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Post by Bren on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:19 pm

Hey, Super Rugby is back (yay!) But the Highlanders are losing right now to the Chiefs (boo!)

Just got home, so missed everything so far...

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Post by ivelostmysparky on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:20 pm

Highlanders very error prone. Mainly their All Blacks backs are to blame.
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Post by tryasta on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:25 pm

Highlanders really dominant in the first half... but as sparky said: errors preventing them from converting.

Difficult not to feel for them.

The worst thing, however, has been Ben Smith's injury. I hope it's nothing but it looked nasty. pale


Edit: funny moment of the match

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Post by Bren on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:30 pm

Watching these highlights makes me sad...

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Post by Bren on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:45 pm

Oh bugger everything...

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Post by tryasta on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:45 pm

@Bren: Blatant forward pass leading to the third try.

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Post by Bren on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:48 pm

I thought it was forward at first but it looked flat in the replay...

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Post by Bren on Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:58 pm

WHY WOULD YOU TAKE THE THREE LIMA?

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Post by tryasta on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:00 pm

still 20 to go.. there's enough time.

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Post by Bren on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:02 pm

Aaron Smith's mustache must go.

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Post by Bren on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:13 pm



Mitch "Witcher" Karpik?

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Post by tryasta on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:20 pm

congrats to the Chiefs and congrats to sparky too!

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Post by gimping on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:31 pm

So frustrating to watch! Hard to tell who the all blacks were amongst it all but feel sorry for them, two intercept tries is hard to take

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Post by Activist on Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:58 pm

Great to have super rugby back! Very Happy

Blues looked awesome last night, or are the rebels just awful? So much depth in the backline though are probably lacking a decent fullback. Hopefully they move Nanai there from the wing

Highlanders looked woeful, Squire was beasting it. Fekitoa shit as usual. Rolling Eyes

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Post by tryasta on Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:15 pm

@Activist wrote:Blues looked awesome last night, or are the rebels just awful?
It's the Blues... so probably the second is true Smile

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Post by Activist on Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:39 am

Yeah I think they'll make the playoff this year though. I like the game plan Tana is bringing to the blues. They definitely have the team, forward depth might be a bit of an issue in the front row, Manu was a good signing but lack a quality hooker after Parsons and back up specialist locks. Jimmy coming from the crusaders another good pick up, might be able to use Luatua or Kaino as lock with the back row quite jammed at 6/8, with Akira in the mix he'll need plenty of game time to develop.

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Post by ivelostmysparky on Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:55 pm

Chiefs vs Blues was a fun watch.
Potentially another great young 7 in Boschier?
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Post by tryasta on Sun Mar 05, 2017 6:34 pm

Sorry @Bren. At 27-6 it really looked like it was game over. Highlanders need their players back from injury.

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Post by ivelostmysparky on Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:49 pm

If you believe the stats on stuff then the Highlanders had to make 137 tackles to Crusaders 39. I think the Highlanders were completely shagged in the last quarter.

How long before Pryor is back? Is Shane Christie fit? They need an openside badly. Horror last few minutes for Sopoaga.
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Post by gimping on Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:01 pm

Today is the first time I haven't been underwhelmed by fekitoa. Fingers crossed the landers hold on!

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Post by ivelostmysparky on Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:29 pm

Second week in a row that the Crusaders escape with a miracle Surprised
Both Mainland teams are rapidly running out of fit players Shocked
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Post by tryasta on Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:36 pm

In the light of some news regarding Super Rugby in 2018 (Link to the news) it might be possible that:

- current performances by aussie teams, including the narrow escape of a very average Crusaders over arguably one of the best aussie sides, mean rugby is doomed for either Perth or Melbourne.

- the victory of the Jaguares over the much hyped Lions bodes well for the future of the South Americans and not so much for the Southern Kings.

- No one has an easy solution for the mess that Super Rugby is.


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Post by tryasta on Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:33 pm

How dangerous are the Crusaders when they trail by 14 points in the second half?

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Post by Activist on Tue Mar 21, 2017 11:30 am

Gotta admit looking at the team sheet I thought they lacked quite a bit of experience and x factor.

They have surprised me this season, seems to be the Crusaders of old and they are very confident.

Razor coming in has made a huge difference.

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Post by tryasta on Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:12 pm

One thing that is clear from super rugby franchises (in NZ, at least) is they all have their own rugby approach.

The Crusaders have this philosophy of the team is the only thing that matters that makes their players looking like nonames yet winning matches.

The Blues have this polynesian flavor that spices their game although that does not always mean winning every match.

The Highlanders have traditionally branded the hard Otago and Southland forwards with (often imported) flashy backs...

I guess the same could be said about the Bulls, Sharks, Stormers, etc... or the Brumbies, Tahs, Reds...

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