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Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions, 17 June

Post by George Carlin on Tue 13 Jun 2017, 3:27 pm

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Maori All Blacks British & Irish Lions
17 June 2017
KO: 19:35 NZST (8.35am BST)
Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

Live on Sky Sports, Sky Sports HD and SkyGo

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Touch judges: [tbc]
TMO: [tbc]

A. FORM:

Played 8, Maori won 1, Lions won 7

Recently:

2005-06-11
NZ Maori 19 - 13 British and Irish Lions

1993-05-29
NZ Maori 20 - 24 British and Irish Lions

1977-07-13
NZ Maori 19 - 22 British and Irish Lions

B. TEAMS:

Maori All Blacks 
J Lowe; N Milner-Skudder, M Proctor, C Ngatai, R Ioane; D McKenzie, T Kerr-Barlow; K Hames, A Dixon (capt), B May, J Wheeler, T Franklin, A Ioane, E Dixon, L Messam.

Replacements: H Elliot, C Eves, M Renata, L Price, K Pryor, B Hall, I West, R Thompson.

British & Irish Lions
L Halfpenny (Wales); A Watson (England), J Davies (Wales), B Te'o (England), G North (Wales); J Sexton, C Murray (both Ireland); M Vunipola, J George (both England), T Furlong (Ireland), M Itoje, G Kruis (both England), P O'Mahony (capt, Ireland), S O'Brien (Ireland), T Faletau (Wales).

Replacements: K Owens (Wales), J McGrath (Ireland), K Sinckler (England), I Henderson (Ireland), S Warburton (Wales), G Laidlaw (Scotland), D Biggar (Wales), E Daly (England).

C. PREVIEW



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Re: Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions, 17 June

Post by Guest on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:44 pm

ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

You sound disrespectful towards the Haka. Disgrace!

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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:44 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:
Griff wrote:I know I'm in danger of having massive egg on my face here if we end up getting a spanking, but does anyone else think that, in a way, the Maori team will face similar challenges to the Lions in terms of being thrown together and not having played together much? I know their basic skills are probably much better than ours as NZ players are just that much better generally. But I'm hopeful that some of the reasons why the Lions have perhaps struggled against relatively settled club sides e.g. our lack of familiarity with each other, new combos, learning new calls, new game plan, etc., might also be an issue for the Maori too?

So I'm expecting the Maori to perhaps not be as 'slick' as some of the club sides, but will obviously be a huge challenge.

Sod's law it will be a 50 point drubbing now I've cursed it!

What you say is true, and is technically the case for the main event next week too. Problem is we're hardly a battle hardened unit in comparison! Combine the ABs superior skillet and home advantage and that will certainly more than make up for their rustiness as a team.

I do think some of the SR sides will pose a sterner test than the Maori though.

And with the SR sides all playing the same type of rugby all geared towards the ABs, all of them pretty much being All Black B teams, rustiness is never a problem. We've seen it with the Highlanders recently and also the Chiefs last year when they stuffed a cobbled up Wales team in the midweek. Seeing as any Kiwi can play for the Maori then they're pretty much a NZ third string.

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Post by Scottrf on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:46 pm

Any Kiwi? No.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:46 pm

ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:48 pm

Scottrf wrote:Any Kiwi? No.

Obviously those with Maori ancestry, but I thought I read a kiwi on here say that it could be others who had been accepted into particular tribes. From that I took it as any kiwi being admitted to the NZ Maori. I could be wrong though.

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Post by Guest on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:49 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
Griff wrote:I know I'm in danger of having massive egg on my face here if we end up getting a spanking, but does anyone else think that, in a way, the Maori team will face similar challenges to the Lions in terms of being thrown together and not having played together much? I know their basic skills are probably much better than ours as NZ players are just that much better generally. But I'm hopeful that some of the reasons why the Lions have perhaps struggled against relatively settled club sides e.g. our lack of familiarity with each other, new combos, learning new calls, new game plan, etc., might also be an issue for the Maori too?

