Hertford Highlander

Who’s in the Highlanders anyway?


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Original Content, Super 14 on 19 Mar 2010 at 12:04
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With nine changes to the Highlanders starting line-up, some Sharks fan may be forgiven for not knowing some of the opposition.

Here are some quick player profiles, before the game. These may give you some players to watch out for, come game time.

1.Jamie Mackintosh: Age 25, Super Caps 28, Height 1.92m, Weight 129kg’s

The real enforcer in the pack, a big boy who really gets about. Alot always rides on Mackintosh’s shoulders, and he rarely disappoints. Jannie and John could be in for a tough day at the office.

2.Jason Rutledge: Age 32, Super Caps 18, Height 1.82m, Weight 88kg’s

Rutledge is son of Lester, some Sharks fans may remember his Father Lester. Rutledge debut for the Highlanders back in 2004 and is the old man in the side. Provides valuable leadership when the going gets tough. Throws well.

3.Clint Newland: Age 29, Super Caps 29, Height 1.96m, Weight 130kg’s

Newland is a genuinely big tough tight head prop, he is well experienced and is comfortable at set piece time. A valuable member of a very effective Highlanders tight-five.

4.Josh Bekhuis: Age 23, Super Caps 16, Height 2.00m, Weight 111kg’s

A young player of huge potential, who people are starting to take notice of. Loves to run with the ball in hand as the game opens up. The type of player Sharks fans will appreciate.

5.Hayden Triggs: Age 28, Super Caps 29, Height 2.01m, Weight 108kg’s

Triggs has big shoes to fill in replacing the injured All Black Donnelly. Rugged, fiery character.

6.John Hardie: Age 21, Super Caps 4, Height 1.83m, Weight 97kg’s

Very young and in his first season of Super Rugby. Proved his mobility in South Africa. Has a great engine.

7.Alando Soakai: Age 26, Super Caps 36, Height 1.82m, Weight 103kg’s

Is a really dynamic open side who seems to be to grips with the new interpretations as he is not regularly falling foul. A well experienced Highlander. On his home ground, expect a big one from him. Provides valuable leadership.

8.Adam Thomson: Age 28, Super Caps 31, Height 1.96m, Weight 112kg’s

Thomson is a real eye catching player. An amazing runner with ball in hand, our version of Kanko. Spent time in the NZ Sevens team. Puts absolutely everything on the line. When he is playing well, others follow.

9.Jimmy Cowan: Age 28, Super Caps 71, Height 1.86m, Weight 95kg’s

The most experienced Highlander, also boasts over 30 Test caps. Most Sharks fans will be familiar with him. Never takes a backward step, Muller will have trouble keeping up with him, when it comes to reffing the ref’s.

10.Robbie Robinson: Age 20, Super Caps 0, Height 1.81m, Weight 84kg’s

Our Lambie, debutant this weekend. A real unknown quantity at this level. Let’s hope he copes. One to watch.

11.James Paterson: Age 22, Super Caps 3, Height 1.85m, Weight 98kg’s

Has a really interesting rugby background. Played most of his rugby in the USA, representing them at age group levels. Plays like a running back. A raw recruit finding his feet.

12.Micheal Hobbs: Age 22, Super Caps 13, Height 1.87m, Weight 90kg’s

The NZRFU Chairman’s son. Has been the find of the season but not at inside centre. Has a real ‘give it a crack’ mentality on the field. Doesn’t die wondering.

13.Kendrick Lynn: Age 29, Super Caps 12, Height 1.82m, Weight 92kg’s

A utility back. Quick and pops up on shoulders all around the field. Free flowing attacking player.

14.Ben Smith: Age 23, Super Caps 17, Height 1.82m, Weight 88kg’s

2009 All Black to Europe. Steady, error free, modern day, back three player. Equally comfortable at fullback, kicks in general play well.

15.Isreal Dagg: Age 21, Super Caps 18, Height 1.82m, Weight 88kg’s

An All Black in waiting. A genuine talent, bulletproof, has a go where others fear to tread. Game breaker. Match winner.

In summary, when I look at the selection of this Highlanders side two things become apparent. Firstly the side will not be overly fatigued, with most having game time off in recent weeks. This is obviously a ploy to overcome the travel factor and to shake things up in a squad that does not have ’15 Stars’.

Secondly, no ones reputation or career will be over if they try something and it doesn’t come off. This is a really attacking, young, care free, Highlander’s side. If I was Plum, I would be expecting the unexpected.

In a nut shell regardless of weather conditions expect this Highlander’s side to attack from everywhere (do not expect the percentages). They will without doubt play high octane , high tempo rugby.

My verdict is that if they start well, and let’s remember they conceded the fastest bonus point in history (about 24 minutes) last weekend against the Bulls, they will be a force in the match. Don’t expect them to fade away.

One thing is for sure, Sharks fans will be entertained, enjoy ………..‘The House of Pain’.



37 Comments

  • Sure about thompson’s weight? 112kg? Deysel is 108-110 kg and despite being shorter has alot, alot more bulk.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.03.10 12:11:21 by JJR Reply
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  • Cool article. Love your description of Hobbs, “Doesn’t die wondering.”

    Enjoy the game, it should be a cracker which ever way it goes.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.03.10 12:11:32 by billy Reply

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  • Adam thompson is 108kg what i hear, not 112kg. I think the weights are exagerated abit for sure. Jimmy cowan 95 kg? He looks no more than 90kg to me.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.03.10 12:18:40 by JJR Reply
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  • Like the info, i really did not know all the guys. Thanks hertfordhighlander.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.03.10 12:20:12 by JJR Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 1) : @JJR (Comment 3) : Just had adouble check and that’s what they are listed as…..I think the one thing you have to remember is how long have these guys been professionals….i think they get bigger when they make the AB’s….both fairly solid.

