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by Peteray
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: North/South: Who are the contenders? Add? Subtract?
Replies: 50
Views: 2785

Re: North/South: Who are the contenders? Add? Subtract?

Raising eyebrows: Fidow, TTT, Vai'i, Telea. Bower, Selby-Rickitt, Prinsep, Faingaanuku and Tomkinson?
by Peteray
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: North/South: Who are the contenders? Add? Subtract?
Replies: 50
Views: 2785

North/South: Who are the contenders? Add? Subtract?

Now the SRA is all over, who are contenders for the North/South clash My XV's in bold? North 15, B Barrett , D McKenzie 14, Telea, Reece, 13, R Ioane , Umaga-Jensen, Leinert-Brown 12, Leinert-Brown , Faiane 11, Clarke , Reece 10, B Barrett , Black, McKenzie 9, Perenara , Christie, Tahuriorangi, Boot...
by Peteray
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: How does Scott Robertson rate in the pantheon of NZ coaches?
Replies: 85
Views: 2135

Re: How does Scott Robertson rate in the pantheon of NZ coac

I currently see Tony Brown, as someone said, in that category with Wayne Smith. Better as part of the brainstrust, with significant tactical and skills input. As such while JJ drives Japan, it has always been Brown that has done for them exactly as Smith has done for the AB's for a long time. The sc...
by Peteray
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Under-used players in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020?
Replies: 36
Views: 1087

Re: Under-used players in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020?

Who would have thunk Mataele couldn't get a game after his 2018-19 seasons, and Luke Romano would walk into any other team.
by Peteray
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Rd 9
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Super Rugby Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Rd 9

15. Jordie Barrett 14. Josh McKay 13. Peter Umaga-Jensen 12. Jack Goodhue 11. George Bridge 10. Richie Mo'unga 9. TJ Perenara 8. Ardie Savea 7. Du Pleesis Kirifi 6. Shannon Frizell 5. Sam Whitelock 4. Scott Scrafton 3. Mike Ala'alatoa 2. Codie Taylor 1. Ayden Johnstone Unlucky Omissions: Dillon Hun...
by Peteray
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: How does Scott Robertson rate in the pantheon of NZ coaches?
Replies: 85
Views: 2135

Re: How does Scott Robertson rate in the pantheon of NZ coac

He must be a good coach, or he wouldn't get the results he has. Foster's first faux pas was a huge one, appointing Cane so far out from any selection. Dumb, dumb, dumb, as he's made a rod for his own back. Good as Sam is, he is surely behind Savea, Hunt, Kirifi, Papaili and Boshier just now at 7. Wh...
by Peteray
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug
Replies: 340
Views: 5160

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

Now: It takes two teams to make a game, and the Clan certainly turned up today, following their effort against the Blues that was incredibly tame. Having credited the Crusaders winning of the game elsewhere, I think it is also appropriate to comment on some of the Highlander's efforts: Josh McKay. I...
by Peteray
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug
Replies: 340
Views: 5160

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

Of course, it took a champion team to become champions in this competition. With threats all across the park, the Crusaders were simply too good, and let's face it, they play the way we want to see the AB's play.
Congratulations to the team, their supporters on the bored, and everywhere.
by Peteray
Fri Aug 07, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Under-used players in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020?
Replies: 36
Views: 1087

Re: Under-used players in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020?

I would certainly put last year's one match wonder, Vaea Fifita in that XV. The wheels must have fallen off big-time.
by Peteray
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug
Replies: 340
Views: 5160

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

Will the Clan line up with this XV: M Hunt, McKay, Collins, Thompson, Nareki, Ioane, Smith, Mikaele-Tu'u, D Hunt, Frizzell, Parkinson, Whetton, Tokolahi, Dixon, Leinert-Brown. I'm not sold on the midfield, but Tompkinson was so greedy last week (again), and for them to have any chance at all, the ba...
by Peteray
Tue Aug 04, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Crusaders vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 9th Aug
Replies: 340
Views: 5160

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

Not looking forward to this weekend. I'm loyal and faithful, but jeez both are being challenged... hugely. I hope to hell Nareki starts so we at least have pace on the outsides, and Rob Thompson maybe in at 12. But most of all, we have to 'man up' up front or get our arses kicked... again. :uhoh:
by Peteray
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - Highlanders vs Blues - 3.35pm Sunday 2 August 2020
Replies: 147
Views: 2434

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

As a Clansman I'm disappointed, but you simply can't win a game if your scrum goes backwards at a rate of knots every time. I felt too that although he tried hard on defence, Tompkinson hogged too much ball in midfield, and the way he kept chopping back is usually a reflection you lack pace. Clan, y...
by Peteray
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Round 8
Replies: 65
Views: 1887

