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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Tue 02 May 2017, 1:02 pm

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In response to LondonTiger's Lions' fitness thread, here's my crack at the NZ squad prospects. Any updates appreciated


Updated June 16th
Player Position Notes
Dane Coles Hooker Concussion. Looking unlikely for the Lions now
Codie Taylor Hooker Misfired in the lineouts for the Crusaders vs Lions. Excellent game vs Samoa
Liam Coltman Hooker Injury cover for Coles. Good for the Highlanders vs the Lions. Not selected vs Samoa
Nathan Harris Hooker
Joe Moody Prop Scrum & defence good vs Samoa
Wyatt Crockett Prop
Kane Hames Prop Maori Squad
Owen Franks Prop
Charlie Faumuina Prop
 Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen Prop Not selected
Ofa Tu'ungafasi Prop Backup prop as he can play both sides of the scrum at a pinch
Brodie Retallick Second row 
Sam Whitelock Second row  In good form prior to sitting out a 2 week ban for striking the (Golden) Lions player who took him out in the air
Scott Barrett Second row Back from injury for a good 30 mins off the bench vs Samoa
Luke Romano Second row Has slipped behind Barrett, but playing fairly well
Patrick Tuipolotu Second row Not selected
Jerome Kaino Back row Back from knee surgery & played well vs Samoa
Liam Squire Back row Broken thumb. Due back mid June
Stephen Luatua Back row Not selected
Sam Cane Back row
Ardie Savea Back row Returning to the 'Canes' bench after concussion June3. Has been In imperious form at both 7 & 8
Kieran Read Back row Broken thumb. Due back early June - not expected to play before the 1st test
Luke Whitelock Back row Not selected
Elliot Dixon Back row Released to play for the Maori
Matt Todd Back row Injury cover selection
Akira Ioane Back row Injury cover for Abs, released to play for the Maori
Vaea Fifita  Back row Injury cover for Abs. Good off the bench vs Samoa
Aaron Smith Scrum half
TJ Perenara Scrum half
Tawera Kerr-Barlow Scrum half
 Augustine Pulu Scrum half Not selected
Beauden Barrett Outside half
Aaron Cruden Outside half Missed Samoa test due to leg injury for Chiefs vs Canes
Lima Sopoaga Outside half Hamstring kept him out until mid-May. Average for the Highlanders vs Lions, good off the bench vs Samao
Ryan Crotty Centre Rib cartilage injury. May be back for the 1st test
Anton Lienart-Brown Centre
Sonny Bill Williams Centre
Ngani Laumape Centre Bolter - playing like a young Nonu for the Canes this season
Jack Goodhue Centre Injury Cover for Crotty. Excellent Super Rugby season, had some good moments for the Crusaders vs the Lions
Malikai Fekitoa Centre Not selected
Charlie Ngatai Centre Missed a year of rugby due to concussion. In the Maori squad
George Moala Centre Not selected
Julian Savea Wing Not at his best yet. Normally peaks around August so WIP
Waisake Naholo Wing Excellent for the Highlanders vs the Lions
Nehe Milner-Skudder Wing In the Maori squad
Rieko Ioane Wing Excellent for the Blues vs the Lions
Seta Taminavalu Wing Not selected
James Lowe Wing In the Maori squad
Ben Smith Full back
Israel Dagg Full back
Damien McKenzie Full back In the Maori squad
Jordie Barrett Utility Decent on debut off the bench vs Samoa



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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 1:38 am

ebop wrote:You reckon the ABs were rattled in Dublin. Because they tackled their hearts out and defended their line and didn't allow any tries in? Or are you referring to something else?

Who cares if they were rattled, which of course they were. They were hammered in the first half and thought they would do what they normally do but Ireland outplayed them and more importantly , outwitted them.

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Post by ebop on Thu 18 May 2017, 3:58 am

Gwlad wrote:
ebop wrote:You reckon the ABs were rattled in Dublin. Because they tackled their hearts out and defended their line and didn't allow any tries in? Or are you referring to something else?

Who cares if they were rattled, which of course they were. They were hammered in the first half and thought they would do what they normally do but Ireland outplayed them and more importantly , outwitted them.
Shesh, someone forgot to lock the gimp box overnight monkey

We're talking about Dublin
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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 4:01 am

ebop wrote:
Gwlad wrote:
ebop wrote:You reckon the ABs were rattled in Dublin. Because they tackled their hearts out and defended their line and didn't allow any tries in? Or are you referring to something else?

