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by Ali's Choice
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:36 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April
Replies: 29
Views: 381

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April

If the Saders get eaten again at the breakdown they simply won't win enough ball to beat the resurgent Chiefs. The Chiefs are a better side than this year's Canes. Agree 100%, so we have to form a 6/7/8 combination from the following Sanders Douglas Havili Talitui Blackadder (hopefully) Grace 8. Gr...
by Ali's Choice
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week - Round 7
Replies: 19
Views: 398

Re: Super Rugby Aotearoa Team of the Week - Round 7

Codie made 25 tackles with no misses. Ardie made 4 tackles with 1 miss. He's a great ball runner and jackler but he goes missing in defense. A backrow with Ardie and no Cane will need to two other defensive juggernauts to compensate. When are people going to start getting it? You cannot be a world ...
by Ali's Choice
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 221
Views: 6361

Re: All Black squad selection thread

Interesting with Aiden Ross - good player but I wonder why there is no love for Angus Ta'avao who I think is better than that rabble from the Blues. I'm not sure that Ta'avao is a better THP than Laulala or Ofa. With Moody injured this week Angus should have it easy against an under-manned Crusader...
by Ali's Choice
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Michael Alaalatoa signs for Leinster
Replies: 25
Views: 837

Re: Michael Alaalatoa signs for Leinster

kiwigreg369 wrote: Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:36 am Must resist
:lol: I thought you'd like that comment
by Ali's Choice
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Michael Alaalatoa signs for Leinster
Replies: 25
Views: 837

Re: Michael Alaalatoa signs for Leinster

Good on Ala'alatoa. I wish him all the very best playing easy rugby. He has been a very loyal servant for the Crusaders, and an integral part of our 4 title streak. The Irish can say what they like about him being their '3rd choice THP", but who are they kidding? They say that every time they poach...
by Ali's Choice
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Michael Alaalatoa signs for Leinster
Replies: 25
Views: 837

Re: Michael Alaalatoa signs for Leinster

mrbrownstone wrote: Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:17 am That is a big loss for the Crusaders. He has been an excellent player and an integral part of our scrum dominance for several years.
Yep, time for Fletcher Newell to step up!
by Ali's Choice
Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Michael Alaalatoa signs for Leinster
Replies: 25
Views: 837

Re: Michael Alaalatoa signs for Leinster

Good on Ala'alatoa. I wish him all the very best playing easy rugby. He has been a very loyal servant for the Crusaders, and an integral part of our 4 title streak. The Irish can say what they like about him being their '3rd choice THP", but who are they kidding? They say that every time they poach ...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

So Australia administered 12,200 vaccine doses in the past 24 hours.

To put that into context, the USA administered 4.6 million doses over the same timeframe.
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached
Replies: 31
Views: 1617

Re: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached

I think the days of the enforcer lock are long gone. If they ever existed. Etzebeth is the heir to Bakkies and the Boks just won a RWC with him at lock In what way is Etzebeth the "heir" to Botha? Is it because they both play lock? Both white? Etzebeth never seemed consistent enough at test level t...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:09 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached
Replies: 31
Views: 1617

Re: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached

I think the days of the enforcer lock are long gone. If they ever existed. Etzebeth is the heir to Bakkies and the Boks just won a RWC with him at lock In what way is Etzebeth the "heir" to Botha? Is it because they both play lock? Both white? Both similar style players , enforcers with a strength ...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached
Replies: 31
Views: 1617

Re: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached

I think you've taken 'likes the biff' a bit too literally. Yes, Botha could be a dirty bastard, but it wasn't like he spent 80 minutes of every game doing something illegal. 99% of the time he was doing his job...with that job being inflicting pain within the laws of the game. I find it bizarre tha...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Rainbow Cup (Pro16) 2021
Replies: 101
Views: 4809

Re: The Rainbow Cup (Pro16) 2021

Looks like the tournament is about to be cancelled because of the English who aren't even in it. :lol: :lol: This isn't a great time, historically speaking, to be attempting to create a new Rugby comp that involves teams from a number of different nations. It would be a shame if it cannot happen. I...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached
Replies: 31
Views: 1617

Re: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached

openclashXX wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:32 am
Ali's Choice wrote: Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:41 am I think the days of the enforcer lock are long gone. If they ever existed.
Etzebeth is the heir to Bakkies and the Boks just won a RWC with him at lock
In what way is Etzebeth the "heir" to Botha? Is it because they both play lock? Both white?
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached
Replies: 31
Views: 1617

