Super Saturday Live

live rugby is back… with near capacity crowds! Two games a weekend for ten weeks, same times each week. Expect rust this week, but fast, high quality rugby most games. Enjoy!

Highlanders v Chiefs 8.05 Saturday

Aaron Mauger v Warren Gatland. Go the mighty Chiefs! No Cane, Moli, Harris, To’oavo or Ardron but Weber, ALB, McKenzie and the benched  Cruden star in an exceptional back line.

Blues v Canes 4.00 and 10.00 Sunday

Beauden at fullback on long awaited debut , Reiko at centre, Marchant left right out unfortunately. Lots of All Blacks, but will the AuckLanders flatter to deceive yet again? Ardie also makes his first start since Japan, but on the bench, while Jordie isn’t fit to face his traitorous bro.

SA Part 2: Set Piece attack

Hey Guys,

Second piece here on the South African series. Attack off set-piece.

A lot of this was taken from Wales’ performance, who out of all the teams for me, had the best measure of them in attacking the weaknesses that this defence presents.

NZ may have won, but when the defence was fired up and at full intensity, Wales still exploited it. Damn effective A indeed.

Next one will be phase play, and i have some ideas liable to get me laughed at, but gotta put them out there! Aside from Bartman, do we have anyone who is a whizz with the laws down to minutae detail?

Cheers guys,



SA Part 1: For you Bartman!

Hey boys,

Hope you guys are keeping alright and are safe as can be hoped!

I said i was working on something on the South African D and this is the first piece. Was rightly blasted by Callum for not submitting it here sooner, but happy to provide. Next piece will be about how to actually beat it, but this one is simply to get the terms and understanding so the next piece does make sense.

Hope you boys enjoy it!



Rugby in Chile

I am now back in Chile (mainland) after a brief side trip to Easter Island(Great place). All land borders are closed and my visa 30 days away from expiring. I have decided to try and extend it so am staying an hour’s drive west of Santiago while I wait for the process to run it’s course.


We all know about rugby in Argentina but what about Chile?


The Chilean Rugby Federation was founded on 4 May 1953 and governs the sport in Chile. Their statutes and regulations were officialised at 16 December 1963. It is affiliated to the Olympic Committee of Chile, the Confederación Sudamericana de Rugby, FIRA and World Rugby and, like all good things in life, was introduced by the Brits in the late 19thC  and was played by mine workers in the north of Chile (Iquique).It was developed by the British schools. There are many similar comparisons to Argentina in the spread of the game.


The national team are known as Los Condores – the Condors.


In the 50s the Irish (1952) and French (1954) visited



Flight 571

Some of the older refugees may well remember the story of Flight 571:

The tragic crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, and the resulting books and films, Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors and Alive brought Uruguayan and Chilean rugby into the global limelight. The Uruguayans were on tour, and had played several games in Argentina, and were due to play some return matches in Chile.

Alive tells the story of a Uruguayan Rugby team (who were alumni of Stella Maris College (Montevideo)) and their friends and family who were involved in the airplane crash of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 which crashed into the Andes mountains on October 13, 1972. It was published two years after survivors of the crash were rescued.


Rugby today:


From what I can work out the main areas (population wise) are Santiago and Valparaiso (the two most populous regions in Chile approx. 10m peoples) but it is played throughout the country. Bear in mind that the province of Aysen (south and part of the magnificent Carretera Austral)which is the largest with 108,000 km2 has a population of just 100,000.


There are currently 23 clubs and a playing pool of just 19,000 ish (compare with Argentina 420 and approx. 102,000 registered players).


Chile has yet to make it to a RWC but Chileans are happy to be  ranked 3rd in South America


And that’s all I‘ve got for now.


Adios amigos

All Blacks – decline and fall or the dawn of a new golden era?

Interesting and in depth look at the failings of the ABs in the last RWC cycle culninating in Hansen being comprehensively out-thought by Jones in the Semi, the prospects for them moving forwards under a Head Coach not widely wanted by the public, and the wider state of the game in NZ and the elite player pathways.

Very interesting read, particularly as it is set out dispassionately rather than looking to promote a certain agenda.

Be interesting to hear the views of our SH contingent.

ALL BLACKS V’s South Africa

The matchday 23 is as follows (with Test caps in brackets) – pretty predictable selections, with Ben Smith covering Fullback if Mo’unga is pulled and Beauden moves into 10 or on one of the wings. Ioane will need to score 10 tries against each of Italy, Canada and Namibia to get a look-in if Reece and Bridge maintain their current forms..

1. Joe Moody (41)

2. Dane Coles (64)

3. Nepo Laulala (20)

4. Samuel Whitelock (112)

5. Scott Barrett (32)

6. Ardie Savea (34)

7. Sam Cane (63)

8. Kieran Read – captain (122)

9. Aaron Smith (87)

10. Richie Mo’unga (12)

11. George Bridge (5)

12. Ryan Crotty (45)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (38)

14. Sevu Reece (3)

15. Beauden Barrett (78)

16. Codie Taylor (45)

17. Ofa Tuungafasi (30)

18. Angus Ta’avao (8)

19. Patrick Tuipulotu (25)

20. Shannon Frizell (5)

21. TJ Perenara (59)

22. Sonny Bill Williams (53)

23. Ben Smith (80)


No Rieko Ioane in the 23 – something’s off with him methinks. Otherwise, this looks to be 99% of the team to play South Africa in the RWC9 opening match.

1. Joe Moody (40)

2. Codie Taylor (44)

3. Nepo Laulala (19)

4. Patrick Tuipulotu (24)

5. Samuel Whitelock (111)

6. Ardie Savea (38)

7. Matt Todd (20)

8. Kieran Read – captain (121)

9. TJ Perenara (58)

10. Beauden Barrett (77)

11. George Bridge (4)

12. Ryan Crotty (44)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (37)

14. Sevu Reece (2)

15. Ben Smith (79)

16. Liam Coltman (5)

17. Ofa Tuungafasi (29)

18. Angus Ta’avao (7)

19. Scott Barrett (30)

20. Luke Jacobson (1)

21. Aaron Smith (86)

22. Josh Ioane *

23. Jordie Barrett (11)