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by mrbrownstone
Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders 2020 Thread
Replies: 248
Views: 10942

Re: Crusaders 2020 Thread

In a slight blow for an already under strength loose forward stocks I see news today that Billy Harmon has signed for the Highlanders. Tom Christie looks the goods going forward but it’s hard loosing players in areas we don’t have much depth. No great loss. Harmon is a journeyman. Hopefully we have...
by mrbrownstone
Tue Aug 11, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - Blues v Crusaders @ forget about it.
Replies: 91
Views: 1873

Re: SRA - Blues v Crusaders @ Eden Park Sunday 16 August, 3.

I don't think it needs to be a full B team, but there's room for a bit of rotation. I'd select something like: 15. Jordan 14. Mataele 13. Ennor 12. Goodhue 11. Faiinganuku 10. Mo'unga 9. Enari 8. Douglas (c) 7. Christie 6. Sanders 5. Strange 4. Romano 3. Alaalatoa 2. Makalio 1. Bower 16. Taylor 17. ...
by mrbrownstone
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug
Replies: 340
Views: 4641

Re: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug

How good is Richie Mo'unga? Was involved in just about every momentum-changing play all season. Such a pleasure to watch.

Imaging if he was given a proper chance to adjust to international rugby before last year, instead of being throw in the deep end months out from the world cup.
by mrbrownstone
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug
Replies: 340
Views: 4641

Re: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug

I think AC mentioned it earlier but I would have no qualms if Robertson sent a C team up to battle the blues. I mean it’s a nothing game really. Disagree. And Cantabs would not be forgetting as Razor is that at provincial level the Orc’s have been kicking ur asses. Time to set that correct, ...if u...
by mrbrownstone
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug
Replies: 340
Views: 4641

Re: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug

Strong Crusaders team. I can't see us losing back to back games at home, but stranger things have happened. It's a shame in some ways, as this competition deserves a last week decider (though I won't be complaining if we wrap it up tomorrow :D :D )
by mrbrownstone
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Blues 2020-21 Optimism Thread
Replies: 164
Views: 6951

Re: Blues 2020-21 Optimism Thread

From what I've heard, that's a great signing for the Blues. Darry sounds like a real talent.

Can't really blame him knowing he's stuck behind Whitelock, Barrett, Dunshea, Strange, Romano, and potentially Grace in the current pecking order.
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - Highlanders vs Blues - 3.35pm Sunday 2 August 2020
Replies: 147
Views: 2164

Re: SRA - Highlanders vs Blues - 3.35pm Sunday 2 August 2020

Looking at that Blues team, if I was in charge of their recruitment, I'd be heavily targeting Folau Fakatava and Ricky Riccitelli. Hooker and halfback are the glaring weaknesses in that squad. Fakatava looks like a future 50+ test All Black, but is stuck behind the incumbent All Black halfback and w...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 1st August
Replies: 240
Views: 4208

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 1st August

Here's my elaborate fantasy: Chiefs win, Landers win and Canes, Blues and Crusaders all have a chance in the final round...is that mathematically possible? Meanwhile, here's an allegorical Crusaders' fan, 36 hours from now... https://c-ssl.duitang.com/uploads/item/201609/12/20160912232539_AF8Bw.thu...
by mrbrownstone
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 1st August
Replies: 240
Views: 4208

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 1st August

Don't worry about positions on the ladder or losing streaks, playing the Chiefs away missing 6 first choice players, including half our starting pack, will be a tough contest. If we're being brutally honest, outside of Taylor and Whitelock that's a journeyman pack. I certainly can't remember the Cr...
by mrbrownstone
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 1st August
Replies: 240
Views: 4208

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 1st August

Don't worry about positions on the ladder or losing streaks, playing the Chiefs away missing 6 first choice players, including half our starting pack, will be a tough contest. If we're being brutally honest, outside of Taylor and Whitelock that's a journeyman pack. I certainly can't remember the Cru...
by mrbrownstone
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Hurricanes: MATCH THREAD: Sat 25th July
Replies: 319
Views: 5041