So I'm expecting the Maori to perhaps not be as 'slick' as some of the club sides, but will obviously be a huge challenge.

Sod's law it will be a 50 point drubbing now I've cursed it!

What you say is true, and is technically the case for the main event next week too. Problem is we're hardly a battle hardened unit in comparison! Combine the ABs superior skillet and home advantage and that will certainly more than make up for their rustiness as a team.

I do think some of the SR sides will pose a sterner test than the Maori though.

And with the SR sides all playing the same type of rugby all geared towards the ABs, all of them pretty much being All Black B teams, rustiness is never a problem. We've seen it with the Highlanders recently and also the Chiefs last year when they stuffed a cobbled up Wales team in the midweek. Seeing as any Kiwi can play for the Maori then they're pretty much a NZ third string.

This is sort of my point and question. If they're the same players as the clubs sides, but thrown together with a new coach and new combos, will they be as good as the club sides themselves? I'm sure some of the UK and Ireland club sides like Wasps, Exeter, Munster, Scarlets, etc. could probably beat the Lions too for the same reason!

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Post by ebop on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:51 pm

All contracted players are able to nominate themselves as eligible for the Maori All Blacks and, in the event a player is considered for selection, the team’s kaumatua (cultural advisor) will trace the player’s whakapapa (genealogy) to confirm his heritage and eligibility.

http://www.nzrugby.co.nz/what-we-do/national-teams/maori-all-blacks

Don't think you just say you're Maori and be eligible
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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:54 pm

Griff wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
Griff wrote:I know I'm in danger of having massive egg on my face here if we end up getting a spanking, but does anyone else think that, in a way, the Maori team will face similar challenges to the Lions in terms of being thrown together and not having played together much? I know their basic skills are probably much better than ours as NZ players are just that much better generally. But I'm hopeful that some of the reasons why the Lions have perhaps struggled against relatively settled club sides e.g. our lack of familiarity with each other, new combos, learning new calls, new game plan, etc., might also be an issue for the Maori too?

So I'm expecting the Maori to perhaps not be as 'slick' as some of the club sides, but will obviously be a huge challenge.

Sod's law it will be a 50 point drubbing now I've cursed it!

What you say is true, and is technically the case for the main event next week too. Problem is we're hardly a battle hardened unit in comparison! Combine the ABs superior skillet and home advantage and that will certainly more than make up for their rustiness as a team.

I do think some of the SR sides will pose a sterner test than the Maori though.

And with the SR sides all playing the same type of rugby all geared towards the ABs, all of them pretty much being All Black B teams, rustiness is never a problem. We've seen it with the Highlanders recently and also the Chiefs last year when they stuffed a cobbled up Wales team in the midweek. Seeing as any Kiwi can play for the Maori then they're pretty much a NZ third string.

This is sort of my point and question. If they're the same players as the clubs sides, but thrown together with a new coach and new combos, will they be as good as the club sides themselves? I'm sure some of the UK and Ireland club sides like Wasps, Exeter, Munster, Scarlets, etc. could probably beat the Lions too for the same reason!

I just don't see that as an issue though for reasons mentioned, but I guess it might be an issue. Has this NZM team played together before?

Some of those NH teams don't have the depth to do that, but if it was the Lions game first up then yeah I guess they could beat them; in fact some of those teams have experience of beating touring teams. And not just any old minnow touring team...

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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:55 pm

ebop wrote:All contracted players are able to nominate themselves as eligible for the Maori All Blacks and, in the event a player is considered for selection, the team’s kaumatua (cultural advisor) will trace the player’s whakapapa (genealogy) to confirm his heritage and eligibility.

http://www.nzrugby.co.nz/what-we-do/national-teams/maori-all-blacks

Don't think you just say you're Maori and be eligible

Thanks. Any idea how they go about tracing it? I'm also curious as to what Paul Tito's link was Very Happy

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Post by Scottrf on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:57 pm

Yeah they play fairly often and their last tour had a lot of the same players. Team vs USA late last year as an example:

Damian McKenzie, Rieko Ioane, Matt Proctor, Tim Bateman, James Lowe, Ihaia West, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Akira Ioane, Kara Pryor, Elliot Dixon, Tom Franklin, Jacob Skeen, Ben May, Ash Dixon (c), Kane Hames.

