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Chiefs named to meet Sharks


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super 14 on 16 Mar 2011 at 10:48
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The Chiefs have been named to meet the Sharks in Hamilton on Friday.

Chiefs Head Coach Ian Foster has said the unbeaten Sharks posed a real challenge for the Chiefs, with the Chiefs looking to bounce back from last Saturday’s 26-29 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington last weekend.

The Chiefs have experienced two frustrating losses in the last three weeks and will be desperate for a result, knowing that a poor performance at home could spell the end of their competition aspirations in 2011 .

The big selection headline is the return of All Black Richard Kahui to partner the evergreen former All Black captain Tana Umaga.

The return of Kahui coupled with the continued selection of Umaga give the Chiefs arguably the best backline in the competition something the Sharks game plan is sure to reflect.

This match shapes as a clash of styles with forwards versus backs being a real likelihood. The Sharks will have to have their smarts about them in order to walk away from Hamilton with 4 points in the hand luggage.

Not considered for the match due to injury are Mils Muliaina, Ben Afeaki, Hayden Triggs, Colin Bourke and Toby Smith.

The team is:Tim Nanai-Williams, Lelia Masaga, Richard Kahui, Tana Umaga, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Stephen Donald, Brendon Leonard, Liam Messam (captain), Tanerau Latimer, Scott Waldrom, Isaac Ross, Craig Clarke, Nathan White, Hika Elliot, Ben May.

Reserves: Aled de Malmanche, Sona Taumalolo, Romana Graham, Fritz Lee, Taniela Moa, Mike Delany, Dwayne Sweeney.



43 Comments

  • geez, those Afeaki boys just keep coming… there are about 100 of them

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.03.11 10:58:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • useful side… I remember Moa giving us lots of hassles when he played for the Blues a few years back

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.03.11 10:58:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    Speaking of Afeaki …. today I had a chat with Ryan Nicholas (plays for Suntory now) back from Japan aren’t they both in the Japanese squad for the World Cup :?:

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.03.11 11:01:28 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Very good backline, probably better than the Blues backline we faced a few weeks ago..

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.03.11 11:02:11 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • We need the ‘keep the ball in hand’ approach here, go through the phases and strike when it’s on. Chiefs’ backline can cause problems if they get to much ball.

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.03.11 11:02:43 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • They have a need for speed backrow – Waldrom looks to be hitting a patch of good form. Dangerous line if esp if Kahui is 100% fit. My feeling is we need to dominate them up front and in the lineout + try to starve them of possession and rather target a start-stop style of game than an open free flowing one – I just don’t want to see our guys running out of gas in the last quarter (back end of a longish tour)

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.03.11 11:03:46 by beet Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 3) : What’s happened to James McGougan?

  • Comment 7, posted at 16.03.11 11:04:16 by beet Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 3) : A mate of mine was at school with one of them… I think it was Inoke

  • Comment 8, posted at 16.03.11 11:06:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) : luckily our subs are fresh cos we hardly use em :)

    Agree, we need to keep it tight here. Lots of mauls, lots of pick and go.

    Centres can make up for all the tackling they forgot to do last week :)

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.11 11:07:54 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : They have a massive flaw in that backline called Stephen Donald. I think the flak he copped after losing the AB game in Hong Kong last year has really hurt him psychologically. He might be the best person to attack, get him doubting his abilities.

  • Comment 10, posted at 16.03.11 11:08:27 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) :

    Good points raised there beet.. I like your thinking of starving them of possession, make them chase the game..

  • Comment 11, posted at 16.03.11 11:08:59 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 10) :

    He had a decent game last weekend if I remember correctly.. But you are quite right, Donald can either win them this game or completely throw it away..

  • Comment 12, posted at 16.03.11 11:10:35 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • LET WILLEM ALBERT’S LOOSE ON THEIR 10,12 & 13… :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 16.03.11 11:18:44 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 13) :

    …. they may send on Fritz Lee to follow him round ! :shock: ;-)

    Do you think you will start this weekend head to head with Kahui :?:

  • Comment 14, posted at 16.03.11 11:27:37 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : He does seem to have picked up a bit of the Gaffie du Toit temprament.

  • Comment 15, posted at 16.03.11 11:29:31 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 14) : Our team has allready been released. Stef is at 13.

  • Comment 16, posted at 16.03.11 11:30:34 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 16) : Sorry :oops:

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.03.11 11:31:47 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 15) : Sjoe Butchie. I hope ur StevieD comments don’t come back to haunt us. If you remove goalkicking from the equation, I personally think Donald has very few off days at this level.

  • Comment 18, posted at 16.03.11 11:35:05 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 18) :

    His goal kicking is something that apparently he has been working on a lot..