Re: Crusaders vs Hurricanes: MATCH THREAD: Sat 25th July

Ennor is a big loss, and leaves us very light in the midfield. Paea will have his hands full, sure Laumape will aim a few runs in his direction. Hope he goes well :thumbup:
by mrbrownstone
Mon Jul 20, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pick your current All Black XXIII
Replies: 113
Views: 2827

Re: Pick your current All Black XXIII

Loosehead is a real concern - it's a shame Atu Moli is injured again. Do we look at recalling Karl T and hoping he can rediscover 2018 form? Maybe Hodgman is worth a shot? He's performed well for a dominant Canterbury scrum ITM Cup level for a long time, and the Blues set piece has looked good this ...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Asafo Aumua
Replies: 27
Views: 1368

Re: Asafo Aumua

He's as physically gifted as they come. As mentioned, set piece needs a little refining, but I don't think he's far off.

I just hope he's more Ardie Savea than Akira Ioane, and able to transfer his physical dominance at U20s and ITM Cup level to test rugby.
by mrbrownstone
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Stuart Barnes: Drop Otere Black and play Barrett at no.10
Replies: 69
Views: 1917

Re: Stuart Barnes: Drop Otere Black and play Barrett at no.1

I still think the bigger selection mistake was dropping Faiane. He seems to be the glue that holds that backline together, and allows Ioane, Clarke, Telea et al to shine.
by mrbrownstone
Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Blues: MATCH THREAD; Sat 11th July
Replies: 182
Views: 3265

Re: Crusaders vs Blues: MATCH THREAD; Sat 11th July

Does anyone have an update on Ethan Blackadder? His availability will obviously impact the make-up of the Crusaders backrow. I am hopeful that Sione Havili will emerge as a SR class backrower in a year or two, but his late inclusion at blindisde on Saturday clearly impacted the balance of the team....
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Highlanders vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 4th July
Replies: 144
Views: 2365

Re: Highlanders vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 4th July

It sounds silly given we're 2-0 so far, but this is a crucial game in terms of how the season pans out. Win, and we'll go top of the table, keeping pace with the in-form Blues. However, a loss would be huge. A rested, pace-setting Blues side would the have the opportunity to establish a nearly insur...
by mrbrownstone
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Highlanders vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 4th July
Replies: 144
Views: 2365

Re: Highlanders vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 4th July

Nice to have Makalio and Strange back in the mix :thumbup:

I hope Blackadder can grab this opportunity with Grace expected to be out the rest of the SR season. He was favourite to claim the jersey pre-season, after all.
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jun 26, 2020 5:33 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Chiefs: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 28th June
Replies: 168
Views: 2519

Re: Crusaders vs Chiefs: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 28th June

Crusaders: Will Jordan, Sevu Reece, Braydon Ennor, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Bryn Hall, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Billy Harmon, Cullen Grace, Mitchell Dunshea, Sam Whitelock, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor (captain), Joe Moody. Reserves: Brodie McAlister, George Bower, Oliver Jager,...
by mrbrownstone
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks vs Kangaroos - Let's get ready to rumble
Replies: 116
Views: 2709

Re: All Blacks vs Kangaroos - Let's get ready to rumble

If you picked a proper rugby tight-five for a game with no scrums or lineouts, and probably watered down ruck and maul laws, then it would be one way traffic. It's no coincidence that most league converts end up in the centres/flanks/back-three. Thorn being the notable exception. SBW, Burgess, Te'o ...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21
Replies: 255
Views: 4549

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21

Hurricanes: Chase Tiatia, Wes Goosen, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, TJ Perenara (cc), Ardie Savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Vaea Fifita, James Blackwell, Tyrel Lomax, Dane Coles (cc), Fraser Armstrong, Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Ben May, Alex Fidow, Scott Scrafton, G...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21
Replies: 255
Views: 4549

