Round 14: W Force v Blues

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Dumbo, May 1, 2007.

  1. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Big match this one for both teams.
    The Force are sitting at number seven on the ladder, they have a pretty small chance of sneaking into the last four.
    It would require them to secure a bonus-point win over the Blues in Perth on Friday and then for the Blues, Chiefs (who face the Crusaders) or the Bulls (who face the bottom-placed Reds) not to get a single point from the final round. It would also require the Force to beat the Blues by at least 42 points, to get ahead of them on points difference.
    The Blues need a win to confirm their play-of place, while a bonus-point win could see them finish first.

    Game wise if the Froce have done their maths then they are really going to have to through the ball around and secure a lot of points, a lot.
    With McAlister returning for the Blues I can’t see this happening. For mine it’s his not being at 12 which has caused the problems for the Blues.

    This could be the last game for Ioane before returning to the Reds next year and will want to continue his form of last week.
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  3. esoj

    esoj Guest

    force do need a lot to go their way but some of the results could defintely happen. they do have a massive points disadvantage but if they play really well they will have a chance.

    on the flip side the blues will be desperate to get the win after the wheels have fallen off the last few weeks after a great start to the season. a win could very well secure a hom semi well a loss could seem them miss out on a semi spot altogether. being a blues fan I really hope they can win this week to get a semi spot and with the talent they have I believe they can beat the force fairly convincingly.
  4. aussie1st

    aussie1st Guest

    Force winning is good enough for me. Then Brumbies just need to win and the Chiefs lose.
  5. Wellycane

    Wellycane Guest

    Come on Blues!!! Beat'm
  6. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    Is McAlister definatly playing? Because Nucifora is mentally retarded and it just seems to be the kind of thing Nucifora would do, either start him off the bench or not even play him.
  7. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    It's official - Ioane is going to the Reds :angry:

    Devastated :( - he's the type of player we can't afford to lose. Looks like Staniforth will be spending the next 3 years stuck out on the wing.... or at least until Stapleton is ready for the big time.

    The Reds will have some real talent and depth in there backline next year.....


    Not a bad bunch of backs there.
  8. nik

    nik Guest

    luke mcalister is back. but mealamu and ali williams will be on the bench. rokocoko is no where to be seen, i doubt he will get any action in the semis next week if blues win this game.

    Blues squad:

    15. George Pisi, 14. Doug Howlett, 13. Isaia Toeava, 12. Luke McAlister, 11. Rudi Wulf, 10. Isa Nacewa, 9. Steve Devine, 8. Nick Williams, 7. Daniel Braid, 6. Jerome Kaino, 5. Troy Flavell (capt), 4. Greg Rawlinson, 3. John Afoa, 2. Derren Witcombe, 1. Tony Woodcock.

    Res: 16. Keven Mealamu, 17. Nick White, 18. Ali Williams, 19. Justin Collins, 20. Taniela Moa, 21. Ben Atiga, 22. Anthony Tuitavake.
  9. mimic

    mimic Guest

    I'm just getting sick of talking about the omissions of key players for the Blues. But at least we get to see Nick Williams and McAlister back.

    Western Force -
    15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Junior Pelesasa, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Matt Henjak, 8 Scott Fava, 7 David Pocock, 6 Luke Doherty, 5 Nathan Sharpe ©, 4 Rudi Vedelago, 3 Troy Takiari, 2 Tai McIsaac, 1 Gareth Hardy.
    Subs: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 AJ Whalley, 18 David Pusey/Matt Hodgson, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 James Hilgendorf, 22 Haig Sare.
  10. Wellycane

    Wellycane Guest

    Blues to win by 11
  11. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    The two teams look well matched except for a couple of postions

    Giteau >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nacewa

    Staniforth >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Wulf - Tuitavake would have been a much better option against Da Forth :new_russian:

    Kaino >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Doherty

    I got myself some free tickets today..... cant wait, should be a great match!

    Force by 15 :yes:
  12. mimic

    mimic Guest

    You don't think Joe Rokocoko would be better against Staniforth?
  13. Haj

    Haj Guest

    Tickets are sorted!!!
    Should be a cracker of a game!

    Truth - Digby's good mate Leroy Houstan just signed with the reds. I wonder if that had any part in the decision. I dont really buy the family thing but im looking forward to watching a full squad of healthy reds playing next year.
  14. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    I dont know what to say anymore...
  15. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    I'll say it for you mate.

    With McAlistair back in the line up and Git going back to 10 for the Force... Blues by 15
  16. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    I'm surprised Nucifora even remembers to breathe.

    We should still win, but there are still some retarded selections, Mealamu and Williams have both performed above average despite Nuciforas attempt to give them as little gametime as possible, and the only reason Rocokoko hasn't played is because Nucifora refuses to give him game time. Pisi still worries me and no Holwell on the bench. At least Gibson is gone.

    Blues 1-12.

    And Aussie Rugby is f***ed if Nucifora is supposed to be the next in line when the current Wallaby coach goes.
  17. Wellycane

    Wellycane Guest

    When is John Connolly planning to retire?
  18. aussie1st

    aussie1st Guest

    Nucifora got the job done at the Brumbies so you Blues must have screwed him up! It looks like you guys may have a power struggle too with the AB regulars constantly being put on the bench.

    Laurie Fisher will move up the coaching ranks if the Brumbies win the Super 14.
  19. Ripper

    Ripper Guest

    There is no power struggle, its just Nucifora being stubborn and him digging himself into that hole. He could've played them in Week 8 or 9 when they first came back, instead he waited until Week 11 and 12 when it was too late.
  20. mimic

    mimic Guest

    Didn't Larkham and Gregan push for Nucifora to leave the Brumbies? I now understand why.
  21. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    Didn't Larkham and Gregan push for Nucifora to leave the Brumbies? I now understand why.

    Same here bro.
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