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Dan54. wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:56 am
guy smiley wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:29 am This week will be a good test of Razor's coaching.
Pffft, he will just say to forwards or their coach, "wake ya f***en ideas up!"
The Crusaders forwards will scrum Canes into the ground and the backs will have a goldmine without having to do much. Reckon Jordan will get the ball when either the Canes either drop it or throw an intercept and scream in for a couple of tries, RM will run wherever he wants as there will no pressure on him as Cane's loosies will be trying to help the tighties do there job.
x( Oh woe it is for us Cane's men! x( :nod:

Still I will watch and probably enjoy the game as usual. :nod:
I will yell at the TV as usual.

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I think we will see some changes this week from the Crusaders. We lacked effort and enthusiasm last Friday, and I think Scott Robertson will want to send a message to the entire squad that such performances are not acceptable.

A possible XXIII;

15. David Havili
14. Sevu Reece
13. Jack Goodhue
12. Dallas McLeod
11. Leicester Fainga'anuku
10. Richie Mo'unga
9. Bryn Hall

8. Whetukamokamo Douglas
7. Sione Havili Talitui
6. Ethan Blackadder
5. Sam Whitelock
4. Scott Barrett
3. Fletcher Newell
2. Codie Taylor
1. Joe Moody

16. Brodie McAlliser
17. George Bower
18. Mike Ala'alatoa
19. Mitchell Dunshea
20. Cullen Grace
21. Mitch Drummond
22. Fergus Burke
23. Will Jordan

So George Bridge and Oli Jager are dropped altogether, and Jordan, Grace and Ala'alatoa are relegated to the bench. Newell and McLeod come into the team ad straight into the XV, whilst Reece and Douglas are promoted off the bench.
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I am beginning to wonder if off the bench would suit Jordan and even at higher levels. What is his strength? Pace and he has been very very good using it when game breaks up and there tend s to be spilt ball etc. He is not really a creative player as such, and I not sure if I was picking him in a team I would look anywhere but at 14 or maybe bench? I really haven't been as excited with him starting at 15 as I thought I would.
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Ted. wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 6:32 am
Dan54. wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:56 am
guy smiley wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:29 am This week will be a good test of Razor's coaching.
Pffft, he will just say to forwards or their coach, "wake ya f***en ideas up!"
The Crusaders forwards will scrum Canes into the ground and the backs will have a goldmine without having to do much. Reckon Jordan will get the ball when either the Canes either drop it or throw an intercept and scream in for a couple of tries, RM will run wherever he wants as there will no pressure on him as Cane's loosies will be trying to help the tighties do there job.
x( Oh woe it is for us Cane's men! x( :nod:

Still I will watch and probably enjoy the game as usual. :nod:
I will yell at the TV as usual.

f**king cloth-ears. :x
:nod: Should we get an Audiology compny to sponsor them Ted?
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Dan54. wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:40 pm I am beginning to wonder if off the bench would suit Jordan and even at higher levels. What is his strength? Pace and he has been very very good using it when game breaks up and there tend s to be spilt ball etc. He is not really a creative player as such, and I not sure if I was picking him in a team I would look anywhere but at 14 or maybe bench? I really haven't been as excited with him starting at 15 as I thought I would.
He's started what, 2 games at 15?
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Ali's Choice wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 10:35 pm
Dan54. wrote: Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:40 pm I am beginning to wonder if off the bench would suit Jordan and even at higher levels. What is his strength? Pace and he has been very very good using it when game breaks up and there tend s to be spilt ball etc. He is not really a creative player as such, and I not sure if I was picking him in a team I would look anywhere but at 14 or maybe bench? I really haven't been as excited with him starting at 15 as I thought I would.
He's started what, 2 games at 15?
Yep and not knocking the kid, but as you say he started twice at 15, so couldn't really consider him anyway, even if had played really well. Look it's like saying I think JB more suited to 15 than 14, his skills seem more suited to 15, and I think Jordan is more suited to 14.
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Words Dan...
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don't stop chucking them out there.
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Hurricanes harshly dealt with.

Ref blew a homer. Game was poor.

