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2 months 2 weeks ago #62583 by Tall Paul
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Did Peter Robb feature in any of the pre season games?
I cannot remember reading any reports on him.

I think he needs to impose himself this year, he had 2 terrible years with injury.
He had loads of potential, let's hope he delivers this year
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2 months 2 weeks ago #62585 by salmson
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Tall Paul wrote: Did Peter Robb feature in any of the pre season games?
I cannot remember reading any reports on him.


As of last Thursday's squad update he was injured: www.connachtrugby.ie/connacht-squad-update-23rd-august-2018/

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2 months 2 weeks ago #62593 by connachta
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Tall Paul wrote: Did Peter Robb feature in any of the pre season games?
I cannot remember reading any reports on him.

I think he needs to impose himself this year, he had 2 terrible years with injury.
He had loads of potential, let's hope he delivers this year
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He played the final 20 of Brive game. Massive tackles as usual
I think we would benefit from his 'beast' profile (just as Ulster need McCloskey)
He won't play until one of Godwin/Farrell gets a knock, and even then, only when Bundee is rested
But 4th choice centre, if he can reach that position ahead of Horwitz/Griffin, may still have a handful of games
Make or break for him, with Joyce/DeBuitlear pushing behind
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2 months 2 weeks ago - 2 months 2 weeks ago #62656 by connachta
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www.the42.ie/nick-mccarthy-leinster-brok...ist-4204968-Aug2018/

So, we can't have more than 2 of Godwin, Fainga'a, Horwitz and Butler on the field in the same time, right?
Sevu Reece has Fidjian exeption (european agreements), I guess
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2 months 2 weeks ago #62657 by salmson
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So, we can't have more than 2 of Godwin, Fainga'a, Horwitz and Butler on the field in the same time, right?


If Fainga'a has a Tongan passport and Godwin a Zimbabwean one they'll also be fine. You also left out McCartney, but he probably has an Irish passport through his wife by now.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #62658 by connachta
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salmson wrote:
If Fainga'a has a Tongan passport and Godwin a Zimbabwean one they'll also be fine.


But have they these passeports?

salmson wrote: You also left out McCartney, but he probably has an Irish passport through his wife by now.


McCartney as IQ under international rule is now considered European, isn't he?

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2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #62719 by cabaiste
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Sevu Reece was the standout player with a hat trick today for Waikato in their win against Wellington Lions 43-31. Got his first 2 within 19 mins.

Edit: More info and highlights on The42 here: www.the42.ie/connacht-sevu-reece-hat-trick-4219871-Sep2018/
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2 months 1 week ago #62723 by sea_point
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cabaiste wrote: Sevu Reece was the standout player with a hat trick today for Waikato in their win against Wellington Lions 43-31. Got his first 2 within 19 mins.

Edit: More info and highlights on The42 here: www.the42.ie/connacht-sevu-reece-hat-trick-4219871-Sep2018/


He's been in excellent form, scoring a try in Waikato's first Mitre 10 Cup game against Manawatu, and got a glowing mention in another narrow loss in Rnd 2 against Nth Harbour. Those early losses two tight, one battering by Auckland pretty much put's them out of contention for interest late on in the competition which is good news for Andy Friend.

One area of concern within his stats is that this tackle success percentage is below 60%, something that will be an issue in the NH.
www.rugbypass.com/european-champions-cup.../players/sevu-reece/

But our back three options are going to need to put the pedal down over the next few weeks and get amongst the tries, as Sevu will come up North match fit and raring for action...

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2 months 1 week ago #62727 by Tall Paul
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Would Mitre 10 Cup game be equal to the pro 14 or would it be a lower standard?

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2 months 1 week ago #62730 by sea_point
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Tall Paul wrote: Would Mitre 10 Cup game be equal to the pro 14 or would it be a lower standard?


Challenge Cup I'd say, with some games being Super Rugby standard. It's an odd competition, two tiers (Premiership & Championship, Walls to got relegated last season to the Championship) but like the Pro14 there is some crossover between the two tiers for some games (Wellington who Waikato beat this morning are a Premiership side)....

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2 months 1 week ago #62757 by salmson
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Just watched the Wellington Waikato game. Would describe it as adding a half dozen ProD2 head-the-balls and a couple of inside centres with front row body shapes to a Lansdowne v. Cork Con game, feeding all 30 a gallon of red bull each and asking them to execute a Barbarians game plan in attack and a rush/wedge defence on every play whether it was on or not, all in Proper Sportsground weather.

