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New Zealand Squad - No Matai

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by DVS Matt, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Roy Asotasi (South Sydney, capt), Brent Webb (Leeds), Sam Perrett (Sydney Roosters), Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra), Setaimata Sa (Sydney Roosters), Iosia Soliola (Sydney Roosters), Ben Roberts (Bulldogs), Lance Hohaia (NZ Warriors), Thomas Leuluai (Wigan), Simon Mannering (NZ Warriors), Sonny Bill Williams (Bulldogs), Jeremy Smith (Melbourne), David Fa'alogo (South Sydney), Frank Pritchard (Penrith), David Kidwell (South Sydney), Dene Halatau (Wests Tigers), Adam Blair (Melbourne), Nathan Cayless (Parramatta), Issac Luke (South Sydney)
     
  2. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Im sorta glad he isn't named , Manly need him fully fit
     
  3. DVS Matt

    DVS Matt Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    this will be a cricket score if the halves are Leuluai and Smith
     
  4. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    Isnt that Jeremy Smith the forward?
     
  5. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

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    Leuluai/Roberts should be the halves.

    They're pretty light on in quality centres, surprised Matai isn't there, maybe they weren't happy with his send off last year.
     
  6. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Excellent, keep him home and unhurt.
     
  7. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    If I were a selector - and had all players available, my team would be:-

    01. Brent Webb
    02. Shontayne Hape
    03. Steve Matai
    04. Krisnan Inu
    05. Manu Vatuvei
    06. Benji Marshall
    07. Eddie Paea
    08. Roy Asotasi
    09. Isaac Luke
    10. Frank Pritchard
    11. David Kidwell
    12. David Fa'alogo
    13. Sonny-Bill Williams

    14. Dene Halatau
    15. David Solomona
    16. Adam Blair
    17. Simon Mannering

    Until they can post a team like this, they just won't be competative. They also have no 1/2 back, but Paea could be the closest thing to "potential" as they have.
     
  8. PONTIAN SEA EAGLE

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't suprise me he wasn't picked he's just come back.
     
  9. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Yeah, Roberts and Leuluai will be in the halves

    Mid year tests are always Australian benefits and i don't really see this one being too different.

    Is a bit of attack in the side in the form of SBW, Pritchard and Luke but can't see the young backline being able to hold out for too long

    Ryan, your side looks ok, but remove Solomona, he is Samoa now, put Pritchard into the 2nd row in place of Kidwell, he is past it imo but maybe on the bench, and start Jason Cayless in the front row
     
  10. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

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    There's some hope in the halves for NZ with the Foran brothers.
     
  11. Si

    Si Member

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    They probably didn't pick him because they still want to have a full team at the end of the game.

    Either that, or they couldn't afford to employ an extra trainer to follow him around all game tending to a different injury every 5 minutes.
     
  12. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Just goes to show how "good" Matai is huh
     
  13. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    It is amazing how we have had our best two wins fo the season since his return from injury or am I imagining it?
     
  14. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Your imagining it mate. We beat NZ 52-6
     
  15. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Wheel has Matai got photo's of you?

    You could equally say, that Watmough has been out for the last game and that is why we have had our best wins.
     
  16. Nutzcraw

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    What a pack on nevilles.

    Australia by as many as you like.
     
  17. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

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    Hadn't thought of that you make a good point, choc does hogged the ball consistantly, can't pass to save himself when he doesnt hogg it, gives away penalties, drops the ball at crcuial times, needs treatment from a trainer a couple of times a game, always misses the odd tackle......

    Who can forget his game in the GF last year?

    But ho hum the herd loves the choc  :p :eek:
     
  18. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Personally I agree. But his mistakes (barring the grandfnal) are often less dangerous
     
  19. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

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    Dan everything is running perfectly for me today, work server must have been having issues yesterday.
     
  20. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    good to hear Doug.
     

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