Re: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached

That Baby Eating lock position is the hardest one to fill in rugby. Makes a massive difference to a team having someone of that size going about creaming rucks on their own and absolutely loving the biff. I think the days of the enforcer lock are long gone. If they ever existed. NZ won RWC's in 201...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

Laming is seeking preselection for the Libs again. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: But, wait, it's the LNP - they might just agree :lol: Was reading about Laming today. Some people are suggesting it's just a money grab, if he contests the pre selection and loses he gets another $150K on top of his lifelong...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:45 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

The Federal Govt is on the offensive this afternoon on Sky News, with Liberal MP Julian Simmonds blaming the ALP for undermining the public's confidence in vaccinations https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6248473374001 I'm keen to hear from the many Coalition voters on this forum who seems to have ...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached
Replies: 31
Views: 1617

Re: Laporte - Best Player ever I have coached

That Baby Eating lock position is the hardest one to fill in rugby. Makes a massive difference to a team having someone of that size going about creaming rucks on their own and absolutely loving the biff. I think the days of the enforcer lock are long gone. If they ever existed. NZ won RWC's in 201...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:33 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 221
Views: 6361

Re: All Black squad selection thread

With BB and TJP in Japan, and Moody, Cane, Fakatava and Goodhue injured, this would be my AB 23 if we were playing a test match tomorrow; 15. Jordie Barrett 14. Sevu Reece 13. Peter Umaga-Jensen 12. David Havili 11. Reiko Ioane 10. Richie Mo'unga 9. Aaron Smith 8. Luke Jacobson 7. Ardie Savea 6. Tom...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

The Federal Govt is on the offensive this afternoon on Sky News, with Liberal MP Julian Simmonds blaming the ALP for undermining the public's confidence in vaccinations https://www.skynews.com.au/details/_6248473374001 I'm keen to hear from the many Coalition voters on this forum who seems to have d...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April
Replies: 29
Views: 381

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April

It also sounds like Goodhue and Moody's injuries are serious, so we'll be going up against the form midfield in the competition (Tupaea/ALB) with a second choice centre pairing, with both Goodhue and Ennor missing. Havili/Mcleod I'd lean towards. In better news Ennor is training and looking good. W...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

Seven stands by senior executive Ben Roberts-Smith over new evidence he attempted to cover up alleged crimes By Anthony Galloway April 12, 2021 — 10.14am The Seven Network is standing by its senior executive Ben Roberts-Smith, saying the former soldier denies new allegations that he attempted to co...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

Guy Smiley,

It appears Seven are standing by Ben Roberts-Smith

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal ... 57id8.html
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April
Replies: 29
Views: 381

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April

It was more in reference to the people who continued to use the 'Rolls-Royce pack' jibe even after Scott Robertson lost something like 1600 caps after that 2019 season. An embarrassingly redundant outdated excuse used frequently from ever-so bitter Chiefs supporters after their team once again fini...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:59 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

And "All-Australian" Ben Roberts-Smith buried incriminating evidence in his back garden..... Yep, after boasting about how he's untouchable because Kerry Stokes is bankrolling his legal bills, and then threatening to destroy all the whistle blowers and journalists who were involved in the reporting...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:43 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

And "All-Australian" Ben Roberts-Smith buried incriminating evidence in his back garden..... Yep, after boasting about how he's untouchable because Kerry Stokes is bankrolling his legal bills, and then threatening to destroy all the whistle blowers and journalists who were involved in the reporting...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: All Black squad selection thread
Replies: 221
Views: 6361

Re: All Black squad selection thread

I don't think I've read a fluffier fluff piece in my time. That was like reading Stephen Jones's personal dairy entries about Juan Martín Hernández circa 2009.
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April
Replies: 29
Views: 381

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April

No, no, you don't seem to understand Ali.. the Crusaders have a "Rolls-Royce" forward pack, Razor has an abundance of riches, just about anyone could coach them to 5 consecutive titles! Many of us knew Hansen was talking shit out of his arse with that comment, which was made solely to belittle & de...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:27 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: The Australian Politics Thread
Replies: 27002
Views: 1039026