Can't describe how bad the game was. Think the worst Connacht Dragons game you've seen.

Our boy Reece took his tries wonderfully, made some monster hits in defence, but made 4 knock ons under no pressure at all.
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2 months 19 hours ago #62869 by FACECUTTR
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Seevu Reece scored again this morning. There's going to be fantastic competition in the back 3 after the Christmas.
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2 months 18 hours ago - 2 months 18 hours ago #62872 by cabaiste
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FACECUTTR wrote: Seevu Reece scored again this morning. There's going to be fantastic competition in the back 3 after the Christmas.


It was quite the finish too. Picked up an overthrown lineout on the Hawke's Bay 10m and ran an excellent line with serious gas to score. Gif in the link below.

Edit: for some reason the link won't post properly for me. Check out Murray Kinsella's post on Tweetface for the gif.
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2 months 14 hours ago #62880 by sea_point
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FACECUTTR wrote: Seevu Reece scored again this morning. There's going to be fantastic competition in the back 3 after the Christmas.


Interesting comment in NZ Herald Match Report: www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cf...=4&objectid=12124784

NZ Herald wrote: Rugby: Waikato avoid eternal damnation, retain Ranfurly Shield
13 Sep, 2018 9:13pm

Sit down rugby anoraks – the chance of witnessing eternal Ranfurly Shield history has disappointingly gone awry.

Hawke's Bay had a golden opportunity to shed one of New Zealand rugby's unwanted records – forever – and they blew it, capitulating 42-22 to Waikato in their Shield challenge.

Why disappointing? Well, for the neutral, we had a chance at history tonight; a record which would never be broken. Waikato had only claimed the Shield four days earlier, and a Bay victory would have set the record for the shortest reign in the 114 years of the Shield.

Instead, Hawke's Bay still hold the record – a six day reign in 2013 – after missing their opportunity to take down a fatigued but impressive Waikato unit in Hamilton.

Had they managed to win, it would have been near impossible to see how the four-day record would ever have been beaten. Unless rugby's dystopian future involves destroying players' bodies by making them play every three days, a four-day tenure would have stood forever, but alas, Hawke's Bay couldn't deliver.

Perhaps I'm being a touch unfair with these historic ideals. To get around to belated praise of the victors: Waikato were fantastic, deserving to retain the Shield, and since their next defence is against Southland, they should be able to keep the Log o' Wood for a few weeks at least.

It's been a hell of a turnaround. Last Wednesday, Waikato were on a 10 game losing streak, but eight days later they have now won three on the trot – beating Wellington, Taranaki and Hawke's Bay, all in stunning fashion.

It took a mammoth physical toll – all bar two of the side who wrestled the Shield away from Taranaki backed up their performance tonight – and the province had barely got accustomed to seeing the Shield in its usual Waikato habitat of schools and strip clubs.

They'll have a few more weeks to spot the Shield now though, after Sevu Reece inspired them to victory.

The future Irish test winger scored one scintillating try, running onto the back of a woefully overthrown Waikato lineout to race away to score, and helped set up two others as Waikato continued their sudden emergence as an attacking juggernaut.


Hawke's Bay had their moments in the first half – and held the deficit at six for a long period of the second half, but Waikato – fatigued, battered Waikato – were somehow the freshest team left, running in three tries in the last 20 minutes.

Murray Iti – dutifully following the New Zealand law that every man nicknamed "Muzz" must sport a mullet – scored what proved to be the decisive try which wrapped up the Shield, and also sent Waikato top of the Championship ladder.

Promotion would be an additional boon, but avoiding eternal place in the unwanted record books, while still retaining the Ranfurly Shield? Priceless.

Waikato 42 (Dwayne Sweeney, Sevu Reece, Jordan Manihera, Murray Iti, Fletcher Smith, Raniera Takarangi tries; Smith 6 cons)

Hawke's Bay 22 (Brad Weber, Tom Parsons, Sasa Tofilau tries; Jamie-Jerry Taulagi 2 cons, Tiaan Falcon pen)

HT: 21-15


Grreat reaction to overthrow and finish...


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2 months 13 hours ago #62882 by Mark Mostyn
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Sly dig. I’d much rather see him play for Fiji.

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1 month 4 weeks ago #62892 by sea_point
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FACECUTTR wrote: Seevu Reece scored again this morning. There's going to be fantastic competition in the back 3 after the Christmas.


Stacey Illi started the same game at 12 for Hawkes Bay, heavily involved in first half. Great hands in their first try....

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