2019 Test - NZ 34-14 Tonga @ Mt Smart

Discussion in 'Game Day Spoilers / Match Discussion' started by LeagueUnlimited News, Jun 14, 2019.

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Oceania Cup - Rep Weekend: NZ v Tonga

Poll closed Jun 22, 2019.
  1. New Zealand

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  2. Tonga

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  3. Draw after Golden Point

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  1. Leber

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    Right.... Im off to Otahuhu KFC for a feed.

    Will be back in 6 hours.
     
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  2. t-ba

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    What the f**k happened to the Mad Butcher?
     
  3. stormbati

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    Great game from the Kiwis.
    I’m betting Madge will be having a word to Brandon Smith and promising him the world at the Tigers.
     
  4. Quicksilver

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    It’s a toss of the coin with those things. Sometimes they want downward pressure, other times they talk separation or control.
     
  5. Leber

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    Cancer.
     
  6. SBD82

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    He’d be mad not to.
     
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  7. KeepingTheFaith

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    Enjoy My Smart while you can Kata. It will be a long time until you play there again.
     
  8. t-ba

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    Jesus.
     
  9. Foreign Legion

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    Least the refs have the RLIF Logo on it (but looks cheap)
     
  10. SBD82

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    That’s because there are different rules for grounding a rolling ball and dropping and regathering before grounding.
     
  11. Iafeta

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    Had multiple heart surgeries recently. After going through cancer too I believe.

    Butch is an absolute champion.
     
  12. Quicksilver

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    Which is?
     
  13. mxlegend99

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    I honestly miss the downward pressure rulings. They were more consistent.

    The whole separation and control thing can't even be consistent from one night to the next. Uet the whole point of the bunker was supposed to be for consistency to improve.
     
  14. SBD82

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    If there is separation when you are in possession you have to regain control.

    If it’s a rolling ball you just need to put downward pressure. You don’t need control.
     
  15. stormbati

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    R Kelly Tupouniua is a gun. Storm could use him off the bench.
     
  16. TheFrog

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    I thought last night's one was a try.
     
  17. The Pa Kid

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    Those Kiwi storm players are absolute guns. When Tohu and Proctor come back into team, boom...
     
  18. Quicksilver

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    I don’t think he really regained control on that one though.
     
  19. SBD82

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    He didn’t need to. It was a rolling ball.
     
  20. LeagueUnlimited News

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    MATCH REPORT - New Zealand 34 Tonga 14:

    Johnson hat-trick helps Kiwis trounce Tonga
    Andrew Jackson | June 22 2019 5:41PM
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    [​IMG][​IMG]New Zealand v Tonga

    A Shaun Johnson hat-trick stole the show but Brandon Smith continues to quell concerns over life after Cameron Smith, with an energetic performance in New Zealand's 34-14 win over Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium.

    The 23-year old was a constant threat through the middle in the 54 minutes he was on the field, scoring a try, setting up one and busting 10 tackles.

    And that was on top of the usual 35 tackles and tireless work in defence.

    He helped New Zealand's big men roll upfield with ease and five-eighth Johnson reaped the rewards, scoring a hattrick of tries.

    Despite the score line, the Tongan supporters made their voices heard throughout the entire eighty minutes.

    Read the full match report - https://leagueunlimited.com/news/33573-new-zealand-v-tonga-report/
     

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