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Author:  Marshall Banana [ Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Official Blues v. Sharks Match Thread - Rieko at 12!

Who: Gives a shit?! Maybe one or two of us, so I shall continue...

It's the Blues v. Sharks.

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Where: Eden Park, Auckland

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When: 7:35 PM on Saturday, 31 March.

Teams:

Blues:
1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. James Parsons ©, 3. Mike Tamoaieta, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Josh Goodhue, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Murphy Taramai, 8. Akira Ioane; 9. Jonathan Ruru, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. Melani Nanai, 12. Rieko Ioane, 13. George Moala, 14. Jordan Trainor,15. Michael Collins.

Reserves: 16. Leni Apisai, 17. Ross Wright, 18. Sione Mafileo, 19. Jimmy Tupou, 20. Kara Pryor, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Bryn Gatland, 23. TJ Faiane

Sharks:

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Akker van der Merwe
3. Thomas du Toit
4. Ruan Botha (Captain)
5. Stephan Lewies
6. Philip van der Walt
7. Jean-Luc du Preez
8. Tera Mtembu
9. Louis Schreuder
10. Robert du Preez
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Lukhanyo Am
14. Sbu Nkosi
15. Curwin Bosch

Replacements
16. Franco Marais
17. Juan Schoeman
18. John-Hubert Meyer
19. Hyron Andrews
20. Tyler Paul
21. Cameron Wright
22. Marius Louw
23. Kobus van Wyk

Officials:

Referee Nick Briant
AR1 Ben O'Keeffe
AR2 Angus Mabey
TMO Ben Skeen

Author:  Jensrsa [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:58 am ]
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Betting:
Blues (1/5) 1.2
Sharks (4/1) 5.0
Handicap: Blues -13

Author:  Sards [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:53 am ]
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Will the torture of Sharks suporters not end

Author:  Troll [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:41 am ]
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Going to put a bit of money on Blues by 20+ I think.

Author:  assfly [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:09 am ]
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Historically the Sharks seem to play better against Kiwi teams. We've been in similar positions in the past, when we've had a run of bad games, and then come our firing against a much stronger team. Let's hope this happens, because quite frankly we can't get much worse.

The starting XV needs a shake up. Drop RdP and Schreuder for a start.

Author:  Chilli [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:53 am ]
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Sards wrote:
Will the torture of Sharks suporters not end

Boet, have some sympathy for the Bulls. We have to play the Championship contending Stormers on Saturday.

Author:  Sards [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:30 am ]
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Chilli wrote:
Sards wrote:
Will the torture of Sharks suporters not end

Boet, have some sympathy for the Bulls. We have to play the Championship contending Stormers on Saturday.

Sympathies boet...they are the greatest team ever in Africa. Big hiding on the cards for Bulls

Author:  Sards [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:32 am ]
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assfly wrote:
Historically the Sharks seem to play better against Kiwi teams. We've been in similar positions in the past, when we've had a run of bad games, and then come our firing against a much stronger team. Let's hope this happens, because quite frankly we can't get much worse.

The starting XV needs a shake up. Drop RdP and Schreuder for a start.


Definitely....And strangely Jacques Vermeulen is a shadow of last year too.....

However this side is not playing as a team....Story is that they are not in a good place mentally.

But the good news is that the Sharks are the greatest internet side in Africa.....


WOOOO FU CKING HOOOOOO.

Author:  Chilli [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:41 am ]
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Sards wrote:
Chilli wrote:
Sards wrote:
Will the torture of Sharks suporters not end

Boet, have some sympathy for the Bulls. We have to play the Championship contending Stormers on Saturday.

Sympathies boet...they are the greatest team ever in Africa. Big hiding on the cards for Bulls

Surely they are even better than that?
Greatest Team EVER!

Author:  Zakar [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Official Blues v. Sharks Match Thread

Shut down Ioanne and Sharks are in with a shot.

Author:  naki [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:46 am ]
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Zakar wrote:
Shut down Ioanne and Sharks are in with a shot.


Which one?

Author:  Zakar [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:47 am ]
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naki wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Shut down Ioanne and Sharks are in with a shot.


Which one?


The wing come centre.

Author:  assfly [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:50 am ]
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naki wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Shut down Ioanne and Sharks are in with a shot.


Which one?


Moot point.

Author:  naki [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:50 am ]
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Zakar wrote:
naki wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Shut down Ioanne and Sharks are in with a shot.


Which one?


The wing come centre.


He probably won’t even get the ball.

The Blues are ragged up front and should be an easy nut to crack. Whether this Sharks side are good enough to do it is another story, but the Sharks have a long history of rocking up to Auckland and coming away with points comfortably

Author:  Zakar [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:53 am ]
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naki wrote:
Zakar wrote:
naki wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Shut down Ioanne and Sharks are in with a shot.


Which one?


The wing come centre.


He probably won’t even get the ball.

