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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:26 am 
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ACT Brumbies

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Ben ALEXANDER
Josh MANN-REA
Allan ALAALATOA
Richie ARNOLD
Sam CARTER
Rob VALETINI
Tom CUSACK
Isi NAISARANI
Joe POWELL
Christian LEALIIFANO
Chance PENI
Kyle GODWIN
Tevita KURIDRANI
Henry SPEIGHT
Tom BANKS

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Robbie ABEL
Faalelei SIONE
Leslie LEULUAIALII-MAKIN
Rory ARNOLD
Lachlan MCCAFFREY
Matt LUCAS
Wharenui HAWERA
Lausii TALIAULI

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Tokyo Sunwolves

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Jason Emery, Lomano Lemeki, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura, Hosea Saumaki, Robbie Robinson, Yutaka Nagare (c), Willem Britz, Lappies Labuschagne, Kazuki Himeno, Grant Hattingh, Sam Wykes, Jiwon Koo, Shota Horie, Keita Inagaki

Reserves: Jaba Bregvadze, Craig Millar, Asaeli Ai Valu, James Moore, Ed Quirk, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Sione Teaupa

Venue: Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium

Saturday 2.15pm (Tokyo) 3.15pm(AEST) 05:15am (GMT).

Referee: Paul Williams (NZ)



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:49 am 
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hideous mascots.

Im tking the bum boys by 15.
and thats the bottom line!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:55 am 
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Very different Sunwolves team from last year. Not very Japanese sounding.

Some interesting picks for the Brumbies, Benny A back to his preferred side of the scrum after 5 years due to Sio being out. Richie over Rory Arnold is a bit of a suprise.

Strong Ball carrying back row.

Backs as predicted.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:02 am 
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Zakar wrote:
Very different Sunwolves team from last year. Not very Japanese sounding.

Yeah, would have thought with the RWC around the corner that they would have gone the other way. But most of those guys are prob Japanese qualified anyway?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:11 am 
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4 out of 4 fijians starting for the Bumboyz .. NICE. ..time for both rob and Isis to prove to chieka they are both ready for the green and gold...Rob qualifies already, Isis next year.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:13 am 
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4 out of 4 fijians starting for the Bumboyz .. NICE. ..time for both rob and Isis to prove to chieka they are both ready for the green and gold...Rob qualifies already, Isis next year.


Who is the 4th?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:19 am 
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Zakar wrote:
comets wrote:
4 out of 4 fijians starting for the Bumboyz .. NICE. ..time for both rob and Isis to prove to chieka they are both ready for the green and gold...Rob qualifies already, Isis next year.


Who is the 4th?

speight, tk, Rob and Isi?


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comets wrote:
Zakar wrote:
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4 out of 4 fijians starting for the Bumboyz .. NICE. ..time for both rob and Isis to prove to chieka they are both ready for the green and gold...Rob qualifies already, Isis next year.


Who is the 4th?

speight, tk, Rob and Isi?


Ah Rob, right. Didn't realise he was fijian background. Born and raised in Melbourne though right?


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:59 am 
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I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.


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Zakar wrote:
comets wrote:
Zakar wrote:
comets wrote:
4 out of 4 fijians starting for the Bumboyz .. NICE. ..time for both rob and Isis to prove to chieka they are both ready for the green and gold...Rob qualifies already, Isis next year.


Who is the 4th?

speight, tk, Rob and Isi?


Ah Rob, right. Didn't realise he was fijian background. Born and raised in Melbourne though right?


parents are fijian immigrants, yep born and raised, more australian than all the other fijians in the wallabies team :P still a teen, will turn 20 in september..


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And hes an absolute beast. The thought of him, Isa and Hooper making up our Wallabies backrow for the next ten years gets me beyond a semi.


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And hes an absolute beast. The thought of him, Isa and Hooper making up our Wallabies backrow for the next ten years gets me beyond a semi.


freakish during the Tens, i'll try to watch this game, i think this will be the first time 2 fijian backrow has started for ANY super rugby team ..ever


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Kiwias wrote:
I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.

Yep, bizarre.


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WoodlandsRFC wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.

Yep, bizarre.


He wasn’t even a SR level full back and that is his natural position. Lealifano could be in for a big day


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Kiwias wrote:
WoodlandsRFC wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.

Yep, bizarre.


He wasn’t even a SR level full back and that is his natural position. Lealifano could be in for a big day

Overegging it a bit now, he certainly was a SR quality fullback. Was excellent for the Chiefs, he won them a Super Rugby final against the Brumbies. Mind you injuries ruined him. I'd imagine he'll be okay at 10.


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WoodlandsRFC wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
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I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.

Yep, bizarre.


He wasn’t even a SR level full back and that is his natural position. Lealifano could be in for a big day

Overegging it a bit now, he certainly was a SR quality fullback. Was excellent for the Chiefs, he won them a Super Rugby final against the Brumbies. Mind you injuries ruined him. I'd imagine he'll be okay at 10.


