Predict your team for round 1

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Southern man, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. Southern man

    Southern man Guest

    1 Hoeft
    2 Vercoe (Oliver)
    3 King (On loan from Canterbury) (Hayman)
    4 Donnelly
    5 Levi (Ryan)
    6 Newby ©
    7 Blackie
    8 Webb
    9 Lee
    10 Evans
    11 Saunders
    12 Mapusua
    13 Brew
    14 Pedersen
    15 Horton

    16 Macdonald
    17 Aldowrth
    18 McClintock
    19 Soakai
    20 Smylie/Morland
    21 Bambry
    22 Clare

    Players in brackets are are the All Blacks, and they would take the mentioned positions.

    I think with that squad we should be able to make top four, we had what we were really lacking last year in an attacking first five.
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  3. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    I thought Tuitavake had signed with your lot?


    1. Mr. T
    2. Whitcombe (Mealamu)
    3. White (Afoa)
    4. McDonald (Willams)
    5. Mika
    6. Kaino
    7. Braid
    8. Collins

    9. Devine

    10. Lavea
    11. Nacewa (Smokin Joe)
    12. Wife Basher
    13. Atiga
    14. Howlett
    15. Ward (K)

    Damn were f***ed.
  4. Southern man

    Southern man Guest

    He still has this year to run on his contract.

    And NH would never do us any favours espically seeing the amount of talent we have taken form them over the years, He will be signed for next year though.
  5. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    Joe McDonnell
    Mahonri Scwalger
    Nemia Tialata
    Ross Kennedy
    Ross Filipo
    Kristian Ormsby
    Ben Herring
    Thomas Waldrom

    Riki Flutey
    Jimmy Gopperth
    Hosea Gear
    Tane Tuipolotu
    Ma'a Nonu
    Lome Fa'atau
    Shannon Paku

    Luke Mahoney
    Tim Fairbrother
    Luke Andrews
    Scott Waldrom
    Nigel Hunt
    Tamati Ellison
    Roy Kinikinilau
  6. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    If compare Backlines, with the major exception being Fly-Half, Auckland arent exactly that bad...

    Nor is our Tight 5 once we get Big Ali and Kevin Mealamu back.
  7. rc_souljah

    rc_souljah Guest

    Flutey's gooone mate, it'll be Nigel Hunt at half
  8. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    Actually Flutey only leaves at the end of the 2005 season.
  9. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Can you feel that? Can you feel that?

    you could cut the tension in the air in this topic with a knife
  10. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    Canterbury will still be strong without their All Blacks.

    1. ?
    2. Flynn
    3. Johnstone
    4. O'Niel
    5. Naupo?
    6. Thorne
    7. Hopgood
    8. Tuiali'i / Broomhall

    9. Nutbrown
    10. McIntyre
    11. Ralph
    12. Iggo
    13. Laulala
    14. Hamilton
    15. Blair

    Its hard to think of Canterbury players who don't have super 12 contracts. King would be at loosehead but I'm under the impression he is loaned to Otago?
  11. esoj

    esoj Guest

    is broomhall still playing in the npc thought he signed for a northern hemisphere team
  12. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    Hes going to France but will be available for the first 2 or 3 matches.
  13. esoj

    esoj Guest

    ah true canterbury have lots of depth anyway
  14. Los Lover

    Los Lover Guest


    the auckland team....should go alright IF...and it is a big IF......they sort out the tactics and Lam cuts down on the overfreshifying of attacking from the ingoal etc is not smart d-head..... [​IMG] ....anyway....

    Some meat axe till Whitcombe rightfully returns to npc where he belongs
    some meat till Afoa returns to npc rugby where he belongs (if afoa and white are each in the other be it, switch them in your mind and take deep breaths)
    Bradley Mika
    Angus MacDonald
    Gus Collins (only cos he's captain [​IMG] )
    Daniel Braid
    Jerome Kaino

    Steve Devine

    Lavea (the brainless lepar)

    Tuitupou (not 'the wife basher' as he has a wife, but has not, as I recall, 'bashed' her....I'm not sure if you live in Nicaragua during your free time, but here in NZ we are innocent until proven guilty. It was proven there was only holding off a half dressed woman, not 'bashing'...resolved - thanks. [​IMG] )
    Nacewa (another brainless lepar)
    Ward (thank God)

    That Koonwayou didn't play ahead of nacewa in the Lions game is a f***ing tragedy.

    Oh yeah...

    peace, love and understanding and ****. [​IMG]
  15. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    And Doug Howlett fit's where in your plans?
  16. esoj

    esoj Guest

    hes not rated by Los to make the team. I would have howlett in ahead of nacewa or even ward as lavea can kick well enough.
  17. ..::ERIC::..

    ..::ERIC::.. Guest

    And last years form loosehead from the NPC? No room for Mr T? And you seem to be forgetting that the thug is banned for the first match.

    I'd have:

    G Williams

    With a bench of: Heard, Poching, B Williams, Haui? Baby Mealamu maybe?, Moa, Toe'ava , Koonwaiyou

    Although, I have a strange feeling Lam will screw you over by putting Bryce Williams at lock and have MacDonald at 8 with Kaino on the bench. Stupid to make Collins captain.

    A what about Waikato? Its hard to think which team they'd select. New coach, no hitouts against the Lions. I don't know if I'd even be able to think of a squad [​IMG]

    Duggen? Jeez, is he still there?
    Korovata? I think thats what the fro'd Fijians name was
  18. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    LMFAO - Brent Ward would probably make a better Fly Half then Lavea, I still say we have 2 Potential First Fives in Ward and Atiga.
  19. gezz, we getting some out there ideas to replace lavea. i dont think ward has the skills though for 5/8. hes a outside back, needs faster hands.

    mabie put collins at 5/8, then we will get a half decent foward pack!
  20. esoj

    esoj Guest

    well lavea is not great but hes the best we have. Ward can kick but apart from that not much and i would prefer howlett over him anyday and i would even have nacewa in over ward. The loss of wards kicking will be made up for with the extra skill levels of howlett and nacewa besdies lavea and atiga can both sort of kick alright
  21. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Didnt you watch the Auckland v Lions game? Brent Ward is definatly better then Nacewa IMO.

    Erics probably hit the Nail on the head with his backline predicition for Auckland, Koon doesnt seem to be a favourite with the Auckland coaches. What happened to Tanivula?
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