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Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Conversely SA don't have a PSdT type at blindside as an extra lineout option. But I agree it's advantage SA on locks v locks in the lineout. So as you say, NZ will probably go long or short a lot of the time.
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Grandpa wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:27 am
Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Conversely SA don't have a PSdT type at blindside as an extra lineout option. But I agree it's advantage SA on locks v locks in the lineout. So as you say, NZ will probably go long or short a lot of the time.
Or go quick. Or try some trick plays.

I’d think that if the All Blacks can play at their preferred tempo, it’ll have more bearing on the game than if the Springboks can slow everything down.
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The Native wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:39 am
Grandpa wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:27 am
Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Conversely SA don't have a PSdT type at blindside as an extra lineout option. But I agree it's advantage SA on locks v locks in the lineout. So as you say, NZ will probably go long or short a lot of the time.
Or go quick. Or try some trick plays.

I’d think that if the All Blacks can play at their preferred tempo, it’ll have more bearing on the game than if the Springboks can slow everything down.
Doesn't this depend on ref a lot, read a good article about how SA are struggling to deal with the English ref's interpretation of ruck I.e. quick, not slow.
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Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Guess what the All blacks won't do?

Kick the ball out in open play or 22 line
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temperature /humidity at 5pm in Townsville on saturday could be a big factor.

predicted Sunny , 28 degrees , 70% humidity and light winds.

If they've got any chance the 'Boks will want the game to be as slow as possible.

IMO , the AB backline will be Peranara , BB, Havili, ALB and DMAc to start - all of whom are better than average tactical kickers and we'll vary the kicking game to to run the 'Boks ragged for35 minutes in the the first half and 20 plus in the second and then run at them from every pressure point.
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grouch wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:44 am temperature /humidity at 5pm in Townsville on saturday could be a big factor.

predicted Sunny , 28 degrees , 70% humidity and light winds.

If they've got any chance the 'Boks will want the game to be as slow as possible.

IMO , the AB backline will be Peranara , BB, Havili, ALB and DMAc to start - all of whom are better than average tactical kickers and we'll vary the kicking game to to run the 'Boks ragged for35 minutes in the the first half and 20 plus in the second and then run at them from every pressure point.
Jordie Barrett will be starting at fullback.
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Couch wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:50 am
Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Guess what the All blacks won't do?

Kick the ball out in open play or 22 line
Exactly. The Wobblies didn't kick for the touchline at all. Kick it deep, and make the Boks either run it back, or kick it out.
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The Native wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:57 am
grouch wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:44 am temperature /humidity at 5pm in Townsville on saturday could be a big factor.

predicted Sunny , 28 degrees , 70% humidity and light winds.

If they've got any chance the 'Boks will want the game to be as slow as possible.

IMO , the AB backline will be Peranara , BB, Havili, ALB and DMAc to start - all of whom are better than average tactical kickers and we'll vary the kicking game to to run the 'Boks ragged for35 minutes in the the first half and 20 plus in the second and then run at them from every pressure point.
Jordie Barrett will be starting at fullback.
You're probably right but makes little difference [ other than JB 's height advantage under the high ball] unless ALB is unavailable.

Personally I think Jordie Barrett and Ardie Savea have greater value on the bench because of their ability to play well in multiple positions but then we aren't signing off on the team sheets.
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Have we won yet..........in the prematch "talk the opposition up "contest.
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The Native wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:57 am
grouch wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:44 am temperature /humidity at 5pm in Townsville on saturday could be a big factor.

predicted Sunny , 28 degrees , 70% humidity and light winds.

If they've got any chance the 'Boks will want the game to be as slow as possible.

IMO , the AB backline will be Peranara , BB, Havili, ALB and DMAc to start - all of whom are better than average tactical kickers and we'll vary the kicking game to to run the 'Boks ragged for35 minutes in the the first half and 20 plus in the second and then run at them from every pressure point.
Jordie Barrett will be starting at fullback.
Yup...and likely taking his share of kicks at goal too.
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Either Mark Keohane was dropped as a baby or he smoking something serious

https://www.keo.co.za/why-i-am-backing- ... ll-blacks/
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mdaclarke wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:01 pm Either Mark Keohane was dropped as a baby or he smoking something serious