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I know that this game isn't till Sunday, but I'd have hoped that the team lists would have been released by now?
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Ali's Choice wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:00 pm I know that this game isn't till Sunday, but I'd have hoped that the team lists would have been released by now?

Today, around 3pm
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15. Will Jordan
14. Sevu Reece
13. Jack Goodhue
12. David Havili
11. George Bridge
10. Richie Mo’unga
9. Bryn Hall

8. Cullen Grace
7. Sione Havili Talitui
6. Whetukamokamo Douglas
5. Samuel Whitelock
4. Scott Barrett (c)
3. Oliver Jager
2. Codie Taylor
1. Joe Moody

Reserves:
16. Brodie McAlister
17. George Bower
18. Michael Alaalatoa
19. Mitchell Dunshea
20. Tom Sanders
21. Mitchell Drummond
22. Dallas McLeod
23. Leicester Fainga’anuku.
So I was right that there would be significant changes, but I just got the changes wrong. Very interesting XXIII named.

Edit - I have removed the image and replaced it with a text list so that posters don't have the issue that Guy Smiley mentioned below.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:09 am Image

So I was right that there would be significant changes, but I just got the changes wrong. Very interesting XXIII named.
Interesting for me is that I have to go to 'view image' to see what you'd posted and then couldn't simply 'go back' in my browser. 'kin Facebook.

As for the team... yeah, nah. Look at that in the context of managing players through the season and it makes sense. I think Alaa'atoa has to do more, myself. Bridge was one of the best in his forst game back and Havili does well enough at 12 to allow Reece and Jordan to start.

The backrow, though. Crikey :shock:
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Guy,

I think the change to the backrow was unavoidable. We were man-shamed at the breakdown by the Highlanders, with the Southerners winning breakdown turnovers or penalties seemingly whenever they wanted to. The fact that Blackadder has been left completely out of the XXIII suggests he's been rested. I thought he was our best player last week so I don't think he's been dropped on form. Grace was very quiet last week and I suspect he's been given notice to improve. It's great to see Tom Sanders back on the bench, he was the most improved Crusaders player in 2020.

This may seem a little out of left field, but I wonder if this potential backrow could work?

8. Grace
7. Blackadder
6. Sanders

It certainly wouldn't lack for size or physicality.
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Poor old Whetukamokamo Douglas just gets shoved all over the joint and delivers too, without seeming to ever get a nailed on starting spot.
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guy smiley wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:24 am Poor old Whetukamokamo Douglas just gets shoved all over the joint and delivers too, without seeming to ever get a nailed on starting spot.
He's still arguably our best ball running forward so brings something to our backrow mix.
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Crusaders after a shaming is something to be weary of. They hardly ever lose 2 in a row. This could get ugly
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Good on ya Joe
Joe Moody’s father was also his best mate, biggest fan and critic before he died from prostate cancer last July.

It’s Tony who Moody will honour on Sunday afternoon, when he becomes the 19th Crusaders centurion in their away clash against the Hurricanes.

Rather than framing and hanging his playing jersey on a wall, Moody is auctioning it off to raise funds for Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ, and to raise awareness around the most common cancer among men in the country.

“He was my best mate and biggest fan as well. It’s tough that he’s not here to share this experience with me. But if we can raise a bit of awareness around it, and some funds to go towards it as well, that will be a bonus.” The top bid on the Trade Me auction, which closes at 4pm on April 16, has already topped $3000.
And in team news
Robertson has made multiple changes to his team after last week’s stinker against the Highlanders, including resting outstanding flanker Ethan Blackadder due to a neck “niggle”, and rotating tighthead props Michael Alaalatoa and Oli Jager.

Whetukamokamo Douglas will start in Blackadder’s place, while Tom Sanders, back from fracturing a cheek in an inter-squad friendly in February, will cover all three loose forward positions off the bench in his first match of the season. Robertson insists Blackadder, who has had a lousy run of injuries in recent years, will be back to face the Chiefs next week.

