Nacewa starts at fifteen for Blues

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by bubu31180, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. bubu31180

    bubu31180 Guest

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    Isa Nacewa will start at 15 in the Blues second pre Super14 game on Thursday against the Reds at Ballymore in Brisbane.

    Nacewa is a fairly versatile backline player and can play almost anywhere in the backline. He played well at fullback in 2006 and then in 2007 he moved to flyhalf.

    Playing Nacewa at fullback gives Blues fans a strong hint that the No.10 shirt will not be fought over between Nacewa and Nick Evans and that Evans will be the first choice flyhalf for the Blues in 2008.

    The Blues will fly out of Auckland Airport on Wednesday January 30 at 9.30am (flight NZ135) and will return back in Auckland at 5.30pm on February 1 (flight NZ136).

    The game kicks off at 9pm (NZ time).

    Blues:

    15 Isa Nacewa, 14 Rudi Wulf, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Isaia Toeava, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Taniela Moa, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Onosai'i Tololima-auva'a, 6 Justin Collins, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 Bronson Murray, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock

    Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Nick White, 18 Chris Heard, 19 Bryn Evans, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Lachie Munro, 22 Jamie Helleur, 23 George Pisi, 24 Chris Lowrey, 25 Chirs Smith, 26 Ben Atiga, 27 Jarek Gobel, 28 David Smith.

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  3. mimic

    mimic Guest

    Wow, that backline is pretty awesome.

    Even the guys on the bench are impressive.

    I do however have concerns about the forward pack :(
     
  4. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    Names such as McAlister and Tuitupou don't even come to mind when you look at this midfield. Sure they are big losses, but this is a mighty impressive backline indeed.
     
  5. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Put Smith in for Wulf and you probably have the best backline in the competition there.

    Imagine if McAlister and Toeava were still at 12/13 with Evans at Fly Half though...



    And the foward pack will look fine when you pencil in Flavell, Braid, Nick Williams and Afoa, with Kaino moved to 6.
     
  6. Gay-Guy

    Gay-Guy Guest



    Yeah...Smith will really add some spice there.

    Not having McAlister is a big loss.....though Toeava and Tuitavake might hold some promise. Though I still have bad images of when Mortlock ran all over Tuitavake....hopefull Toeava will drift out onto Mortlock and Tuitavake will help cover the wings.
     
  7. mackka

    mackka Guest

    Well the Blues just snuck home. A converted try in the last minute made it 25-19. Didn't manage the see the game but apparently is was pretty good. Defintely think the Reds will do much better this season. As long as the forwards live up to their potential then the backline can cause plenty of damage. Probably the best backline in Australia at the moment and one of the better ones in the tournament:

    15 - Latham
    14 - Schifofske
    13 - Turinui
    12 - Siale
    11 - Ione
    10 - Barnes
    9 - Cordingly

    Plus they have Genia, Johansson, Cooper and Lucas all sitting on the bench.
     
  8. mimic

    mimic Guest

    Ali Williams and Luke McAlister were huge losses to the Blues.

    If they were still in the Blues line-up, the Blues would be title contenders.

    But without them, they'll be one of many chasing the spots from 3-7.

    I hope Atiga gets a few more games at centre. Just gotta stop him from playing fullback.
     
  9. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Atiga need's to go to Japan before I choose him to replace Lavea as the target of my new hate campaign.
     
  10. Ytsejam85

    Ytsejam85 Guest

    I don't know Moa... is he a good player?
     
  11. mimic

    mimic Guest

    He's a pretty good halfback.
    If he could learn how to pass, he'd be an All Black for sure :p
     
  12. auzziedave

    auzziedave Guest

    hey boys,

    I flew up to watch the game...was pretty good and ws played hard...Reds looked the better team and should of won, however the blues did make a lot of changes....

    I dont agree with Smith being better than Wulf...Yes smith is electric, but suss under the high ball and in defence, Wulf will be solid in the backline amongst all the flair...

    I like the reds backline too, Vaalu and a great game and should be starting on the wing...
     
  13. xusky

    xusky Guest

    I agree Smith has great pace but not the all round game of wulf
     
  14. Jimz

    Jimz Guest

    Rudi Wulf is a bit more reliable than smith, smith is a bit hot cold in my opinion..
     
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