Tonga vow to smash Kiwi captain Adam Blair for having the nerve to care

Dane Eldridge Columnist

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    Secure your hot drinks and children this Saturday night, Tonga have promised to unleash hell on Adam Blair after he made a genuine display of reasonable disappointment.

    As reported in Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph, the Mate Ma’a forwards are seething at Blair following his unruly distaste for Jason Taumololo’s decision to abandon New Zealand.

    Speaking on radio prior to the World Cup, the Kiwi captain had the audacity to defend the honour of representing his nation by describing the Cowboy’s decision as “shattering”.

    Even more provocatively, he then sensationally questioned Taumololo’s integrity and communication skills, simply because the second-rower deserted the team without telling anybody.

    As the team that has ended up with the services of the world’s best forward, a jilted Tonga have been looking to settle the score ever since.

    This is why Kristian Woolf’s men have privately agreed to a unique pact for Saturday night’s clash against the Kiwis; to unsettle an opponent in a footy match with physical aggression, which this tournament historically indicates should include biting.

    Tonga are determined to voice their disgust at Blair for being disappointed that the irreplaceable Taumololo abandoned his team unannounced on the eve of the tournament.

    And rightly so.

    It is one thing for Blair to repeatedly employ late shots and filth in the ruck, but we must draw the line when he emotionally defends both his homeland and good manners.

    Sure, footy is a passionate game with a lifeblood fuelled by the hysterical sentiments of its concussed players, but that’s hardly the point.

    Not only has the Kiwi totally dismissed the financial hit taken by the $10 million man in representing Tonga, he has also heinously exhibited care for the sacred New Zealand jersey.

    In a fledgling global scene, with enough dual citizens to form a majority, such national passion from Blair is the last thing international footy needs.

    He needs to lighten up and realise that players come and go from national squads so much these days, sometimes the coach doesn’t even recognise them when they are sitting on the bench.

    Dane Eldridge
    Dane Eldridge

    Dane was named best and fairest in the 2004 Bathurst mixed indoor cricket competition. With nothing in the game left to achieve, he immediately retired at his peak to a reclusive life ensconced in the velvet of organised contests. Catch the man on Twitter @eld2_0.

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    • November 10th 2017 @ 8:53am
      Chook said | November 10th 2017 @ 8:53am | ! Report

      The temerity of some people….oh well who cares…bring back the biff

    • November 10th 2017 @ 9:10am
      souvalis said | November 10th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

      ‘You’ve got to be man enough to..’ herein lies Blair’s predicament for this weeks game,he’s virtually called Lolo a pea heart..and if he’s using that kind of language he’s calling people out..

    • November 10th 2017 @ 9:48am
      paul said | November 10th 2017 @ 9:48am | ! Report

      Never realised Blair was a sooky la la. Is he providing the platform for a post-match rant about defecting players, when Tonga beats them? He’s probably best staying in his own little cowrie shell and only coming out when it’s game time, if he’s going to make comments like that.

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        November 10th 2017 @ 11:04am
        Hard Yards said | November 10th 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

        He’s a Morris Dancer.

      • November 10th 2017 @ 5:54pm
        Blagblah said | November 10th 2017 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

        Comments like what? The author only quoted one word in his article. Your assumptions r clearly based on your own bias

    • November 10th 2017 @ 10:17am
      Jacko said | November 10th 2017 @ 10:17am | ! Report

      perhaps blair is totally discusted that a bloke like taumalolo hides from his decisions…..Tells all he is representing NZ then changes his mind and doesnt bother to tell his team mates or even his coach…..The NZ team find out by media…What a big man he is….yet apparently its Blair’s fault…and Blair should be targeted with cheap shots and foul play because he stands for more than some childish little game that Taumalolo has decided to play with the fans of league….Well if this is what Tonga has publically announced they are going to do then any foul play against Blair can be nothing but Premeditated and should be met with the appropriate sanctions a premeditated crime gets

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        November 10th 2017 @ 4:23pm
        Davico said | November 10th 2017 @ 4:23pm | ! Report


        Caps at the start of sentences.

        …. ????

        Not sure any of the Tongan team have used any foul play or cheap shots considering the game is tomorrow?!

        Your bagging a bloke for playing for the country of his birth? Guess kiwi’s just think that all Pacific Islanders should be playing for NZ because well … ya’know

        • November 10th 2017 @ 5:27pm
          ojp said | November 10th 2017 @ 5:27pm | ! Report

          Jason Taumololo was born in Auckland.

          • November 10th 2017 @ 5:56pm
            Blagblah said | November 10th 2017 @ 5:56pm | ! Report

            Lol. Atleast the islanders that play for NZ r born here not like the south pacific wallabies

        • November 10th 2017 @ 8:00pm
          Jacko said | November 10th 2017 @ 8:00pm | ! Report

          Davico thats funny…You tell me to use capitals to start a sentence yet you fail to understand what “should” and “if” mean….As in…SHOUD they do what they say and use cheap shots and foul play….and…IF they use foul play it is premeditated and SHOULD be treated accordingly…..Also…..if I am bagging a bloke it would be…You’re not your….

          If its a brutal game thats great…providing its done legally

        • November 11th 2017 @ 8:26am
          Davico's filthy conscience said | November 11th 2017 @ 8:26am | ! Report

          He was born in Auckland. That makes his country of birth New Zealand. That makes him a NewZealander. I can only imagine that you’d make that comment because you think Pacific Islanders and other folk of a particular hue aren’t ‘real’ NZders. I guess that makes you well… ya’know.

      • November 10th 2017 @ 4:39pm
        Kan said | November 10th 2017 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

        Tonga never said that about Blair. That’s for sure. I guess it’s just a mind game.

    • November 10th 2017 @ 10:49am
      Greg Ambrose said | November 10th 2017 @ 10:49am | ! Report

      Luckily Andrew Fifita will be on the field to calm things down if anyone starts getting too silly.

    • November 10th 2017 @ 11:08am
      Ron Murray said | November 10th 2017 @ 11:08am | ! Report

      While l think Blair isn’t the poster boy for the clean player image, I think maybe he was voicing what a lot of people were thinking. I mean I hated J.T for going the Tongan side(you may have guessed I’m a kiwi by now haha). But surely a phone call to the coach would have shown a little class the Muppet.

      • November 10th 2017 @ 2:34pm
        Oto shark said | November 10th 2017 @ 2:34pm | ! Report

        Was he already picked for the kiwis for the world cup or not, just wanting to know?

        • November 10th 2017 @ 3:32pm
          Jacko said | November 10th 2017 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

          Yes he was. He also attended, at NZs expense, some of the marketing shoots as an NZ rep

          • November 10th 2017 @ 5:14pm
            Oto shark said | November 10th 2017 @ 5:14pm | ! Report

            Then good on Blair,he just said it like it is. I have no problems with Taumalolo playing for Tonga ,actually that is awesome for league and Tonga, but he should’ve rung them.and if that was me I’d also apologise for wasting their time and money. But if u was Blair I’d be quite until I played them so they don’t use it as motivation ,but good on Blair .

            • November 11th 2017 @ 9:53am
              Cedric said | November 11th 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

              yep would have been good if he had called the coach and done it a lot sooner. Then everyone would have nothing to say. But to leave when he did and no phone call is a bit off, but he’s young, made a mistake and I’m hoping he has learned from that.
              Can’t see the Tongans targeting anyone in particular, that would be dumb and leave holes for the Kiwis.

              • November 11th 2017 @ 10:57am
                Oto shark said | November 11th 2017 @ 10:57am | ! Report

                True he is young ,and they’d be silly to go after one man and leave holes.

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