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Online nordenvillain

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #1665 on: April 20, 2017, 11:38:03 PM »
Not too sure what Mike Haley has or hasn't done not to be selected for the Argentina tour. He was one of the standout players on the Saxons tour to South Africa last summer and looks as  good as any other english back up to Brown at full back.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #1666 on: April 21, 2017, 04:27:24 PM »
Back to the Lions.
10 matches all told, how many do you think they'll win?

If Gatland plays his brand of 'bash it up the middle rugby' then the tests will go 3-0 to the ABs.

Of the other games I'd say 4 of the 7 should be winnable but it will be tough watching some of the talent in the Super Rugby that can't even get near the ABs 15.  Gatland will want to and need to protect his test team.  I honestly think this has the potential to be an embarrassment.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #1667 on: April 21, 2017, 06:36:06 PM »
I think that's about right.

I can't see our reserves beating the Crusaders in the match between the first and 2nd test and the chiefs the week before will be a tough game as well because again you'd only expect cameos from his first 15.  The other tough one is the hurricanes who are currently smashing lumps out of teams for fun and look like a very strong side.  On top of that we're playing them early enough that they'll have their international players available and they have a few of the very best.

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Re: International Rugby
« Reply #1668 on: April 23, 2017, 03:25:34 AM »
I think that's about right.

I can't see our reserves beating the Crusaders in the match between the first and 2nd test and the chiefs the week before will be a tough game as well because again you'd only expect cameos from his first 15.  The other tough one is the hurricanes who are currently smashing lumps out of teams for fun and look like a very strong side.  On top of that we're playing them early enough that they'll have their international players available and they have a few of the very best.

The Crusaders and Chiefs will probably not play their strongest teams or anywhere near it, given in the Crusaders case that most of their forward pack are existing All Blacks and won't be free to play for their province. I would fear for the Lions if the Crusaders were allowed to put their first team out, they're not a bad side .   

 


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