Auckland Nines 2016

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Although a disappointing end, people seem to forget it's just the nines. We made the finals last year and started the season off terribly.

Nines this year, proved its purpose.

Bird will prove to be a damaging centre. The solo try in the first game was evidence that he can spark opportunities on the edge from
nothing.

Barba has his confidence back, showed safe hands, good positional play, attacked the line and found the holes. His defence was caught out a few times, but that's understandable considering the structure of the nines. Barba has proved his defence when it matters, my biggest concern was that he's lost his speed and flair which I was happy to be proven wrong.

Taga was disappointing. He was damaging in previous years in the nines. Made no impact and had too many unforced errors.

D. Fifita impressed me. Ran hard, straight and burst though the line multiple times and with continual improvements to match fitness will be quite a handy forward for us.

Chad was the most impressive to me. Took control of both games. Was involved in everything, great defensive reads and had a strong running game. I've got no doubt he and Maloney will form a great partnership in the halves.

Mcllwrick had played a good tournament, it's good to see we've got good depth in our hooker department between he and Brown should injury hit Ennis.

Leutele played well and consistent. Just lacks that X factor about him.

All in all, makes me adamant that Barba has to start at fullback, bird to the centres which leaves Val another year on the wing to break all those try scoring records.

We're in for a good year Sharkies ��

Good summary, but at the end of the day it is only the 9s and not the real deal . The 9s are made for Barba/Baba(black sheep) I hope he can continue that form in attack in the comp proper.

A bit of a worry if our Coaching staff stuffed up the rules re for and against if they did a very shabby result.
 

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They didn't know they were out??
Is that fair dinkum? Fugg me what a joke.
 

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They didn't know they were out??
Is that fair dinkum? Fugg me what a joke.

And that is exhibit A for the losing culture of the Sharks. Inexcusable to not know the scenario. It is certainly not rocket science.

Yes its the nines but professionals compete at everything.
 

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And that is exhibit A for the losing culture of the Sharks. Inexcusable to not know the scenario. It is certainly not rocket science.

Yes its the nines but professionals compete at everything.

110000% rep to you

Edit: I must spread more rep :(
 
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Meh. It's the nines.

Yeah I agree HB.

And SB, I agree with you too about our losing culture and the need to win everything. Honestly I do. But I'm looking for positives.
Slamming them mercilessly and getting up them isn't going to help your sanity.

Let's regroup for the trials and evaluate again after that. As I said earlier, we lose the first four games and I'll be filthy.
 

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Yeah I agree HB.

And SB, I agree with you too about our losing culture and the need to win everything. Honestly I do. But I'm looking for positives.
Slamming them mercilessly and getting up them isn't going to help your sanity.

Let's regroup for the trials and evaluate again after that. As I said earlier, we lose the first four games and I'll be filthy.

You don't think it's completely unacceptable the entire coaching staff and team had no idea that we were out if we lost by 12? These guys get paid hundreds of thousands and they couldn't work out a few math statistics?

My point is if they couldn't even work that out for the nines what are they missing in the real deal comp?
 

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Where was Feki this tournament? He was named I thought. It didnt help we had no standout winger for the tournament anyway.
 

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yeah I was thinking he must have been injured, any details on what it is, serious or just a precaution before the season?
 
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