselves up to play them. As good a job as Matt Todd has done, McCaw needs to come back ASAP, Carter too, to provide a bit more control and leadership. Credit to Waikato though, played a great game. The less said about the Reds vs Melbourne game the better.

Can't wait to read all about how Canterbury are now going to be top 4 definites after beating St George, only to fall down in key games like they have the last few years. Newcastle vs Cronulla on a Sunday afternoon should be a great game, two teams who do more than 5 hitups then a kick. Hopefully we can get the points and a good performance ahead of next week against Brisbane.
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@ Cronulla. Absolutely woeful. They created at least 7 scoring chances in the first half, and poor final decisions cost them a victory today. During training they need to learn how to catch a football, and how to not promote it with a double movement (two penalties in two weeks from them). They also need to play for 80 minutes, or Manly will massacre them next Monday.

However, the refs also had a shocker. How in the fuck Junior Sau was awarded his try is beyond me - ball comes loose from a strip, he falls on it, and Archer says he grounded it? Um, what? Clear as day knock-on, and if the video ref or Archer remain in first grade next week, then it's a farce. Absolutely disgraceful decision, worse than the Gasnier 'try' at Kogarah against Manly the other year.

lol @ Roosters, sounded like they played terrible. Their halves should be Mortimer/Pearce, with Anasta at lock.
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I think the Sa'u try was called as a strip then a grounding with the torso, so I can understand that somewhat with the benefit of the doubt rule. The Nathan Gardner try was never a try, it came loose with a Knights foot in there (I believe it was Taia), then Gardner gets another touch on it, which is a knock on.

I thought it was a pretty brave performance from Newcastle tbh, playing 70 minutes with only 15 players, missing two rep players including our captain/goalkicker/playmaker and one of our best forwards, on a 30 degree day. Also to do it despite playing most of the game in our own half, and conceding a 9-3 penalty count. Can't wait to see Bill Harrigan justify how Newcastle were 3 times more undisciplined than Cronulla. When they're officiating the Sharks, refs need to watch Gallen and Smith, they go early every tackle in defence, but come from the ref's blindside most of the time.

Good performance by the Blues overnight in the rugby, the NZ conference is going to be death this year.
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No, he dropped it, the whole grounding with the torso thing is a moot point once he has dropped the ball. And for you to question Gardner's try and support Sau's, well, just shows your blindness. Cronulla were very unfortunate with Sau's try and got a repreive with Gardner's, but by then it was too late to do anything about it.

The refs seriously need to wake up to themselves. Two weeks into the comp and already we have mind boggling decisions from nearly every game. I shudder at the prospect of the next 29 weeks.
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No, he dropped it, the whole grounding with the torso thing is a moot point once he has dropped the ball. And for you to question Gardner's try and support Sau's, well, just shows your blindness. Cronulla were very unfortunate with Sau's try and got a repreive with Gardner's, but by then it was too late to do anything about it.
Oh I didn't support it, I thought it was a strip then a Cronulla grounding, and a drop out. But what I'm saying is that I could understand the explanation for it. I can see how they awarded Gardner's too, but I thought he got a clear touch to it before it hit the ground.
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Nah as poor as he played tonight, Utai is still a better player than Reddy. Reddy was a liability most of the time for the Eels and he'll be just as much for the Tigs should they decide to play him.
I guess you missed all the games where Reddy would sweep around to cover two positions: his own and the wing for the impatient Eric Grothe Jr. He shits all over Utai.
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