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Super Rugby - Trans Tasman (Round 2)

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Hurricanes v Rebels
Friday 21 May, 7:05pm
Sky Stadium, Wellington
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant 1: Paul Williams
Assistant 2: Angus Mabey
TMO: Mike Fraser

Force v Highlanders
Friday 21 May, 9:45pm
HBF Park, Perth
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: James Leckie

Blues v Waratahs
Saturday 22 May, 4:35pm
Eden Park, Auckland
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant 1: Angus Mabey
Assistant 2: Lauren Jenner
TMO: Shane McDermott

Chiefs v Brumbies
Saturday 22 May, 7:05pm
FMG Stadium, Waikato
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant 1: Paul Williams
Assistant 2: Dan Waenga
TMO: Aaron Paterson

Reds v Crusaders
Saturday 22 May, 9:45pm
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Brett Cronan
 

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Brumbies
Crusaders


i think there’s a couple of chances for the Aussie teams this week. Picking the Force is a gamble but they were very competitive against the Chiefs and the Highlanders are stretched in terms of resources up front. I expect the Canes and Blues to win well in their games, the Canes have had a good roll of the draw dice with the two poorest Aussie teams first. I’m picking the Brumbies because they should have beaten the Crusaders last week and they won in Hamilton in Super Rugby last year. Finally in the battle of the champions I expect the Crusaders to show their class and win with some ease.
 

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canes have the easy beats. this is dangerous for the canes
 

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This will be another 0/5 for the Aus teams and it'll throw (rightly) further doubt over the viability of a TT comp.

Domestic only for me.
 

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This will be another 0/5 for the Aus teams and it'll throw (rightly) further doubt over the viability of a TT comp.

Domestic only for me.
i kinda agree, but then i was getting really bored of NZ teams smashing each other. seemed really pointless...but then again so will the easy wins i suppose
 

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i kinda agree, but then i was getting really bored of NZ teams smashing each other. seemed really pointless...but then again so will the easy wins i suppose
My dream is a proper domestic comp with a national footprint and around 10 teams.

Something thats actually professional. Not just an amateur comp run by amateur administrators where the players get paid.

You guys can go be the best somewhere else.
 

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i need more than just domestic or if we are just going to do domestic then just go back to the NPC and fund that better

Personally im coming around to the idea that All Black be allowed to play for aussie teams. They'll still be in the same comp etc so the "fan" aren't losing them but a little distribution of talent.

Bring the same level of skill with them and try and bring up some of the young aussie guys, make a interesting and exciting and successful comp...make some money...use that money to build back up aussie rugby as @Derpus suggests with more professionalism

everything else is too short sighted in my mind
 

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I don't think that would work. I dont think Kiwis would actually want to play in Aussie teams. It would be great if they did that, though, and it worked.

Maybe even Argentina could be involved.
 

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Reds - hope springs eternal
 

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Reds have named a near full strength team. We're only really missing Jordan Petaia. So we can't really have any excuses.
 

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Reds have named a near full strength team. We're only really missing Jordan Petaia. So we can't really have any excuses.
still had to travel back from dunners...so a couple of excuses ;)
 

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considering our injuries i wouldn't make too many changes


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kiwis playing in aus will not help aus.
 

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kiwis playing in aus will not help aus.
i think it might long term, just to raise the profile again and then they might be able to attract more talent. Its a bit of a chicken and the egg situation. hard to get new talent because (partially) its not as popular...but its not as popular because their not winning

something needs to change, to break the cycle
 

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Reds have named a near full strength team. We're only really missing Jordan Petaia. So we can't really have any excuses.
still had to travel back from dunners...so a couple of excuses ;)
The players that didnt play last week will be rusty, the ones that did will be tired.

whats up with aussies and their inability to find excuses?
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considering our injuries i wouldn't make too many changes


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usually you put the toung fast giys in the back three, not two grey haired oldies
 

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Fingers crossed the Hurricanes will be celebrating win no 2 tonight. Hope some aussie sides pull off a win to keep comp interesting.
 

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