We're about to Log another victory
Let's put it simply for the fine people down south - it's just not going to happenGLENN MCLEAN
I think my colleague John Alexander (from the Marlborough Express) has been enjoying too much of that wine he's offering as a bribe for the referee.
Let's put it simply for the fine people down south - it's just not going to happen, so save yourself some pain and find something else to do tonight.
There are a number of reasons why Taranaki will stretch their Ranfurly Shield tenure to four games, most notably our man in the No 10 jersey.
Beauden Barrett is the most promising rugby player in the country, played first five-eighth at test rugby at a younger age than Dan Carter did, is in deadly form with the boot (illustrated by his 100 per cent record last week) and is desperate to keep the shield he helped win in the province he loves.
If that's not reason enough, we'll start from the front row and work our way back.
Props Chris King and Michael Bent are two of the best in this competition. Hard-working, strong, with an ability to carry the ball over the advantage line. Veteran hooker Laurence Corlett ain't half bad, either, while there is a man on the bench called Andrew Hore who, incidentally, has played 67 test matches.
Our second row is the envy of every other team in the country, with former All Black Jason Eaton in career-best form, while his locking partner James Broadhurst has the potential to get there as well.
Our loose forwards will work until the cows come home before veteran coach Colin Cooper unleashes another former All Black, Scott Waldrom, just to put the knife in.
Outside of Barrett we have Jayden Hayward, a local lad playing his 50th game, while Kurt Baker can time his runs from fullback to perfection to free up wing Waisake Naholo, another promising talent who has already cut his teeth in the world champion New Zealand sevens squad.
Don't think for a minute our bench will let us down, and there will be some satisfaction from bringing James Marshall on to torment his former team-mates.
As for trying to bribe the referee, we don't have to.
From the General
We need you. Yes that's right, you.
Picture this if you will, 100 patriotic soldiers in the Amber Army chanting in unison from the northern hill of Yarrow Stadium. Imagine the boost we could give our lads and the fear we could drive into our opposition. This dream is easily achievable if you get together with some mates and join us.
We have a simple chant ready to be unleashed and it's our number one mission to have the entire stadium chant with us.
We've packed extra army helmets and chant sheets, and now it's up to you. Here's your chance to play a major part in helping our boys defend our Shield. Get out of your corporate box and get to the northern hill, people.
For more Amber Army motivation, go to www.taranakidailynews.co.nz.
General Andy Jackson
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