A week after George Bridge returned from a lengthy chest injury and started in the unfamiliar No 14 jersey, he’s moved back to his familiar spot on the left wing, dropping Leicester Fainga’anuku to the bench. Robertson has also opted against carrying a specialist pivot on the pine, meaning utility David Havili will cover Richie Mo’unga.
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JPNZ wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:32 am Crusaders after a shaming is something to be weary of. They hardly ever lose 2 in a row. This could get ugly
That's if the Canes even turn up, literally not figuratively. The feckless imposters haven't even named their team yet. :(
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guy smiley wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:24 am Poor old Whetukamokamo Douglas just gets shoved all over the joint and delivers too, without seeming to ever get a nailed on starting spot.
I don't think he's "delivered" as much recently as he did when he first turned up at the Crusaders.
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UncleFB wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:32 am
guy smiley wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:24 am Poor old Whetukamokamo Douglas just gets shoved all over the joint and delivers too, without seeming to ever get a nailed on starting spot.
I don't think he's "delivered" as much recently as he did when he first turned up at the Crusaders.
Tbf to him he has had very limited opportunities. He was originally the heir apparent to Kieran Read's no.8 jersey but younger, less gainly players seem to have been preferred in recent times.
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Ted. wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:38 am
JPNZ wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:32 am Crusaders after a shaming is something to be weary of. They hardly ever lose 2 in a row. This could get ugly
That's if the Canes even turn up, literally not figuratively. The feckless imposters haven't even named their team yet. :(
I would like to see a loosie trio of 6. Fifita, 7. Savea, and 8. Flanders. But I guess that's dependent on whether IWL gets the token Magpies starting sport this week and if Fifita is not injured (I have no idea what's going on with him).
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UncleFB wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:37 am
Ted. wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:38 am
JPNZ wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:32 am Crusaders after a shaming is something to be weary of. They hardly ever lose 2 in a row. This could get ugly
That's if the Canes even turn up, literally not figuratively. The feckless imposters haven't even named their team yet. :(
I would like to see a loosie trio of 6. Fifita, 7. Savea, and 8. Flanders. But I guess that's dependent on whether IWL gets the token Magpies starting sport this week and if Fifita is not injured (I have no idea what's going on with him).
Three very loose-playing loose forwards there UncleFB.

Reed Princep brings a head down, bum up workmanlike attitude to your trio. Play him at 6 in that backrow and your balance would be better. Don't need a third tall forward at SR level.
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1 XAVIER NUMIA
2 DANE COLES
3 TYREL LOMAX
4 JAMES BLACKWELL
5 ISAIA WALKER-LEAWERE
6 REED PRINSEP
7 ARDIE SAVEA ©
8 DEVAN FLANDERS

9 LUKE CAMPBELL
10 RUBEN LOVE
11 WES GOOSEN
12 NGANI LAUMAPE
13 PETER UMAGA-JENSEN
14 JULIAN SAVEA
15 JORDIE BARRETT

REPLACEMENTS:

16. ASAFO AUMUA
17. TEVITA MAFILEO
18. ALEX FIDOW
19. SCOTT SCRAFTON
20. VAEA FIFITA
21. DU’PLESSIS KIRIFI
22. JONATHAN TAUMATEINE
23. BILLY PROCTOR
The Canes team is named. I see Holland has opted for my preferred backrow.

Can someone tell me something about Reuben Love?
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Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:39 am
UncleFB wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:37 am
Ted. wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:38 am
JPNZ wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:32 am Crusaders after a shaming is something to be weary of. They hardly ever lose 2 in a row. This could get ugly
That's if the Canes even turn up, literally not figuratively. The feckless imposters haven't even named their team yet. :(
I would like to see a loosie trio of 6. Fifita, 7. Savea, and 8. Flanders. But I guess that's dependent on whether IWL gets the token Magpies starting sport this week and if Fifita is not injured (I have no idea what's going on with him).
Three very loose-playing loose forwards there UncleFB.