Re: The Australian Politics Thread

So in the last 24 hours Scott Morrison has just announced that there will no longer be any timelines or schedule for vaccinations in Australia. He's obviously sick of his govt failing to meet its own timelines, so he's scrapped them. Vaccinations are obviously the latest 'on water matter'. Also Andr...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:17 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April
Replies: 29
Views: 381

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April

Crusaders looked like a completely different side without Ethan Blackadder yesterday. The backrow got absolutely manhandled by the Hurricanes. Hopefully this was the wake-up call for Razor to actually recruit some above satisfactory loose-forwards in the off season for once.. because they're going ...
by Ali's Choice
Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April
Replies: 325
Views: 4493

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

I don't mean to be uncharitable but I assume Sione Havili Talitui won some kind of Paul Kelly Motors play 7 for the Crusaders promotion, right? Shirley nothing else could explain such a do nothing seagull being such an imposter in this most prestigious jersey? In fact, I think I saw Ardie Savea do ...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April
Replies: 325
Views: 4493

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

Can I just say that Peter Umaga-Jensen is a freak, and wouldn't look at all out of place in the All Black starting XV. With Jack Goodhue potentially out longterm through injury, PUJ would be my next cab off the rank for the AB no.13 jersey. I'd have him well ahead of Reiko Ioane. What happened to G...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April
Replies: 325
Views: 4493

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

Unusual, yes... we could speculate wildly as to why. Let's do that, then. Foster is one of the Global Reptilian Elite and is determined to destroy the game in NZ so that the privately owned clubs in Europe can come down here and recruit straight from the secondary schools of Auckland and, of course...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:19 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April
Replies: 325
Views: 4493

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

Can I just say that Peter Umaga-Jensen is a freak, and wouldn't look at all out of place in the All Black starting XV. With Jack Goodhue potentially out longterm through injury, PUJ would be my next cab off the rank for the AB no.13 jersey. I'd have him well ahead of Reiko Ioane.
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April
Replies: 325
Views: 4493

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

Jordie took most of the kicks yesterday but he played FB otherwise, i thought... staying out of the way. Likewise DMac the other night... he still comes into the line but I thought he stayed back a bit more until Trask went off. I might have missed some of it... I'm enjoying game time beers with a ...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:58 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April
Replies: 325
Views: 4493

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

My only issue with both Love and Trask is that they are shielded from almost all the responsibilities usually associated with playing 10. Jordie Barrett and Damien McKenzie are effectively 10's wearing the 15 jersey at the moment. They do almost all the general play kicking and slot into first recei...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April
Replies: 325
Views: 4493

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

I'll admit that the standard of the NZ teams has risen considerably over the past 5 years and the NZ derbies do often create great games nowadays but this hasn't always been the case as the clowns in the NZ media would have us believe. You're high on meth if you think the standard of the NZ SR team...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SA players withdrawn from Rainbow8 Cup for safety reasons.
Replies: 37
Views: 1319

Re: SA players withdrawn from Rainbow8 Cup for safety reasons.

To be fair, there are a few issues that need to be resolved if it's to go ahead. For one, I think the UK government were saying the SA teams couldn't base themselves there. Also, Ireland is expanding its list of mandatory quarantine countries this week. It's not in any way insurmountable. The main ...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SA players withdrawn from Rainbow8 Cup for safety reasons.
Replies: 37
Views: 1319

Re: SA players withdrawn from Rainbow8 Cup for safety reasons.

I'm assuming this is a joke? If not, all I can say to our Celtic cousins is, we warned you about the SARU. They are snakes, the worst organisation in World Rugby to be partners with. Last year they refused to send their players to Australia for the Rugby Championship for 'safety reasons' despite the...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April
Replies: 325
Views: 4493

Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

I don't mean to be uncharitable but I assume Sione Havili Talitui won some kind of Paul Kelly Motors play 7 for the Crusaders promotion, right? Shirley nothing else could explain such a do nothing seagull being such an imposter in this most prestigious jersey? In fact, I think I saw Ardie Savea do ...
by Ali's Choice
Sun Apr 11, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April
Replies: 29
Views: 381

Re: Chiefs vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sat 17th April

Yes - they are - but Cody Taylor I think saw today was 5th best in comp and we lost Sam Cane. Either way the breakdown is important - but has something like 6-10 contestable events per game. Specifically the work by the locks in carrying, tackling, scrum and line outs is far more important and far ...