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Round One: Chiefs v Brumbies

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Dumbo

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Not a game to bet on.
Could be a bloody good match here, although the Chiefs will most probably be missing two key players and the Brumbies should be able to pick their best squad.
Still, the Chiefs have shown a lot of heart in the NPC so this could be a bit closer than expected.

BUT then again the Chiefs have Lavea, I say no more.
 
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-JJ-

Guest
Should be interesting. Think Chiefs will miss David Hill a lot this year but hopefully will be able to step it up a little and make up for it in other areas. Feels extremely weird to be going to the rugby this early.
 
D

Dumbo

Guest
Also feels strange to have Lavea lurking out there somewhere ready to destroy years of pride...
Any idea out there about just what the Chiefs backline is going to be?
 
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GAYPRACTOR101

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no mills and no sivi...but damn if you watched npc for the past 2 years and you watched counties then you know you have a gem in yound samoan wing "masaga"...slick mover allright!!..hes like anesi with sivivatus agility..how about that for a combo...also it would be good to see lauaki in full flight action!!!...go chiefs!
 
D

Dumbo

Guest
Lauki's out for the first couple of games after breaking his wrist in the warm up against the Blues, Messam to cover.
 
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Juggernaut

Guest
Messam isnt a bad replacement. His perfomance in the NPC had people talking about him in the All Blacks frame right after the RWC.

He's got strength, skills, power and the speed to do well....after all he was the captain of the NZ 7s team.

Lauaki is out of the first 4 rounds so that was a huge blow.

Likely Chiefs lineup.

1. Ben Castle
2. Tom Willis
3. Nathan White
4. Jonno Gibbes [C]
5. Keith Robinson
6. Liam Messam
7. Marty Holah
8. Steven Bates
9. Jamie Nutbrown
10. Stephen Donald
11. Lelia Masaga
12. Tane Tuipulotu
13. Richard Kahui
14. Roy Kinikinilau
15. Sosene Anesi

16. Aled de Malmanche
17. Simms Davison
18. Kristian Ormsby
19. Tanerau Latimer
20. Brendon Leonard
21. Tasesa Lavea
22. Dwayne Sweeney


Well, that would be the team I picked if I was Ian Forster but then again...



P.S: Look out for Lavea this year.. :p
 
D

Dumbo

Guest
I'm thinking...

1. Ben Castle
2. Tom Willis
3. Nathan White
4. Jonno Gibbes [C]
5. Keith Robinson
6. Liam Messam
7. Marty Holah
8. Steven Bates
9. Jamie Nutbrown
10. Stephen Donald
11. Lelia Masaga
12. Tane Tuipulotu
13. Richard Kahui
14. Roy Kinikinilau
15. Sosene Anesi

16. Aled de Malmanche
17. Simms Davison
18. Kristian Ormsby
19. Tanerau Latimer
20. Brendon Leonard
21. Murray Williams ???
22. Dwayne Sweeney

Ball boy: Tasesa Lavea
 
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The TRUTH

Guest
Larkham will miss this match to be home with his expecting wife

Heenan is also out

They should lineup like this...

1.Hendo
2.JP
3.Shep
4.Campbell
5.Chisolm
6.Hoiles
7.Smith
8.AWH

9.Gregan
10.Huxley
11.Rathbone
12.Fairbanks
13.Mortlock
14.Gerrard
15.AAC


I have a feeling the Cheifs might win this one but it will be close.... match of the round for me!
 
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Mr. Laxative

Guest
It will be a very interesting match, this one. I'd expect the Brumbies to come out on top, but only just.

Team should look like:

1. Nic Henderson
2. Jeremy Paul
3. Guy Sheperdson
4. Al Campbell
5. Mark Chisholm
6. Dan Heenan/Stephen Hoiles
7. George Smith
8. Stephen Hoiles/Jone Tawake

9. George Grean
10. Julian Huxley
11. Mark Gerrard
12. Gene Fairbanks
13. Stirling Mortlock
14. Mark Gerrard
15. Adam Ashley-Cooper

Reserves:
John Ulugia, David Palavi, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Jone Tawake/Julian Salvi, Patrick Phibbs, Christian Lealifaano, Peter Playford.

That's a good team on paper - keep an eye on Playford.

Not sure whether Dan Heenan is injured or not.
 
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The TRUTH

Guest
BRUMBIES TEAM

1 Nic Henderson
2 Jeremy Paul
3 Guy Shepherdson
4 Alister Campbell
5 Mark Chisholm
6 Julian Salvi
7 George Smith
8 Stephen Hoiles

9 George Gregan
10 Julian Huxley
11 Mark Gerrard
12 Gene Fairbanks
13 Stirling Mortlock
14 Clyde Rathbone
15 Adam Ashley-Cooper

16 Saia Faingaa
17 Salesi Ma’afu
18 Adam Wallace-Harrison
19 Jone Tawake
20 Richard Stanford
21 Tim Wright
22 Matt Carraro
 
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Dumbo

Guest
CHIEFS:
15 Dwayne Sweeney
14 Sosene Anesi
13 Niva Ta'auso
12 Tane Tu'ipulotu
11 Anthony Tahana
9 Jamie Nutbrown
10 Chicken Legs Bates (???)
8 Liam Messam
7 Marty Holah
6 Steven Bates
5 Kristian Ormsby
4 Jono Gibbes ©
3 Nathan White
2 Tom Willis
1 Simms Davison

Reserves:
16 Aled de Malmanche
17 Ben Castle
18 Toby Lynn
19 Tanerau Latimer
20 Brendon Leonard
21 Tasesa Lavea
22 Lelia Masaga

Bit more experiance than I figured for the Chiefs... as Lavea's on the bench there's still a chance...
 
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The TRUTH

Guest
Where the hell is Dan Heenan?? Is he still injured?
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Yep, still recovering from the same injury... and it looks like Frankie and A.Faingaa are also injured.

The interesting thing about that Brumbies team is that there is no backup scrum half :blink: , they obviously dont plan on Gregan getting injured.



I just noticed that the Chiefs have picked up Latimer, why the hell did the Crusaders let him go?
 
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Mr. Laxative

Guest
Yeah, Luke Burgess is on stand-by as 23rd man and he's over there with the squad. He's not on the bench though and anyway a rate Phibbs much higher than Burgess.
 
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phoenix

Guest
@ The Truth
Latimer plays for the Bay of Plenty, so the Chiefs got to pick him first. Last year he was with the Crusaders only because he was picked up in the draft.
 
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The TRUTH

Guest
@ The Truth
Latimer plays for the Bay of Plenty, so the Chiefs got to pick him first. Last year he was with the Crusaders only because he was picked up in the draft.
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Ahh i see, thanks.
 
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riders of the storm

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Fulltime in Hamilton.

Brumbies 21 (Stirling Mortlock, Clyde Rathbone tries; Mortlock conv, pen, Huxley 2 pens) Chiefs 15 (Sosene Anesi 2 , Tane Tu'ipulotu tries)
 

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