The Blues are ragged up front and should be an easy nut to crack. Whether this Sharks side are good enough to do it is another story, but the Sharks have a long history of rocking up to Auckland and coming away with points comfortably


I suppose you agree with me then? Dominating the blues up front will prevent him running riot ball in hand?

Author:  naki [ Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:55 am ]
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Zakar wrote:
naki wrote:
Zakar wrote:
naki wrote:
Zakar wrote:
Shut down Ioanne and Sharks are in with a shot.


Which one?


The wing come centre.


He probably won’t even get the ball.

The Blues are ragged up front and should be an easy nut to crack. Whether this Sharks side are good enough to do it is another story, but the Sharks have a long history of rocking up to Auckland and coming away with points comfortably


I suppose you agree with me then? Dominating the blues up front will prevent him running riot ball in hand?


Dominating anyone up front prevents that. Just genuinely didn’t know which bro you were referring to, as the form Ioane this season so far is easily Akira

Author:  Jensrsa [ Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:50 am ]
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Referee Nick Briant
AR1 Ben O'Keeffe
AR2 Angus Mabey
TMO Ben Skeen

Author:  Chilli [ Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Official Blues v. Sharks Match Thread

I think that the Sharks will win this match. :thumbup:

Author:  Marshall Banana [ Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:48 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Official Blues v. Sharks Match Thread - Rieko at 12!

http://theblues.co.nz/easter-clash-against-the-sharks-at-eden-park/

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The Blues face their third South African team in as many weeks, this time back on their hallowed home turf at Eden Park against the Sharks on Easter Saturday.

There have been some changes with players lost to injury and others coming back to the squad from Injury.

In the backs, the loss of Sonny Bill Williams means that in-form Rieko Ioane moves in to second five to form a formidable partnership with fellow All Black George Moala.

Inside that is a new starting partnership with the elusive Jonathan Ruru given his chance to start alongside Stephen Perofeta, who has impressed in his two games off the bench since recovering from injury.

All Blacks Ofa Tuungafasi and Matt Duffie have been given one of their two mandated rest games which allows a first Super start for Jordan Trainor on the right wing and popular North Harbour prop Mike Tamoaieta.

Northland’s Josh Goodhue, another who has recovered from injury and impressed in Development games, has his second game for the Blues at lock for the injured Scott Scrafton.

Coach Umaga said the side is determined to get their season back on track at home.

“We’ve trained well but we can’t give our opponents the sorts of starts we have given this season. We are looking to be a lot more accurate, to protect our own ball much better, get a good platform upfront and be more accurate in defence.

“We had one good game in South Africa but then let ourselves down. At this level of competition, we need to perform for 80 minutes and look to improve with every outing.

“Injuries have cost us some players but we have others coming back. We have some players who have been working really hard in training and for the Development team that have put their hands up and deserve an opportunity.

“We are looking forward to getting back on home territory at Eden Park and keen to produce a strong performance for our fans.

Author:  Marshall Banana [ Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:52 pm ]
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Team is in the opening post.

Jordan Trainor... :uhoh:

Tana the mad Tinkerer...

Author:  Waka Nathan [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:37 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Official Blues v. Sharks Match Thread - Rieko at 12!

Trainor ??? Is this a misprint? If the Blues lose this game that should be the end of Tana and Rogers. Reiko at 12...that's just what a 21-year-old needs for his development: be the team's battering ram. Moala at 12 and Reiko at 13 makes more sense.

Author:  SecretAgentMan [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:49 am ]
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Quote:
10. Stephen Perofeta

:thumbup:

Author:  Sards [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:54 am ]
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Sorry about the lack of interest lads. Sharks are dismal this Year. Blues will get a much needed win after a very long wait.

If I were the twins I would be looking abroad for a contract

Author:  Sards [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:07 am ]
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Cell C Sharks
1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Akker van der Merwe
3. Thomas du Toit
4. Ruan Botha (Captain)
5. Stephan Lewies
6. Philip van der Walt
21. Cameron Wright
7. Jean-Luc du Preez
8. Tera Mtembu
9. Louis Schreuder
10. Robert du Preez
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Lukhanyo Am
14. Sbu Nkosi
15. Curwin Bosch

Replacements
16. Franco Marais
17. Juan Schoeman
18. John-Hubert Meyer
19. Hyron Andrews
20. Tyler Paul
22. Marius Louw
23. Kobus van Wyk

Still perservering with Thomas and Robert...... :roll:

Excellent to see AE back

Author:  Marshall Banana [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Official Blues v. Sharks Match Thread - Rieko at 12!

PvdW is a big in as well.

Author:  Chilli [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:27 am ]
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The battle of the 12's should be interesting.

Author:  assfly [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:38 am ]
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Marshall Banana wrote:
PvdW is a big in as well.


Great to see him back, we need a workhorse.

But the rest of the team x(

How can they persist with Robert du Preez at 10 after a series of awful games?

Author:  Beaver_Shark [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:40 am ]
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So the coach still hasn't dropped his son? x(

In fact Schreuder has also been terrible all season. :thumbdown:

Blues by plenty. :((

Author:  naki [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:42 am ]
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Reiko at 12?