So not the same as a SR side but not completely unfamiliar and with a load of talent.

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Post by mikey_dragon on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 10:59 pm

Scottrf wrote:Yeah they play fairly often and their last tour had a lot of the same players. Team vs USA late last year as an example:

Damian McKenzie, Rieko Ioane, Matt Proctor, Tim Bateman, James Lowe, Ihaia West, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Akira Ioane, Kara Pryor, Elliot Dixon, Tom Franklin, Jacob Skeen, Ben May, Ash Dixon (c), Kane Hames.

So not the same as a SR side but not completely unfamiliar and with a load of talent.

They're a good team with experience then I see. It's also good to not see half of them at French clubs already.

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Post by ebop on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 11:11 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
ebop wrote:All contracted players are able to nominate themselves as eligible for the Maori All Blacks and, in the event a player is considered for selection, the team’s kaumatua (cultural advisor) will trace the player’s whakapapa (genealogy) to confirm his heritage and eligibility.

http://www.nzrugby.co.nz/what-we-do/national-teams/maori-all-blacks

Don't think you just say you're Maori and be eligible

Thanks. Any idea how they go about tracing it? I'm also curious as to what Paul Tito's link was Very Happy
Presumably the same way anyone would

Tito is a Maori surname so maybe he changed it from Smith by deed poll just to play in the Maori ABs. Or dyed his hair orange just for a laugh to wind people up.
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Post by Taylorman on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 11:21 pm

ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

Well we know that's not gonna happen ebop. If there's one side of any that should perform one it would be Maori, regardless of the ones to date. Don't agree with the Super sides performing them though. I know they mean well but it's not a Super rugby thing...why do it now?

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Post by Taylorman on Thu 15 Jun 2017, 11:25 pm

mikey_dragon wrote:
ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

Schools do it all the time, and often involve the entire school, and I don't think just finals, in fact schools and the ABs are the only matches I've seen the haka regularly performed. Clubs, Super don't as a rule.

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Post by Gooseberry on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 7:52 am

Taylorman wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

Schools do it all the time, and often involve the entire school, and I don't think just finals, in fact schools and the ABs are the only matches I've seen the haka regularly performed. Clubs, Super don't as a rule.

Do you not get bored of it?

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Post by Taylorman on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:04 am

Gooseberry wrote:
Taylorman wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

Schools do it all the time, and often involve the entire school, and I don't think just finals, in fact schools and the ABs are the only matches I've seen the haka regularly performed. Clubs, Super don't as a rule.

Do you not get bored of it?

Not really, dont you get bored watching Wales play? Currently making it hard work against yet another SH side, leading Tonga by yes...a whopping five with fifteen to go....give me a haka any day.

Far more passion in a bunch of school kids than this crop. Whistle

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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:26 am

mikey_dragon wrote:
ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

The Lions requested that the Super teams perform haka to help their test preparation.

Most school first XVs haka, most games.
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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:28 am

mikey_dragon wrote:
Scottrf wrote:Any Kiwi? No.

Obviously those with Maori ancestry, but I thought I read a kiwi on here say that it could be others who had been accepted into particular tribes. From that I took it as any kiwi being admitted to the NZ Maori. I could be wrong though.

