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Great tries from the Sharks vs Highlanders Super Rugby Qualifier

Very nice. great tries, always nice to see the big boys weighing in with some tries, not sure I approve of the handling and passing skills Hames showed here,but there you go.

That offload at the end is bloody amazing.

2 Days, 5 Hours ago

The Top 5 Moments from the 2001 Super Rugby Season

Larry - I'm fairly sure that once the scrumhalf has hands on the ball he is still fair game. the five-second rule means he has four-and-a-bit seconds before he has to put his hands on the ball.

I'm pleased to report that at the level I play at, (with most teams fielding an average age of 40-45), the scrumhalf is frequently smashed well within any 5-second range.

4 Days, 6 Hours ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Would have been burnt? Everyone knows it's the sun that has to use Chuck Norris cream, not the other way round.

4 Days, 21 Hours ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

DrG, sort of. I am indeed saying I think Banaha-hanahan had the natural skill set of a forward.

It's all conjecture, but the impression I get is even if Banahan had had his rugby education in New Zealand or Fiji, he would still have been a better lock than wing.

As 10stone says below (or above, i'm never sure exactly where new posts will appear...):
"Either you got it or you don't. Lomu had it."

BTW 10stone, I don't think Ryder's the best example but you're in the right geographical area. Look no further than the man in my avatar - Rupeni Caucaunibuca. Built like a prop, yet I would argue he's the most elusive wing I've ever seen.

There you are DrG - better comparison for you: Caucau v Matthieu The Bastard. Both look like the kitman made a mistake with the amount of 1s and 3s on their shirts. In my opinion, one of them has "it" for playing as a back, the other is a (pretty effective) battering ram.

5 Days, 3 Hours ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Love it. Brilliant to hear this kind of first-hand account.

As I recall, in those pre-internet days (well pre-people really using the internet for everything), and with international matches being less frequent, there was a real mystique anyway about a team travelling from the other side of the world. Easy to take it for granted now.

I imagine you and your buddies may have been wondering whether to believe the hype or not - then these monsters turn up with their superior strength and stamina! And that's without this mythical giant winger...

5 Days, 21 Hours ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

My point was that - in my opinion - he doesn't have the natural skill set of a wing, or any back position for that matter. The reason he got moved out of the second row was that his pace seemed wasted there. But look at someone like Tom Croft (or indeed Lawes) - just because you play in the pack doesn't preclude you from ever getting involved in the running stuff when the chance is on.

As this you can see from this Lomu clip, there's more to wing play than just running fast and for the best players in those positions, those skills come naturally.

6 Days, 7 Hours ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Did you know who Lomu was at the time? I mean it was obviously a year or two before his international debut, but had you heard about him through the age group set-up?

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

Banaha-hanahan is a very fast lock. He could have played like Courtney Lawes does now - playing the position that you're most suited to physically, (2nd row is where Banners played as a schoolboy), but getting involved in running rugby when the opportunity presents itself. I do wonder if he'd have had a more successful career if he'd been kept in the forward pack. (Not that he's been unsuccessful of course, I mean relatively).

Lomu had the natural skillset of a wing. It's easy to forget his intelligent running lines and his soft passing, because all people tend to remember is what a rampaging beast he was.

1 Week, 2 Days ago

Jonah Lomu wreaking havoc against Australia in 1995

That's a great almost-claim to fame. And I'm not being sarcastic at all, just to be sure. I do feel for these guys that are understudies to someone really awesome, when it sounds like in this case had the Elniak bloke played for any other team he could have been amazing, right?

1 Week, 2 Days ago

The Top 5 Moments from the 2001 Super Rugby Season

I'm not disagreeing with you because these are rarities, but here are a couple of exceptions to the rule:

Back row - Steffon Armitage, Heinrich Brussow
Flyhalf - Quade Cooper. Also, I may mistaken, but aren't Goerge Ford and Freddie Burns relatively small?
Wing (not that he's small but certainly ticks the 90% skill, 10% gym box) - Caucau

At least scrumhalf seems to persist in being a sanctuary for the more diminutive gentleman, with only Mike Phillips and Mauro Bergamasco(!) really bucking the trend...

1 Week, 3 Days ago

 
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