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  1. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 4 - [04 - 05 July 2020]

    And gatland keeps saying they are nearly there. I’m guessing this is because he doesn’t want their confidence to be low, but at some stage you have to front up and admit you’ve been playing crap.
  2. Umaga's Witness

    North Island vs South island

    this is who I'd pick as of now, to play next week (following week 4 of super rugby aotearoa) i'm assuming ross, armstrong, and dickson will be injured. and i've assumed retallick will play this game and would have done some training prior (so I'll bring him off the bench). the north without...
  3. Umaga's Witness

    SR Aotearoa team of the week

    week 4: moody coles laulala whitelock parkinson frizell cane savea smith mounga Fainga'anuku tomkinson umaga-jensen jordan j barret and if i were to pick an all blacks team to play an all important game next week moody. hodgman dixon. taylor tuungafasi. laulala tuipulotu parkinson. whitelock...
  4. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 4 - [04 - 05 July 2020]

    so, if the first one is a team yellow, should the second one be a red? i thought this was the lowest quality game so far this year, with some sloppy discipline and poor decisions. still, there were some good things in it. jordie was great, boshier, laulala, and savea were very good, mckenzie...
  5. Umaga's Witness

    Please explain

    I think the SANZAAR countries are unlikely to want to commit to playing in countries that might have a lot more covid cases. Not sure about Argentina though.
  6. Umaga's Witness

    Please explain

    Money. from a financial perspective February March is not close by. world rugby wants to help who ut can but has to do so within the confines of what countries can make themselves available for games against the November internationals host teams - turns out that’s jut japan and Fiji. But...
  7. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 4 - [04 - 05 July 2020]

    nareki was simply outstanding until he decided not to pass for a certain try, then made another bad decision not to pass while on attack near the end. Given how important his stuff ups were you’d have to say he overall wasn’t great, still good though, so much did he do right. Aaron Smith and...
  8. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 4 - [04 - 05 July 2020]

    that little bit of polish makes such a big difference. The highlanders have to be pulling their hair out, so much effort, so much good stuff, then a handful of bad plays, another handful of mediocre plays, makes all the difference.
  9. Umaga's Witness

    North Island vs South island

    Finlay Christie, a halfback, 24 years old. He moved to New Zealand when he was 7. He is pretty good but currently ranked 7th at the very highest here. He will have to make a decision on his chances of making the all blacks, and wait for an attractive enough overseas offer before he makes...
  10. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 4 - [04 - 05 July 2020]

    Carlos spencer has been made redundant from the end of this season due to financial issues and uncertainty surrounding covid. he has decided to leave immediately. I don’t think that will help the hurricanes this week, so I’m picking the chiefs to win that battle. Ill wait for team namings...
  11. Umaga's Witness

    SR Aotearoa team of the week

    Week 3: disclaimer: the chiefs crusaders game was blurry due to poor internet and I had distractions. hodgman Dixon Tu’ungafasi Dickson Parkinson Grace Hunt Sotutu Smith Hunt Clarke Lienert brown Ennor Wainui McKenzie close between: McKenzie Barrett and Jordan Lienert-Brown and goodhue ennor...
  12. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 3 - [27 - 28 June 2020]

    When they announced it I thought it would be really cool, but I expected the competition to be closer. Time will tell I guess, but the format is less cool if by week 7 there are only two teams left in contention and by week 8 or 9 you know the winner. A good aspect though is you might actually...
  13. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 3 - [27 - 28 June 2020]

    Yeah I don’t know why no final, I guess they are trying to fit quite a few things into the year. Certainly it reduces the duration of when most teams remain in contention
  14. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 3 - [27 - 28 June 2020]

    Thinking about this a bit more I think you are right about punivai, telea was better as I remember he defended very well against nareki (as did nareki against him)
  15. Umaga's Witness

    North Island vs South island

    Thus we have north Tuinikuafe. Moli. Coles. Aumua. Tu’ungafasi. Taavao. Retallick Tuipolotu. Blackwell Savea. Papalii Cane Sotutu. Smith. Perenara. Barrett. Clarke Laumape lienert brown. Ione Reece. McKenzie. Alaimalo south: Moody. Hodgman. Taylor. Coltman. Laulala. Tokolahi Whitelock...
  16. Umaga's Witness

    North Island vs South island

    Thus we have north Tuinikuafe. Moli. Coles. Aumua. Tu’ungafasi. Taavao. Retallick Tuipolotu. Blackwell Savea. Papalii Cane Sotutu. Smith. Perenara. Barrett. Clarke Lienert brown. Laumape. Ione. Reece. McKenzie. Alaimalo south: Moody. Hodgman. Taylor. Coltman. Laulala. Tokolahi Whitelock...
  17. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 3 - [27 - 28 June 2020]

    Punivai did nothing, but nor did telea. I had to pick one from two poor players. Mikaele Tu’u was for the most part better than sotutu but for two huge plays, a missed tackle by Mikaele tuu to let clarke get a try, and then sotutu stopping the maul at the end. Yeah black was really good all...
  18. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 3 - [27 - 28 June 2020]

    Great game. Hoskins and Marino both played welll again. Here’s my 15 for the game Hodgman Dixon Tu’ungafasi Dixon Parkinson Frizell Hunt Sotutu Smith Hunt Clarke Tomkinson Ione Telea Barrett shout out to Mikaele-tuu, nareki, papalii. my player of the match: Dillon hunt edit: telea for...
  19. Umaga's Witness

    North Island vs South island

    Agh, really don’t like that. Criteria that represents the different cultures would have been better, giving it some meaning. The first province you played for just represents where work opportunities are.
  20. Umaga's Witness

    Super Rugby Aotearoa: Round 3 - [27 - 28 June 2020]

    Haha, I went to high-school for 5 years in manawatu - the home of the bucket hat- and then lived another 9 years there but no, no bucket hats for me. Im enjoying how people are getting into the rugby, internationals are unlikely to occur so this is the best rugby is going to get this year, and...
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