blair003:networkn:Smithy100: Glad to see NMS in ahead of Naholo - didn't really expect differently though you just never know! Surprised to see TKB ahead of TJP, though upon reflection his form has been flat since the S15... also interesting to see Moody straight onto the bench.
Looking forward to a great game - and all the bacon!
Didn't see they had announced the team. Considering TKB's form it is a complete mystery how is he @ RWC at all, and nothing I've seen since has indicated to me he should be played in a knockout match, but maybe he's been "holding back".
The fact they picked him when he hadn't played any rugby should tell you something about how the best rugby brains in NZ see him.
His form is on the improve as he gets more game time. He has certainly lacked game time, but if they can't count on him to play in this game then he wouldn't have been picked for the squad.
I guess I wasn't that impressed during Super Rugby time either! TJP WAS impressive, and so it was very clear he was the deservedly second choice to AS. I guess they are looking long term, and possibly looking at very specific things I am not seeing because I am not sure what to look for.
At the end of the day I have put my trust in SH, he has earned the trust he has been given, over and over, but I hope this doesn't end up another Naholo. (Comparatively Brad Weber has been playing very well (In case you think my comments are anti Waikato bias).