It's possible - you have to be formally (and legally) adopted by parents from a tribe though. So incredibly uncommon among adults
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Post by cascough on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:37 am

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Murray - little threat ball in hand : True but his kicking game has been very very good
Webb - kicking too far : Has been excellent with his service and been the best attacking 9 so far
Laidlaw - Too slow : Controlling 9, nothing special from him
Sexton - General lack of form : seemed to be carrying an injury but looked better last game, next game a real test
Farrell - missing key kicks : Bit harsh for 1 kick as it was his first touch, been excellent in every other aspect
Biggar - too deep and poor passing : Actually feel he has been the most attacking 10 on tour so far
Te'o - Poor passing, failure to offload : Think he is getting better every game, certainly makes ground with every carry
Henshaw - Largely anonymous : Solid defensively but has offered little in attack
Payne - Failure to take chances, and missed tackles : Runs the defensive line well from midfield but has been generally poor
Joseph - General lack of spark and missed tackles : Has not had the ball enough to show his skillset but when given his chance, took it very well.
Davies - Poor passing, dropping balls when clear : Really have not seen that much of him so far but has looked good when I have seen him
Daly - largely anonymous : Not really given the chance to shine so far as he is not getting the ball enough
North - Has he played yet? : Has been the Lions best defensive winger so far, has had little ball to attack
Williams - Reckless and lack of ny spark : Good player but seems down on confidence after his yellow card
Watson - lazy and unable to kick : think he was very good when he came on at 15
Nowell - too slow : Hits rucks and offers himself up for a lot of carries, needs another game
Seymour - largely ineffectual : not defensively strong but very good in attack and good under the high ball
1/2p - Stodgy : I think he has been very solid so far, not spectacular but not bad


There we go, anyone missed?

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Agree with nearly all of that.

Exceptions being...

Webb, whose basics I feel have been the worst of the 3, passing included. However around the fringes he has been absolutely electric. And Davies, who has had what 20 mins? But in that time managed to knock on at a key moment and wasted a great break by panicking and forcing a pass that wasn't on.

I pretty much agree on Biggar although I think his decision making has been questionable. Both he and Farrell have stood really really flat though. It's baffling to me how anyone could say Biggar has been too deep.


Exceptions being the Welsh!  Don't let Mikey see this!  Run

I don't think it's that bad. Davies is the only one I'd say is playing badly. The others have all had positives in their performances. To be fair to Davies, he's also had the least amount of time on the pitch.

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Post by Guest on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:47 am

Taylorman wrote:
Gooseberry wrote:
Taylorman wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

Schools do it all the time, and often involve the entire school, and I don't think just finals, in fact schools and the ABs are the only matches I've seen the haka regularly performed. Clubs, Super don't as a rule.

Do you not get bored of it?

Not really, dont you get bored watching Wales play? Currently making it hard work against yet another SH side, leading Tonga by yes...a whopping five with fifteen to go....give me a haka any day.

Far more passion in a bunch of school kids than this crop. Whistle

Nice dig at Wales, Taylorman. But Gooseberry is not Welsh as far as I know. English I think.

Edit: 6-24 final score. 9 points missed by us with the boot too. 12 players missing with the Lions. Playing away from home. A number of debutants. I'm happy with that. Cheers.


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Post by Scottrf on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:49 am

Griff wrote:Nice dig at Wales, Taylorman. But Gooseberry is not Welsh as far as I know. English I think.

I'm English and I get bored of watching Wales play.

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Post by Guest on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:50 am

Scottrf wrote:
Griff wrote:Nice dig at Wales, Taylorman. But Gooseberry is not Welsh as far as I know. English I think.

I'm English and I get bored of watching Wales play.

That wasn't the point though.

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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:54 am

Griff wrote:
Scottrf wrote:
Griff wrote:Nice dig at Wales, Taylorman. But Gooseberry is not Welsh as far as I know. English I think.

I'm English and I get bored of watching Wales play.

That wasn't the point though.

Taylor's probably gotten you & Goose mixed up again Griff Wink


Haka for us is a bit like singing at matches is for you NHers (and there's plenty of Kiwis who think that's weird too Wink ) - part of the occasion.
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Post by Gooseberry on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:58 am

Taylorman wrote:
Gooseberry wrote:
Taylorman wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

Schools do it all the time, and often involve the entire school, and I don't think just finals, in fact schools and the ABs are the only matches I've seen the haka regularly performed. Clubs, Super don't as a rule.

Do you not get bored of it?

