Umaga at wing for 3N?

Umaga at wing for 3N?

Post by Mr Sceb » Sat, 29 Jun 2002 06:39:24


Watching the Baabaa's match, he was given a "roving commission" to wreak
havoc, and he did. With that in mind, i am thinking that if the Convicts
select Sailor, that Umaga would be the one player who could shut him down.

But he won't be able to do that from centre, which requires more structure,
and is the pivotal area in backline defence. It will be interesting to see
this selection play out, as i suspect there is much more thought going into
AB selections than is being given credit in this ng.

--
Mr Scebe
Losers always talk about doing their 'best',
while winners go home and *** the prom queen".
~Sean Connery in "The Rock"

 
 
 

Umaga at wing for 3N?

Post by Mike Irelan » Sat, 29 Jun 2002 13:09:09

Umaga would certainly be a huge plus at wing, but if he were taken away from
outside centre, then Mark Robinson would be in the hotseat, and I don't know
if he is quite ready for primetime--i.e., the Tri Nations--I'm not saying he
couldn't be the one, but he really doesn't have the electrifying off the mark
(pun unintended) acceleration or intimidating tackling prowess of Umaga.
Robinson does have better distrubution skills, though, so perhaps this may be
useful if Mitchell chooses to use his back three to the fullest--and if
Cullen, Umaga, and Howlett/Lomu are those back three, then I say let's give it
a try. If Robinson is found wanting, then Umaga can always move back to
outside centre. I also like the running ability of Ryan Nicholas for the
future, but I haven't seen him enough to know if his passing and kicking
skills are up to international calibre--but he is young and will develop.
Also, perhaps down the road, Nathan Mauger could be a dynamite outside centre,
but his problem is that he plays behind Robinson, so he doesn't get much game
time. However, he has a similar genetic code to his brother, Aaron, so perhaps
greatness is just around the corner for Nathan (because Aaron is surely going
to be a great one!)

Mike

Quote:

> Watching the Baabaa's match, he was given a "roving commission" to wreak
> havoc, and he did. With that in mind, i am thinking that if the Convicts
> select Sailor, that Umaga would be the one player who could shut him down.

> But he won't be able to do that from centre, which requires more structure,
> and is the pivotal area in backline defence. It will be interesting to see
> this selection play out, as i suspect there is much more thought going into
> AB selections than is being given credit in this ng.

> --
> Mr Scebe
> Losers always talk about doing their 'best',
> while winners go home and *** the prom queen".
> ~Sean Connery in "The Rock"

--
Mike Ireland
INTERNATIONAL EDITING ONLINE
www.internationalediting.com


 
 
 

Umaga at wing for 3N?

Post by Justin Mansfiel » Sat, 29 Jun 2002 15:39:43


Quote:
> Watching the Baabaa's match, he was given a "roving commission" to wreak
> havoc, and he did. With that in mind, i am thinking that if the Convicts
> select Sailor, that Umaga would be the one player who could shut him down.

None of his Kiwi markers had any problems with him in the S12. He's not that
good a player.

Justin

 
 
 

Umaga at wing for 3N?

Post by Will Sutto » Sat, 29 Jun 2002 17:15:19


Quote:
> Watching the Baabaa's match, he was given a "roving commission" to wreak
> havoc, and he did. With that in mind, i am thinking that if the Convicts
> select Sailor, that Umaga would be the one player who could shut him down.

shut him down ?   I dont think any nz team had problems in controlling
Wendell in the Super 12's  so I dont see why they would need anyone special
to shut him down ?
 
 
 

Umaga at wing for 3N?

Post by Greg Roger » Sun, 30 Jun 2002 15:36:18


Quote:
> Watching the Baabaa's match, he was given a "roving commission" to wreak
> havoc, and he did. With that in mind, i am thinking that if the Convicts
> select Sailor, that Umaga would be the one player who could shut him down.

> But he won't be able to do that from centre, which requires more
structure,
> and is the pivotal area in backline defence. It will be interesting to see
> this selection play out, as i suspect there is much more thought going
into
> AB selections than is being given credit in this ng.

> --
> Mr Scebe
> Losers always talk about doing their 'best',
> while winners go home and *** the prom queen".
> ~Sean Connery in "The Rock"

Well given Wendell's defensive problems I think its more a case can Wendell
stop Umanga, or more importanly Lomu