That's exactly what I thought. I'm really pleased to see the Aussie forwards carry and pass the ball like that, AND score tries. I thought that, and Cooper's running line for his try were exceptional pieces of skill. »
I have been a die-hard All Blacks supporter for my entire life. And when they aren't playing the ABs, I support the Boks passionately as my adopted team. The match last night for me (and thousands of other fans and supporters) was supposed to be a showcase of the two best teams in test history playing some great rugby on my favourite ground in my home town of Auckland. What we got treated to was an appalling display of incompetency and poor judgment by the match official mixed in with some mostly stellar football. »
I don't know where you're getting this idea that people in the South consider Argentina unworthy for inclusion the Southern Hemisphere competition. I have honestly not heard a single person in my group of friends and family say anything disparaging about Argentina. Quite the opposite actually. Since their performance in the 2007 World Cup I've been hoping that they would be included in an annual competition. Even in the media here in NZ I haven't heard anything negative about this. It's been known for a long time that Argentina would be included in the Tri Nations, and my impression is that people (in NZ anyway) have simply been eager to see how Argentina would fare. And so far from what I can tell, most people are pleased with the Pumas' efforts. Please don't think that just because we are from the Southern Hemisphere that we look down on other rugby nations, because for most real fans, that simply is not the case. Cheers.