https://www.keo.co.za/why-i-am-backing- ... ll-blacks/
Don't read his drivel.. it is cancer journalism
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mdaclarke wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:01 pm Either Mark Keohane was dropped as a baby or he smoking something serious

https://www.keo.co.za/why-i-am-backing- ... ll-blacks/
I think they're in with a good shout. The ABs lose these tests.
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mdaclarke wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:01 pm Either Mark Keohane was dropped as a baby or he smoking something serious

https://www.keo.co.za/why-i-am-backing- ... ll-blacks/
He’s shit at maths. Hasn’t accounted for 4% of draws. Saffers have won 36.4%.
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mdaclarke wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:01 pm Either Mark Keohane was dropped as a baby or he smoking something serious

https://www.keo.co.za/why-i-am-backing- ... ll-blacks/
Nothing he's saying here is unreasonable, aside from the lazy reliance on adding up the tally of previous results rather than a tactical analysis of the current teams that the newer breed of rugby pundits write about and seem beyond dinosaurs like Keo, Stephen Jones, Gregor Paul etc. But I always enjoy Keo's predictions...
These Wallabies are wimps. Siya Kolisi’s world champion Springboks will wallop them, writes Mark Keohane. It will be champ up against chump and the scoreboard will reflect this.
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Grandpa wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:27 am
Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Conversely SA don't have a PSdT type at blindside as an extra lineout option. But I agree it's advantage SA on locks v locks in the lineout. So as you say, NZ will probably go long or short a lot of the time.
Definitely an area the Boks can use to slow the tempo of the game.
Kick for touch and try to steal or even disrupt our lineout and force us into mistakes and therefore scrums or penalties.
It's a game plan that can work if the advantage is big enough.
I don't think it will be enough to slow the game right down, but time will tell.
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merlin the happy pig wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:01 pm
Grandpa wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:27 am
Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Conversely SA don't have a PSdT type at blindside as an extra lineout option. But I agree it's advantage SA on locks v locks in the lineout. So as you say, NZ will probably go long or short a lot of the time.
Definitely an area the Boks can use to slow the tempo of the game.
Kick for touch and try to steal or even disrupt our lineout and force us into mistakes and therefore scrums or penalties.
It's a game plan that can work if the advantage is big enough.
I don't think it will be enough to slow the game right down, but time will tell.
Kick it out, forward goes down with an injury, next thing you know one half of rugby takes 60min
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Monkey Magic wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:04 pm
merlin the happy pig wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:01 pm
Grandpa wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:27 am
Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Conversely SA don't have a PSdT type at blindside as an extra lineout option. But I agree it's advantage SA on locks v locks in the lineout. So as you say, NZ will probably go long or short a lot of the time.
Definitely an area the Boks can use to slow the tempo of the game.
Kick for touch and try to steal or even disrupt our lineout and force us into mistakes and therefore scrums or penalties.
It's a game plan that can work if the advantage is big enough.
I don't think it will be enough to slow the game right down, but time will tell.
Kick it out, forward goes down with an injury, next thing you know one half of rugby takes 60min
Yeah, there is that
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merlin the happy pig wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:12 pm
Monkey Magic wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:04 pm
merlin the happy pig wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:01 pm
Grandpa wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:27 am
Adrianmole wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 9:18 am An area that the Boks could pressure NZ is in the lineout. With Lood back they should back their lineout to contest NZ throw-ins.

May result in NZ going primarily to the front but that will reduce their attacking options, unless they can quickly drive and then recycle.

Fascinating battle ahead.
Conversely SA don't have a PSdT type at blindside as an extra lineout option. But I agree it's advantage SA on locks v locks in the lineout. So as you say, NZ will probably go long or short a lot of the time.
Definitely an area the Boks can use to slow the tempo of the game.
Kick for touch and try to steal or even disrupt our lineout and force us into mistakes and therefore scrums or penalties.
It's a game plan that can work if the advantage is big enough.
I don't think it will be enough to slow the game right down, but time will tell.
Kick it out, forward goes down with an injury, next thing you know one half of rugby takes 60min
Yeah, there is that
Though in the end, the match like most games will be won and lost at the breakdown... which is usually mental... are they motivated to the right level etc.. I fear the biggest obstacle will be complacency... So hopefully Plumtree's warning is heeded by the players..
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The ABs are going Bok hunting. Ardie said it himself, you have to beat number 1 to be number 1.