Who cares if they were rattled, which of course they were. They were hammered in the first half and thought they would do what they normally do but Ireland outplayed them and more importantly , outwitted them.
Shesh, someone forgot to lock the gimp box overnight  monkey

We're talking about Dublin

Well you got out so stop moaning, do us all a favor and lock yourself back in later though thumbsup

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Post by ebop on Thu 18 May 2017, 7:10 am

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 2:49 pm

Tumbleweed Tumbleweed
ebop wrote:Tumbleweed

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 2:59 pm

How do you think nz were outwitted in Dublin gwlad?

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 3:16 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:How do you think nz were outwitted in Dublin gwlad?

They got into a debate with a straw man. Rolling Eyes

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 3:18 pm

Take it you weren't talking about Dublin at all then?

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 3:44 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:Take it you weren't talking about Dublin at all then?
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 3:55 pm

It's ok if you don't want to answer. If you don't have a point you don't have a point.

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 4:35 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:It's ok if you don't want to answer. If you don't have a point you don't have a point.

Thanks for the expert tuition in Not Having a Point.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 4:42 pm

Why are so scared to just talk about rugby rather than wum. You had a point to make about nz being outwitted. Why not just expand to how?

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 4:46 pm

7.5 stop wasting my time. I love to talk rugby just not ever with you because you're very boring. ta ta

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Post by aucklandlaurie on Thu 18 May 2017, 4:58 pm

Gwlad wrote:7.5 stop wasting my time. I love to talk rugby just not ever with you because you're very boring. ta ta

 You been back on the happy pills again Gwlad.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 5:04 pm

I'm boring fair enough. It was your own point you couldn't expand so it must be catching!

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 5:09 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:I'm boring fair enough. It was your own point you couldn't expand so it must be catching!
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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 5:15 pm

Well its simple really. How do you think nz were outwitted? I don't think they were personally more too wound up lacking a few of their wise heads who had retired post wc.

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 5:17 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:Well its simple really.  How do you think nz were outwitted? I don't think they were personally more too wound up lacking a few of their wise heads who had retired post wc.  

Word of advice, set up a second 606v2 account then you can argue with yourself to your hearts content day in day out and give me a break. off you pop good lad.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 5:20 pm

So you can't think of a reason why they were outwitted? Why say it then?

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Post by Hero on Thu 18 May 2017, 5:51 pm

Gwlad and no 7&1/2


This got boring several weeks ago. 
Either you both foe each other so that you no longer see each others posts or I'll quite happily remove you both from the site.

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 5:56 pm

If you would like to remove me for asking a further question on a point feel free tbh.

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 6:06 pm

Hero, done

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Post by Hero on Thu 18 May 2017, 6:08 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:If you would like to remove me for asking a further question on a point feel free tbh.

So you'd prefer to leave rather than simply foe him?

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Thu 18 May 2017, 6:36 pm

I'm not going to foe someone sorry. I use the forum to discuss rugby 99% of the time. If you feel I've broken the rules that's fair enough. Honestly read this thread and any of my history and I'm not sure you'd find too much wrong bar challenging things o don't agree with and talking about points in general. If you don't want that and simply want everyone to agree with everyone else's posts it's not something id see the point of. I won't leave as I enjoy the forum. If you want to ban me for it I can't stop you.

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Post by ebop on Thu 18 May 2017, 7:51 pm

No 7&1/2 wrote:How do you think nz were outwitted in Dublin gwlad?
Yes gwlad, how were the ABs outwitted in Dublin?

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 8:08 pm

You were talking about Dublin - which you had to clarify earlier in the thread if you recall- and I was referring to Chicago, I would have thought that was patently obvious to absolutely anyone but apparently it wasn't. No harm done hope you understand now.

And what you think of me is irrelevant, not sure why you think I would be bothered Laugh

Noted that you have removed the reference to 'nobody will think worse of you' thumbsup

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Post by ebop on Thu 18 May 2017, 8:20 pm

That wasn't hard now was it

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 8:22 pm

ebop wrote:That wasn't hard now was it

Good for you

what wasn't hard?

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Post by ebop on Thu 18 May 2017, 8:23 pm

Clarifying yourself

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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 8:32 pm

ebop wrote:Clarifying yourself

It's ok you know, no one will think any worse of you

I was clarifying it for you not me, since you were clearly unable to grasp it from the get go.

Perhaps you can clarify why you removed the reference to what people will think of me in your last post - see edit - but have included it in this one? Do you not have the cohones to stick by your initial dig at me?

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Post by ebop on Thu 18 May 2017, 8:59 pm

Of course I stand by what I write, can't help it if you post within a couple of minutes of my posts. I made the point by saying it in the next post. There's nothing wrong with the saying is there? You clarified yourself and that's good. It wasn't hard. Didn't need a string of posts beforehand and mod intervention to get there.