  • Comment 19, posted at 16.03.11 11:37:33 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 18) : Personally I think Donald is a kicking flyhalf and a very good one in the M Steyn mould. But I think they’re both struggling with the modern game.

    We’re going to have to keep our discipline because Donald can punish us if he has his kicking boots on.

  • Comment 20, posted at 16.03.11 11:47:54 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 1) : the kiwi answer to the baldwins. :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 16.03.11 11:48:34 by try time Reply

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  • this is going to be a 28 man game. stefan and umaga will be drinking tea on the side sharing ww2 stories.

  • Comment 22, posted at 16.03.11 11:50:26 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 22) : :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 16.03.11 11:53:07 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 20) : they are going to have to behave because pat has his on. :lol:

  • Comment 24, posted at 16.03.11 11:56:20 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 24) : Oh, they can be as bad and transgress as much as they like as long as the ref spots it.

    Our boys must play like freaking saints and not give them a scoring opportunity. It would be awesome if we could blank them. ;-)

  • Comment 25, posted at 16.03.11 11:58:49 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 25) : then we better hope the ref isn’t keith brown. who is the ref? i am too lazy to look.

  • Comment 26, posted at 16.03.11 12:00:25 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 21) : Or the Wayans. :lol: There was like 9 different Wayans in one movie, not sure if they were all related though.

  • Comment 27, posted at 16.03.11 12:01:26 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @try time (Comment 26) : Or Stu Dickenson or even worse, Steve Walsh Jnr Jnr.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.03.11 12:03:00 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 27) : or the jenkins and jones in the welsh team. :lol:

  • Comment 29, posted at 16.03.11 12:12:00 by try time Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 28) : might be as bad, garratt williamson. cannot recall him reffing a sharks game. looking at pictures of him though i don’t recall getting peed off with him. so he must be decent.

  • Comment 30, posted at 16.03.11 12:15:48 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 29) : And the Whitelocks :cool:

  • Comment 31, posted at 16.03.11 12:16:14 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • interesting to see garratt is reffing the next two sharks games.

  • Comment 32, posted at 16.03.11 12:17:00 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 30) : Know your enemies right :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 16.03.11 12:17:33 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • oh damn the poor sharks have to listen to 80 minutes of lecturing and instructions from mark lawrence when they get back from london. i used to like lawrence, but recently he has been a bit pedantic with the sharks. but by no means a bad ref.

  • Comment 34, posted at 16.03.11 12:19:45 by try time Reply

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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 33) : yeah i know the faces and names of all the refs that did the sharks ill will. walsh, then bryce lawrence, then keith brown, then dickenson, then kaplan. :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 16.03.11 12:21:37 by try time Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 35) : Add Pro Legoete to that list :twisted:

  • Comment 36, posted at 16.03.11 12:27:05 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 36) : yeah i was thinking that. but i stopped myself as it was only half a game. :lol:

  • Comment 37, posted at 16.03.11 12:30:02 by try time Reply

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  • damn, i thought the sharks had a bye after the stormers game, but they still have to play the lions. and kaplan is the ref. poor sharks might be walking wounded after the lions game.

  • Comment 38, posted at 16.03.11 12:32:02 by try time Reply

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  • See we have all kiwi refs for our game against Chiefs. Also all kiwi refs for the game against Saders. Now think the Twickers game we should have neutral refs. :sad:

  • Comment 39, posted at 16.03.11 18:04:21 by Puma Reply

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  • @try time (Comment 38) : The reason I never wanted us to travel to London. Think we gonna be super tired by the time we play Stormers never mind by the time we play Lions. Also might have injuries by then. Our bye coming very late. Saders have a bye straight after the Sharks game.

    Now that we are going to London. Actually quite excited for our game there. BUT we gonna be tired by the time we get back to Durbs.

    We have a kiwi ref and all kiwi assistants for the Twickers game as well. Think that game we should have had neutral refs. :razz:

  • Comment 40, posted at 16.03.11 18:08:10 by Puma Reply

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  • Its not that they “can cause problems”. That backline “WILL cause problems”. We’ll need to shape up our midfield defence this week to avoid a couple of tries being scored IMHO……. :oops: :cry:

  • Comment 41, posted at 17.03.11 07:56:54 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • We`ll take them in the fwd department.

    But yes, defense will be key. Also holding on to the ball . . .

  • Comment 42, posted at 17.03.11 12:14:51 by Original Champion Reply
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  • @Original Champion (Comment 42) : Crucial comment. Possession is THE most important thing tomorrow,IMHO. I am no rugger genius, but punting the ball into empty space for their backliners to pick up just does not make sense to me. If we’ve got the ball, we MUST hang on to it, run it and get those phases stacking up in our favour, letting them make the “unforced” handling errors which will give us the penalties.
    The time the Rebels were most dangerous against us last week was when we basically gave them the ball. That must not happen tomorrow.

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