Not really, dont you get bored watching Wales play? Currently making it hard work against yet another SH side, leading Tonga by yes...a whopping five with fifteen to go....give me a haka any day.

Far more passion in a bunch of school kids than this crop. Whistle


Im not sure getting school kids to take their tops off and show you passion is really appropriate. But I guess thats a cultural difference.
I guess when Mr Takalua hears his sons struggling with Maths in school hell be heartened to know hes been concentrating on important subjects like gurning and stomping.

Same goes for the Welsh, no ones cares that they are rubbish at rugby and employ sacks of dead weight in the centers ...they can sing and wear daffodil hats. Its all about the show right.

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Post by Gooseberry on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 8:59 am

Pete C (Kiwireddevil) wrote:
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Scottrf wrote:
Griff wrote:Nice dig at Wales, Taylorman. But Gooseberry is not Welsh as far as I know. English I think.

I'm English and I get bored of watching Wales play.

That wasn't the point though.

Taylor's probably gotten you & Goose mixed up again Griff Wink


Haka for us is a bit like singing at matches is for you NHers (and there's plenty of Kiwis who think that's weird too Wink ) - part of the occasion.

Easily done, neither of us rate Wales Whistle

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Post by ebop on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 9:13 am

Gooseberry wrote:
Taylorman wrote:
Gooseberry wrote:
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ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

Schools do it all the time, and often involve the entire school, and I don't think just finals, in fact schools and the ABs are the only matches I've seen the haka regularly performed. Clubs, Super don't as a rule.

Do you not get bored of it?

Not really, dont you get bored watching Wales play? Currently making it hard work against yet another SH side, leading Tonga by yes...a whopping five with fifteen to go....give me a haka any day.

Far more passion in a bunch of school kids than this crop. Whistle


Im not sure getting school kids to take their tops off and show you passion is really appropriate. But I guess thats a cultural difference.
I guess when Mr Takalua hears his sons struggling with Maths in school hell be heartened to know hes been concentrating on important subjects like gurning and stomping.

Same goes for the Welsh, no ones cares that they are rubbish at rugby and employ sacks of dead weight in the centers ...they can sing and wear daffodil hats. Its all about the show right.
Speaking of culture Gooseberry, isn't it about time the RFU instructed all the Islanders and kiwis in your team to come up with their own pre-match haka or something equivalent. It seems criminal that they haven't.
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Post by Gooseberry on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 9:16 am

ebop wrote:
Gooseberry wrote:
Taylorman wrote:
Gooseberry wrote:
Taylorman wrote:
mikey_dragon wrote:
ebop wrote:Out of consideration for Lions fans I just hope the Maori ABs don't perform yet another haka before the game on Saturday in Rotorua one of the spiritual homes of Maoridom in NZ. The poor Lions fans have already seen enough hakas. It's time to peg it back a bit and this Maori ABs game is the time to show restraint and not show them any respect by not performing one.

I've got no issue with teams doing their war dance or any other rituals, I actually find them interesting, but do the Super rugby teams need to do one before every match? It's not as if they do it when playing overseas in super rugby. How often do your schools' teams do the Haka, is it just reserved for finals?

Schools do it all the time, and often involve the entire school, and I don't think just finals, in fact schools and the ABs are the only matches I've seen the haka regularly performed. Clubs, Super don't as a rule.

Do you not get bored of it?

Not really, dont you get bored watching Wales play? Currently making it hard work against yet another SH side, leading Tonga by yes...a whopping five with fifteen to go....give me a haka any day.

Far more passion in a bunch of school kids than this crop. Whistle


Im not sure getting school kids to take their tops off and show you passion is really appropriate. But I guess thats a cultural difference.
I guess when Mr Takalua hears his sons struggling with Maths in school hell be heartened to know hes been concentrating on important subjects like gurning and stomping.

Same goes for the Welsh, no ones cares that they are rubbish at rugby and employ sacks of dead weight in the centers ...they can sing and wear daffodil hats. Its all about the show right.
Speaking of culture Gooseberry, isn't it about time the RFU instructed all the Islanders and kiwis in your team to come up with their own pre-match haka or something equivalent. It seems criminal that they haven't.