He had occasional flashes of good form but never seemed to sustain that form for long, due to injury on many occasions as you say. If he was getting injured at fb, he is likely to struggle far more at 10.

I saw him at 15 for the U20s and was really impressed, so I was a bit sad he never really kicked on the way I thought he would.


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Confidence issues and injuries. All the natural talent in the world but not prepared to back himself. He's Damian MacKenzie's first cousin (aswell as Martie's) same sort of criticism leveled at the McKenzie's Robbie received. An in form Robinson was an excellent option either off the bench or starting. Reckon he was definitely up to it at SR level.

(Do you remember that u20 try saving tackle he made against Japan, was one of the best things I've seen in rugby!)


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And hes an absolute beast. The thought of him, Isa and Hooper making up our Wallabies backrow for the next ten years gets me beyond a semi.


Cusack is nearly as good ball in hand as Hooper (falls down in other ways though). Rob and Isi can pound in close, Cusack run free out wide. It's an exciting backrow.


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Confidence issues and injuries. All the natural talent in the world but not prepared to back himself. He's Damian MacKenzie's first cousin (aswell as Martie's) same sort of criticism leveled at the McKenzie's Robbie received. An in form Robinson was an excellent option either off the bench or starting. Reckon he was definitely up to it at SR level.

(Do you remember that u20 try saving tackle he made against Japan, was one of the best things I've seen in rugby!)


I thought he was outstanding in the U20s, as I said.


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Kiwias wrote:
I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.


Is it a stronger team than last year?


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The Sunwolves' supporters are getting fired up for the match.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMqwYjRTAlA


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Zakar wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.


Is it a stronger team than last year?


Yes, with some big foreigners especially in the forwards


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Kiwias wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.


Is it a stronger team than last year?


Yes, with some big foreigners especially in the forwards


Wimpie and Britz? Those names don't worry me for some reason.


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Zakar wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.


Is it a stronger team than last year?


Yes, with some big foreigners especially in the forwards


Wimpie and Britz? Those names don't worry me for some reason.


I did not say it is a strong team, merely that it is stronger than last year. 8)


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Kiwias wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Kiwias wrote:
I have yet to be convinced that RR is a SR level first five.


Is it a stronger team than last year?


Yes, with some big foreigners especially in the forwards


Wimpie and Britz? Those names don't worry me for some reason.


I did not say it is a strong team, merely that it is stronger than last year. 8)


Fair enough :lol:

All the more embarrassing if we lose :blush:


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Perfect rugby weather tomorrow: 14C, sunny, crisp, little to no wind. There are no excuses.


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Perfect rugby weather tomorrow: 14C, sunny, crisp, little to no wind. There are no excuses.


I've got to figure out how to stream it to my phone, as I'll be on the eurostar!

I'm glad we get the Tokyo trip out of the way early. Definetly a late season banana peel.


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Perfect rugby weather tomorrow: 14C, sunny, crisp, little to no wind. There are no excuses.


I've got to figure out how to stream it to my phone, as I'll be on the eurostar!

I'm glad we get the Tokyo trip out of the way early. Definetly a late season banana peel.


I'll be posting links to the match from my friend, closer to game time. Hopefully one of them will work on your phone.


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Perfect rugby weather tomorrow: 14C, sunny, crisp, little to no wind. There are no excuses.


I've got to figure out how to stream it to my phone, as I'll be on the eurostar!

I'm glad we get the Tokyo trip out of the way early. Definetly a late season banana peel.


I'll be posting links to the match from my friend, closer to game time. Hopefully one of them will work on your phone.


Cheers cobber! :thumbup:


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Match just underway and this seems the best link

http://cricfree.sc/watch/live/brumbies- ... -streaming


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Brumbies are trying to play a fast paced game but have already knocked the ball on 4-5 times in contact.

Sunwolves leading 7 - 3 with a driving maul from a lineout that ended up with about 13 players in it.


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Robbie Robinson off for HIA


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Sunwolves score their second try after sustained pressure. Lafaele gets the try after a lovely delayed pass by Haydon Parker (on for Robinson).


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Brumbies with some good interpassing down the right touchline and the No8 is in for the try -- just checking for Speight's feet going into touch
EDIT: TMO spots a knock-on by Speight

Try not given


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Brumbies win the ball back and score in the right corner

14 - 8

25mins gone


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Velitini well and truly broken by the sounds of it.


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Brumbies defensive line breaks down -- Kuridrani up too quick -- and Saumaki scores out wide


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Ponies getting thumped.


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Back to 19 - 15 after a lovely loop round

Almost halftime


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Game of the week? Yeah, right...loving the howling wolves, not loving the extravagant try celebrations from Saumaki...


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