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by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Believe what you like Mr Brownstone. Your team went off the boil a month ago after you beat the Reds.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

I believe the Blues are currently the best Super Rugby side.

They weren't 2 months ago. The Crusaders were the best 2 months ago. Now they are not

The Highlanders are currently the second best Super Rugby team.

If TT comp is so easy to win why couldn't the Crusaders?
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

All valid points. I certainly did not mean to downplay the Blues' impressive Super Rugby Trans Tasman title. I did just want to point out that by earning points against other quality Kiwi sides, I thought the Crusaders' Super Rugby Aotearoa win was the more impressive title, given Super Rugby Trans...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

All valid points. I certainly did not mean to downplay the Blues' impressive Super Rugby Trans Tasman title. I did just want to point out that by earning points against other quality Kiwi sides, I thought the Crusaders' Super Rugby Aotearoa win was the more impressive title, given Super Rugby Trans...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

All valid points. I certainly did not mean to downplay the Blues' impressive Super Rugby Trans Tasman title. I did just want to point out that by earning points against other quality Kiwi sides, I thought the Crusaders' Super Rugby Aotearoa win was the more impressive title, given Super Rugby Trans...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

The backline as an attacking unit is completely dysfunctional, and I am not sure the return of Barrett will do anything to fix that. We will have a new backline next year. TJ moves on to Japan. Hopefully young Tanielu Tele'a or RTS can step up to 12. Halangahu is the backs/attack coach and he's pre...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

The Blues beat themselves in SRA. Also some of MacDonalds selections and game plan had been wrong. It wasn't until wholesale changes were made against the Chiefs that the Blues turned around their season. Zarn Sullivan was instrumental in this year's Blues renaissance. The game plan changed complete...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Ding dong shitfight against the other awesome Kiwi teams or... Shoot the lights out against the crap Aussie teams before finally facing one Kiwi team in the final. I'll leave it for others to decide which is the harder title to win. mr bungle's "It's all shit and I don't care" insight is, of course...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Ding dong shitfight against the other awesome Kiwi teams or... Shoot the lights out against the crap Aussie teams before finally facing one Kiwi team in the final. I'll leave it for others to decide which is the harder title to win. mr bungle's "It's all shit and I don't care" insight is, of course...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

BlueThunder wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 12:23 pm Hope they get rid of the goal line drop out rule, doesn’t suit our big bruisers.
Agreed. It's especially poor when a player is held up.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Let me guess. The last good year was coincidentally 2015.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:21 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

The Highlanders are an excellent team and I wouldn't have begrudged them if they won tonight. It's great for NZ rugby to have four different teams in the finals of SRA and SRTT. Pari Pari Parkinson is a monster who man handled a big Blues side at times. A stellar lineout performer and mauler. A fear...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Eckland was immense tonight. Played right through to the end and was better than either Dixon or Coltman.

Renata also topped off a great year. He's probably the fittest prop in New Zealand and a strong scrummager to boot.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

BlueThunder wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 11:08 am Noticed Ruru was pretty instrumental in the counter ruck before Gibson’s try. A good night for him and Plummer after (usually deservedly) getting so much shit. :lol:

The counter rucking all game was just beautiful.
He did do well when he came on.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Auckman wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:50 am I hereby formally propose the following for the All Blacks!

Papalii
Sullivan
Sotutu
Tuipulotu
Laulala
A. Ioane
Christie
Tele’a
Heem
Black
Tuinukuafe
Plummer
Faiane
You forgot to add Hodgman, Ofa, and Robinson.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

FujiKiwi wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:41 am Plummer really got two clutch kicks, didn't he? A talismanic figure in Blues lore forevermore.
Looking forward to Christie and Plummer being named in the ABs squad on Monday.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Thank you Blues team. Tonight you are my heroes. :smug:
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

I’m sure Reiko can console himself with being a Trans-Tasman champion and his guaranteed All Blacks spot. What's any of that got to do with the fact that he was invisible in the 2nd half? In the most important game of his career he shat himself. He became engulfed in fear and shame, and froze. On t...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

I'm still waiting for someone to explain to me how the replaced Patrick Tuipulotu was able to go back on the field when bench player Jack Goodhue was injured. Also, the Crusaders finish the comp as the only other unbeaten team aside from the Blues. So we effectively came second. Pretty simple. Tani...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

FujiKiwi wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:10 am With his star obviously on the rise, is it too early to start considering Leon MacDonald as next All Black coach?

