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Friday, October 9, 2015

Eagles Stars Return To Face Japan


As expected most of the Eagles starters from the last year have returned to the starting line-up as the team gets ready to face Japan on Sunday. The only regular name missing from the line-up that played against Samoa and Scotland is Blaine Scully who is almost certainly out with an injury. Zack Test will remain as a starter and will pair with Taku Ngwenya. That means that Chris Wyles will move to fullback. Another player that was questionable after suffering an injury against Scotland is Hayden Smith but he's in the line-up and will once again pair with Greg Peterson in the locks.

The front-row of props Eric Fry and Titi Lamositele return and will be joined by Zach Fenoglio. Samu Manoa is the only player besides Test to keep his starting place from the team that played South Africa. He'll be joined by Al McFarland and Andrew Durutalo in the back row. Phil Thiel, Ollie Kilifi, Chris Baumann, Cam Dolan, John Quill, and Danny Barrett are the forward reserves.

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In the backs there is little surprise that Mike Petri and AJ MacGinty will start at scrumhalf and fly-half respectively. They have been the most solid contributors all summer at those positions. Thretton Palamo and Seamus Kelly will resume their places in the centers. Niku Kruger and Folau Niua will be the back-up options in the backs. It's a bit of a surprise not to see Shalom Suniula in the mix.

The match against Japan is Sunday at 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt.

Forwards: Eric Fry, Zach Fenoglio, Titi Lamositele, Hayden Smith, Greg Peterson, Al McFarland, Andrew Durutalo, Samu Manoa

Backs: Mike Petri, AJ MacGinty, Zack Test, Thretton Palamo, Seamus Kelly, Taku Ngwenya, Chris Wyles (C)

Bench: Phil Thiel, Ollie Kilifi, Chris Baumann, Cam Dolan, John Quill, Danny Barrett, Niku Kruger, Folau Niua

5 comments:

  1. We lost to Samoa and Scotland with the same back row combination and have left Cam Dolan on the bench despite his revelation as a 2nd rower during the summer series of matches.

    We know Japan are going to play the game at pace. Wouldn't it make sense to add some mobility to the pack? Say with Dolan at the 2nd row and Barrett at the blind side? Neither of whom have done anything to hurt their credentials during this tournament.

    Call me crazy but doing the same thing time and again and expecting different results is as is often said, the definition of insanity. Or just plain stupid.

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    1. Just plain stupid in this case. McFarland and Smith lack any creativity and provide little offense upside to an already offensively challenged group. Dolan and barret at change that up a little. But alas, its not to be. I've grown tired of some of these selection decisions.....

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    2. "Call me crazy but doing the same thing time and again and expecting different results is as is often said, the definition of insanity. Or just plain stupid."

      This in a nutshell encompasses the entire Tolkin legacy with the Eagles. There is no reason why he should remain the Head Coach after this RWC. 4 years of preperation and we are still one of the worst performing teams in the cup, the first team to ever not score any points during a cup match, and even if we DO manage to pull out a win against Japan out of our collective butts, it will only match the best we have ever been able to do in any other WC. The time is here and now to admit that the Tolkin experiment is a wash at absolute best, and hasn't gotten us anywhere.

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  2. I'd like to see Cam Dolan get a starting spot.

    I'd also like to see Folau Niua get a good 30 minutes if we have to chase the game.

    I would have preferred Thompson to Test - faster, more powerful and better defender.

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  3. I guess Shalom Suniula is battered and bruised.

    He isn't a big guy and he had hundreds of kilograms raging Springbok charging down his channel for 80 minutes on wednesday.

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