I think we will see a level of speed, intensity, skill and relentless attack from the ABs that the Boks just can’t live with. They’ll be out on their feet on the hour.
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trapper wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:15 am
Monkey Magic wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:39 am
The Native wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:38 am
Flockwitt wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 1:48 am Personally I hope the Boks ambush the ABs this weekend.
As in they play a completely different game plan or they win?

If the All Blacks win this next Test and secure the RC, I could see a number of changes being made to give some squad members exposure and to keep the squad as fresh as possible. The NH leg of the tour ends with two tough matches. The last against France in Paris will be of great importance given the RWC in 2023.
With regards to France, a close loss with the French celebrating madly might be a pretty good thing for these guys to experience before 2023
Speaking of the French, I watched some highlights of that DuPont bloke the other day, reminded me very much of Byron Kelleher.
Been watching porn, eh, Trapper?
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trapper wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:06 pm The ABs are going Bok hunting. Ardie said it himself, you have to beat number 1 to be number 1.

I think we will see a level of speed, intensity, skill and relentless attack from the ABs that the Boks just can’t live with. They’ll be out on their feet on the hour.
Will they be able to keep it going for 80 in 28° and 70% humidity?
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naki wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 8:46 pm
mdaclarke wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 7:01 pm Either Mark Keohane was dropped as a baby or he smoking something serious

https://www.keo.co.za/why-i-am-backing- ... ll-blacks/
Nothing he's saying here is unreasonable, aside from the lazy reliance on adding up the tally of previous results rather than a tactical analysis of the current teams that the newer breed of rugby pundits write about and seem beyond dinosaurs like Keo, Stephen Jones, Gregor Paul etc. But I always enjoy Keo's predictions...
These Wallabies are wimps. Siya Kolisi’s world champion Springboks will wallop them, writes Mark Keohane. It will be champ up against chump and the scoreboard will reflect this.
It's a trap, potentially.
Mark Keohane, who said something or other, or maybe he didn't say it at all..... wrote:The All Blacks, unbeaten in 2021, have been brilliant at times, very good on others and questionable for about 80 minutes over eight Tests. They conceded three tries to the Wallabies in the final quarter of Bledisloe Cup 1, looked very uncomfortable against Fiji in the first 30 minutes of the first of two Tests and for 30 minutes in the second half against Argentina a week ago looked disjointed and vulnerable.

Outside of that, they’ve been breathtaking to watch.

If a season usually has that one magical game and that one horror half, the All Blacks have played more than the one magical game, but they haven’t had a horror outing. They are due a day when the ball doesn’t stick and in the past a lot of those days have come against an uncompromising and desperate Springboks.
Yeah right on!
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Very silly when these are often quite different teams .

These little pattern to judge when a selection completely different from this weekends are so-so against Fiji .
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trapper wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:06 pm The ABs are going Bok hunting. Ardie said it himself, you have to beat number 1 to be number 1.

I think we will see a level of speed, intensity, skill and relentless attack from the ABs that the Boks just can’t live with. They’ll be out on their feet on the hour.
The Boks are wounded, and the ABs smell blood. In the animal kingdom that does not usually end well when predators are around.
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trapper wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 10:06 pm The ABs are going Bok hunting. Ardie said it himself, you have to beat number 1 to be number 1.

I think we will see a level of speed, intensity, skill and relentless attack from the ABs that the Boks just can’t live with. They’ll be out on their feet on the hour.
Did the Boks beat number one to become number one? What were the ranking going into the last world cup?
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Does anyone know when the AB's name their team?
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Ali's Choice wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:22 am Does anyone know when the AB's name their team?
Half an hour, 1:30pm NZ time. They're giving Jacinda 30mins for her briefing.
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1. Joe Moody (52)
2. Codie Taylor (62)
3. Nepo Laulala (35)
4. Brodie Retallick (87)
5. Scott Barrett (46)
6. Akira Ioane (8)
7. Ardie Savea (54) – captain
8. Luke Jacobson (9)
9. TJ Perenara (73)
10. Beauden Barrett (96)
11. George Bridge (15)
12. David Havili (9)
13. Rieko Ioane (42)
14. Will Jordan (8)
15. Jordie Barrett (30)
RESERVES
16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (6)
17. Karl Tu’inukuafe (22)
18. Ofa Tuungafasi (40)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (39)
20. Ethan Blackadder (5)
21. Brad Weber (12)
22. Damian McKenzie (35)
23. Quinn Tupaea (3)
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There hasn’t been much detail but ALB/Papali’i are still nursing slight injuries. I’m stoked to see this back row tho!
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Good team.