World rugby stopped it when Nike complained it infringed on their copyright

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Post by The Great Aukster on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 9:39 am

How can the copyright of one song stop another that's different?

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Post by RuggerRadge2611 on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 11:24 am

I dunno if it's been discussed but NZ hammered samoa 78-0 Shocked
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Post by robbo277 on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 12:49 pm

Interesting to hear that Gatland is planning to call up at least 5 players as midweek fodder: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/40301161

5 players would take his initial 41 to 46, so is he going to try to get a full second 23 in NZ? His 41 is cut to 40 with Hogg out, so he'd actually need 6: a full fourth front row, a 6th lock and a fourth 9 and 10.

With England's tour over this week, Gatland could quite easily ask for a few of the guys to divert their flights back through NZ. Hartley, Launchbury, Care and Ford would definitely be options, while Genge and Williams are probably not on the radar.

Scotland, Wales and Ireland all have another game after this weekend, but contenders would be:

Scotland: Reid, Ford, Brown, Nel, Fagerson, J Gray, Price, Russell
Wales: Evans, Francis, G Davies, S Davies
Ireland: Healy, Kilcoyne, Toner, Marmion, Jackson

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Post by marty2086 on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 12:52 pm

Jackson and Toner won't leave Irelands camp, Toner I think is the only guy in there who calls lineouts and Jackson is the only fly half

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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:08 pm

marty2086 wrote:Jackson and Toner won't leave Irelands camp, Toner I think is the only guy in there who calls lineouts and Jackson is the only fly half

Ford/Russell & Launchbury/Gray would be ahead of them for callups anyway
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Post by The Great Aukster on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:12 pm

Ireland have such an inexperienced team they can't afford to lose the few experienced guys they have or they risk torpedoing the whole Japan tour. Let's hope no Ireland player is called upon unless it's Gordon D'Arcy, Tom Court, Donnacha O'Callaghan or Alan Quinlan (no point in asking BOD he wouldn't want to get spear tackled by Gatland again!).

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Post by marty2086 on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:14 pm

Pete C (Kiwireddevil) wrote:
marty2086 wrote:Jackson and Toner won't leave Irelands camp, Toner I think is the only guy in there who calls lineouts and Jackson is the only fly half

Ford/Russell & Launchbury/Gray would be ahead of them for callups anyway

I wouldn't be sure about that, especially at 10

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Post by No 7&1/2 on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:19 pm

If he was aiming for replacements for the first team they would be. If it is only padding then Jackson and toner.

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Post by ebop on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:26 pm

Probably pick some more Welshmen because they're in town. Wales played Tonga in Auckland tonight. Chuck em in bro.
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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:28 pm

ebop wrote:Probably pick some more Welshmen because they're in town. Wales played Tonga in Auckland tonight. Chuck em in bro.

Gareth Anscombe has plenty of experience at coming off the bench against Super Rugby teams
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Post by ebop on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:31 pm

Lol, yes he does

What's the latest on Farrell and Biggar?

They'll be alright surely
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Post by BamBam on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:47 pm

Can't wait to see how Cuthbert and Jenkins do after their call up

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Post by ebop on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:49 pm

Roberts did ok against Tonga

Give Payne the flick
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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:52 pm

RuggerRadge2611 wrote:I dunno if it's been discussed but NZ hammered samoa 78-0 Shocked

Just watched the highlights and although Samoa didn't put up much of a fight in the end it was a breathtaking attacking display.

New Zealand did everything incredibly well that we have been struggling to do even at a basic level (if that makes sense) - passing into space, 2 on 1s, offloads etc.

If we're not on our game defencively and if we don't dominate possession we're going to really struggle.