Tana is starting to make some ... interesting choices

Author:  Sards [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:45 am ]
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Chilli wrote:
The battle of the 12's should be interesting.


So far AE has won every battle....even completely nullifying Folau

Author:  Chilli [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:02 am ]
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Sards wrote:
Chilli wrote:
The battle of the 12's should be interesting.


So far AE has won every battle....even completely nullifying Folau

Did Faolau play out of position at 12?

Author:  Sards [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:11 am ]
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Chilli wrote:
Sards wrote:
Chilli wrote:
The battle of the 12's should be interesting.


So far AE has won every battle....even completely nullifying Folau

Did Faolau play out of position at 12?


nah...but AE was tasked with making Folau his Biatch.....even giving him some gentle hugs and kisses....Folau was swooning all over the place.

Author:  Chilli [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:20 am ]
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Sards wrote:
Chilli wrote:
Sards wrote:
Chilli wrote:
The battle of the 12's should be interesting.


So far AE has won every battle....even completely nullifying Folau

Did Faolau play out of position at 12?


nah...but AE was tasked with making Folau his Biatch.....even giving him some gentle hugs and kisses....Folau was swooning all over the place.

Well lets hope he does the same to Ione

Author:  Andalu [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:43 am ]
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Waka Nathan wrote:
Trainor ??? Is this a misprint? If the Blues lose this game that should be the end of Tana and Rogers. Reiko at 12...that's just what a 21-year-old needs for his development: be the team's battering ram. Moala at 12 and Reiko at 13 makes more sense.

I somewhat agree but Moala isn't a playmaker. The ball usually dies with him. Still, this is a pretty odd pick for a guy who would start on the wing for any team in the world but is being experimented at 12 because...fuck it why not give it a shot? Unless squad depth is really that bad that this is the only logical choice.

At least Perofeta is starting at 10.

Author:  jdogscoop [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:58 am ]
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Andalu wrote:
Waka Nathan wrote:
Trainor ??? Is this a misprint? If the Blues lose this game that should be the end of Tana and Rogers. Reiko at 12...that's just what a 21-year-old needs for his development: be the team's battering ram. Moala at 12 and Reiko at 13 makes more sense.

I somewhat agree but Moala isn't a playmaker. The ball usually dies with him. Still, this is a pretty odd pick for a guy who would start on the wing for any team in the world but is being experimented at 12 because...fuck it why not give it a shot? Unless squad depth is really that bad that this is the only logical choice.

At least Perofeta is starting at 10.


Another weird selection in a massive shitpile in recent years from the world's most underachieving rugby franchise.

Author:  Chilli [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:37 am ]
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jdogscoop wrote:
Andalu wrote:
Waka Nathan wrote:
Trainor ??? Is this a misprint? If the Blues lose this game that should be the end of Tana and Rogers. Reiko at 12...that's just what a 21-year-old needs for his development: be the team's battering ram. Moala at 12 and Reiko at 13 makes more sense.

I somewhat agree but Moala isn't a playmaker. The ball usually dies with him. Still, this is a pretty odd pick for a guy who would start on the wing for any team in the world but is being experimented at 12 because...fuck it why not give it a shot? Unless squad depth is really that bad that this is the only logical choice.

At least Perofeta is starting at 10.


Another weird selection in a massive shitpile in recent years from the world's most underachieving rugby franchise.

Stop criticizing the Sharks so much.

Author:  Sards [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:38 am ]
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Chilli wrote:
jdogscoop wrote:
Another weird selection in a massive shitpile in recent years from the world's most underachieving rugby franchise.

Stop criticizing the Sharks so much.


Its deserved bro......no where to hide

Author:  jdogscoop [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:40 am ]
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The Shorks just looked flat and tired here last weekend. I'm sure they'll fire a few more shots this weekend.

Author:  Auckman [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:15 pm ]
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Tamoaieta is a penalty magnet. Parsons, Manu, and Tuipulotu are experienced but really need to impose themselves on a match more. Especially Mr All Black Tuipulotu. His locking partner seems to be a revolving door this year. This time it is Josh Goodhue's turn.

Incidentally, the past couple of games there always seems to be a try given away by SBW's sloppy hands so not having him there is an improvement. Rieko at 12 is Umaga's "fuckit" move.

Author:  SecretAgentMan [ Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:21 pm ]
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Auckman wrote:
Tamoaieta is a penalty magnet. Parsons, Manu, and Tuipulotu are experienced but really need to impose themselves on a match more. Especially Mr All Black Tuipulotu. His locking partner seems to be a revolving door this year. This time it is Josh Goodhue's turn.

Incidentally, the past couple of games there always seems to be a try given away by SBW's sloppy hands so not having him there is an improvement. Rieko at 12 is Umaga's "fuckit" move.

Agree re Tuipulotu, he's been too quiet this year.

Rieko at 12 seems to be Tana taking a page out of Blackadder's 'playing the backs out of position' playbook. Looking forward to seeing how Perofeta goes on the wing next week. :(

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