SBW out? Rieko to 12!
There's been some comments in the media that the current situation is similar to all the other Blues coaches. I thought I would check out the win percentages vs other NZ sides
Yes, the form of the NZ teams has ebbed and flowed but they are generally strong. Also, they are the one constant across the various number of teams, competition structure etc
15 games 1 win
The one win was the first game vs the Highlanders (33-31)
If his team the next 5 NZ games (2 vs Crusaders, 2 vs Hurricanes, 1 vs Highlanders) he can just edge in front of Kirwan
24 games 7 wins
(3 Hurricanes, 2 Highlanders, 2 Crusaders)
24 games 9 wins
(4 Highlanders, 2 Chiefs, 2 Hurricanes, 1 Crusaders)
I think there has to be a note about the injury crisis in Lams fourth season. Crazy number of injuries, players with no NPC experience starting... locks in particular, we were starting our 7th choice lock with a loosie next to him etc
First three seasons prior to that injury crisis:
This included the best streak since Henry: 6 in a row versus NZ teams. The streak Included all other NZ sides. That season was the last time the Blues made the playoffs
(2 Chiefs, 2 Highlanders, 1 Hurricanes, 1 Crusaders)
A bad first season cemented reputation then his team went ok (0-4 in that first year)
(3 Crusaders, 2 Chiefs, 2 Hurricanes, 2 Highlanders)
Yes, even Jed Rowlands
13 in a row before losing the final in 98
Clearly Henry belongs in his own category.
From 1999-2011 all of these coaches had a minimum of 50% success rate against NZ teams:
Sure, thats not good enough, but they were competitive. They all got a lot of criticism in the press compared to the current coach.
Then came the injury crisis in Lam’s fourth season. I have never been convinced the right action was to sack Lam after that amount of injuries. He had very little support in the media and from the board so he had no chance.
The new normal of shittness has settled in under Kirwan/Umaga
At the moment the only punishment is some public humiliation and going to whatever anger management course his lawyer enlists him in.
I would like to see him removed from the current AB squad. At least then there would be a financial penalty. It also serves as a warning to others
We have a perfectly good squad replacement in Robinson. He should've made the original squad IMO
After that I don't really care. It sounds like a low level incident - he can come back later if he's good enough (..and based on his efforts at Test level so far, he is not good enough)
We now have an All Blacks results page. It's similar tot he SR & NPC pages where you can search for and filter results
It contains every Test the ABs have played
Direct link here
The menu at the top of the forum (not visible on phones):
Or via the front page:
It works similar to the SR & NPC pages
It defaults to the current season
You can filter on the following:
The table works better on larger screen sizes but there is a compressed table for phones
Re-order by clicking on the order header
Games from the last few years have a 'Details' button (every match from the 2015 finals onwards)
This opens up a new tab with team lists, youtube highlights and the top ten comments from the match thread
The team lists may have a few errors in them (late injuries/changes might be missed)
The comments on popular match threads may take a few seconds to load. It's not a huge amount of data but multiple queries have to made to the forum to get the top comments
Top comments of course are just the most upvoted. They usually relate to the game..
No, he had low scores in the first 3 rounds. Currently, he's kicking better than BB, but obviously, if you average it, BB is still higher.
But if you ignore some of BB misses his %age is even higher
Isn’t Castle apart of the talent identification team at the Canes? Therefore he pretty much announced that he failed at his job.
Why do you assume the Canes didn't offer him a contract?
It's seems more likely he had a few options and opted for the Chiefs?
Vaai seems like a great 'system fit' for how Fozzie wants his forwards to play the game.
Mobile, highly skillful, high workrate and improving at the dark arts.
In future, he might be able to cover 6 from the bench too. That would allow for a 7/8 (like Ardie) on the bench without having a starter cover 6
The team should largely go back to the selections vs Australia. The Argie selections were more about giving people a run/rest
The wings in the 3 Aus games were:
It depends if Ioane is needed in the midfield. Reece/Jordan if Ioane is in 13. Ioane/Reece if ALB returns.
Jordan probably had his worst Test so I think he only features if Ioane is at 13. Even last night he still created a lot of issues for the opposition defence
17 Akira Ioane
10 Sam Whitelock
10 David Havili
9 Aaron Smith
9 Dalton Papali'i
8 Rieko Ioane
8 Brodie Retallick
8 Luke Jacobson
5 Dane Coles
5 Will Jordan
4 Beauden Barrett
3 Codie Taylor
3 Richie Mo'unga
2 Sevu Reece
1 TJ Perenara
1 George Bower
1 Damian McKenzie
1 Ethan Blackadder