> > >>Can anyone in the SH help me by posting the scores (and a bit of
> > >>game went) in tonight's S12 pre-season game(s). We get absolutely
> > >>nothing of the pre-season up in beautiful B.C., Canada, so I would
> > >>dearly like to have a bit of info. on how they went. (If there is
> > >>that broadcasts the games, I would like to know the Web address.)
> > >>that there is at least one Thursday game (and several Friday
> > >>want to have some data with which to make my first week's tips, so
> > >>help would be appreciated. Wish I could see these games live, but
> > >>can't get down to the SH until after I retire (which may be soon
> > > Well, the Waratahs beat the Chiefs (approx 34-24) in a lovely
> > > surrounding of a park here in Tauranga tonight. In around 24deg C
> > > heat for a night 6pm game, it was played with a lot of running and
> > > enthusiasm, which left the guys bending over at times during the
> > > Played in 20min qtrs, the game had a heap of highlights, notably
> > > Roger Randell and his speed to outclass a lot of the Waratahs
> > > the left wing, Shane Austin getting 2 tries with a fine show of
> > > regather to score.
Randle's AB non-selection is one of NZ's biggest mysteries. Had he been
Crusader last year, Ralph would have been a S12 bench warmer.
> > > For the Waratahs, Matt Rogers showed what a
> > > class player he is, and made regualr incisions through the Chiefs
> > > backline in midfield. (often) Big Paul Miller at No.8 for Chiefs
> > > had a strong game, looking to push for a spot back in the AB's
> > > Blacklock came on late in 4th qtr and scored to put match beyond
> > > showing a fine turn of speed for Waratahs, classy player, sad loss
> > > league!!! haha. Thats about all. Nice night to watch a great game
> > > lovely setting of a Speedway park.
> > Thanks, Brendon, it sounds as if it was a good game to watch. I've
> > always been impressed by the imposing presence of Paul Miller at #8,
> > if he ever gets in great shape (not sure if he ever will, though)
> > has the right coaching, he could be the dynamic #8 that the All
> > have been missing since Zinzan retired. I wouldn't bet on it, but he
> > sure has a decent back row at the Chiefs to complement him--Marty
> > and Jono Gibbes.
> Yeh Mike, he is a big unit. A real imposing presence we hav'nt had
> Buck days of old. I funnily enough, have had the honour of playing
> a few years ago when he was a puppy fat kid for Southland, he was 8
> was blindside. I will tell you things have changed and he is now lost
> that, and is in mean condition, was here a few weeks ago and is all
> now, still round the 120kg mark, but all good stuff. Will be a good
> Holah, which I missed, had a great game tonight also, though his
> (not sure of name, didnt have a program) had a great game also, huge
> tackles, and loads of yardage.
Holah's opposite number was NSW vice-captain Phil Waugh whose quality
can also be measured by the NSW pack's nosedive after he was injured
season. McCaw & Smith both have extremely able test deputies. Then
there's Croft & Vanisi. I can't recall a time when there were so may
in Aus & NZ.