And back to your point. Yeah the ABs probably were rattled (in Chicago). They were making a late comeback but Ireland believed in themselves, stayed strong, scored a late try and deserved the historic win.
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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 9:09 pm

If there is nothing wrong with it and you 'stand by it' why edit it out? laughing

Perhaps you can clarify, no one will think any the worse of you thumbsup

Glad you finally can see the ABs were rattled in Chicago, phew that was a long road. Mods were necessitated by 7.5

The Abs intensity can be turned back on them and in Chicago was something they were unused to facing. The lions will aim to achieve constant high intensity in the Tests, direct at all times, quick ball and winning the collisions. The breakdown will win or lose the tests and in Conor Murray we have a player who can exploit the NZ tendency to linger in and around the contact area to slow ball down. Chicago proved that the All black gameplan is vulnerable to playing the high intensity game they play. if you can maintain the momentum for long enough.

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Post by ebop on Thu 18 May 2017, 9:37 pm

You're right, no one should think the worse of me for editing it out and then saying the same thing a post later and saying I did so. It didn't add anything so I deleted it.

I never questioned ABs in Chicago because no one was discussing that game at the time you mentioned 'rattled' and you also didn't mention 'Chicago'. Yeah, it was probably obvious you were talking about Chicago but who can say?

Yeah that sounds like a pretty good objective to play high intensity rugby against the ABs. Ireland no doubt tried the same thing in Dublin but came up short by 3 tries to nil because there wasn't the surprise factor and the ABs were dialled in to it. If the Lions can keep up that level of intensity in all games in the schedule and win the series then I will be impressed. Yeah playing hard and direct rugby is probably the game plan with Gatland and I'm thinking it could also be a rolling maul-a-thon.
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Post by Gwlad on Thu 18 May 2017, 9:52 pm

the reference to the ABs being rattled was, as stated, completely obvious to all but those who wanted to try and use it as some angle of attack. which was likewise, rather obvious.

So it didn't mean anything in the first post but did in the immediate next post? That some intense clarification laughing

Mauls, another weak area for the ABs, notice how the things they're good at tend to be over valued as the pinnacles of rugby achievement and the things they're poor at like scrummaging and mauls, well, they just ain't important, old stuffy aspects of NH rugby  laughing


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Post by ebop on Thu 18 May 2017, 10:04 pm

Whoa, you just edited your post

Something to hide gwlad?

It didn't mean anything. You implied I had something to hide. I didn't. I posted the same words to show how hamfisted you are.

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Post by Gwlad on Fri 19 May 2017, 12:18 am

ebop wrote:Whoa, you just edited your post

Something to hide gwlad?

It didn't mean anything. You implied I had something to hide. I didn't. I posted the same words to show how hamfisted you are.

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You did have something to hide, that's why you edited it Doh

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Post by ebop on Fri 19 May 2017, 6:33 am

There you go being a hamfisted a*tist again Rolling Eyes
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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Fri 19 May 2017, 4:09 pm

Lots of injuries in the Crusaders' win over the Chiefs in Fiji this morning - Matt Todd ruled out pre-match with concussion (the news was too late for me to tweak my fantasy team and bench him too mutter mutter).

And during the match Crotty (Crusaders' starting #12), McNicol (Chiefs' starting #12) & Donald (played 12 off the bench for the Chiefs all failed HIAs) - both teams finished with rather patched together midfields
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Post by Gwlad on Fri 19 May 2017, 9:38 pm

ebop wrote:There you go being a hamfisted a*tist again Rolling Eyes

always resort to game calling, assume its all you have Rolling Eyes

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Post by ebop on Sat 20 May 2017, 7:20 am

Gwlad wrote:scrummaging and mauls, well, they just ain't important, old stuffy aspects of NH rugby
You said it mate

And finally you say something sensible

The Lions will rolling maul and rolling maul and rolling maul themselves to a standstill. In between scrummaging. And defending. And kicking points. Good luck with that one dimensional game plan. Probably all Gatland is capable of to be fair

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Post by ebop on Sat 20 May 2017, 8:09 am

Gwlad wrote:
ebop wrote:There you go being a hamfisted a*tist again Rolling Eyes

always resort to game calling, assume its all you have Rolling Eyes
It's not name calling it's stating common knowledge
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Post by emack2 on Sat 20 May 2017, 9:23 am

"There weak points the Maul and the Scrum" do you ACTUALLY believe
those statements?"
As they Scrummage well,there own plays off the Scrum and Maul are
highly effective.Haven`t seen a full strength AB side go backwards v
anyone at the Scrum.
There own Maul is an effective scoring method,defence of no worse than
most other sides.
With the exception of the odd match NO side has shut them down for
the whole match.
Wales recently said how good they were closing them down for 60 minutes,
trouble was the game is 80 plus.Non stop tackling takes it`s toll look
at how often.NZ score or nearly score after the hooter. Whistle Whistle Whistle

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Post by ebop on Sat 20 May 2017, 9:49 am

Amen to that emack

Talk of the ABs scrum is clutching at straws

If anyone can point to a game where the ABs scrum cost them a game then I'm all ears

The only issue with the rolling maul is to ensure we don't get sucked into needless penalties and cards because that could influence games. It'll happen against the SR sides because the Lions will focus on scrums and rolling mauls and penalties and may end up winning those games with that game plan.

