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Old 31-10-2010, 12:27 AM
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Maybe a tad premature given Australia have yet to play the Poms but what do you guys think the Kiwi's will look like? Do you think any players forced their way into the full strength line up based on today's game?

Just watching the 9 replay and I'm really liking the look of McKendry. Might be worth playing him off the bench.
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Old 31-10-2010, 12:59 AM
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Depends on tomorrows result. If by a miracle England win then I imagine NZ will put out their strongest team to try and knock the Roos out. If England lose it becomes a dead rubber and they may rest a few. Having said that whoever wins may take a psychological advantage into the final so who knows?
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Old 31-10-2010, 05:25 AM
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It will be NZ's strongest team no matter what the result for the Roos against the Poms. I don't think there will ever be an occasion where the Kiwi's would 'rest' someone against the evil aussies.

McKendry did rip into his work well and just ran straight and hard, not sure who you would drop to squeeze him in though it's a star studded forward pack.
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Old 31-10-2010, 08:03 PM
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Hope Australia line up something like...

1. Billy Slater
2. Brett Morris
3. Brent Tate
4. Willie Tonga
5. Lote Tuqiri
6. Darren Lockyer
7. Cooper Cronk
8. David Shillington
9. Cam Smith
10. Petero Civoniceiva
11. Luke Lewis
12. Sam Thaiday
13. Paul Gallen

14. Greg Bird
15. Nate Myles
16. Tom Learoyd Lahrs
17. Mat Scott
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Old 31-10-2010, 08:06 PM
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Only 55 minutes through the England game here, but the one change i would like to make is get rid of Watmough. Probably bring Scott in and move Myles to the back row.
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Old 31-10-2010, 08:11 PM
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Too early for me to put too much thought in to it though a couple players I'd remove from the Australian squad; Anthony Watmough and Kurt Gidley.

I'd bring in Greg Bird, a guy I admit to forgetting about as a squad member to be honest. I'd start Shillington, I thought Sheens would start him tonight to be truthful.

Like the look of your side Pete. It won't be far off. I don't think Sheens will want to chop his backline around this close to the final. I wouldn't be surprised to see Lawrence combine with Lote though.
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Old 31-10-2010, 08:14 PM
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Yep, I wouldn't be against the Lawrence selection either if it's for the sake of combination, although with that said I did think the Tonga/Tuqiri combination improved.
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Old 31-10-2010, 08:17 PM
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Yep, I wouldn't be against the Lawrence selection either if it's for the sake of combination, although with that said I did think the Tonga/Tuqiri combination improved.
Agree. They were a lot better than the PNG game. Tate to Morris though, well...I only recall Morris getting the ball off Tate once, perhaps twice. It's been that way with Tate though since he first came in to the league. He backs himself and more often than not he comes up trumps. His winger though doesn't see much ball.
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Agree. They were a lot better than the PNG game. Tate to Morris though, well...I only recall Morris getting the ball off Tate once, perhaps twice. It's been that way with Tate though since he first came in to the league. He backs himself and more often than not he comes up trumps. His winger though doesn't see much ball.
Doesn't help that Morris was inside Tate fairly often.
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Old 31-10-2010, 08:29 PM
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Doesn't help that Morris was inside Tate fairly often.
Perhaps that's because Tate's tendency is run to the right hand side of the field more often than not Any winger playing outside Tate will see the ball 90% of the time coming in from the wing back toward the posts.
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I'd like to see RLIF/ARL and NZRL get together and propose the next two Australia v NZ matches become a two match series for the Four Nations.

One match at home for each country, winner of the Four Nations is on aggregate if 1 match is won each.

Otherwise, why risk your best players for a dead rubber?

No way ARL will agree though.
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Doesn't help that Morris was inside Tate fairly often.
Yeah that stuff should be saved for the dressing shed. Or the hotel room.

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Yeah that stuff should be saved for the dressing shed. Or the hotel room.


I wondered if someone would say something like that.
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Perhaps that's because Tate's tendency is run to the right hand side of the field more often than not Any winger playing outside Tate will see the ball 90% of the time coming in from the wing back toward the posts.
Tate is so predictable...he has no step and simply attempts to beat his opposition with pace. The Kiwis will have no troubles defending against him this week.
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I'd like to see RLIF/ARL and NZRL get together and propose the next two Australia v NZ matches become a two match series for the Four Nations.

One match at home for each country, winner of the Four Nations is on aggregate if 1 match is won each.

Otherwise, why risk your best players for a dead rubber?

No way ARL will agree though.
i dont rate matches or tournaments won on aggregates. the final is the major attraction of this tournament. this weekend will be a genuine test still as both teams will give their all in front of a massive crowd in nz.
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