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21

Hurricanes: Chase Tiatia, Wes Goosen, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Ben Lam, Jackson Garden-Bachop, TJ Perenara (cc), Ardie Savea, Du’Plessis Kirifi, Reed Prinsep, Vaea Fifita, James Blackwell, Tyrel Lomax, Dane Coles (cc), Fraser Armstrong, Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Ben May, Alex Fidow, Scott Scrafton, Ga...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21
Replies: 255
Views: 4549

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21

Crusaders named: 1. Joe Moody 2. Codie Taylor (C) 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Samuel Whitelock 5. Mitchell Dunshea 6. Cullen Grace 7. Billy Harmon 8. Whetukamokamo Douglas (VC) 9. Bryn Hall 10. Richie Mo'unga 11. George Bridge 12. Jack Goodhue 13. Braydon Ennor 14. Sevu Reece 15. Will Jordan RESERVES: ...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Blues: MATCH THREAD: Saturday 20th June
Replies: 255
Views: 4913

Re: Chiefs vs Blues: MATCH THREAD: Saturday 20th June

If Otere Black keeps playing like he did last week, does anyone else think that he's got to come into the discussion for the AB's? He's got a solid all-round game, and he kicks very well both from hand and off the tee. At 25 years of age he's served a long apprenticeship as a pro, having been in th...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21
Replies: 255
Views: 4549

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21

Robertson is expected to have a full strength squad to choose from before the Crusaders meet the Hurricanes in Wellington next Sunday. https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/300034440/exall-black-david-havili-puts-surgery-drama-behind-him-to-hit-form-for-crusaders Makes for a few interesti...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21
Replies: 255
Views: 4549

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: June 21

Brett Cameron wasn’t out of depth at super rugby level though was he? Not for the crusaders anyway. F**k oath he is out of his depth. I seem to remember him being and considered something of a hot new talent before going to the blues and turning out to be a bit shit without a good team around him? ...
by mrbrownstone
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA: Blues v Hurricanes - Sun 14 Jun - 3.35pm - Match Thread
Replies: 192
Views: 5555

Re: SRA: Blues v Hurricanes - Sun 14 Jun - 3.35pm - Match Th

Fox Sports and Rugby Australia have signed off on a revised broadcast deal for this year, paving the way for a revamped domestic competition to kick off on July 3 - five weeks behind the NRL. It comes as Fox Sports announced it would also show the New Zealand competition in its entirety, which kick...
by mrbrownstone
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Blues 2020-21 Optimism Thread
Replies: 164
Views: 6951

Re: Beauden Barrett Appreciation & Blues 2020-21 Optimism Th

Will be a little sickening to see DC in a Blues jersey, although will be great to see him back.

10. Carter
15. Barrett

Would be quite interesting, although I suspect

10. Barrett
22. Carter

Is more likely.
by mrbrownstone
Tue May 12, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: 'Super Rugby' to restart in NZ on June 13th
Replies: 145
Views: 5064

Re: 'Super Rugby' to restart in NZ on June 13th

Breaking news Nehe Milner Skudder has signed a two year deal with the highlanders. And he will play in the upcoming NZ tournament. Not sure if that's a good or a bad signing? He peaked very early back in 2015 and really never hit the same level again. Once he lost his agility he was a spent force. ...
by mrbrownstone
Fri May 01, 2020 3:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Ref Howler Thread
Replies: 148
Views: 5371

Re: The Ref Howler Thread

Yup. I didn't think it was a penalty at the time but I definitely didn't feel bad about finally winning either. I managed to rationalise it somehow. That one was a bit like the Joubert one in that, while it was incorrect, the correct call would still have meant the benefiting team had a chance to w...
by mrbrownstone
Fri May 01, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Ref Howler Thread
Replies: 148
Views: 5371

Re: The Ref Howler Thread

Nolanator wrote:
Floppykid wrote:2011 RWC final, the whole match.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7C6bTHyC0U
:lol:

I love that clip, mate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FQkwYfqDnU
by mrbrownstone
Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Ref Howler Thread
Replies: 148
Views: 5371

Re: The Ref Howler Thread

Craig Joubert, 2014 Super Rugby Final. Crusaders captain Richie McCaw has revealed that the 2014 Super Rugby Final referee Craig Joubert has apologised to coach Todd Blackadder for mistakes made in the final. McCaw told Radio Sport that South African Joubert has rung Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder ...
by mrbrownstone
Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Bang average players that got a crazy amount of caps.
Replies: 215
Views: 6582

Re: Bang average players that got a crazy amount of caps.