But the ABs will be more effective and more onto it and they don't get bullied by this kind of stuff.
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Post by ebop on Sat 20 May 2017, 1:19 pm

And I'll add

If the Lions win the series

No matter how(Wink)

Then I will

notworthy

Because that's what it's about

Kia kaha ABs because it's an onslaught and that's the beauty of it

Long live the Lions clap
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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Wed 24 May 2017, 10:49 am

NZ form team of the week (from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=11862032):

1. Aki Seiuli (Highlanders)
2. James Parsons (Blues)
3. Charlie Faumuina (Blues)
4. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)  - Forward of the Week
5. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders)
6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (Crusaders)
7. Pete Samu (Crusaders)
8. Brad Shields (Hurricanes)
9. Augustine Pulu (Blues)
10. Richie Mo'unga (Crusaders) - Back of the Week. Honourary Mention Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)
11. James Lowe (Chiefs)
12. David Havili (Crusaders)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) Honourary Mention Jack Goodhue (Crusaders)
14. Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders)
15. Melani Nanai (Blues)
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Post by Scottrff on Wed 24 May 2017, 11:05 am

Interesting. Had heard ALB was off form, but maybe back to a Crotty-ALB midfield.

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Post by Taylorman on Wed 24 May 2017, 11:05 am

Pete C (Kiwireddevil) wrote:NZ form team of the week (from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=11862032):

1. Aki Seiuli (Highlanders)
2. James Parsons (Blues)
3. Charlie Faumuina (Blues)
4. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)  - Forward of the Week
5. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders)
6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (Crusaders)
7. Pete Samu (Crusaders)
8. Brad Shields (Hurricanes)
9. Augustine Pulu (Blues)
10. Richie Mo'unga (Crusaders) - Back of the Week. Honourary Mention Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)
11. James Lowe (Chiefs)
12. David Havili (Crusaders)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) Honourary Mention Jack Goodhue (Crusaders)
14. Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders)
15. Melani Nanai (Blues)

Yes Retallick was immense last weekend, on top of his game, how he got to that tackle on the line I don't know.

Thought Cruden was better, but only two likely starting ABs this week. Reflects the depth, with a few still out.

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Post by Taylorman on Wed 24 May 2017, 11:08 am

ebop wrote:Amen to that emack

Talk of the ABs scrum is clutching at straws

If anyone can point to a game where the ABs scrum cost them a game then I'm all ears

The only issue with the rolling maul is to ensure we don't get sucked into needless penalties and cards because that could influence games. It'll happen against the SR sides because the Lions will focus on scrums and rolling mauls and penalties and may end up winning those games with that game plan.

But the ABs will be more effective and more onto it and they don't get bullied by this kind of stuff.

True, and if you can't breathe it makes scrummaging a bit more tricky as well...

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Re: All Blacks' (likely) Squad Fitness (form?) Updates

Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Wed 24 May 2017, 11:15 am

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Pete C (Kiwireddevil) wrote:NZ form team of the week (from http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby/news/article.cfm?c_id=80&objectid=11862032):

1. Aki Seiuli (Highlanders)
2. James Parsons (Blues)
3. Charlie Faumuina (Blues)
4. Brodie Retallick (Chiefs)  - Forward of the Week
5. Sam Whitelock (Crusaders)
6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (Crusaders)
7. Pete Samu (Crusaders)
8. Brad Shields (Hurricanes)
9. Augustine Pulu (Blues)
10. Richie Mo'unga (Crusaders) - Back of the Week. Honourary Mention Aaron Cruden (Chiefs)
11. James Lowe (Chiefs)
12. David Havili (Crusaders)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (Chiefs) Honourary Mention Jack Goodhue (Crusaders)
14. Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders)
15. Melani Nanai (Blues)

Yes Retallick was immense last weekend, on top of his game, how he got to that tackle on the line I don't know.

Thought Cruden was better, but only two likely starting ABs this week. Reflects the depth, with a few still out.

Cruden's goal kicking was a bit off, otherwise it was pretty close between the two - Barrett played fullback this week mind. But yeah, 2 or 3 likely starters if you include ALB. And quite a few who're unlikely to make the squad
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Post by mikey_dragon on Wed 24 May 2017, 11:52 am

Which ABs are available to Blues when the Lions touch down in Auckland?

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