United @ NZ, Friday 7/10
Thoughts on this one?
NZ has been struck majorly with injuries, with Ili out for at least half the season and Penney (Calf), Webster (back, hip) and Woodside all getting hurt too. The Breakers haven't won a pre season game. One article I spotted suggests Webster is playing, but no official confirmations on him, Penney or Woodside as far as I can tell. The mail from a fortnight ago was that they were on track to suit up a full line up on opening night. But they can’t have gotten much full scale scrimmages or intense training sessions in lately, if these guys are all rehabbing.
United cruised through the pre season, winning most of their games, with Goulding and Andersen barely suiting up.
Given NZ’s lack of preparation, United should win comfortably. "Should" doesn’t mean “will” though, as the AFL finals series just provided us yet another reminder of.