Reed Princep brings a head down, bum up workmanlike attitude to your trio. Play him at 6 in that backrow and your balance would be better. Don't need a third tall forward at SR level.
Flanders is not loose despite the fact he can play well in the loose. It's not like I suggested Evans for 8. ;)

Prinsep has had probably three decent games of Super rugby, but, whereas at the beginning of the season I don't think he should have made a Super squad at all, he's been decent enough for a few games this year to be in the squad (should be in his home squad though) but even so he doesn't scream starter for me.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:55 am
1 XAVIER NUMIA
2 DANE COLES
3 TYREL LOMAX
4 JAMES BLACKWELL
5 ISAIA WALKER-LEAWERE
6 REED PRINSEP
7 ARDIE SAVEA ©
8 DEVAN FLANDERS

9 LUKE CAMPBELL
10 RUBEN LOVE
11 WES GOOSEN
12 NGANI LAUMAPE
13 PETER UMAGA-JENSEN
14 JULIAN SAVEA
15 JORDIE BARRETT

REPLACEMENTS:

16. ASAFO AUMUA
17. TEVITA MAFILEO
18. ALEX FIDOW
19. SCOTT SCRAFTON
20. VAEA FIFITA
21. DU’PLESSIS KIRIFI
22. JONATHAN TAUMATEINE
23. BILLY PROCTOR
The Canes team is named. I see Holland has opted for my preferred backrow.

Can someone tell me something about Reuben Love?
THUD, that's me falling off the chair after seeing both IWL and Flanders starting for the Canes.

Holland followed your thoughts on the loosies.
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Nice touch, it's 'Club Day'...

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Leicester to the bench is unlucky, but Razor is very loyal, and who can blame him after Bridge has won him four super rugby titles.

Who in the world is Ruben Love? Has there ever been a more lopsided head to head in a NZ derby than back-to-back Super Rugby MVP against a 19-year-old debutant with no real hype?
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A Reuben Love summary please Canes fans?

With a surname like that I'm tempted to make a prison-relationship metaphor about how his debut might go, but I get in trouble for making such comments these days.
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guy smiley wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:13 am Nice touch, it's 'Club Day'...

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A nice touch I agree, but also a tad tokenistic. I wonder how any career games Jordie Barrett will end up playing for Coastal?
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mrbrownstone wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:29 am Leicester to the bench is unlucky, but Razor is very loyal, and who can blame him after Bridge has won him four super rugby titles.

Who in the world is Ruben Love? Has there ever been a more lopsided head to head in a NZ derby than back-to-back Super Rugby MVP against a 19-year-old debutant with no real hype?
Seems unfair, but hype doesn't win games. This kids is getting thrown in deep end, but at least he from Cane's area, and he looks to have a future. I buggered if I can see why you would put Scafton on bench and play Blackwell who works hard , but I think is a touch small? I would have Scafton starting all the time, hey but I not a selector and not don't know the reasoning.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:36 am A Reuben Love summary please Canes fans?

With a surname like that I'm tempted to make a prison-relationship metaphor about how his debut might go, but I get in trouble for making such comments these days.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:55 am
1 XAVIER NUMIA
2 DANE COLES
3 TYREL LOMAX
4 JAMES BLACKWELL
5 ISAIA WALKER-LEAWERE
6 REED PRINSEP
7 ARDIE SAVEA ©
8 DEVAN FLANDERS

9 LUKE CAMPBELL
10 RUBEN LOVE
11 WES GOOSEN
12 NGANI LAUMAPE
13 PETER UMAGA-JENSEN
14 JULIAN SAVEA
15 JORDIE BARRETT

REPLACEMENTS:

16. ASAFO AUMUA
17. TEVITA MAFILEO
18. ALEX FIDOW
19. SCOTT SCRAFTON
20. VAEA FIFITA
21. DU’PLESSIS KIRIFI
22. JONATHAN TAUMATEINE
23. BILLY PROCTOR
The Canes team is named. I see Holland has opted for my preferred backrow.

Can someone tell me something about Reuben Love?
I like the look of this - a balanced loose trio with Ardie where he should be, Umaga-Jensen & Goosen starting (although I suspect the wings are the wrong way round).

Good luck to Love, but he has potential as a proper 1st five and JB will appear there as often as not. Time for some of the young talents to follow the Highlanders example of the week before.

Maybe would prefer Scrafton to start with IWL but that's all. What has become of Gareth Evans?

