Tuesday, July 29th, 2008...11:48 am

ABs Eden Park Team – The changes – not far enough !

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Mose Tuialii and Scott Hamilton.

The team for the critical Eden park test is something like this (Tues 29 July):

  • All Blacks:
  • Leon MacDonald    << Out with concussion, replace with Muliaina>>
  • Mils Muliaina           << Replace with Kahui>>
  • Conrad Smith
  • Ma’a Nonu
  • Sitiveni Sivivatu      << OUT OF SQUAD, Hamilton IN>>
  • Dan Carter
  • Jimmy Cowan
  • Rodney So’oialo
  • Richie McCaw
  • Jerome Kaino          << TO RESERVES, Tuuialii IN>>
  • Ali Williams
  • Brad Thorn
  • Greg Somerville
  • Andrew Hore
  • Tony Woodcock
  • Reserves:
  • Keven Mealamu  << OUT OF SQUAD, Find some one else for god sake>>
  • John Afoa
  • Anthony Boric,
  • Adam Thomson  << OUT OF TEAM, Kaino IN>>
  • Piri Weepu
  • Stephen Donald
  • Richard Kahui

My ABs ELV rugby back 4 would be:Macdonald, Hamilton, Muliaina  and Smith. All can play fullback if required and have ‘rugby smarts’ to handle the critical ELV force back game. You are saying, what drop ‘Sivivatu, are you mad!’. Well he is a one trick pony (fast, that’s it) and rarely does well against the good teams. I need a player that can catch a Carter break, kick and act like a full back and work in combination with the others in the back 4. Also as I am staying win Nonu I will let a little speed go for more smarts, and Hamilton has the smarts.

My Loosies:McCaw, Tuuialii, So’oialo. Tuuialii knows how to play with McCaw and visa versa, the combination strength that these two have from the Crusaders gets Mose selected (or give Jerry Collins a call and say help !).

Note: I am not from Crusaders Country, I am an Aucklander (Jaffa). So no bias there, just smart ELV rugby player selections.

 Go the ABS !

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