Re: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Round 8

15. Will Jordan 14. Sevu Reece 13. Reiko Ioane: probably the hardest selection, no stand out centres this week but RI was strong on both sides of the ball 12. Jack Goodhue 11. Caleb Clarke 10. Richie Mo'unga 9. Finlay Christie 8. Pita Gus Sowakula 7. Dillon Hunt 6. Lachlan Boshier 5. Sam Whitelock 4...
by Peteray
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - Highlanders vs Blues - 3.35pm Sunday 2 August 2020
Replies: 147
Views: 2434

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

May Ofa's Allah be merciful!!! Huzzah!
Your cultural (lack of) awareness may be showing Auk :shock:
by Peteray
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 1st August
Replies: 240
Views: 4498

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

I thought the Chiefs would be much more focused this week. I was wrong, and I think their lack of depth, for whatever reason is one thing that never helped. Wainui has never been more than a tradesman, like Nankivell, and Stephenson looked almost disinterested. The reserve 9, Milo-Harris looked mile...
by Peteray
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA - Highlanders vs Blues - 3.35pm Sunday 2 August 2020
Replies: 147
Views: 2434

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 ...
by Peteray
Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 1st August
Replies: 240
Views: 4498

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

I'm backing 'Crudd,' 'OB,' 'One-ball,' 'Azza,' whatever nickname is current, to have a big one today. His hundredth, and a chance to put the Crusaders in a speed wobble is probably enough of a driver, but I genuinely feel that today could be the day everything clicks for the Chiefs.
by Peteray
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ's Lock Stocks aren't Smokin'
Replies: 86
Views: 2382

Re: NZ's Lock Stocks aren't Smokin'

No doubt about it... Josh Dickson was the form lock of SRA before his injury. He will come back next year and add more beef to the current next level of locks who all seem to be stringbeans like PPP (bulking up slowly, Strange, Cowley-Tuioti, and Scrafton. Dunshea looks short to me, but the Chiefs g...
by Peteray
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Rd 7
Replies: 24
Views: 605

Re: Super Rugby Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Rd 7

Team of the week is probably more clear cut this week than previous weeks. One thing though, this short comp, with every game tight is an absolute winner! Sure, it's attritional, and I don't know that that's a good thing, but when you look at it some clarity is emerging as: JB is the best 15 but Jor...
by Peteray
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:29 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pick your current All Black XXIII
Replies: 113
Views: 2963

Re: Pick your current All Black XXIII

Peteray wrote: Does anyone else reflect upon the fact that the AB's back three suffered after Ben Smith was moved from 15. There's more to fullback than catch and kick! What did you have in mind? The outside backs were picked on form and I don’t think that’s where we lost. I'm thinking along the lin...
by Peteray
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pick your current All Black XXIII
Replies: 113
Views: 2963

Re: Pick your current All Black XXIII

Does anyone else reflect upon the fact that the AB's back three suffered after Ben Smith was moved from 15. There's more to fullback than catch and kick!
by Peteray
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes v Blues: MATCH THREAD Sat, 18 July
Replies: 140
Views: 3123

Re: Hurricanes v Blues: MATCH THREAD Sat, 18 July

Two points from this game: How has Fifita gone from being an All Black 'monster' to being a 'bit player' for the Canes in a year? Also, how poor was Tuipolotu? He has been so good this season, but was back to his listless best on Saturday.
by Peteray
Sun Jul 19, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 19th July
Replies: 124
Views: 2510

Re: Chiefs vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 19th July

I really want to say "I told you so!" I've been hammering on about Josh McKay for weeks now! Josh Ioane made a fair bit of difference with those wider passes off both hands and general distribution, so currently, their best XV looks like: Hunt, McKay, Tomkinson, Thompson, Nareki, Ioane, Mikaele Tu'...
by Peteray
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Asafo Aumua
Replies: 27
Views: 1422

Re: Asafo Aumua

Definitely some unease about Cane being named as captain. He is obviously a talented player, but has injury issues over recent seasons. Also, he is given to petulance, with a case in point the yellow card today after being warned. He lacks the 'statesmanship' of Read or McCaw. Finally, he is probabl...
by Peteray
Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Rd 6
Replies: 26
Views: 900

Re: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Rd 6

Despite being a Clansman, I gave 9 to Perenara on the basis that he was probably at HIS best, whereas Snecky seems to find ways to be better every damn year :)
by Peteray
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes v Blues: MATCH THREAD Sat, 18 July
Replies: 140
Views: 3123

Re: Hurricanes v Blues: MATCH THREAD Sat, 18 July

terangi48 wrote:Another close game......although errors made, good intensity. Laumape (penetration) and G Barrett (points kicking) the game breakers......roll on Sunday.....
Who is G Barrett? There's another one?
by Peteray
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Pick your current All Black XXIII
Replies: 113
Views: 2963

Re: Pick your current All Black XXIII

Just one thing. Every time we move players to accommodate others so we can have 'both on the park,' we have come unstuck! Fullback must surely be between DMac and JordieB. Jordan is a definite 14/15, I think, even more so than Ben Smith was, so he can surely be accommodated on the bench. The midfiel...
by Peteray
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 19th July
Replies: 124
Views: 2510

