Rugby Union 3 years ago

Nonu: To rest or not to rest...?

  • Nonu: To rest or not to rest...?

Ma'a Nonu still has one mandatory All Blacks rest left before the end of the Super Rugby competition.

The Hurricanes have the Blues, Chiefs (twice) and the Highlanders left to play.

Tonight against the Blues would be the ideal time to rest him right?

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After all, the Blues have been...

How can I put it eloquently?

Woeful...this season.

But I think coach Chris Boyd has done the right thing in playing Nonu tonight.

I don't think you want to rest him when Conrad Smith is being rested for a start.

But the biggest thing is, the Hurricanes need five points to clinch the top spot in Super Rugby and earn the right to play at home in the playoffs.

The best chance of getting five points in the remaining matches is a win against the Blues.

To get the five points, the Hurricanes need Nonu.

He has arguably been the their best player this season. 

A backline with  out he and Conrad and the injured Beauden Barrett would look pretty raw.

I think it's the right move.

Get the five points, secure home playoff matches, then give Nonu his rest against...hmmm...the Highlanders.

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