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.03.10 12:26:12 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @billy (Comment 2) : May just throw some light on the players for you. You will enjoy Hobbs….he really thinks he is a lot better than he obviously is….does some outrageous things !

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.03.10 12:38:00 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Nice article HH, is Shoemark being rested for this team?

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.03.10 12:40:34 by war1 Reply
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  • @JJR (Comment 1) : Deysel: 112kg; 1.91kg

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.03.10 12:47:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @war1 (Comment 7) : Dropped…stone cold ! Missed to many tackles i hear….but to be fair this backline does not make to many tackles. He will be back !

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.03.10 12:49:03 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Very nice article.
    Maybe we can get someone to do the same regarding the Sharks, I suggest Try Time. :twisted:

    It was also nice of you to consider KSA / oubaas when discussing the Rutledges.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.03.10 12:54:46 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : ‘It was also nice of you to consider KSA / oubaas when discussing the Rutledges.’

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.03.10 12:56:24 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • I liked this article. A real break down of the opposition.

    Can we make this a regular Friday thing H Highlander?

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.03.10 12:59:56 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 7) : welkom back :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.03.10 12:59:58 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 12) : Could easily be done ! Will leave the SA teams alone. :grin:

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.03.10 13:13:05 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : It’s always nice to know who you are up against :?:

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.03.10 13:14:19 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Charmaine (Comment 13) : fanks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.03.10 13:18:23 by war1 Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 15) :
    You have done your guys justice (hopefully too nuch justice)
    I’m especially going to keep an eye out for Hobbs, he sounds like one of those special players that you have a love hate relationship with.

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.03.10 13:25:48 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Hobbs has really impressed me. He scored 2 tries against the Blues didn’t he?

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.03.10 13:29:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good article Hertford Highlander. Some experience mixed with youth there.

    Looking forward to this game.

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.03.10 13:31:56 by Puma Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 18) : 2 against the Crusaders….has the worst try celebration you have ever seen……i think it is skinning an animal …who knows….total nutter .

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.03.10 13:36:07 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Puma (Comment 19) : A amazingly inexperienced backline really !

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.03.10 13:36:44 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 20) : he was playing 10 in that game if I recall

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.03.10 13:37:25 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) : I don’t recall that well if I confused the Blues with the Saders :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.03.10 13:39:33 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) : Off the bench…i don’t think he has ever played inside centre
    :?:

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.03.10 13:40:25 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 21) : It help having Cowen at the helm though….as long as he doesn’t lose his temper

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.03.10 13:40:43 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 25) : Now that’s a big if !

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.03.10 13:47:13 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • VERY informative HH. :cool:

    Jamie Mackintosh: Age 25, Super Caps 28 :shock:

    Damn I thought he had been around much longer. 28caps only that is much less than I though. Also a LOT younger than I thought.

    AB legend in the making?

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.03.10 15:34:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) : Pleased you enjoyed. Yes has been captain of Southland for several years now, has worked hard recently. It will be interesting to see if he can shine against a star studded pack !

    Good straight forward bloke !

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.03.10 15:41:11 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • 10.Robbie Robinson: Age 20, Super Caps 0

    I expect a bit of pressure to be put on him.

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.03.10 15:43:13 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 28) :

    No prop is straight forward, they ALL scrum in on the angle. :wink:

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.03.10 15:43:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • For Robbie Robinson, his Super 14 starting debut against the Sharks in Dunedin on Saturday will be like any other game – and the advice from his coach will be to stay calm.

    The 20-year-old has been named at flyhalf for the struggling Highlanders as they try to get a first win at home this season.

    Robinson has played off the bench, including 15 minutes against the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend, but he will be in the run-on team for the first time.

    “I’ve been trying and trying and finally get a chance,” he told The Southland Times.

    Robinson said his short opportunity against the Bulls, including a try, was important in terms of his season.

    He said he would have liked more game-time but was determined to make the most of every opportunity.

    Coach Glenn Moore hopes Robinson will provide the Highlanders with an extra attacking edge. “His confidence has gone up. We thought last week he had a real impact when he came on.

    “He does offer us a point of difference and the Sharks have had a pretty good defence. He provides us with something different to what we’ve shown.”

    The Southland Times reports that Moore will be advising his young charge to keep calm during his run-on debut.

    “It’s about playing with the same confidence he’s shown coming off the bench and the same confidence he’s shown through the Air New Zealand Cup in pressured situations. The good thing is he’s got some experienced guys around him.”

    With the Highlanders arriving in Dunedin only on Tuesday there have been limited opportunities for Robinson to build a combination with scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan and inside centre Michael Hobbs.

    Robinson told The Southland Times that he keen to also take on the goalkicking duties if first-choice kicker Israel Dagg, who is being troubled by a knee injury, can’t do it.

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.03.10 15:45:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 31) : I expect him to put more pressure on Lambie ! ;-)

    But he is raw talent….then again i think the whole backline is ….all have a few mistakes in them !

    But then again a few tries ? :cool:

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.03.10 15:50:11 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • well that the landers for you but sharks are going to take this one and just maybe by 1 but a win is a win :oops:

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.03.10 17:01:47 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 33) : I think it will be close….surely the Sharks can’t be on the wrong side of a close one again !

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.03.10 17:05:33 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 34) : well hope not then i will go and support the saders with megatron oh shit sorry medgatron can’t go that way not yet :oops: :oops: :oops:

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.03.10 17:07:52 by Charmaine Reply

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  • @Charmaine (Comment 35) : That is turning to the dark side !

  • Comment 36, posted at 19.03.10 17:15:44 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 36) : yeh but my mouth is too big me a shark and will die a shark :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 19.03.10 17:18:53 by Charmaine Reply

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