Re: Chiefs vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 19th July

I really want to say "I told you so!" I've been hammering on about Josh McKay for weeks now! Josh Ioane made a fair bit of difference with those wider passes off both hands and general distribution, so currently, their best XV looks like: Hunt, McKay, Tomkinson, Thompson, Nareki, Ioane, Mikaele Tu'u...
by Peteray
Sun Jul 19, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Rd 6
Replies: 26
Views: 900

Re: SR Aotearoa 'Team of the Week' Rd 6

Yes. Look, I think this week's 'team' is a genuine gnarly one, because Boshier, as you say, was good enough over the ball that he should have been on the winning side. But! Josh Ioane completely changed the attacking dynamic of the Clan, and for once, their lineout stayed functional for the whole ga...
by Peteray
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 12th July
Replies: 138
Views: 2309

Re: Hurricanes vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 12th Jul

As a devoted Clansman, I am astonished at some of their selections for this game: Nareki, Ash Dixon and Nareki starting beggars belief. Coltman was outstanding last week and had to start. He's the No 3 in the country for God's sake! Gregory looked like a bloody starstruck schoolkid against the Blues...
by Peteray
Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 12th July
Replies: 138
Views: 2309

Re: Hurricanes vs Highlanders: MATCH THREAD: Sunday 12th Jul

What do the Clan do about that back three that has been so unsettled? Do they give Nareki a chance at redemption? Do they bring in McKay or Koroi on the wings? Will we see NMS and Ioane on the bench? The locking partner for Parkinson is not decided but Whetton looked good last week, while Coltman ha...
by Peteray
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Highlanders vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 4th July
Replies: 144
Views: 2489

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

Gutting for the Clan alright, but the first half possesion, with a 12-2 penalty count was the biggest killer. I'm not saying that the penalties were wrong, but he was only watching the Clan :) Nareki may have a lot of skills, but makes bad decisions every week. I thought that Coltman, Hunt, Tu'u, a...
by Peteray
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Highlanders vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 4th July
Replies: 144
Views: 2489

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

Okay, having had some time to reflect on this match I think both teams deserve plenty of credit for what was a very tough, close and competitive contest. As Codie Taylor pointed out post-match, the score flattered the Crusaders and did not reflect how even the game really was. Whilst the final marg...
by Peteray
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ North vs South match
Replies: 76
Views: 2175

Re: NZ North vs South match

I have to agree with AC that Rob Thompson has always appeared to be out of favor, also in fact the only reason why Gareth Evans is in my team is because he plays No8. I wouldn't want to shift Frizell as he has looked as if he is really making 6 his own. Re Ennor, I like his pace, his defence is grea...
by Peteray
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: What’s the plan boredies?
Replies: 40
Views: 2151

Re: What’s the plan boredies?

I've registered for 'the other place,' just in case this one, unlike the promised millenium bug, does cease to function.
by Peteray
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ North vs South match
Replies: 76
Views: 2175

Re: NZ North vs South match

On current form, maybe? 15. Will Jordan (Tasman) 14. Jordie Barrett (Canterbury) 13. Brayden Ennor (Canterbury) 12. Jack Goodhue (Canterbury) 11. George Bridge (Canterbury) 10. Richie Mo'unga (Canterbury) 9. Brad Weber (Otago) 8. Gareth Evans (Otago) 7. Dillon Hunt (Otago) 6. Shannon Frizzell (Tasma...
by Peteray
Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Highlanders vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 4th July
Replies: 144
Views: 2489

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

Gutting for the Clan alright, but the first half possesion, with a 12-2 penalty count was the biggest killer. I'm not saying that the penalties were wrong, but he was only watching the Clan :) Nareki may have a lot of skills, but makes bad decisions every week. I thought that Coltman, Hunt, Tu'u, an...
by Peteray
Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Bang average players that got a crazy amount of caps.
Replies: 215
Views: 6970

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

Thought I might try for an XV (10 caps or more):
Shane Howarth 10
Caleb Ralph 15
Pita Alatini 20
Bernie McCahill 32
Zac Guildford 11
Colin Slade 21
Brendon Leonard 14
Sione Lauaki 17
Andrew Blowers 18
Marty Holah 39
Jeremy Thrush 12
Charles Reichelman 10
Dave Hewett 24
Mark Hammett 30
Angus Ta'avao 14
by Peteray
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:51 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Back operation. Any positive experiences?
Replies: 64
Views: 3142

Re: Back operation. Any positive experiences?

Update - things got bad for me today (just when I had my appointment with my surgeon as it happens) when my leg just gave out on me. I was halfway down the stairs but was walking sideways with both hands holding tight as I could feel something was wrong so I didn't go down. It was a real bugger bec...