If he gets the role, I'd like to see him select Tana Umaga and Scott Robertson as assistants, responsible for defense and attack, respectively.
100% agree. :thumbup:
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:02 am
BlueThunder wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 10:01 am Reiko has been a great leader this season, in a great headspace, hungry.
He might talk a big game in team huddles, but he was utterly invisible in the second half of this game. Perhaps his leadership style is to lead through words not actions?
You obviously don't watch defence or rucks.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

:lol: Plummer the white Stephen Donald
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

:lol: why would you give to Plummer and not Sullivan?
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

It was silly but PPP has been a beast.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Ali's Choice wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:08 am I learned something new in the Stan Sports half time from Sonny Bill Williams. Apparently Mark Tele'a is half Samoan and half African American.
He's half saffa and half samoan.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Nareki had no intention towards the ball.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Ted. wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:46 am Heem completely at fault there.
Nareki clearly bumped him.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

We should be taking the points.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Apparently if you're coming from the south you can't catch the train due to tornado damage.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Cut it out fella. Sotutu has had a spectacular season. Akira is Akira. He hasn't been the lazy guy from past years at all but his game is to take the ball and carry it over the gain line. Cleaning-out is for the locks and others if it can at all be helped. Blues loose forwards shouldn't really be c...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

Are we agreeing on something, Pakia Pakia? I think we are. It's like the two of us suddenly discovered that it was us all along in a giant skinsuit designed to look like Akira Ioane. We're like two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl, man. It's beautiful. :lol: :thumbup: I think we agree more often t...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:46 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 1188
Views: 37455

Re: All Black squad selection thread

I think there is still time for Peter Umaga-Jensen and Braydon Ennor to make a case for selection at a later time but at this stage neither of these players form warrants selection.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 1188
Views: 37455

Re: All Black squad selection thread

Flockwitt wrote: Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:40 am Looks pretty likely. No great surprise if it was.
It does look likely but it would also be extremely conservative not to cap a few bolters/new players against Tonga and Fiji two years out from the next RWC.

Especially after last years 50% win record.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

My head says the Blues will win... at home and with a bit more firepower across the park, they should be good enough. But... there's that 'but' factor. What if the Blues lose composure and get rattled? What if the Clan manifest the spirit of the Pig Route and bring that weird thing they bring when ...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

The Blues can win this if they stick to their conservative game plan, maintain their discipline, keep errors to a minimum, salvage their lineout, kick their goals, and successfully defend against the Highlanders rolling maul once or twice without giving away penalties. There is a high risk of the Bl...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 1188
Views: 37455

Re: All Black squad selection thread

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/rugby-all-blacks-injury-woes-continue-as-another-star-undergoes-surgery/VNJXEZDQMP3UNDQRSD3NU2FT6I/ Possible All Blacks squad Props: Nepo Laulala, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Tyrel Lomax, George Bower, Angus Ta'avao, Alex Hodgman/Aidan Ross/Ethan de Groot. Hookers: Dane Coles,...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:22 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues
Replies: 435
Views: 7208

Re: Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Final: Highlanders @ Blues

It's easy to troll Akira Ioane. Ioane is regularly trolled by NZ posters and it's impossible to not think that the way he is treated is at least impacted by the lazy PI stereotypes that pervade in NZ. He played very well for his limited AB games. Those are the facts, so please consider this rather t...
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 1188
Views: 37455

Re: All Black squad selection thread

What's so funny about being an old woman?

Half the old men on this forum should laugh at themselves.
by Pakia Pakia
Sat Jun 19, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Winless Waratahs post $3 million profit
Replies: 49
Views: 1405

Re: Winless Waratahs post $3 million profit

This has been an extreme bean counter approach unfortunately. How much fan base good will has been sacrificed?

It still doesn't explain how bad the Tahs defence is. I didn't watch Super Rugby Australia. Have the Tah's improved since Penney was sacked?