S6, R1: Gamblers vs. Vikings (LIVE 8pm NZT Tonight)

Discussion in 'Matches' started by HeathDavisSpeed, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    Gamblers

    Benny Read
    Aaron O'Neill
    Wes Welker
    Morgan Burridge
    Senor Slippy
    Brett Hall
    Simon Humble
    Brett Gemmell
    Mate Perry
    Dion Alessi
    Ben Herd
    Jaz Eightyfour
    Luke Tyson
    Damien Taylor
    Ether Starris

    Subs:
    Duckworth Lewis
    Alex O'Driscoll
    Luke Popovic
    Ben Taylor
    Truman Lee
    Theo Miokovic
    Jack Dempsey

    Vikings

    Clayton Evans
    Tom Delonge
    Reagan Wheelson
    Donald Boland
    Choco Man
    Ben Manera
    Simon Laing
    Bill Morganpola
    Rob Cribb
    Aaron Hunt
    Andrew James
    Steve Cambridge
    Sam Green
    Dirk Diggler
    Kelvin Fung

    Subs:
    Quentin Goldenhaus
    Antone Sciappapetre
    Nigel Hunt
    Hache Emm
    Rusty Downpipes
    Scott Flack
    Henry Daman

    Odds
    Gamblers: $2.00
    Vikings: $1.66

    Insight
    This one should be the match of the round. Gamblers are slight outsiders, but with home advantage and a bit of luck and a fair wind, they could turn over the Vikings. The Vikings have clear strengths and weaknesses, whilst the Gamblers seem to have their talent more evenly distributed.

    The Vikings' clear strength is in the pivots, with star signing Rob Cribb teaming up with Aaron Hunt who was a tough retention in the off season. This should mean good ball for the key Vikings backs in Andrew James and Steve Cambridge. That's where most of the Vikings' points will come from.

    Unfortunately for the Vikings, for their pivots to come into play, they need their pack to function, and that's where the problems start. Two first-grade flops in Evans and Wheelson bed down with the more experienced Delonge. They face a strong and well tested front row in Read-O'Neill-Welker. Expect a high number of technical penalties at scrum time. The 2nd rows are more evenly matched with Burridge supported by the untested Slippy. Boland will have a tough battle with Burridge, but Choco Man should outperform Slippy.

    The back rows both feature big names from seasons past, perhaps whose standards have started to wane. Humble, Manera, Laing. The key player here is Brett Gemmell who the Gamblers will need a top performance from to win this match. At least here, the Gamblers have some bench strength to call on in Alex O'Driscoll. Expect to see O'Driscoll early in the 2nd half to try and take advantage as the Vikings tire. The use of former key pivot Ben Taylor will also be interesting. With the signing of Dion Alessi in the off-season, Taylor can be freed up from first-five duties and operate more as a utility. Taylor might make an appearance in the centres or even at full back.

    Expectation: Tough call. Vikings by 3, but could easy be a small margin to the Gamblers.
     
  2. AVA T Delonge

    I have faith in the Cunt halves pairing getting us over the line.
     
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  3. stupersteve03 SJ Cambridge

    So much hype right now! Wow! I reckon our back line will open this one up
     
  4. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    If the weather's dry, then that'll aid the Vikings but damp or wet and the Gamblers start to edge towards being favourites.
     
  5. Bender BG Herd

  6. Tartmaster AJ James

  7. Rocks DN Boland

    Hiss!
     
  8. Alex AJ O'Driscoll

    AOD man of the match in both grades coming up.
     
  9. Howe JHF Howe

    Vikings by 15 here. Their backline is tasty
     
  10. Hunter AD Hunt

    Go me.
     
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  11. Benny BS Read

    Lets go boiz
     
  12. Boobidy BJ Gemmell

    I see I'm still the man.
     
  13. Cribbage RG Cribb

    So keen to take my combination with Hunt from the provincial stuff into club rugby and make my Vikings debut.
     
  14. Tartmaster AJ James

    :wub:
     
  15. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    This, 8pm NZT tonight.
     
  16. Cribbage RG Cribb

    Get innnnnnnnnnn
     
  17. morgieb MC Burridge

    Bring it on!
     
  18. stupersteve03 SJ Cambridge

    I've been waiting for this moment all my life!
     
  19. HeathDavisSpeed HT Davis

    Match is well underway now.
     
  20. Bender BG Herd

    ngl why wait for like 4 active members to sim lol
     

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