Liam Messam, 43 caps.

Nothing against the guy, but he was only ever a stopgap who became first choice when Kaino was in Japan and the cupboard was a bit bare at 6.
by mrbrownstone
Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Blacks v B&I Lions decider 2021 ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1633

Re: All Blacks v B&I Lions decider 2021 ?

Good way to make some quick & probably much-needed cash.

Obviously not a decider 4 years on, by my count 9 of the ABs match-day 23 would no longer be available, plus the coach.

Lions could conceivably field a similar side barring Warburton, but a few probably wouldn't be selected these days.
by mrbrownstone
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Oldest in their last test XV (min. 10 tests)
Replies: 23
Views: 1101

Re: Oldest in their last test XV (min. 10 tests)

How many other wingers made it past 30? Really stands out that CJ is one of the oldest at just 31.
by mrbrownstone
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:22 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Is Owen Farrell the most hated man in rugby?
Replies: 56
Views: 2457

Re: Is Owen Farrell the most hated man in rugby?

Goes without saying surely. Hard to think of many current candidates. SBW has left but he generated plenty of deserved and undeserved spite from various quarters. Maro is not well liked with the squealing and clapping but I think he’s toned that down of late, and seems like the kind of player who n...
by mrbrownstone
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Suggestions for Super/SH Rugby for the rest of 2020?
Replies: 181
Views: 5123

Re: Suggestions for Super/SH Rugby for the rest of 2020?

Bring back Probables vs Possibles trials. Maybe in combination with a Maori ABs vs NZ Barbarians XV.

I wonder if bringing the NPC forward is feasible given plenty of the semi-pro players not involved in SR would have jobs & none of the squads have been training together.
by mrbrownstone
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sunwolves vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 14 March
Replies: 104
Views: 3001

Re: Sunwolves vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 14 March

Mike A, Digby, Samu, Frost and now Roach. Will the Saders ever stop poaching from Australia and actually produce some of their own local talent? This is a farce. You forgot Aussie-born Ben Franks, international first-five Ben Volavola, Waratahs legend Nemani Nadolo, and Australian international rep...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Australia vs New Zealand - Tests / Chappell Hadlee ODIs
Replies: 1349
Views: 32188

Re: Australia vs New Zealand - Tests / Chappell Hadlee ODIs

No one will be watching these matches on TV either. There's very little interest in Australia right now and I doubt anyone apart from the hardcore cricket fans would even know it's on. The only reason I know these matches have been scheduled is this thread! I've seen far more promotion for The Test...
by mrbrownstone
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Sunwolves vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 14 March
Replies: 104
Views: 3001

Re: Sunwolves vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 14 March

Zakar wrote:Will the Crusaders ever stop poaching Aussie talent? Just saw they named Hugh Roach to the bench versus the Sunwolves.
Just watch, he'll be the next Angus Ta'avao. World class within 2 seasons, guaranteed.
by mrbrownstone
Fri Mar 13, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Australia vs New Zealand - Tests / Chappell Hadlee ODIs
Replies: 1349
Views: 32188

Re: Australia vs New Zealand - Tests / Chappell Hadlee ODIs

As said, don't know why they don't just cancel it. There's already little interest in Australia with the strange scheduling & paywall for these games. The Black Caps will lose badly, probably 3-0, as usual in Australia. Call the thing off and we'll retain the Chappell Hadlee as current holders. It's...