Big Ange's Spurs get a meritorious 2-2 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates. It was an exciting encounter, Spurs seem unphased about trying to play out from the back, which made for some dicey moments at times. But their attack is very attractive to watch, and they have a high energy press, a big step up from last year
@frugby To be accurate Faleafaga was the main 1st 5 for the NZ U19s last year. Byron Smith was the other 1st 5 in the squad. Both Kemara and Godfrey were unavailable for selection. As I've said before, Faleafaga's defence will need to improve to be a 2nd 5. Two of the tries Japan U20s scored were through his missed tackles while playing at 12.
Could be wrong, but I remember Faleafaga playing 13. That was obviously only in a few matches. His defence has certainly improved, but at the end of the day, if you can't defend, you won't make it to the top top level whatever the position.
I think this is the start of NZRFU getting rid of all school rugby apart from 1st & 2nd xv. It needs to happen if clubs are to survive.
Not only are you losing kids from your club at year 9 , but you’re also losing all the volunteers that have coached/managed since under 6s.
I have never been a Foster fan and have bagged the shit of him on the fern,But after reading and listening to a lot of NH fans and ex NH rugby players who are now in the media some not good enough in their playing days to get anywhere near the standard of an AB in those times I am looking at you MR Foster you need to select this team right get the tactical game in order,Go and put Italy away stuff the Irish if we do Wales will not beat us in a SF after getting that roll on.
I want some credibility in the Black jersey now and stick it up some of these smug fluffybunnies..
UP THE ABs.
The backline I genuinely think have a fair bit of talent. But, for a fair bit of the season we have borderline run a colts backline. They need to have some time in the gym, get bigger, become smarter rugby players. THis is a very young team, especially in the backs.
For sure, but I'd also say Donnelly picked this team, and whatever caveats we might say, he hasn't got the best out of it. Playing a 12,13,14 of TUJ, Te Hiwi and Whaanga is incredibly slow. All individually good players, but they don't balance each other at all. Outside of Nareki, and Gilbert on occasion, we have not seen any real spark. I've seen far worse players carve things open for Otago, thinking of a Jayden Spence, a Marshall Suckling, a Faasiu Fuatai. Hardly worldbeaters, but had a bit of acceleration. We certainly looked better with Leslie at 12, but don't think we have got the gameplan right to get the best out of these young guys.