Weekend games

These are the schedule and lineups known for this weekend Super 14 pre-season games:

Jan 26, Invercargill, 14:30 (01:30 GMT)

Chiefs: Craig West, Vern Kamo, Ben May, Jono Gibbes (captain), Toby Lynn, Faifili Levave, Tom Harding, Sione Lauaki, Jamie Nutbrown, Tasesa Lavea, Viliame Waqaseduadua, Callum Bruce, Richard Kahui, Lelia Masaga, Mils Muliaina
Highlanders: Paul Williams , Brett Mather , Johnny Leota , Aaron Bancroft , Fetu'u Vainikolo, Daniel Bowden, Jimmy Cowan (c) , Steven Setephano , Tim Boys , Adam Thomson , Tom Donnelly , Isaac Ross , Clint Newland , David Hall, Chris King.

Jan 25, Motueka, 17.30 (04.30 GMT)

Crusaders: (no line-up given yet)
Hurricanes: Shannon Paku, Hosea Gear, Tane Tu'ipulotu, Tamati Ellison, Zac Guildford, Jimmy Gopperth, Alby Mathewson, Thomas Waldrom, Scott Waldrom, Michael Johnson, Bernie Upton, Jeremy Thrush, Tim Fairbrother, Hika Elliott, John Schwalger.

What are your predictions?


miff said...

I always go with the Crusaders but this first game will give an indication of how the players are initially reacting to Robbie Deans.
It takes a couple of weeks for the teams to find themselves.

miff said...

They like him!

sesenta y cuatro said...

55-33 is something we ought to expect with the new laws? Or is it just a pre-season score?

New Zealanders are delighted with the prospect of more tries.

miff said...

So am I. It is seldom that the Nz taem scores aren't try filled. The pitch conditions in some parts of NZ make it appear twice as fast as NH rugby. Just look at all the mud baths in the HC. To answer your question, I am not certain I have absorbed any of the ELVs but an explanation of the whys and why nots sound like a great story. I don't follow chatroom dialogue but I am certain that is the only place one might learn opinions about how the overall laws will affect the game and its allure.