6:2 I notice.
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To be fair to Jason Holland, it's not like Orbyn Ledger had done anything over the past two weeks to retain his starting position. He contributed very little to both performances. The fact that he looks like a homeless vagrant probably didn't help his selection chances much either. The Hurricanes prefer pretty boys at 10.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:44 am To be fair to Jason Holland, it's not like Orbyn Ledger had done anything over the past two weeks to retain his starting position. He contributed very little to both performances. The fact that he looks like a homeless vagrant probably didn't help his selection chances much either. The Hurricanes prefer pretty boys at 10.
Jimmy Gopperth, Dave Holwell? But agree with Ledger, he was a place-holder. If Love isn't yet ready, then they would be best to put Jordie at 10 and be done with it. I think without his older brother there his game and voice has improved greatly.
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Whatever wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:54 am
Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:44 am To be fair to Jason Holland, it's not like Orbyn Ledger had done anything over the past two weeks to retain his starting position. He contributed very little to both performances. The fact that he looks like a homeless vagrant probably didn't help his selection chances much either. The Hurricanes prefer pretty boys at 10.
Jimmy Gopperth, Dave Holwell? But agree with Ledger, he was a place-holder. If Love isn't yet ready, then they would be best to put Jordie at 10 and be done with it. I think without his older brother there his game and voice has improved greatly.
Both attractive men.
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Stuff.co.nz have kindly provided some information about young Ruby Love.

A Manawatu boy, he appears to be one of those annoying twats that excelled at every sport he played.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/sup ... ivers-seat
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Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:56 am
Whatever wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:54 am
Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:44 am To be fair to Jason Holland, it's not like Orbyn Ledger had done anything over the past two weeks to retain his starting position. He contributed very little to both performances. The fact that he looks like a homeless vagrant probably didn't help his selection chances much either. The Hurricanes prefer pretty boys at 10.
Jimmy Gopperth, Dave Holwell? But agree with Ledger, he was a place-holder. If Love isn't yet ready, then they would be best to put Jordie at 10 and be done with it. I think without his older brother there his game and voice has improved greatly.
Both attractive men.
It is one of the great peculiarities that Jimmy Gopperth has become an absolute sex symbol at Wasps in England, whereas Lima Sopoaga is banished to fullback for the same club, if indeed he is selected at all. The preferred 10 for that club is Jacob Umaga, son of Mike Umaga, nephew of Tana and cousin of Jerry. Fun fact.
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It's interesting that in the article that I posted a link to above, it says that;
In the backs, Salesi Rayasi was dropped from the 23 for what Holland described as his work off the ball in Auckland, with Julian Savea and Wes Goosen reuniting.
I would have thought that dropping your most potent winger for "work off the ball" was a dangerous precedent to set?
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Dan54. wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:40 am
mrbrownstone wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:29 am Leicester to the bench is unlucky, but Razor is very loyal, and who can blame him after Bridge has won him four super rugby titles.

Who in the world is Ruben Love? Has there ever been a more lopsided head to head in a NZ derby than back-to-back Super Rugby MVP against a 19-year-old debutant with no real hype?
Seems unfair, but hype doesn't win games. This kids is getting thrown in deep end, but at least he from Cane's area, and he looks to have a future. I buggered if I can see why you would put Scafton on bench and play Blackwell who works hard , but I think is a touch small? I would have Scafton starting all the time, hey but I not a selector and not don't know the reasoning.
A touch small? Are ye mad. Hes a midgit of a lock with the physical presence of a wet bus ticket, tits for hands and the tackling technique of Stephen Hawking 😡 The sooner he is drafted by the Taranaki Girls Under 7s so he can learn to play the better. Fvck James Blackwell to the Moon. :x :x :x :x
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Re: Hurricanes vs Crusaders: MATCH THREAD: Sun 11th April

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Ali's Choice wrote: Fri Apr 09, 2021 4:07 am It's interesting that in the article that I posted a link to above, it says that;
In the backs, Salesi Rayasi was dropped from the 23 for what Holland described as his work off the ball in Auckland, with Julian Savea and Wes Goosen reuniting.
I would have thought that dropping your most potent winger for "work off the ball" was a dangerous precedent to set?
Plodders over flair has been the mantra at the Canes since the arrival of the Hammettuer. Funnily enough the year they won the comp was flair based.
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