Ralph a contender for No. 13

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by woosaah, Apr 12, 2006.

  1. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3636273a1823,00.html
     
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  3. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Anyone have any idea when's Smith is back?
     
  4. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    The day Ralph starts at 13 is the day I become an Australian.
     
  5. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Not Ralph... not Ralph (he's had some shockers this year).
     
  6. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    that time maybe nigh :D
     
  7. Serge

    Serge Guest

    Ralph is only being suggested because of the thin pickings a the moment. For me it is Tuitavake and then Mills although if an injury oocurs to either of them Ralph is next in line which to be honest is scary. But I think the All Blacks would consider moving Rico into centre if that dilema came about.
     
  8. aussie1st

    aussie1st Guest

    Lol Ralph is one player you All Blacks just can't get rid of.
     
  9. kaftka

    kaftka Guest

    Ralph is playing well because the Crusaders set-up is so perfect, theres not a lot he can do wrong. Everything there is so organised.

    As they were saying on some silly Aussie rugby show the other day, his defence is very suspect. He has Mauger inside of him who is a pretty damn good "all-rounder" on attack and defence. But Ralph constantly tends to drift wide and leaves a gaping whole in the middle. Very consistant in attack, although he always has been. Does everything he needs to do...And nothing more.

    I have no idea who I want in the midfield to be honest.

    At the start of the S14 season, I would have said Smith and McAlister.

    Right now however, I have to say ???? and Mauger.
    Mauger I think has played wonderfully well. He definitely deserves the 12.

    We do have a problem at centre though. I want Nonu to be playing well, as with Umaga out, if Nonu can get his all-round game, and probably more experience will help with that, then we won't be losing too much at all in the centres.
     
  10. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Until last week I would have said Mapu’Sua from the Highlanders... now I'm not to sure either... one thing though Mauger at 12 for this old kid is a definite.

    Mils could fill the spot at 13 which leaves McD to play fullback (Mills has looked good every time he's entered the line and is the best prospect outside of MaNonu on attack, and is the best contender for defence... not Tana's style of defence but still is a quality defender).

    Excuse the spelling but I'm ******.
     
  11. nonu,smith,tipoki,muliaina,tuitevake,mapusua....they are some names worth mentioning before ralph...but not the dim-witted ralph..please no!...


    ralph is the anti-christ
     
  12. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Ma'EyeLiner has it over Ralph, his distribution (when he does) can be affective (check the highest try in the Super 24 for conformation).

    If Smith's out I'd go Ma...
     
  13. kaftka

    kaftka Guest

    Yes. He should be the guy to take Umagas place.

    At 2nd 5 we have Mauger and McAlister, both very worthy of the spot, but in centre, he has worked with Umaga, and he plays a similar game to Umaga. If he gets his distribution and defence as good as his attacking play is, then we are sorted.

    None of the options really stand out, but when the first test (whatever it is) I wouldn't be suprised to see him in the starting spot.

    Of course, Muliaina at centre isn't a bad option in my mind...
     
  14. caleb ralph isnt fit enuff to tie laveas shoe laces

    thats how much they both suck
     
  15. if macdonald is a certianty (shudders) at full back, then it is also a certianty that ralph isnt. mills or nonu or tupoki, or tuituvaki will be. looking foward to when smith is back though.
     
  16. kaftka

    kaftka Guest

    Caleb Ralph won't be an All Black again. That is just stupid.
    MacDonal has been playing great however. That is obvious.

    Also looking forward to Smiths return.
     
  17. let me add to my "before ralph becomes allblack centre list"...

    niva tuaso,sam tuitupou and casey laulala
     
  18. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    laulala hasnt played enough to really warrent a spot, Tipoki is out for 16 weeks so i dont think he will make it. nonu hasnt really done much for me this season, smith is injured, i dont like mills in centre it doesnt fel right, tuitevake has been playing well, havnt seen enough of mapusua, not enough of tuaso, but tuituopou could be a good one he has been playing well

    thats my breakdown of your lists :D
     
  19. Black-Monday

    Black-Monday Guest

    I know nothing about SH rugby, but what about Rico Gear at 13, he is a strong runner and him moving inside would mean more room for Howlett and Rokocoko on the wing.

    Now prove me wrong SH'ers.

    BM
     
  20. woosaah

    woosaah Guest

    IMO howlett and roco arnt in good enough form, but they will still get in the squad
     
  21. its good that i didnt mention ralph..coz then you would have written a 20,000 word essay on how great he is :mellow:


    but my point is...all those players individually >>> ralph
     
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