NSMT Vs Russia
Changes to the team are minor for tomorrow's game Vs Russia. Mozac Samson has earned a starting spot in the centers and Pierce, Wilson-Ross and Underwood have been added to the bench. It looks like Hubert 'Moose' Buydens is out with torn ACL - info cleverly searched out by BCRN from Manawatu Turbos web site - bad luck, Hubie. Last week's team performed well in spots but their effort was denegrated by poor goal kicking and tactical kicking from hand. #9/10, MacRorie/ Parfrey combo will need to be much improved to capitalise on hoped for, quality ball retention. When the decision is made to release the runners after recycling, it needs to be faster, so as to give #10 a chance to release his outside men. Russia will be no slouch and will be keen to pinch an "away" win to move up in world standings. Catch it on TSN. This pundit wishes the boys heaps of luck.
Postscript. The writer has been reminded of further tests tomorrow with France in Argentina and Italy in the U.S.A. Still with the fun of prognosticating, I go for ARG by less than seven and ITA, also less than seven. Let the games begin! Further postscript and much belated to the delight of former CW-er, Pita Savea, knowing he had been selected to play for Canada! To Mozac Samson - my humblest apologies.