GO BLACK!!!
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Decent team. I'm happy to see Jacobson at 8 and Blackadder at 19. These two players great bring work rate.

Not surprised to see George Bridge at 11. His ability to diffuse the Springbok's high kicking game will be very valuable.

With Ioane at 13 and Tupaea at 23, I'm guessing that Anton Lienart-Brown was not considered fit enough?

Patrick Tuipulotu continues to be one of the luckiest players in the squad. I suspect that Foster wanted his extra ballast against the big Springbok pack.
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Mr Mike wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:33 am 1. Joe Moody (52)
2. Codie Taylor (62)
3. Nepo Laulala (35)
4. Brodie Retallick (87)
5. Scott Barrett (46)
6. Akira Ioane (8)
7. Ardie Savea (54) – captain
8. Luke Jacobson (9)
9. TJ Perenara (73)
10. Beauden Barrett (96)
11. George Bridge (15)
12. David Havili (9)
13. Rieko Ioane (42)
14. Will Jordan (8)
15. Jordie Barrett (30)
RESERVES
16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (6)
17. Karl Tu’inukuafe (22)
18. Ofa Tuungafasi (40)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (39)
20. Ethan Blackadder (5)
21. Brad Weber (12)
22. Damian McKenzie (35)
23. Quinn Tupaea (3)
Papalii and ALB injured?

Probably as good of a team as we can field under the circumstances (though Reece deserves a start over Bridge, high ball insurance notwithstanding).

With Snecky, Whitelock, Cane, Mo and ALB in the mix I'd feel a lot more confident.
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naki wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:46 am Probably as good of a team as we can field under the circumstances (though Reece deserves a start over Bridge, high ball insurance notwithstanding).
Reece is a right winger, George is a left winger. Although I think Reece is unlucky to miss out to Will Jordan as well. We are blessed with wingers.
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If you thought you had come across a rugby retard or two on PR, have a look at what Stuff throws up.
Dangerous Dave wrote:TJ off the bench, Young Finlay Christie deserves a chance, has a much better passing game and can control the forwards with a calm head.
:shock:

I like the loosies, maybe swap Akira and Jacobson.

We know they have selected Paddy for his bulk, but would have preferred to see Vaa'i on the bench. IMO, bringing him on against tiring SA legs has a high potential to cause havoc.
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A good side.
Bridge has played well in his last couple of starts, his first run of the year he was obviously grossly underdone. Good to see him running directly and with purpose, he's not going to beat people with his footwork.
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No particular complaints. I think it is a sensible team with a few minor tweaks to the "A" team picked against the Wobs to combat the Boks strengths (i.e. Jacobson over Papalii to add some extra size, and Bridge over Reece for his high-ball skills).

If I were being picky, I'd have Vai'i and Ennor over PT and Tupaea, but they're line calls at best.
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On another note, can anyone remember a more "Safe White Boy" back three for the ABs than Bridge/Jordan/Jordie?

I'm sure there are a few, but none immediately spring to mind.
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Ali's Choice wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:42 am Decent team. I'm happy to see Jacobson at 8 and Blackadder at 19. These two players great bring work rate.

Not surprised to see George Bridge at 11. His ability to diffuse the Springbok's high kicking game will be very valuable.

With Ioane at 13 and Tupaea at 23, I'm guessing that Anton Lienart-Brown was not considered fit enough?

Patrick Tuipulotu continues to be one of the luckiest players in the squad. I suspect that Foster wanted his extra ballast against the big Springbok pack.
PT is a permanent resident in the Last Chance Saloon. I basically like this team, particularly happy with the back three and the back row.
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mrbrownstone wrote: Thu Sep 23, 2021 2:58 am On another note, can anyone remember a more "Safe White Boy" back three for the ABs than Bridge/Jordan/Jordie?

I'm sure there are a few, but none immediately spring to mind.
Careful, Ellafan will accuse you of being racist against white people with posts like this!
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