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Post by GunsGermsV2 on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 1:57 pm

ebop wrote:Roberts did ok against Tonga

Give Payne the flick
Oh jesus noooooooo

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Re: Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions, 17 June

Post by Gooseberry on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 2:00 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:
RuggerRadge2611 wrote:I dunno if it's been discussed but NZ hammered samoa 78-0 Shocked


Just watched the highlights and although Samoa didn't put up much of a fight in the end it was a breathtaking attacking display.

New Zealand did everything incredibly well that  we have been struggling to do even at a basic level (if that makes sense) - passing into space, 2 on 1s, offloads etc.

If we're not on our game defencively and if we don't dominate possession
we're going to really struggle.

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Post by Scottrf on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 2:01 pm

The 2005 tour will be seen as a success.

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Post by RDW_Scotland on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 2:02 pm

Gooseberry wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
RuggerRadge2611 wrote:I dunno if it's been discussed but NZ hammered samoa 78-0 Shocked


Just watched the highlights and although Samoa didn't put up much of a fight in the end it was a breathtaking attacking display.

New Zealand did everything incredibly well that  we have been struggling to do even at a basic level (if that makes sense) - passing into space, 2 on 1s, offloads etc.

If we're not on our game defencively and if we don't dominate possession
we're going to really struggle.

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Post by Gooseberry on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 2:02 pm

marty2086 wrote:
Pete C (Kiwireddevil) wrote:
marty2086 wrote:Jackson and Toner won't leave Irelands camp, Toner I think is the only guy in there who calls lineouts and Jackson is the only fly half

Ford/Russell & Launchbury/Gray would be ahead of them for callups anyway

I wouldn't be sure about that, especially at 10

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Post by rumpelstiltskindoh on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 2:40 pm

RDW_Scotland wrote:
Gooseberry wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
RuggerRadge2611 wrote:I dunno if it's been discussed but NZ hammered samoa 78-0 Shocked


Just watched the highlights and although Samoa didn't put up much of a fight in the end it was a breathtaking attacking display.

New Zealand did everything incredibly well that  we have been struggling to do even at a basic level (if that makes sense) - passing into space, 2 on 1s, offloads etc.

If we're not on our game defencively and if we don't dominate possession
we're going to really struggle.

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The worrying thing was that Samoa had the majority of possession and territory. Defensively, with just a single tackler and only sometimes a supporting jackal, the All Blacks stopped everything dead. I don't think Samoa made a single line break.

Still, I guess Samoa had to deal with having had little playing time together, new combinations etc, not like the.......oh.

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Post by marty2086 on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 2:42 pm

Gooseberry wrote:
marty2086 wrote:
Pete C (Kiwireddevil) wrote:
marty2086 wrote:Jackson and Toner won't leave Irelands camp, Toner I think is the only guy in there who calls lineouts and Jackson is the only fly half

Ford/Russell & Launchbury/Gray would be ahead of them for callups anyway

I wouldn't be sure about that, especially at 10

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Post by Pete C (Kiwireddevil) on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 2:45 pm

rumpelstiltskindoh wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
Gooseberry wrote:
RDW_Scotland wrote:
RuggerRadge2611 wrote:I dunno if it's been discussed but NZ hammered samoa 78-0 Shocked


Just watched the highlights and although Samoa didn't put up much of a fight in the end it was a breathtaking attacking display.

New Zealand did everything incredibly well that  we have been struggling to do even at a basic level (if that makes sense) - passing into space, 2 on 1s, offloads etc.

If we're not on our game defencively and if we don't dominate possession
we're going to really struggle.

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I like your confidence!

The worrying thing was that Samoa had the majority of possession and territory. Defensively, with just a single tackler and only sometimes a supporting jackal, the All Blacks stopped everything dead. I don't think Samoa made a single line break.

Still, I guess Samoa had to deal with having had little playing time together, new combinations etc, not like the.......oh.

According to the Ultimate Rugby app:
2 clean breaks for Samoa, vs 17 for NZ. NZ missed 12 tackles to Samoa's 16. NZ 25 offloads to Samoa's 8. 6 turnovers apiece.

Tim Nanae-Williams did embarrass his cousin SBW with a wicked step in the 1st half
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