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#1 hamdanz

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 09:08 AM

Pepper your angus.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 06:03 AM

Bit gutted about Slade injury eh
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Posted 01 September 2015 - 06:24 AM

I'm glad. Get Lima in there.
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Posted 01 September 2015 - 06:40 AM

Wouldn't say glad, but if Lima got in I wouldn't complain hahaha
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Posted 01 September 2015 - 07:14 AM

I'm glad. Get Lima in there.


Slades injury isn't bad enough tho, hence me being gutted
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Posted 01 September 2015 - 08:35 AM

I don't get the Slade hate ey, he absoluuuutely carved up for canterbury in the super 15 and he's had some bloody good games for the AB's in the last year or so, kicking clutch penalties to win the game during bledisloe etc - and when you pick 3 halfbacks and 1 fullback you need utility cover big time


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 09:24 AM

 when you pick 3 halfbacks and 1 fullback you need utility cover big time

 

Bring back Dagg


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 09:42 AM

Just not a fan of Slade. Sure he can kick a goal but he is so dam vulnerable. I see him pretty much as insurance cover only. Good on the bench given his versatility but surely wont start at 10 unless both Carter and Barrett injured and even then, if the likes of Sopoaga was called up, I start him before Slade.
 

 

If you compare the 2011 squad composition vs 2015 there are some interesting differences. In 2011 we went with 3 halves, 3 hookers but only 2 first fives (Carter and Slade) and both got wrecked. Cant blame them for taking a 3rd then to the northern hemisphere. At least Barrett and Slade can play full back though, so you have one 1 outside back this time round. Skudder also very capable in 15 if required.  2 half backs in pretty crazy IMHO. A few teams have done it....high risk

 

With the squad being 1 larger (31 vs 30) than previous, the extra man is in the forwards and is a prop. Only 3 locks tho this time vs 4 in 2011 so banking on one of Kaino, Vito or Messam to fill the gap if required, most likely vs a minnow.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 09:54 AM

Just not a fan of Slade. Sure he can kick a goal but he is so dam vulnerable. I see him pretty much as insurance cover only. Good on the bench given his versatility but surely wont start at 10 unless both Carter and Barrett injured and even then, if the likes of Sopoaga was called up, I start him before Slade.
 

 

If you compare the 2011 squad composition vs 2015 there are some interesting differences. In 2011 we went with 3 halves, 3 hookers but only 2 first fives (Carter and Slade) and both got wrecked. Cant blame them for taking a 3rd then to the northern hemisphere. At least Barrett and Slade can play full back though, so you have one 1 outside back this time round. Skudder also very capable in 15 if required.  2 half backs in pretty crazy IMHO. A few teams have done it....high risk

 

With the squad being 1 larger (31 vs 30) than previous, the extra man is in the forwards and is a prop. Only 3 locks tho this time vs 4 in 2011 so banking on one of Kaino, Vito or Messam to fill the gap if required, most likely vs a minnow.

 

strong analysis there m8.


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Posted 01 September 2015 - 10:20 PM

strong analysis there m8.

 

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 12:33 AM

Don't rate slade as well since he is to injury prone. Given the injures that he had in 2011 . But he is a good kicker and would have sopoagoa in for slade instead
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Posted 02 September 2015 - 01:33 AM

Don't rate slade as well since he is to injury prone. Given the injures that he had in 2011 . But he is a good kicker and would have sopoagoa in for slade instead

 

Yeah he got injured 4 years ago a couple times so he's shit. wait what

 

I don't know why 2 halfbacks is crazy.. 1 gets injured, he's on a plane home and the next guy shows up - Its not like having that third spare is useful in any other position but halfback (whereas a spare like Crotty or Dagg could be a spare for more than 1 position).

 

Its the same theory as the locks -don't take that extra specialist and take one more utility instead, and if 1 of the 3 locks gets injured the next guy is immediately on a plane


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 01:36 AM

Yeah he got injured 4 years ago a couple times so he's shit. wait what

 

I don't know why 2 halfbacks is crazy.. 1 gets injured, he's on a plane home and the next guy shows up - Its not like having that third spare is useful in any other position but halfback (whereas a spare like Crotty or Dagg could be a spare for more than 1 position).

 

Its the same theory as the locks -don't take that extra specialist and take one more utility instead, and if 1 of the 3 locks gets injured the next guy is immediately on a plane

 

So if Aaron Smith gets a minor injury in the first game that sits him out for 2-3 weeks you send him home in order to call up a replacement?  He needs to be there for the finals.

 

This means you need to keep him in the squad while he recovers and have some random (maybe slade could do this??) be your reserve half back.


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 01:47 AM

^ thats true


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 01:59 AM

players brought into the squad have a 1 week stand down period I think?


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 02:17 AM

players brought into the squad have a 1 week stand down period I think?


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 02:30 AM

players brought into the squad have a 1 week stand down period I think?

 

Didn't know this! 

 

All in all, I stand by the fact that Slade absolutely deserves to be there, and in fact needs to be there as our best fullback cover... People's memories are too short to discard how much he has carved in the last year

 

And people's memories randomly go back to a random run of injuries...4...years ago, but noone mentions our real risk of serious injury: carter


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 03:16 AM

Hopefully there won't be any injuries to the first fives this time around. Unlike compare to four years ago.
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Posted 02 September 2015 - 11:08 AM

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 05:50 PM

^ in

Almost wondering what the return might be if you placed a $10 bet and rolled it right thru the tournament with the same pics. Might actually try do this and at least have the benefit of choosing the winner for each game as the tournament progresses but still mutli-img up the winnings. I'm sure I'm pull out tho and lock in the winnings once or rather if $ gets high
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